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Was in Asda earlier and saw they have the Philips Streamium WAC3500D/05 Wireless Music Centre. It's got a big yellow and red stickers on it saying "£149.99 (£299.99 at Comet)", the shelf labels say £120.00 so I asked and it's now down to £120, it's still listed as £299.99 on the Philips website. The shop assistant told me Asda were selling them at a loss.

Looks a pretty good system, it has CD, an 80gig HD, an ipod dock, a front USB port which you can play music from and it supports wireless music transfer (not sure if that's only to other Philips devices...) and with the firmware update it also supports internet radio!

I'll link to the Philips website below which has all of the specs.

Only slight problem with the system is it only supports mp3's with a bit rate between 128k and 320k and WMA (but I can't remember the bit rates for that) so it wouldn't be suitable for those using lossless formats.
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#1
Good one H/R added:thumbsup:
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http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/6726-WAC3500shot1big.jpg

Here is the link to the Philips website with the specs.

This site is a user forum for all of the Streamium products.

For those that want to read up before buying, here is the user manual in pdf format.

Oh yeah, forgot to say, if anyone does buy this a user has written a useful program for managing the streamium devices from a PC including adding and removing mp3's from the HD. It's called Wachandler.
#3
Here's a review too.
#4
Sounds like a good deal - I've been looking at something like this for a while. Thanks for the hard work. Heat and rep added.
#5
good deal.. heat added
#6
Looks brilliant, im gonna phone up my branch now :D ta!
#7
Got one today at Great Bridge. Displayed at 149, scanned at 120. Checkout girl was well shocked.

Great deal, many thanks.
#8
nobbyogden
Got one today at Great Bridge. Displayed at 149, scanned at 120. Checkout girl was well shocked.

Great deal, many thanks.


How have you found it? Is the sound quality any good?
#9
Hi,

I've called the Charlton, Bexley Heath and the super walmart store down south, to no avail - anyone else had any success finding this?

Nice find OP.
#10
I used to want something like this, but i found a £4 FM transmitter from dealextreme, which draws power from USB and is connected to the sound output of my Imac, but any computer will do. I can listen to music, internet radio, podcasts from all over my house by tuning the radios to 107.5 (my chosen frequency).

Even better, i can now use my iphone as a remote control anywhere in the house (using the wifi network). The sound quality is excellent, I used 2 extension cables to move the transmitter 1 meter away from the computer which dramatically improves the FM signal. (is it the antenna or the reduced interference?). Of course all the radios are in perfect Sync moving from room to room.

Can't recommend this solution enough...worth a try at £7.65 all in. Infact i routinely use this to listen to radio4 because i get better reception through my internet stream than the local FM broadcast.

heres the SKU's if you want to browse...
02660 USB Male-Male Connector Plug $1.46
00625 Fm Transmitter Full Range USB Port C007B Black HEJAN $7.88
05157 3.5mm Audio Extension Cable (1.5M) $1.60
02510 Translucent 5ft USB 2.0 Extension Cable $2.64
#11
I suspect that this item will drop in price now Logitech have announced the Squeezebox Boom. All depends what quality you want.
#12
I've had one of these since jan (bought from Comet for £299)

Its a really nice sounding system - its not the most user friendly, but the wachandler program goes some way to fixing that.

I didn't feel ripped off at £300.

You can stream files from a pc running mediaplayer 11, it will also play of usb / ipods (it comes with a dock)

it is a bit anoying that you cant add content to the hard drive using usb - and I haven't found a way for other devices on my network to read content off the Philips as a UPnP server (i.e. see the hdd library on the wac through media player 11).

all in all - Its a great system for £120
#13
Don't expect there's any way to back up the music on the drive?

This is the only thing that concerns me.

Hot deal.
#14
DOes this do reciva style web radio?
#15
There was a firmware fix to allow internet radio - I have yet to get it to work though
#16
had the philips wacs700!

(i.e. the daddy to this machine)

boy was it **** - the load songs on to this machine is poor

and mine broke within 12 months - got it repaired then broke again after about 15 months
#17
Sorry to come across as being a tad dim, but from reading the pdf user manual have I understood this correctly:
You can play internet radio through this (via wireless) without having your PC turned on?
Also, could I play the songs off this through my xbox360 via wireless?

