MCi900 Streamium Hi-Fi Micro System
The MCi900 Streamium's speakers may take some getting used to due to its alien-esque speaker design. However, there is good reason why Philips designed their SoundSphere tweeters in such a bug-eyed fashion. "Traditional speakers can distort the way instruments sound, often making music seem flat, narrow and tight. With Philips' rich heritage and expertise in high-end sound, we labored over changing the way traditional speakers distort instruments, and designed a revolutionary speaker architecture," says Mr Ryan Tirta Yudhistira, Senior Manager of Philips' Customer Marketing AV Multimedia (Asia Pacific) division. Using neodymium magnets instead of conventional ferrite magnets, Philips has managed to reduce the size of the tweeters, thus minimizing chances of diffraction and impingement of the higher frequencies emitted by its neighboring woofer. Besides offering a wider spatial sound, the Streamium also comes with a color LCD screen and a RMS power output of 100 watts as driven by Philips' Class "D" digital amplifier. Seven years in the making, the MCi900 will hit local shelves in July with an asking price of S$1,299.
BDP9500 Blu-ray Player
Never mind the present madness revolving over 3D displays. This Blu-ray player was built to generate first-rate audio quality besides its ability for stunning visuals. According to statistics presented by Philips, global sales of DVD players have been on a gradual decline while Blu-ray figures have been on a steady upclimb since its introduction a few years ago. In fact, Blu-ray sales have now surpassed the numbers for DVD decks due to a growing demand for Full-HD sources. That's where their flagship BDP9500 comes in. Other than Philips' much talked about Qdeo Kyoto G2 video processor, this Blu-ray player is also equipped with the distinguished Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DAC chip and a separate analogue sound processing circuitry. Not just that, this mean machine also hides a linear power supply and a torodial transformer, dedicated to the player's audio section to ensure minimal noise is produced. The BDP9500 will enter the market with an estimated selling price of S$699.