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Philips DCM109/37 Cube Micro Music System Dock for iPod/iPhone
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- Enjoy your favorite music; iPhone or iPod music playback and recharge; Play MP3 or WMA-CD, CD and CD-RW; USB Direct for easy MP3 music playback; FM digital tuning with presets.
- Superb sound quality, Dynamic Bass Boost for deep and dramatic sound, 2x5W RMS total output power
- iPhone compatibility Compatible with: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS
- Audio Playback; Playback Media: CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3-CD, WMA-CD; Disc Playback Modes: Repeat or one or all or program, Shuffle Play, 20-Track Programmable, Fast Forward or Backward, Next or Previous Track Search
- Convenience; Alarms: CD Alarm, Radio Alarm, Sleep timer, USB alarm, iPod Alarm; Clock: On main display; Display Type: LCD; Backlight color: WhiteAccessories; Included accessories: Guarantee booklet, MP3 Line-in cable
Enjoy your favorite CDs and portable music just the way you like it. The Philips Micro system DCM109 plays and charges your iPhone or iPod, and has USB Direct for other portable music playback. The compact design fits any space, any lifestyle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Just recently I gave the USB port a go, and I've had some problems with that. First of all, the connection feels really lose, like the flashdrive could just fall right out. It jiggles around in there an awful lot. But the music played just fine, the sound was equal to that when played through any other way... until I realized it was skipping some songs. I came here to see if anyone else was having this problem, and apparently it doesn't recognize songs purchased from Amazon. Now, I get a lot of my songs from Amazon because I don't care much for iTunes either. I don't know why this happens or how I could fix it. It's not like I'm going to take this thing back because generally I like it, but I want it to play all my music too. I just want to let everybody know that it does have a problem with certain kinds of music through the USB. Four stars because really, everything else about it is perfectly fine, I'm just annoyed at this USB thing.
Easy to set up. All you have to do is plug the speakers into the main unit and plug in the power cable. Don't have to be an audiophile to figure that out. When you first turn it on, it asks you to initiate the auto-tuning of the FM presets. This takes a few seconds, during which it finds the strongest FM signals in your area and presets them. FM reception seemed pretty good actually, especially considering that I was doing this in our basement.
CD player seemed to work fine. The thing I was most interested in was USB playback. Here's the thing... if I were to buy a music player that integrates ONLY with the Apple iPod, then my daughter would have to actually own an iPod to use it. Personally, I think iPods are overrated, and I certainly couldn't justify buying one for over $200 for a 9 year old kid. A USB stick is much more economical, and if she loses it, no big deal, as they only cost a couple bucks. We're also buying her a cheap Coby MP3 player, which has a direct USB connection like a USB stick, so she can take her music with her or listen to it on the Philips Cube. So anyway, USB playback was important to me. I tested with my own USB stick, preloaded with a bunch of different songs, some downloaded from Rhapsody, some ripped by me, and some downloaded from Amazon. The Rhapsody songs and those I ripped played back just fine, but for some reason it would not recognize those from Amazon. Not sure what's up with that. After Christmas, I might try transcoding them to WMA files or different bitrate MP3s... I think there are free tools on the web to do this.
I was able to set the clock, but didn't have the time to play around with the alarm function. I'm sure she'll want to wake up to music, so I hope this works well...
Generally, the sound quality was decent. At this price range, you have to have realistic expectations. The speakers are not good if you try to turn the volume up very loud... the volume doesn't seem to go very loud to begin with, and they start to distort at higher volume levels. But at reasonable listening levels, the quality of the sound isn't bad. There's actually more bass than I expected. High frequencies are lacking, but the mid range sounds decent. There's a little bit of hiss at all times, but it's not too bothersome. Again, you have to have realistic expectations for a machine that does so much at this price range.
Anyway, for the price this is a pretty good deal. I don't know why more manufacturers don't make music players that take a USB stick. It's such a convenient and inexpensive media. I'd like to see Philips make an upscale version of the Cube... give it better speakers (make it a little bigger to accommodate those better speakers), a little more power, and wood cabinetry instead of plastic. I'm sure the price would be higher than the $99 they get for the current model, but you'd have a really nice little system.
I'll try to post more information after she opens it and gets it working this Christmas.