Philips shows off slick new HDD stereo

The stack that never was
The stack that never was

Philips unveiled a new stereo system that places another device in the 'shiny, glossy product range' it seems to be into at the moment.

Hot on the heels of the WACS 7500 wireless music system comes the MCi5000 Wireless Micro HiFi, boasting USB inputs, HDD CD ripping capabilities and internet radio goodness for the days when you're wondering what the cool kids are listening to in Uzbekistan.

Stack happy

The system looks like a stack, with controls on the top and an amp on the bottom, but the two are held together with a CD slot so you can upload all your favourite choons to the pretty large 160GB hard drive.

The default setting is MP3,but apparently a variety of different track types can be used, so you can rip out even better sound quality from your digital domain if you so wish (and you should…Sting always sounds better on higher encoding.)

USB inputs will handle your day-to-day track-lusts when you don't have a CD handy, or could even be used to expand the hard drive if you fill the stereo's capacity.

Though how you'd do that when you can fit 2000 CDs on there is anybody's guess.

Out from August this year, it'll probably retail for around £500, but rumour is the price might drop around Christmas time, so for the style and functionality it's likely to be a bit of a bargain.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.