Philips FWM575 360 Watts MP3/WMA Mini Shelf System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 360 watts total system power
- 3-way speaker system with MAX bass port
- 3 CD changer
- 60 hours of WMA-CD or 30 hours of MP3-CD music
- Dual logic tape deck with auto replay
- 360 watts total system power
- 3-way Speaker System with MAX bass port
- Enjoy MP3/WMA music directly from your portable USB devices
Simply plug in your device to the USB port on your Philips Hi-Fi system. Your digital music will be played directly from the device. Now you can share your favorite moments with family and friends.
- 3 CD Changer
- 60 hours of WMA-CD or 30 hours of MP3-CD music playback
- Dual Logic Tape Deck with auto replay
- MAX Sound for instant power boost
MAX Sound technology produces an instant boost in bass, maximizing volume performance and instantly creating the most impressive listening experience with just the touch of a button. Its sophisticated electronic circuitry calibrates existing sound and volume settings, instantly boosting bass and volume to maximum levels without distortion. The end result is a noticeable amplifying of both sound spectrum and volume and a potent audio boost that will add mileage to any music.
- 3-step Dynamic Bass Boost
- Incredible Surround for enhanced audio enjoyment
Incredible Surround is an audio technology from Philips that dramatically magnifies the sound field to immerse you in the audio. Using state-of-the-art electronic phase shifting, Incredible Surround mixes sounds from left and right in such a way that it expands the virtual distance between the two speakers. This wider spread greatly enhances the stereo effect and creates a more natural sound dimension. Incredible Surround allows you to experience total surround with greater depth and width of sound, without the use of additional speakers.
- Virtual Ambience Control provides simulated sound settings
Top Customer Reviews
My concern was finding a unit with line-in (aux) input jacks to connect a turn table (from a phono pre-amp). There are not many mini steros available with an aux input. It is rather eclectic to listen to old vinyl recordings and MP3 files on flash memory via the front panel USB port.
The USB port will automatically find all MP3 files saved on either a USB flash drive or a flash memory card even if mixed with other data files. A flash memory card requires a separate reader connected to the USB port.
The virtual ambience control (VAC) and incredible surround (IS) is excellent even with the speakers positioned next to the main unit. IS (surround sound) works best about 10 feet in front of the speakers. The sound quality is very good with the 3-way bass ported speakers even at high volume (which is very loud). Excellent bass and high end definition after correctly setting the dynamic bass boost.
Both tape players do not have auto-reverse but can select between auto-stop and auto-replay with full logic controls. Unit plays CD-R disks just fine. Did not yet try CD-RW disks although they should work.
Two front panel multi-function controls (fast forward and reverse, title, album, station presets, ect) are bit awkward to use. The 3-way buttons are next to each other and it is easy to occasionally select the wrong function. However, all of the other front panel control buttons are well placed. The remote control is easy to use and more intuitive than the two multi-function controls.
The included AM loop antenna cable should be longer (it's about 2.5 ft) to better position antenna for reception of weak signals. The FM antenna is long enough to position it away from the stereo.
Overall it is a great system and well worth the price of admission.
The speakers were larger than I expected, because of the extra features that they put into the system, but produce excellent sound. The radio tuner receives more stations in my area than any other system I've had over the past decade, which isn't easy in an area with a lot of old fashioned aluminum siding and other sources of interference.
The CD/CD-R player works well, though I had one or two self-made discs that it fails to be able to read (probably due to the discs themselves). The shuffle feature will only shuffle on a single disc, not across all 3, a feature which is mildly annoying. With my old system I'd load up cd-r mp3 sets in all the slots and set it on shuffle and let run an entire day, this one the shuffle will only handle one disc at a time (and seems to have problems on CD-Rs that have 200+ songs stored on it.
I've not used the USB port much since I don't own an IPOD or similar device.
The remote takes some time to learn to use effectively, and that's important as not everything on the system has controls on the system front panel.
Overall I think it was a good result for my money at this time... but as I've learned the test of most stereos is if they are still working 2 years down the road. I want machines that will last since I'm on a limited budget, for years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking everywhere for a system that would hook up to the TV like all of the old Stereo systems did. I found this and I have been really surprised. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by Dani
This is the worst product i have ever used.
Iam a drummer and needed this for a few shows.
Tapes get eaten and cds dont play. Read more
this stereo is remarkable i bought it brand new 360watts full power
clear crisp sound the bass is so good it sounds like a big stereo in another room you can feel the bass... Read more
From reading other reviews, it looks like this unit either works when it arrives, or it doesn't work at all. And, it looks like the chances are 50/50 either way. Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by ChetH20
Well I bought it on ebay, it was new, sort of. Well anyway I had problems with cd play. Sound only was on the right speaker, not the left. Read morePublished on November 18, 2007 by brown baron
I was really looking forward to having a new stereo system. Unfortunately, the unit arrived today and was defective... Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Stephen
There aren't a lot of shelf systems with tape decks anymore, but this one has great sound, looks good, and functions well. Easy to assemble. Extremely satisfied with my purchase.Published on October 16, 2007 by J. Dennis
The CD player quit after about a week. Using an external CD player through the auxiliary input now. Phillips would probably rather forget they ever put their name on this thing. Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by Kenneth M. Moss
I am very impressed with the systems looks and the sound quality was very good, but... I only played the system for about 30 minutes when I went back one week later to turn it on... Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Bridge in SA