This is a Philips wireless home stereo system. The system consists of a "centre" which is your main unit and then "stations".
Each are sold separately.
You need one centre to get yourself started. You can get these online from Philips stores or in dixons / currys etc. You can also often pick these up on eBay. I paid £250 for mine.
The centre comes with some special software which you load onto your PC or laptop to manage your music library. You can rip CDs from your computer into your library or you can "drag and drop" music from your iTunes library into the Philips software which is nice if you already have a big iTunes library and the though of having to copy all of your CDs AGAIN into the Philips software makes you want to cry!!
Be warned though - select a few CDs at a time and drag and drop. Do not try to do the whole lot in one go!!!
You then buy as many stations as you want and have them dotted around your house. I have 2. One in my bedroom and one in my kitchen. They cost me £150 each.
Playing music from your centre, you hit a stream button and it wirelessly streams to your stations. Magic
You can also start playing music from one station - you don't have to go to the centre to start it. Although this way the music will only come out of one station. Not the other station or the centre.
The downsides of this - and this may just be my uselessness with technology - is that I have never been able to connect my laptop to my music centre wirelessly and every time I have put new music onto the centre it has somehow messed up the connection to the systems and my boyfriend has to fiddle about with some buttons to make it stream again. That isn't the end of the world though.
One sad thing though is that the cd drive broke pretty quickly. This means that new music has to go in via transfer from my laptop, rather than being able to pop a cd in the CD player and making it copy direct to the system. I understand from Philips forums that this is quite common
On the whole though, this is a smart system that looks dead stylish, but for the money I would have liked it to work a bit better as there are a few faults with my system that I have had to learn to just live with....
Bought this 18 months ago, but only came out of the box 12 months ago.Worked great until, inexplicably, one day it wouldn't recognise CDs. Tried cleaning it, updating firmware, but got nowhere.As it's out of warrantee, Philips aren't interested, unless I want to pay £100 just to have it looked at. It is now a useless piece of equipment sat in the corner of the room
what a useless bit of kit,does not connect to stations even after updating firmware,philips after care is nothing but useless,i have had two the wac700 + wacs750 + both had same problem,the wacs750 is a great bit of kit if only you could open the box + it works,but it doesn't.i purchased a wac700 in sept 07 it worked ok for 6 months,then i unplugged it + from that day up until now + even changing the system for a wacs750 there is still no connection to a station in another room,i am not the only one trying,the shop where i purchased it from has been round to my house downloaded firmware + still it does not work,at the moment we are trying to connect it to my home broadband,but getting the password off my isp is proving difficult,we will just have to wait + see,philips wake up for your own good.
Philips WACS700/05 music system is truly multi-room hi-fi for the wireless generation. It consists of a base station with a CD player and 40GB hard drive built in, plus a satellite unit, which receives and plays back music streamed wirelessly from the base station via built-in 802.11g adapters in each unit.
Spec: Network audio player + station, Stereo, MP3, PCM, WMA, Remote control (Infrared), Network audio player - MP3, PCM, WMA
Good: The Philips Streamium WACS700/37 is an
expandable two-room wireless digital audio system that is compatible with--but doesnt require--a PC or a Wi-Fi network. The server and client units have integrated speakers and an AM/FM tuner, and the main unit includes a CD player/ripper, a 40GB internal hard drive, and a two-way remote with an LCD. Flexible playback options allow for the same music in multiple rooms, multiple different streams, and a "follow" function from room to room.
Bad: The devices format compatibility is poor--it doesnt play DRM-protected audio files, it cant stream Internet radio or Rhapsody, and it cant broadcast music from CDs. The PC connectivity is clunky, CD ripping is slow, and the 40GB hard disk is small compared to similarly priced music servers.
Bottomline: The stylish Philips Streamium WACS700/37 can stream digital music throughout your home without a PC, but considering its high price, its hard to overlook some basic feature and performance shortfalls
This product is potentially amazing but due to terrible support from Philips and no firmware updates to fix bugs no one should buy it. Stear clear of this product or the replacement WACS7000 unless Philips shows some signes of improving their customer care.
Check out user feedback in the philips streamium forum before buying this product from them.
Their Streamium products are effectively not supported - bugs in the firmware are left unfixed.
