Philips MC110 Micro System
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The Philips MC110 is a compact audio system designed to light up the room and deliver music power the way you want it. The hot orange exterior of this CD player, tape player and digital tuner will accent the room with colour. The technology contained within this small box will add a new dimension to your listening pleasure: Incredible Surround for room-filling music, sound enhancers to boost bass levels and controls to better hear the sounds that define the music of your choice. It comes with handy extras including an alarm, radio text display and the ability to play CR-RW media.
The Philips MC110 combines a CD player, cassette deck, FM/MW/LW tuner and clock in an attractive, compact micro system at a deliciously affordable price. The base unit is aesthetically pleasing with its two-tone silver and grey finish and is accompanied by two matching, fully detached, bass reflex speakers.
Setting the system up is a breeze. The speaker cable is hardwired into the speakers and just needs attaching to the clip terminals on the back of the main unit. The supplied FM and AM antennas also connect to the rear of the system and then it is just a case of plugging it in. The only other connection on the back of the unit is for a pair of auxiliary mini phono jacks, so that you can optionally connect other audio equipment. A headphone socket is located on the top of the system. Once its up and running, the controls, located on the front of the unit, are intuitive. An orange backlit LCD panel displays relevant information about settings and current track or station details. The supplied remote control, finished in slate grey, is also straightforward to use.
The CD player is a top loader, with the lid having a manual release button for opening and closing. It supports playback of CD-R and CD-RW discs in addition to your standard audio CDs. Basic features are included, such as shuffle, repeat and the ability to programme track order. The tuner will play FM/MW/LW stations and supports RDS (radio data system), a service that enables FM stations to display additional information, such as station name. You can store up to 40 stations as presets, either manually or via the automatic programming system. Another useful feature is PTY, which enables you to search for programmes by type. You could, for example, look for sports radio stations, or current affairs. The MC110 also supports news and traffic announcements: it can be configured to interrupt playback of CD or tape with the latest news and traffic broadcasts. The cassette deck is a fairly basic offering, but usefully supports synchro-start CD recording. The clock is displayed digitally within the LCD panel and can easily be set up as an alarm clock or timer.
The sound quality from the MC110 is quite impressive for a system at this price point. With only five watts RMS per channel, the sound won't fill a big room, but it is perfectly adequate for bedrooms, kitchens and bedsits. Don't expect hi-fi separates quality and you won't be disappointed. A respectable volume is pumped out, with decent clarity. There isn't much in the way of a soundstage, but a feature that Philips call "Incredible Surround" does add some depth of field. Unsurprisingly, this feature doesn't envelop you in sound in the way a 5.1 home cinema setup does, but is a worthwhile addition nonetheless. A dynamic bass boost, combined with a variety of other presets, from Jazz to Pop, will help you find a satisfying sound. The Philips MC110 offers staggeringly good value and makes an ideal second system for the home. --Jason WestonSee all Product description
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Good points - Sound is good, aux in for computer etc, remote, sensitive tuner on FM and MW/LW
Bad points - Cassette deck is weakest part, clunky keys and quality not as clear as other sources (but still perfectly acceptable). Aerial input is a coax plug, not socket (ie the opposite to what is on a TV)
I have a machine knocking out 2X30 RMS, please do not try to compare the sound quality and remember that you are getting a bargain which even has a timer/clock/auto power-off etc. Well done Phillips.