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Philips WACS700 Wireless Music System At A Glance & Ratings

AT A Glance: Philips WACS700 Wireless Music System

906philips.2.jpgWAC700 Center
Connections:
Inputs: Stereo analog (1)
Outputs: Stereo analog (1)
Additional: Ethernet (1), FM antenna (1)

Features
Compatible Playback Formats: CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3, WMA
Hard Drive Size: 40 GB
Wireless Transmission Method: 802.11g/b
Speakers: Two polycarbonate flat panels with 13-watt amplifiers
Subwoofer: Two 4-inch paper- cone woofers (ported) with 22-watt amplifiers
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 11.9 x 23.9 x 6.9
Weight (pounds): 16.9
Price: $999 for system

WAS700 Station
Conections:
Inputs: Stereo analog (1)
Outputs: None
Additional: FM antenna (1)

Features
Compatible Playback Formats: MP3, WMA
Wireless Transmission Method: 802.11g/b
Speakers: Two polycarbonate flat panels with 10-watt amplifiers
Subwoofer: One 4-inch paper-cone woofer (ported) with an 8-watt amplifier
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 11.1 x 14.2 x 5
Weight (pounds): 9.2
Price: $999 for system

Ratings: Philips WACS700 Wireless Music System

Build Quality: 91
• Speaker/sub design strikes a good balance between form and performance
• Face looks like glass but is really plastic

Value: 90
• It's not a budget product, but it costs much less than a comparable wired system
• You don't need an installer to set it up

Features: 93
• A 40-gigabyte hard drive is ample for most music collections
• Access to Gracenote music database
• It transfers music from a PC

Performance: 88
• A well-balanced audio presentation with solid dynamics
• Wi-Fi isn't completely reliable
• Some issues with track organization

Egonomics: 92
• Setup takes just a few minutes
• The Center's remote can control everything
• Has iPod-like menu navigation

Overall Rating: 90
Discreet form, solid audio performance, easy setup, and flexible room placement make the WACS700 wireless music system an easy product to enjoy, especially for the apartment or condo dweller who doesn't need the Wi-Fi signal to travel long distances.

General Information
WACS700 Wireless Music System, $999
Additional WAS700 Station, $299
Philips
(888) 744-5477
www.streamium.com
Dealer Locator Code PHL

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Philips
(888) 744-5477
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