Philips Streamium MX-i6000 announced

The Streamium MX-i6000 adds Internet video entertainment, such as movies and music videos, to the wide variety of online music content already available via Philips’ existing Streamium service partners. The MX-i6000 can both access online services directly, or stream digital media like music, pictures and movies direct from the hard disk of a networked PC. Hooked up to a widescreen TV, the MX-i6000 will give consumers unprecedented access to the wealth of high quality A/V content now available online, enabling them to enjoy broadband entertainment in the comfort of their living rooms with the added benefit of a dedicated A/V system.

The MX-i6000 is a DVD home entertainment system which, via a broadband Internet connection, can access material such as movie trailers, short movies and music videos, along with music services such as MP3.com, MusicMatch, SHOUTcast, Radio Free Virgin and Andante.

Users can also access other Internet-based services such as online games and photo-albums. Viewed on a widescreen TV with the benefit of surround sound, these Internet services take on whole new dimensions of excitement and realism compared to the PC-based experience.

A feature of Philips’ Streamium technology is that Internet A/V devices like the MX-i6000 can be upgraded easily to add new services and even new features as they become available. Service and functionality additions – carried out via the Internet – ensure the MX-i6000 is future-proofed against equipment obsolescence and changing standards, as well as giving Philips the ability to offer consumers more services.

Stream-ready
Along with the Streamium MC-i250 micro system, the MX-i6000 forms the vanguard of a range of new breed of Philips consumer devices featuring wireless connectivity based on the 802.11b (WiFi) standard. Consumers have the choice of connecting the MX-i6000 to cable or ADSL broadband services by either a wireless network router, or via a wired Ethernet connection.

The MX-i6000 is also supplied with PC-link software that allows users to stream movies, pictures and music from the hard disks of networked PCs. The MX-i6000 provides easy access to a consumers’ library of MP3 audio, JPEG images or and MPEG video: as a result the MX-i6000 enables music files to be played back via a dedicated audio system, and if the files contain ID3 tag information (e.g. title, artist and album), those details can be displayed using the MXi6000’s ‘INFO’ function. Furthermore, with the MX-i6000 connected to a TV set, digital pictures and video can be played back just as easily.

Top quality audio reproduction
Whether playing back content from the DVD, CD, the Internet or a PC, the Philips MX-i6000 offers top quality home entertainment audio performance. Six integrated 75-watt audio amplifiers drive the stereo speakers, the matching rear speakers, a center speaker and two sub-woofers built into the rear speaker columns. The sub-woofers’ 360-degree sound distribution provides exceptional sound accuracy, while five multi-directional drivers in the Philips.Cinema Center Speakerâ„¢ provide a wide ‘sweet spot’ with clear foreground/background sound differentiation. Philips’ ClearVoice technology ensures accurate dialogue separation in the action scenes of a movie.

The MXi6000’s five-disc changer plays any combination of CD, CD-RW, MP3, MP3Pro, VCD, DVD, DVD+RW, Kodak Picture CD and JPEG Picture CD discs. Together with Dolbyâ„¢ Digital, Dolby ProLogic II, DTS and MPEG multichannel decoding, the MX-i6000’s high-performance speaker system ensures delivery of highly accurate and well-defined soundscapes and special effects. A user can adjust the speaker settings using their remote control to achieve optimum sound immersion and listening enjoyment.

The modern lines, noble-metal finish and uncluttered front-panel of the MXi6000 are designed to appeal to users who appreciate good looks as well as functionality. Its ‘Eco-power’ standby mode, which reduces standby power consumption to less than one Watt.

Philips will demonstrate the MX-i6000 for the first time at IFA 2003. The product will be available commercially from the beginning of next year. Details of pricing and local availability will be issued nearer time of introduction.

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