Philips goes wireless with Connected Planet range

Philips has finally announced its wireless range of products in the UK that will all be able to communicate with eachother and benefit from streaming content from the family PC. Orignally shown at CES in January this year, the range, called Connected Planet, hopes to make wire free home networking a consumer reality.

The new range will initially start with four products, but Philips are already planning to expand the range with other wireless devices across the home entertainment arena.

The first products include the MX6000i: a complete DVD home entertainment system, the SL400i & SL300i wireless multimedia links and the MCW770 micro hi-fi system offering a plug and play solution for wireless streaming of music from your PC library.

Then MX6000i integrates video and audio streaming capability into a full DVD home cinema system with six-channel surround sound playback via the five supplied speakers and integrated subwoofers. Designed to easily connect to the living room TV via a single scart lead; one button push on the MX6000i's remote control is all that's needed to begin streaming video and audio tracks from the internet or from movies and music already stored on your PC.

The MX6000i also features a five-disc DVD tray, playback for normal and MP3 music CDs plus an integrated FM/AM tuner with 40 presets. Audio output is also impressive with power out rated at 450 watts total RMS with 75 watts delivered to each of the six channels.

However, if you already have a home cinema system and just want to stream content, you can stream onto any home entertainment system, TV or stereo from your PC or the Internet by using one of Philips dedicated smaller PC link devices, the SL400i or SL300i.

The SL400i is a wireless box that will enable you to stream directly to your TV and audio equipment elsewhere in the house. Featuring an integrated display, exactly the same content can be streamed including pictures and MP3s from your PC or audio and film clips directly from your Internet connection.

Even smaller is the SL300i that also lets you stream exactly the same content as the other products in the range.

The MCW770 is a sleek fully featured micro system with a 5 CD disc changer and FM tuner which also allows you to stream all your favourite MP3s straight from your PC.

The MX6000i, SL300i and SL400i will cost £550, £250 and £250 respectively and be available from September. The MCW770 will cost £300 and be available from October.