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Philips MCI500H

Philips MCI500H
alaScore 84

200 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews of Philips MCI500H. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems for all reviews. People really like the design and usability, but many are negative about the size and price. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, design

price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Philips MCI500H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Philips MCI500H from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Audio Systems on People are impressed by the design. The usability is also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the size and price, and views are divided on the reliability.

usability, design

price, size

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips MCi500H/05 Wireless Micro HiFi System with Class 'D' Amplifier, 160Gb Hard Disk and Internet RadioPhilips MCi500H/05 Wireless Micro HiFi System with Class 'D' Amplifier, 160Gb Hard Disk and Internet Radio

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Edward Chester (

Philips Streamium MCi500H


Philips' MCi500H tries to bring the Streamium line into Hi-Fi territory but does it suceed?

Feed a CD into the drive and you can not only choose to play it normally but also rip it to the hard drive as you play or at higher speed without playing at the same time. Artist, Album, and Track information are looked up from the downloaded Gracenote...

May, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Philips MCi500H review


The MCi500H can rip CDs to its 160GB hard disk, links to your wi-fi network for music streaming and internet radio, and delivers a big, bold sound

Good looks and great display ; simple and well-featured network-integration ; CD ripping ; spacious sonic delivery

Music Broadcast mode is limited ; MP3-only ripping is disappointing ; bass is a little over-cooked

The MCi500H has great features and decent sound, but it’s still not the finished article

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (

Philips MCi500H review


Philips' latest musical box of tricks brings the micro hi-fi into the wireless age. But does it do enough to rival the likes of the mighty Sonos?

The MCi500H has a great range of features and decent sound, but it’s still not the finished article

Feb, 2009

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Philips MCi500H


The MCi500H is a brand new model in Philips' Streamium series, with a colour display that significantly increases its ease of use and a 160GB hard disk for saving a personal music collection. It will stream music from this internal disk and play...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications


USB Hosts:1


Cassette deck:N
Colour of product:Black / Black, grey
Disc loading type:Tray
Loader type:Tray
Optical disc player:Y / Yes
Type:Micro set / Mini set


Backlight: Yes
Backlight colour:White
Backlight display:Y
Display Type:LCD
ID3 Tag display:Y


Equalizer:Y / Yes
Equalizer customizable:Y
Equalizer Modes:Classic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Techno
Volume Control:Digital


Audio amplifier:Y
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
Peak Music Power Output (PMPO):200
RMS rated power:100 / 2
Speaker Type:2-way
Subwoofer driver diameter:13.3
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):13.3
Subwoofer driver size:13.3
Woofer Diameter:13.3


Ethernet LAN:Y
Security algorithms:64-bit WEP,128-bit WEP,WPA
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP):Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11g

Other features

AC power cord:Y
Antenna type:FM Dipole
Auto digital tuning:Y
CD-R playback: Yes
CD-ROM:Installation CD-ROM, WADM and utilities software
CD-RW playback: Yes
Clock function:Y
Dimensions (WxDxH):265 x 289 x 182.5
Display language:English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Eco power standby:1 W
Hard disk playback mode:Wi-Fi streaming to 5 stations, "My Room, My Music", "Music Follows Me", "Music Broadcast"
I/O ports:Etherne\nFM
Music Power:200
Power requirements:220 - 240 V, 50 Hz
Set weight:12.1
Sound enhancement technology:Dynamic Bass Boost 3 steps, Equalizer, Incredible Surround, Treble and Bass Control, Class "D" Digital Amplifier, Smart equalizer
USB direct modes:Play/Pause, Previous/Next, Stop

Packaging Content

Accessories included:Batteries: 2 x AAA, CD-ROM: Installation CD-ROM, WADM and utilities software, Included accessories: AC Power Cord, FM antenna, Warranty Card: Warranty Card, User Manual: English, more languages on CD, Quick start guide: English, Remote control: 1-way Remote
FM antenna:Y
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y


Audio formats supported:M4A, MP3, WMA / MP3,WMA
Card reader integrated:N
Channels quantity:50
Disc types supported:CD,CD-R,CD-RW / CD-R, CD-RW
MP3 bit rates:8 - 320
MP3 Playback:Y / Yes
PC Link playback mode:MP3 streaming via network, Wi-Fi wireless connection
Playback disc formats:CD audio
Playback modes:Fast forward, Fast reverse, Next, Previous, Repeat
Recording on:HDD
USB direct playback:Y

Ports & interfaces

Apple Docking:N
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:Y / Yes
USB port:Y
Wireless Connection:Y


AC input frequency:50
AC input voltage:220-240
Number of Batteries Supported:2
Power Source:AC

Product properties

Cassette player: No
CD changer: No
CD player: Yes
CD-player: Yes
DVD player: No
DVD-player: No
MiniDisc player: No
Miscellaneous:Wi-Fi streaming to 5 stations, 160 GB hard disk to store up to 2000 CDs
Playable formats:CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA, non DRM AAC
Remote: Yes
Surround: No
USB Hosts:1


Internet Radio: Yes
Preset stations quantity:50
Supported radio bands:FM
Tuner enhancements:Auto Store
Tuner type:Digital


Total Storage Capacity:160

Technical Details

Connector(s):LAN wired: Ethernet (RJ 45) 1 x
Plug and Play:Y


Audio output:100 RMS Watts
Number of presets:50
Radio: Yes
Radio type:FM
Speaker type:2 way

Weight & Dimensions

Case or master carton weight:13.5
Height :182.5
Main speaker depth:27
Main speaker height:30.1
Main speaker width:17.4
Package depth:39.7 / 397
Package height:35.7 / 357
Package weight:13.5
Package width:57 / 570