By March 25, 2008

Philips announce their new Wireless Audio Centre

Philips have today announced their new Wireless Audio Centre the WACS7500.

Philips WACS7500

Philips WACS7500

The WACS7500 is Philips most complete Wireless Audio Centre to date, boasting a new fresh design, improved sound quality and a host of new features including – for the first time – access to the huge range of radio stations available on the Internet.

Following the pioneering concept of its predecessors, the WACS7500 consists of a main unit (WAC7500) and an additional station (WAS7500). CDs inserted into the main unit are automatically ripped and stored on the internal 80Gb hard disk –enough capacity for up to 1500 albums.

The stored tracks can then be accessed for immediate playback or can be distributed wirelessly to up to five WAS7500 stations located anywhere in the home.

The same digital track can be enjoyed simultaneously in each location or alternatively independent track selections can be streamed to each of the five stations.

In addition, the WACS7500 can also be easily integrated into an existing wireless home network enabling music from a PC to be played through the system while also providing two-way transfer of tracks.

Audio performance has been improved thanks to changes to the flat panel speaker system. In addition to new mid-range panels the WACS7500 includes dedicated tweeter panels to deliver a cleaner, more detailed hi-end sound. Plus the integrated subwoofer replaces twin side mounted ports with a single, larger downward firing port for a full but tight bass performance.

The WACS7500 boasts a slick new design and joins a family of matching minimalist-styled products in the Philips Design Collection. The main unit is 20mm slimmer than its predecessor and incorporates a luxurious glass stand. Extensive manual controls are located on the sides of the units while both the centre and station also now feature crisp colour screens with the option of vividly displayed album artwork for the tracks being played.

An improved user interface now uses Philips’ slick SuperScroll system – found in Philips’ portable MP3 players – providing fast and accurate track or album navigation.

The WACS7500 is the first Philips Wireless Audio Centre to provide access to the huge number of radio stations available on the Internet. For added convenience, Philips has partnered with BlueBeat, Live365 and Radioio, providing immediate access to their huge selections of web radio stations while additional stations can also easily be added to the system via the Club Philips website.

Consumers can also claim a free iPod/Philips GoGear docking station, which allows music on the portable jukebox to be played back through the WACS7500, while also recharging the player.

Alternatively, music on a memory stick player to be played directly through the WAC7500 and WAS7500 thanks to USB Direct functionality.

An Ethernet connection also enables tracks to be backed up onto a PC or external Hard Disk and also accesses the very latest Gracenote CD database, ensuring track listings are always up-to-date.

The WACS7500 is the latest addition to the Philips family of Streamium products which also includes the WAC3500D wireless micro Hi-Fi system and WAK3300 wireless music alarm clock station. In stores now, the WACS7500 is available for an approximate suggested high street selling price of £699.99 with additional WAS7500 stations also available for £199.99.

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