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Philips Expands Accessories Lineup

New York — Philips Consumer Lifestyles announced shipping dates for new accessories that will become available in the second half.

The announcements were made during a press event here today.

On display were new A/V accessories, including a wireless HDMI system and a new universal remote control.

The Philips SWW1800/27 Wireless HD Link wirelessly transmits high-definition TV signals with up to 1080p

resolution from any source component within 75 feet of an HDTV connected to the HD Link’s receiver. The receiver can be placed on a flat surface or attached to the back of the panel.

According to the company, the signal is never compressed and retains all the attributes as if it were transmitted through a standard HDMI cable, without signal loss or degradation

It connects to up to four sources with two HDMI connections and two component video inputs.

The suggested retail is $799, and it should be available in the fourth quarter.

In remotes, Philip’s SRT9320 Prestigo universal remote control can control up to 20 devices regardless of component type or brand.

An onscreen wizard guide allows setup without the need for a PC, manual or the Internet. The SRT9320 is also capable of learning most features and functions from other remotes.

A 2.8-inch color touch-sensitive back-lit LCD screen displays color channel icons for direct access to favorites.

The macro activities feature allows the remote control multiple devices at once with one-touch commands, such as “Watch a movie” or “Listen to CD.”

Software can be periodically upgraded via a USB connection.

The remote will be available in August at suggested retail of $199.

Among other previously announced A/V products on display and available now were two new surge protectors, including a small travel model (SPP2110WA) with three protected outlets and two USB ports that will retail for $21.99m as well as three new digital TV antennas.

A host of headphones were also on display, among them the Philips Tapster SHB7110 Bluetooth stereo headset/headphone for music-capable phones. The headset can wirelessly switch between phone calls and music with one touch.