- Good value, attractive design
- Sound quality is not especially impressive
If you're not overly worried about audio quality, and are looking for a simple and attractive way to play your iPod on speakers, then the Philips MCM108D provides a very affordable answer.
Price$ 209.95 (AUD)
Philips has released its new MCM108D Mini Hi-Fi with the hope of riding the success of Apple's iPod series, by designing a unit specifically to interface with the iPod, as well as the range of Philips GoGear audio players. While most audiophiles will probably want to give this product a miss, it's a cheap and easy way to play an iPod on a HiFi system. With AM/FM radio, CD support and the standard range of Hi-Fi sleep, clock and timer functions, Philips has really packed a lot into a unit that comes in at just over $200 RRP.
Audio quality on the player is quite reasonable considering the price bracket, but is by no means impressive. High and mid ranges are relatively clear, with minimal distortion and fuzziness, although this increased at higher volumes. The lack of a subwoofer means that low frequency bass sounds are barely noticeable; this is definitely not a floor shaking unit.
The unit's real selling point is its support for the iPod and GoGear mp3 players. A dock, along with eight adaptors (enough to fit any iPod or GoGear on the market, save the shuffle) comes included, and plugs directly into the back of the unit. Connecting your mp3 player to the HiFi is as simple as plugging it into the dock, and then hitting play to listen to your music. The included remote control allows cycling through both albums and tracks, making song selection quite easy, even if a little time-consuming for those with large music libraries. However, it should be noted that the remote control doesn't control CD playback functions, and that the front panel must be used to play, pause, stop or skip CD tracks.
One of the more pleasing aspects of the system is its design. The central unit, along with two speakers, are all encased in white plastic, with simple controls. The entire ensemble resembles the iPod, and would look quite attractive in most lounge rooms or bedrooms. Although black iPods don't exactly match the all-white colour scheme, we still found the end result to be quite aesthetically pleasing. The three sections of the unit have a good height to width ratio, at 15cm x 15cm each, allowing the whole package to fit easily in the average bookshelf. Users planning to use the CD tray, however, should note that it adds another 10 to 11 centimetres of height when fully opened, so make sure to allow for this when deciding its placement.
The controls are fairly easy to master, with the exception of the radio tuning dial, which is hard to control. After selecting our radio station the dial would often settle itself, shifting the tuning one or two points up or down. While this is nothing major, it did end up degrading the reception slightly, bringing annoying static into radio broadcasts about twenty seconds after we switched to them. Buttons would have been a more practical method of cycling through radio bands.
In the end, the MCM108D is great value for its price, and is a good option for anyone who wants to listen to their iPod on big speakers without spending too much money. Essentially, if you're happy with the sound reproduction on your regular iPod earphones, you won't have too many beefs with this product.
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Sport AT
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Apple iMac Pro
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Toys for Boys
ESET Smart Security Premium
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Tivoli PAL BT
ESET Internet Security
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
There are countless trends competing for attention in the gaming notebook and laptop space but not all of them are either useful or benefit the core gaming experience.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Tab S4 review: Freestyle
- 2 Sony WF-SP900 review: One step forward, two steps back
- 3 Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 review: Safety first
- 4 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 5 Lenovo Smart Display review: The bigger, better buy
Latest News Articles
- CES 2019: Sonos move forward with Google Assistant for the Sonos One, open to adding Bixby
- CES 2019: Hisense showcase 8K and a MicroLED showpiece of their own
- CES 2019: Australia is about to get a taste of Hisense's new soundbars
- CES 2019: TCL will bring their 8K Mini LED TV to Australia in 2019
- CES 2019: Hisense headline Australian range with revamped Series 9
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- CES 2019 Round-Up:
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?