Philips has launched the MCD908 DVD Micro Theater which they say combines the best of both audio worlds - tubes and chips and analogue and digital.

A compact, converged home entertainment system, this can play both CDs and DVDs.

Combining analogue Hi-Fi tubes that should mean a "warm" sound and low distortion and digital circuits - a Class "D" digital amplifier that this offers a 2 x 75 watts of output but with a relatively small footprint.

The real wood, three-way speakers comprise Neodymium Ribbon Tweeters, Silk Dome mid-range tweeters and 5-inch woofers.

The MCD908 boasts HDMI output while a 12-bit, 108MHz digital-audio converter claims to preserve every detail in the video source, delivering subtle shades and a smoother graduation of colours in the picture.

The system's build quality includes gold-plated connections, "heavy weight" aluminum construction, an ergonomically-designed remote control and a precision-cut metallic keypad with a genuine leather back cover.

DVD-Video, DVD+RW, MP3-CD, WMA-CD, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW and Picture CD discs can all be played back, while there is connectivity for add-on devices, including coax and optical digital outputs, an active subwoofer point, and SCART, CVBS and S-Video connections.

The MCD908 is available now for around £399.