Product Type: Philips hifi systems
Newest Review: ... wrong. Be careful if you think it is one of those teenage bedroom rigs, it is quite BIG. The speakers and control station are deep and tal... more
Ridiculously good for the money
Philips FW M400D
Member Name: BunnyGoddess
Philips FW M400D
Advantages: Fantastic sounds for the money
Disadvantages: A little Star Wars styling may not be your taste
To be honest, I chose this sight unseen on the internet because it had good reviews and it was a Phillips. My boyfriend said anything Phillips would be good, and he was right. I have had it for 2 months.
The sound quality is completely amazing. The bass is floor thumping and the volume will go pretty far up the decibels without distortion. I liked the Star Wars styling too, Black, silver and electric blue.
It isn't pretty, it looks serious and it is, too....
For a start, it was loads bigger than I imagined. Really, mini is not the word for it. Luckily, it just fits in the right spot in the lounge although my friend said it wouldn't. Ha- proved him wrong. Be careful if you think it is one of those teenage bedroom rigs, it is quite BIG. The speakers and control station are deep and tall.
I mainly wanted this for CD's. Just open the top loading Cd deck and you are ready. Obviously, this does not play tapes, this is all new technology.
The remote control is neat and slimline and it responds very fast.
I tried some Satie piano and it sounded incredibly clear, every note was enunciated. I could not actually believe my ears. I have never heard Satie so clearly.
Next up, some Rage against the Machine. The floor shook so I turned it down. Incredible bass. Bit scary as I have an inner ear disorder ( heavy metal when young).
240W RMS total power - that is biggish as hell for a small combo.
MAX Sound for instant power boost - some cute technology which increases clarity
Dynamic Bass Boost for deep and dramatic sound - oh yesss the floor shook
Digital Sound Control for optimised music style settings- altering the mix for different styles
There is internal calibration which ensures fab bass without distortion.
They thought about it all here.
So this explains sound quality, I think.
Big knobs and easily identifiable navigation is a good thing on this machine. I could use it right away without referring to the handbook.
The speakers have one big speaker and three smaller ones at least, this is how it appears. The big ones have a nice blue Battlestar Galactica mesh on them.
You can play your MP3, iphone or ipod on it, and charge it too. It has a nicely situated dock right on the front.
You can also plug in any USB device into this machine.
It has a timer which may be set.
I paid £170 for this machine and I truly think it is the best system I have ever possessed for that price.
I am a bit awestruck by the sound quality, it really is fantastic. I am so glad my boyfriend helped me choose, but now he is teeny bit jealous, so he will have to come over more often.
I have been playing David Sylvian, Chemical Bros, Leftfield and the radio which sounds brilliant and is digital.
Everything sounds pretty fab as the clarity is exceptional.
Summary: A fantastic cheap and easy to use system for a serious music lover
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