Cheers! And apologies for my ineptitude!
#18
Shame none of the 13 stores near me stock this.
#19
, could I play the songs off this through my xbox360 via wireless?


In theory yes its supposed to be Upnp compliant or rather fully compliant with upnp and stream from the hard drive only bit, to another 5 devices you have in your house but apparently no one can get it to work as it should.

Thats the reason I wanted to buy one to stream music to n95, psp, ds, etc. @£120 with 40wtt RMs not to bad a price if there were actually any for sale
#20
Personally - I can't see this device using my Xbox 360's or my Xbox 1 runing xb media centre... It would be nice if you could - and if anyone has had any success with this then let me know.

What this device could do with, is someone hacking the firmware and making a better one...
#21
livid_chimp
Sorry to come across as being a tad dim, but from reading the pdf user manual have I understood this correctly:
You can play internet radio through this (via wireless) without having your PC turned on?
Also, could I play the songs off this through my xbox360 via wireless?

Cheers! And apologies for my ineptitude!


correct, as long as your router is switched on, there is no need for the pc to be powered up.
#22
Quite tempted but knowing my luck both edinburgh asda's will have sold out or wont stock them.

Oh well worth a look.

Heat added
#23
Chesser had lots of them in stock on monday
#24
We're all going DAB now. I think this thing looks reallly ugly and dated.
Hot but no thanks!
#25
There are 5 Left in Asda Living Durham as of 1pm if anyone is near that wants one.
#26
elofty;2891296
Quite tempted but knowing my luck both edinburgh asda's will have sold out or wont stock them.

Oh well worth a look.

Heat added


Livingston ASDA had stock. I spotted this a while back when they were at their original price as something my Mum might be interested in.

Not sure if they do now though... will check next time I'm in.
#27
ryan7
We're all going DAB now. I think this thing looks reallly ugly and dated.
Hot but no thanks!


Brilliant.

What next upgrading to betamax?

Chucking the Iphone for a minidisk?
#28
very tempted to go get one of these
#29
next year ill be at uni and every one will be on the same wireless network will this be able to stream music from everyones computers?
#30
Degeneratemoo
How have you found it? Is the sound quality any good?


Haven't set it up yet but I tested it in Currys next to a Denon S-81 and an Onkyo 325 and although they were all bunched together with the speakers 6 inches apart It sounded just as good.

For 120 if you want a system that does all it does you really can't go wrong, especially with the ipod dock as well.
#31
Silly question maybe, but can I bung in a pendrive and it'll play music non-stop that way? I really fancy one too but I've already got a TEAC with a USB socket (which sounds lovely), my mate wants one. :thumbsup:

Actually "a front USB port which you can play music from"..I'll assume that's what that means! (It says so on Trusted Reviews too, so hush my big mouth). :-)
#32
Hi,

Thought I'd say that we have 2 Philips Streamium devices now (MC-i200 - kitchen, SL400i - sitting room) and are total converts. We are probably going to buy this for our bedroom.

Yes, the interface is a little clunky, yes the fact that it doesn't support apple lossless and you have to convert them to MP3 is a little irritating, but other than that I'm a big fan.

I think for the price it's hard to complain about the fact that it's not perfect. Philips have certainly made listening to our library of almost 5000 clips of music (plus flicking through picture albums and video footage on the SL400i) a lot easier in our house. Once ripped, CDs are filed away rarely to been seen again!

Much better than getting stressed about not being able to find a favourite CD!
1 Like #33
Right, got it set up, kind of.

PROS - excellent sound for the money, much better than my sony dab bx7
one remote controls all
WMA, mp3, ipod cd cdr cdrw tuner usb and an aux input if you don't use the ipod dock

CONS - hdd louder than I thought it would be, although will get used to it
even in standby, slight humming still evident so not suitable for right next to bed

Would definitely suggest going for one. Great Bridge still had approx 12.
#34
nobbyogden
Right, got it set up, kind of.

PROS - excellent sound for the money, much better than my sony dab bx7
one remote controls all
WMA, mp3, ipod cd cdr cdrw tuner usb and an aux input if you don't use the ipod dock

CONS - hdd louder than I thought it would be, although will get used to it
even in standby, slight humming still evident so not suitable for right next to bed

Would definitely suggest going for one. Great Bridge still had approx 12.



