Philips Streamium Wireless Micro Hi-Fi System MCI500H 160 GB/2000 CDs Free Internet radio 2 x 50 W is rated
3.9 out of
Rated 2 out of
A lot of problemsWhen I first bought the product I was very excited, because of the cost I bought a display unit which was cheaper, with a huge hard drive,however with use it has a few problems which need to be addressed.
1.Having registered the device I wanted to update the gracenote database, as you need to register the device first, however I tried I could not and still cannot update the database via the Philips website, once you login and press the link it just goes round in circles asking you to register, contacting customer services on this matter gave no results, and you cannot download the database anywhere else.
2.Don't lose the software cd as it is very difficult to obtain a copy from the internet, I am a seasoned veteran regarding the internet, and I had to search for days to get a download.
3.The interface to transfer music from your pc to the device could be much simpler, Philips seem to overcomplicate things here.
4. When you direct record for example a cd to the hard drive the file system buries the recording and it takes ages to find it, if you have many albums already on your drive it can be a nightmare, even more so if you record from radio.
5. Don't try to get your head round the remote control unless you have a degree in quantum physics.
On a lighter note once you do get music onto the system it does sound good, with good bass and treble, and the unit itself is compact with a good screen.
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 4 out of
Good product with a few nigglesThis is so nearly an excellent product if you want to banish CD clutter and have good accessibility to your music collection. You can play music off the hard drive, CDs, USB sticks, external input or internet radio. The sound quality is pretty good for the price and it's certainly loud enough! You can also access the music on the hard drive from PCs on the network so you can listen to your collection while doing something else on your laptop in another room. So far so good. Unfortunately there are just a few things that let it down:
- you can't fast forward or rewind through a track
- if you listen to an album off the hard drive, the MCI500H insists on leaving a gap between tracks even where there was no gap on the CD. This completely ruins your enjoyment of the (surprisingly many) albums where tracks run into one another. Yes, you can combine tracks on a pc before copying to the MCI500H but then the track listings are wrong and you can't search for the tracks by name. Plus, if you do want to just listen to the second track you can't fast forward to it (see above!).
- the whole thing freezes occasionally - you can navigate to a track or internet radio station but you can't play it. The only answer is to turn the power off and on again.
Overall I am glad I bought the MCI500H but it could be perfect if Philips addressed these niggles with an upgrade (which the MCI500H is very capable of receiving over the internet).
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 5 out of
Streamium Music SystemFirst of all: I am not a tech-expert. The MCI500H is a fantastic peace of kit. The sound quality of the speakers is very good. With regards to the WIFI aspect of it. I haven't yet figured out the internet radio funationality, but it hasn't been my highest priority.
Streaming music to stations depends a lot on what stations you use. The WAS7500 works very well, though we also had another WAS6500(?) (which Phillips has wisely taken off their site) which was smaller and which requires resynching every time you add music to the MCI500. This is the only frustrating aspect so far.
Adding music is simple, though it is important to understand the limits: 30000 songs might seem a lot, but the database on the system only accepts 50000 different entries or combinations of entires for fields like Song, Artist, Album and Genre. Therefore it is wise to restrict the number of Genres you use.Basically, you can use either an ethernet cable or the WIFI network to add songs. The pace is reasonable. The CD-Rip function works well, though I prefer to Rip on the PC and manage the file tags on the PC as the Gracenote software doesn't know slightly more obscure artists.
THE MCI500H works very well with the WAS7500. It doesn't loose connectivity any more often than any other bit of WIFI that is hooked up to your router. The streaming works wonderfully well without interruptions. In our house we frequently have the centre and one or two stations running throughout the day with no problems at all.
What Phillips could improve for the next one is:
- Increase the amount of songs to be stored on the database
- "Wheel Function" on the station or Remote controll to enable quicker browsing of the music library.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 3 out of
Good sound but poor connectivityGreat for storing & playing ripped CDs but connections to stations through its network & access to the Internet is fiddly to set up & frquently lost.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of
Top KitThis is a great Music system, However if you cannot program your old Vcr then this is not for you! NO DAB Radio shame!
It is Difficult to program and updates and other functions that require the web will Have you tearing your hair out as you try to work your way around the many Philips Web pages, and poor manuels, Be Warned it is all very complex.
BUT if you are capable and confident , when it works it is a fabulous piece of Gear
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of
Amazing!Bought this for my husband for his birthday,so pleased with it.I set it up the day before,just in case it was difficult and to save any arguments,but it was so easy...honest!
The sound is crystal clear and the power,we have never had the volume all the way up,it would blow your head off.
Transfering music from your laptop is so easy.
Best thing we have bought.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 5 out of
Philips solves my CD storage problemIn this age of digital audio it's difficult to find a nice looking hard drive based Hi-Fi system that fits into the small living spaces we have today. CD's take up a large storage space if they span over the last 30 years as mine do. This unit stores them all on its hard drive for easy access, clearing the shelves of dusty CD cases, a perfect solution.
Wireless connection to your home router is made easy for access to internet radio, firmware updates and best of all, remote accessible play list on a PC showing the contents of the MCI500's hard drive, a bit like a basic iTunes set up.
Copying CD's onto the hard drive is very easy, just a one touch button will rip the entire contents of a CD onto the hard drive. The unit identifies the track names and displays a full colour image of the cover artwork thanks to full integration with the Gracenote library, brilliantly simple.
The sound quality is good, but not top notch, lacking forcefulness of separates, but this would probably be solved by replacing the supplied speakers with better quality ones. Never the less most users will be happy with the sound quality and volume. Pre-programmed equaliser setting can be selected to suit various types of music from pop to jazz, classical to natural; a user configurable bass and treble is also available.
A USB port is available for connection to and external input source such as an iPod, the unit connects flawlessly and displays the contents of the external source using Gracenote - brilliant!
Okay, so this unit doesn't have DAB reception, but it just doesn't matter since I listen to internet radio most of the time and from that point of view the MCI500 is totally future proof.
Having the unit now for over 12months it's proved totally reliable and a pleasure to listen to. Would I buy another one when the time comes - yes, well done Philips for solving an ever growing CD collection problem in a neat package.
Date published: 2011-10-09
Rated 4 out of
Fantastic features but further refinement needed.Purchased the Streamium with the intention of streaming music from my PC to the hifi. With regard to this function I found setting up the wireless security key difficult as it expects more characters than the normal UK WEP. The wired connection works well but does suffer from connection interupts from time to time although I'm unsure if this is to do with the Streamium or my PC setup! The only other gripe is that I'm finding it hard to find a retailer that stocks the separate stations for the system.
On the plus side - when all is working well it's simply fantastic! Being able to stream from my PC or choose to play playlists ripped to the internal HDD is exactly what I wanted. The internet radio is immensely powerful and sound quality is superclear and pretty potent. If Philips could refine the small issues with it then I would have given it 5 stars!
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