With its thick chunky styling, the Philips Streamium WACS7000 may look rather over the top, but if you want music streaming from every room (well, two at any rate), this is a nicely worked (if not inexpensive) solution.

The main piece of the Philips Streamium WACS7000 kit is the MusicCentre. This has an 80GB hard drive, on to which you can rip your CD collection (or fill with MP3s from your existing PC or wired/wireless network). CD ripping can be painfully slow, however.

You can then play the files on the Philips Streamium WACS7000's MusicCenter, or zap them across to the separate MusicStation - one of these is provided, although you can buy additional ones. You can't, however, stream media to other slave devices.

If you change from the MusicCentre to a MusicStation, you can even use the Philips Streamium WACS7000's 'Follows Me' feature to make sure you don't miss out on a note.

The Philips Streamium WACS7000 is relatively easy to set up but its interface is tricky to use.

But sound quality is generally pretty good and, the Wi-Fi range is excellent.

Verdict


Difficult interface aside, the Philips Streamium WACS7000 is a well-designed wireless music system - for anyone with the dosh.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

General


Capacity: 80GB
Dimensions: 360x283x128mm
Weight: 4.2kg
Colour: black
Included cables: ethernet cable
Included accessories: 2-way remote

Digital player/recorder


Supported digital audio standards: MP3, WMA
Playback modes: one-track repeat, All tracks repeat
ID3 tags support: yes
External hard drive function: no
Recording features: CD ripping to internal hard disk, one-touch recording of external sources
Additional features: wall mountable

Display


Display type: LCD
Display size: 48mm
Resolution: 128x96 pixels
Display colours: greyscale
Backlight: yes
Backlight colour: blue

Imaging features


Image display: no
Built-in camera: no

Radio

Tuner: FM
Presets: 50
Antenna: external
Additional radio features: one-touch recording

Audio input

Input type: line in
Built-in microphone: no

Audio output


Headphone type: 3.5mm

Equaliser


Equaliser type: Dynamic Bass Boost 3 steps, Equaliser, Incredible surround, Treble and bass control, Smart equaliser
Equaliser factory preset qty: 6
Equaliser factory presets: Classic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Techno, Neutral

Miscelleneous


Supported interfaces: USB, other
Included software: installation CD-ROM and WADM software

Philips Streamium WACS7000: Specs

  • Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11g
  • Output: Audio - Line Out (3.5mm Mini), RCA
  • ethernet - RJ45
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 360x283x128mm
  • 4.2kg
  • Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11g
  • Output: Audio - Line Out (3.5mm Mini), RCA
  • ethernet - RJ45
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 360x283x128mm
  • 4.2kg

OUR VERDICT

Difficult interface aside, the Philips Streamium WACS7000 is a well-designed wireless music system - for anyone with the dosh.

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