If you’re the kind of person that is happy to sacrifice a bit of sound quality in exchange for some serious pose value, then Philips’ new MCD299 micro home theatre could be just the ticket for your a la mode living room.
Looking sleeker than a headful of Brylcreem on Marlon Brando’s bounce, the MCD299 cuts a stylish dash with its black and silver brushed steel finish and Moto Razr-like illuminated flat buttons.
Sporting a four-disc changer to give users maximum uninterrupted lolling on the sofa time, the MCD299 comes with a natty motorised sliding front door and can play back a ton of audio/video formats including DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, Picture CD and Video CD/SVCD, DVD-Video with support for JPEG slideshows and MP3 tunes.
To keep the video output sharper than a fresh lemon cocktail up the nostril, the Philips Micro wotsit comes with a Progressive Scan application and a 12-bit Digital to Analogue converter.
There’s also a Digital Sound Control offering pre-set Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classic presets with the pretty but perilously fay-looking speakers given a boost in the bass department with a Dynamic Bass Boost control feeding the supplied subwoofer.
The unit can be mounted on the wall or stuck on the silver angled stands, and there’s a USB port for slapping in digital downloads and photos.
There’s no UK price or release date announced yet, but the quoted price of 529 Singapore dollars works out at around £200 which seems fantastic value for such a good looking and versatile combo.
Sound Enhancement Digital Sound Control 4 modes, Dynamic Bass Boost, Class “D” Digital Amplifier
Output power (RMS) 2x30W + 80W, Total output power 140W RMS
Sound System Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Out
Main Speaker Bass Reflex Speaker System, 4″ woofer
Subwoofer type Active
Subwoofer driver 8″ woofer
Disc Playback Modes A-B Repeat, Angle, Disc Menu, Fast Backward, Fast Forward, OSD, PBC, Repeat, Resume Playback from Stop, Slow Backward, Parental control, Slow Forward, Zoom
DVD Region 3
Playback Media DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, Picture CD, Video CD/SVCD, DVD-Video
Video Enhancement Progressive Scan
Still Picture Playback
Picture compression format JPEG
Picture enhancement Slideshow with MP3 playback
Playback Media Picture CD