See this link:
I am considering buying this unit for my home and storing my full CD collection on it. The main thing that is putting me off is the storage capacity, 40GB, I don't think this would be big enough for my collection. I wonder why Philips produce a good looking unit and then install a miniscule HDD in it, if Apple can produce an ipod with 60GB storage then why can't Philips increase the storage capacity of this unit??? Before any comments come back saying that Philips are releasing another unit, WACS5 with a 80GB HDD, I would still like the opportunity to purchase the WACS700 with a bigger capacity as in my opinion it is more aesthetically pleasing. Come on Philips get your finger out. I notice one of the website members, 'soundsexciting', has replied to another review stating that you can upgrade the storage capacity of the WACS700, but of all the literature I have read on the product I have yet to find this mentioned anywhere. If I was to find out that this is the case it would probably sway me into buying the product. So 'soundsexciting' if you could point me in the right direction on how to upgrade the unit this would be greatly appreciated.
I'm looking at several Digital Music Management Systems, the 1st one I saw was the Sonos at www.sonos.com, which seems to give you the same Multi-room playback capability but with a higher storage capacity (assuming you also get their suggested external drive), another one was the Musica at www.olive.us which comes with similar features and a built in 160 GB drive, I just don;t get why the WACS 700 is limited to 40 GB, it does not seem enough to me.
This is a revolutionary Multi-Room HiFi that allows you to stream music from the server to up to 5 additional clients placed anywhere within your home.
In terms of specifcation, you can read up on it by simply searching for this on google. I'll quickly go though the main points. 40gig hard drive allowing for up to 750 CD's to be stored (assuming 10 tracks per CD each of 4 minutes duration). Wifi capability allows music to be streamed from the server to the clients. Updatable Gracenote database that recognises a CD as soon as you put it in. Track info displayed on both clients and server. 2 way remote allows the same info to be displayed on the remote as well. Music selection by title, artist, genre. Simple iPod like menu system. Lovely. All thats in the literature on the Philips website. Go take a look.
Instead of a normal review I'm going to describe a scenario in which this unit will show itself to be superior to traditional HiFi's.
You're having a party. You have yet to purchase the WACS700 and instead have a HiFi capable of chucking out loads of decibels. You've had to make full use of the volume control so that the music in the living room can be heard throughout your house and garden. People sitting in the same room as the HiFi are unable to talk to each other because they can't hear each other. People in other rooms simply hear a dull bass drumming sound and can just about make out what song is being played. Your neighbours are in the process of calling the police. You have about 30 minutes before they come knocking on your door.
The month after the party you get sued by 3 of your guests for the damage done to their ears.
Okay so now forget that old technology malarky and look at the same party taking place with a WACS700.
The music in the living room can be independantly controlled to that in the rest of the house. Sound levels, bass, treble even the music that is playing on each unit can be customised to the individual room (perhaps its a kids party and the children are in one area and the adults are in another).
This time the sound in the living room doesn't have to radiate through to the rest of the house. You can keep the volume levels at a respectable level allowing for a mature party where people can talk to each other without damaging their ears and which doesn't annoy your neighbours. You've set up clients in various places in your house. The room next door has one, the conservatory has one, there is even one in the garden and the downstairs loo :).
The system is set up in 'Broadcast' mode allowing for all the clients to play the same track as the server but it doesn't have to be. You could decide to play different tracks in each room.
Before this was released, the closest you could get to the functionality would be to purchase a Bang and Olufsen Multi-Room system using a cable to connect the clients. You would also have to take out a second mortgage in order to buy one and it wouldn't allow the clients to be fully independant of the main server. The Bang and Olufsen doesnt even come with a Gracenote database.
Philips have created a product that is rare in the market place. Its innovative. Its stylish. Its practical. Its expandable. You can buy additional clients as and when you need them. There is nothing on the market that comes close to the WACS700.
It sells for £599 in Currys and for that you get a server and a client.
I bought one from my local HiFi shop for £650 and this was with an extra client. I urge people to take a look at this thing. If you're in the market for a HiFi then this requires serious consideration.
I've just bought an extra client to put in my bedroom. Its great being able to listen to your music collection in the comfort of your bed. The only downside is that Philips neglegted to include an alarm function in the system so you still need a separate alarm clock.
In addition to the extra client I've now also managed to connect the HiFi to my wireless network at home. This now enables me to play the music stored on the Hard Drive on my desktop PC and also my WiFi enabled laptop. Effectively I've now got another 2 clients. This system is absolutely great.