Thanks, that's really helpful, rep added.

I may go for one of these. It sounds from the forum linked in page 1 of this thread that the internet radio only works with some stations even after the latest firmware is downloaded, which is a shame. So probably not worth buying forr that purpose.

Three questions for you or anyone else who has one.

1. If you have already ripped your music to your PC hardrive, how easy is it just to transfer the lot over to the stereo, and then just use this as a standalone machine, not connected anymore to the house wireless?

2. If you have a couple of hundred albums ripped, is it easy to move between them? Can you add favourites and that sort of thing to help out with the scrolling?

3. When you turn it on, does it remember what was last playing and continue from there?

Thanks in advance.
#35
Amazing, my hubby's wanted one of these since they came out, got one from Gateshead store today and he's been happily playing away with it this evening. Heat and rep added, thanks.
#36
Flake99
Thanks, that's really helpful, rep added.

I may go for one of these. It sounds from the forum linked in page 1 of this thread that the internet radio only works with some stations even after the latest firmware is downloaded, which is a shame. So probably not worth buying forr that purpose.

Three questions for you or anyone else who has one.

1. If you have already ripped your music to your PC hardrive, how easy is it just to transfer the lot over to the stereo, and then just use this as a standalone machine, not connected anymore to the house wireless?

2. If you have a couple of hundred albums ripped, is it easy to move between them? Can you add favourites and that sort of thing to help out with the scrolling?

3. When you turn it on, does it remember what was last playing and continue from there?

Thanks in advance.


1 and 2. Don't know yet and won't for a while because I'm still running my Pinnacle Soundbridge, sorry. But you can search by artist or album and playlists I think so that should help matters.

3. No :(

I was mainly interested in the WMA as a lot of my first mp3 discs were in this format and few systems play WMA. Also the ipod dock and pinnacle wireless means I won't be using the system to its limits for a while. But the pinnacles are selling for 50 pounds still on ebay so it means in essence I'm getting this system for 70 quid.

Seriously, I can't recommend this system enough for the money.
#37
£127 @ Asda Jewel.
#38
guerilla
next year ill be at uni and every one will be on the same wireless network will this be able to stream music from everyones computers?


If other people were on the same network - set their libraries to share with your wac3500...
then yes.
#39
Flake99
Thanks, that's really helpful, rep added.

I may go for one of these. It sounds from the forum linked in page 1 of this thread that the internet radio only works with some stations even after the latest firmware is downloaded, which is a shame. So probably not worth buying forr that purpose.

Three questions for you or anyone else who has one.

1. If you have already ripped your music to your PC hardrive, how easy is it just to transfer the lot over to the stereo, and then just use this as a standalone machine, not connected anymore to the house wireless?

2. If you have a couple of hundred albums ripped, is it easy to move between them? Can you add favourites and that sort of thing to help out with the scrolling?

3. When you turn it on, does it remember what was last playing and continue from there?

Thanks in advance.


1. Easy as drag and drop - I've used both the philips software supplied and the wachandler that someone linked to early on. - I set it to transfer about 65gb (1,200 albums encoded at 190) to it in the evening and it finished sometime during the next day (Was at work so cant be sure when it finished) - transfer about 3 or 4 albums at a time to it every couple of weeks - it only takes a few minutes.

2. You can search by albums by album title, artist or genre. using the basic functions on the machine, holding the down arrow to scroll speeds up considerably after 2 seconds held down (it also displays the letter of the alphabet in a large font so you dont go whizzing past what you were looking for). If you use the remote - there is a search function where you can enter the first few letters of the artist / album you are looking for (like txt messaging). Its not a great interface but far from terrible. I wouldn't let it put you off buying one.

3. No - but because 2 is reasonably straight forward - its not the end of the world.
#40
Anyone that gets one - I would recomend using a decent tag editor - If I trust windows medaplayer 11 to handle the album / artist / tracknumbers on the mp3 - when you copy it across to the philips you often get albums split in half or all tracks with a track number of 0

I'm not spamming but I got a free one from below - it uses brute force to tag files individually and you can do them in batch...
http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

I hate it when you get the situation where 'Metallica - Master Of Puppets' would be seen as a different album to 'Metallica - Master of Puppets' due to one bloody capital letter!!

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