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Philips FWC577 5-CD Mini Stereo System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Philips

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  • 330-watt mini stereo system with 165 watts per channel
  • Game port connects to game console for enhanced video game sound
  • USB PC link remotely streams MP3 content
  • 5-disc CD changer compatible with CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats
  • Measures 20.9 inches by 12.6 inches by 15.4 inches (W x H x D)

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Product Specifications

Brand NamePhilips

Product Details

Product Manual [6.44mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 46.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008Y1AF
  • Item model number: FWC577
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 11, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

From adding powerful sound to your gaming console to managing your MP3 music through the USB PC link, the Mini HiFi System from Philips is much more than your daddy's boom box. Other features include 330 watts total power, 3-Way Bass Reflex Speaker System with MAX Bass Port and animated dashboard display with dual VU meters. Unique MIX-IT features lets you mix game sounds with your favorite music while gaming. Imported.

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Philips designed the FWC577 with gamers and computer users in mind, equipping the mini stereo system with a game port (for direct connection to consoles) and a USB PC link (for streaming MP3 content). The result is a system that delivers thrilling, explosive sound whether you're using it to immerse yourself in the Halo universe or listen to the latest White Stripes CD. The system even offers a game sound mode, so you can choose which sound setting best fits the title you're playing--i.e., Blast, for shooting games; Punch, for fighting games; and Speed, for driving and flying games. The game mix function adds the additional benefit of letting you design a soundtrack to your favorite game using CDs, the radio, or MP3s.

The 330-watt system isn't for gamers only, however. It also includes a five-disc CD changer compatible with CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats, a digital AM/FM tuner with 40 presets and an auto-store facility, and a three-way bass reflex speaker system. The CD player is programmable with up to 40 tracks, and includes such features as repeat and shuffle. The audio is augmented by the system's Max technology, which boosts the bass, maximizes the volume performance, and enhances the overall listening experience with the touch of a single button. Other audio bonuses include Virtual Ambience Control, which mimics the acoustic effects of your favorite performance setting, such as a cinema, hall, or concert environment, and Digital Sound Control, which lets you choose among several optimized settings for specific musical styles, such as jazz, pop, and rock.

When linked to your PC, the FWC577 uses its bundled MusicMatch software to act as a jukebox, and lets you navigate (via your remote control) to play, pause, stop, and skip tracks without sitting down at your computer. The stereo even displays the song title and track time. To use the software, your PC must be running Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP on an Intel MMX 200 MHz or faster processor, and you need 15 MB free hard disk space for the software installation. The stereo is bundled with a USB cable and PC link installer disc.

The amplifier delivers 165 watts to each of the two main speakers, which feature 6-1/2-inch woofers, 2-inch Ferro Fluid tweeters, and 1-inch Polydome piezos. The speakers also include six Max bass ports, along with detachable grilles.

Other features include a dim mode, a clock with separate alarm and sleep timers, a 32-key remote control, a demo mode, plug-and-play functionality, and an interactive dashboard display. The FWC577 can connect to a variety of other devices via its audio analog inputs (auxiliary and game port), video input and output (composite cinch), and 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, in addition to the digital audio input (USB link). The system carries a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

Customer Reviews

The sound quality and bass, is awesome with this.
Mel
Volume level at about 20% of the highest volume but did crank it up there a few times.
viper1986
Overall a great system that isn't available new anymore in stores.
R. Esparza

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Esparza on August 28, 2010
A while back I was roaming the shelves and the many stores in my area looking for a Great System at a low price. I ended up choosing this one although I didn't have the money at the time it gave me something to save up for while working and going to high school. Unbeknownst to me my parents were paying very close attention and got this system for me for Christmas.

I should note that I am not an audiophile and require the best for music or whatever, as long it sounds good and works ok I am happy.

Now I've recently hooked up my system to a USB hub, along with a M$ Multimedia Keyboard and Logitech Marble Mouse, to hook up to my ASUS N81VP Laptop that is running Windows 7. I have noticed a couple of hiccups where the sound will sound distorted for short periods of time. I am thinking that this is a pc driver issue and not necessarily the Hi-Fi systems fault. But this particular has popped up in a while mostly due to, I think, a lighter work load on my laptop with just listening to music and light multitasking. When I play a game, I.E. Roller Coaster Tycoon, I'll notice the same distortion creep up after some time while in the game, say an hour or two.

*edit*
The distortion I mentioned wasn't coming from the system. The mp3s that I ripped from cds that I had had somehow become degraded over 4 years being transferred from one computer to another over 3 computers. Re ripped the songs and updated my library and everything sounds great. Understatement of the century, sounds pretty good as pc speakers lol.

As stated in a earlier review I too noticed the rattling of the screens in front of the woofers and determined that I should just take them off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Goeth on January 1, 2011
I got this new back in 2003. While this unit is old and doesn't appear to be in production anymore I wanted to give the system its credit. Alas, I will admit I did not use all of its features and there are a lot of cools ones, especially involving the PC. I used it mainly for a CD player and "kid" speaker system for gaming on N64 to today's PS3. Now that I am an adult and have a job (I'm 25) I felt I "deserved" an adult system for my gaming and movies etc.

This system has great sound, good wattage and was very convenient. If you can get it used or at a good price, you will be very happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
This stereo has awesome sound and withe that MAX dynamic boost button makes it sound alot better. It is one of the best stereos i have owned.
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So my mother bought this for me back in 2002 and I left this thing on for hours on end, and did use the sleep mode to turn it off when I was going to bed.
It would be on gamemode mixed with USB 95% of the time for 4-16hours a day! Volume level at about 20% of the highest volume but did crank it up there a few times.

Never once overheated, never once had any issues.

After using the system for 2hours, I went to bed, next morning it is having software issues. The unit works! Plays sounds, but is acting funny, sound eq is auto switching, any key pressed also flips to "dim mode".

The sound quality was amazing.
The only complaint I had was over time the vibrations moved the speaker guards so they rattled, i simply removed them to solve that issue. There is no need for them anyways for any responsible adult

I will be buying another one of these if I can find one!
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By Mel on July 14, 2003
This sound system is just overall an awesome one. Great sound, apearence, and options. You couldn't go with much others.
The sound quality and bass, is awesome with this. Great for any teen lookin to blast there music, any videogamers to listen to there game with great quality, and awesome, for anyone just looking for a type of a line, way above average sound system.
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I was sad when I found out (in store) that they discontinued it on the shelves and I knew I had to own it. I have owned this stereo now for over 10 years and I have only recently been able to hook up my tv to it because the older tv's didn't have an audio input on them but In the past I was able to hook up my ps2 to it by plugging in the RCA (red,white) audio into the front and video from the back of the unit to the tv. Today I am even listening to music via bluetooth to the same stereo. It is amazing to me how long I have had it and it still works as good as it does. OH Yeah and the sound is the best!! This thing has enough sound to literally vibrate the walls of your house. (just be careful not to blow the speakers)
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By amy on January 17, 2004
I got this stereo for my 12 year old son. He loves it; it has so much bass. He sends his friends out of his room and turns it up, so they can feel it shake the walls and the floor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Good Guy on December 1, 2003
I looked evrywere for this stereo and sams club has this same stereo for 169.95 and it amzes me that it could get cheaper.
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