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Philips Readies 2nd-Half Audio Line

Philips’s second-half audio lineup will include the company’s first DVD-equipped micro-systems, first 1GB flash-memory portable and the industry’s only circular-shaped HDD MP3 portable.

The company, however, won’t offer replacements for a home theater in a box (HTiB) system and a pair of micro-systems that used wireless 802.11g to stream music from a PC. In audio, the company’s wireless focus will be on its previously announced WACS700 do-it-yourself six-zone music-server solution and on previously announced devices that stream music, or music and video, from a PC to a home entertainment system.

In other developments, the company:

  • is not including SuperAudio CD playback in any U.S. product this year. Philips still offers the technology in other countries, however;
  • will announce more HDD headphone portables in July;
  • showed new sports-style MP3 portables;
  • shipped only one of eight shelf systems unveiled in 2004 with PC-USB connectivity, but the company promises multiple models in 2006;
  • said its first HTiB with DVD-recorder won’t appear until 2006, having been promised for 2005. Its first HTiB with DVD-recorder and A/V-storing HDD will also appear next year;
  • just began shipping its RC 9800i IR/RF remote at a suggested $599, having initially targeted 2004 delivery. It uses 802.11b to control and view PC content from other rooms and can be used in conjunction with the company’s music and A/V streamers. It also downloads EPGs via a broadband connection.

For details on select products in Philips’ audio line, see story at