Excerpt: The humble micro system is in danger of becoming extinct. To survive, it needs to evolve into a future-proof, all-encompassing music system – and that's just what Philips has done with the MCi500H. The stylish unit boasts a big LCD screen for track information and the speakers are reassuringly chunky. But, of course, it's the spec that matters most, and here the '500H comes up trumps.
Pros: Good looks and great display, simple and well-featured network-integration, CD ripping, spacious sonic delivery
Cons: Music Broadcast mode is limited, MP3-only ripping is disappointing, bass is a little over-cooked
Summary: The MCI-500H is an attractive, well-built and painfully easy-to-use system for anyone who wants a living room jukebox, music streamer, Internet radio and CD player in one unit. But for a higher CNET UK rating, we would want lossless audio, RSS feed support for listening to podcasts, faster CD ripping and standard speaker terminals
Pros: Design, Decent hard disk capacity, Good display, Decent sound quality, Very easy to use
Cons: Slow CD ripping, Average audio format support, Non-standard speaker terminals
Conclusion: Eine optisch schöne und kompakte Anlage mit einem sehr guten Klang. Besonders für CD-Sammler ist diese Anlage durch das 1-Klick Rippen von Audio-CDs eine gute Möglichkeit, die CDs in Zukunft im Schrank zu lassen und trotzdem alle gesammelten Schätze in sehr guter Qualität hören zu können.