Philips is a name that has been around for quite awhile, associated with all kinds of electronics and audio, but do they have what it takes to make a name for themselves in the PC speaker market? Today we are taking a look at the Philips MMS305 Flat Panel Speaker System.
Company:Philips Product: MMS305 Multi-Channel Flat Panel PC Speaker System Price: $150.00 Reviewed: February, 2002
Introduction:Philips is a name that has been around for quite awhile, associated with all kinds of electronics and audio, but do they have what it takes to make a name for themselves in the PC speaker market?Today we are taking a look at the Philips MMS305 Flat Panel Speaker System.
80 watts RMS
10% at 80 watts RMS
50 steps at 1.25 dB per step
8 ± 2 dB per step
8 ± 2 dB per step
4 ohms Soft Flat 3.25" x 5.0"
4 x 10 watts RMS
5.25" super woofer and 6" wOOx
2 x 20 Watts RMS
6.22"H x 3.23"W x 3.19"D
8.98"H x 7.48"W x 10.47"D
6.61"H x 1.50"W x 0.67"D
11.18"H x 12.72"W x 15.12"D
4 x 0.51 lbs.
Stereo soundcard, MP3/CD/ Cassette player, game consoles
What You Get: Included in the box is the sub, four speakers, wireless remote, remote sensor, and the manual just in case you want to know in 14 languages how to install them.
Installation: Installation is pretty basic.Everything is labeled and/or color coded and if you have any questions, it is explained in detail in the manual.You have to connect the speakers to the stands, which is just a plastic clip to insert.
Everything plugs into the back underneath of the sub which is a bit of a pain, but the wires are hidden after installation.There are places to plug in all four speakers, the remote sensor, the two cables (front and surround) to your sound card, and two more slots for other audio inputs (mp3 player, cd player, etc.).Even though I am sure I will never use it again, I had to go and get my MP3 player and plug it in to one of the extra slots. And it worked good!
Here is a shot of the back of the sub where everything plugs in:
These are super thin satellites and very lightweight.They almost feel too light when you hold them but they look hella cool sitting on the desk.
The speaker stands are nice, very easy to connect and you can swivel them in the mounts for optimum placement.You also have several different mounting choices, you can mount them vertical or horizontal on the stands, or you can also mount them on the wall.Everything has very long cords, especially the rear speakers, so you have plenty of room to position them where you need to.
The unit comes with a wireless remote control and remote sensor which is very cool.You can set the sensor anywhere on your desk and operate the controls from anywhere in the room.The sensor has three green LED’s which indicate the three possible input sources, and a red LED which flashes with any incoming signals from the remote.The remote itself is nice, you can control a host of features including volume, bass, treble, w00x, fade levels and input source. The downside to this is the remote is the only place where the controls are located, so if your dog eats your remote, or if the batteries go dead, then you could be up a creek.Also, since there on no controls on the sub or on screen, you have no way of telling your current levels of bass, treble, fade or whether the woox is on or off except by trial and error with the remote and your ear.
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