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Thomson D100E512 MP3 Player, Philips Streamium WAC5

On my usual stroll through the electronics store on the way home I was pleased to see they have another clearance sale going.

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The first thing I got was two (…) Thomson D100E512 portable MP3 players. They have a built-in FM radio, USB host and slave connectors, SD card slot and 512 MB built-in memory. No moving parts at all, so I thought this might be something the kids wouldn’t break so fast. Or something for dad to play… Whatever.

I’m pleasantly surprised – great sound, mounts as a USB disk without any fuss, fast USB 2.0 transfer – I like it. At EUR 30, nothing to miss.

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Then I saw something I had been looking at for a few months. The Philips Streamium WAC5 is a hard disk MP3 player, meant to share its music wirelessly to satellite systems. It has a built-in 80 Gig hard disk, Ethernet, WiFi, Remote Control with display, and an iPod like user interface.

I’m not sure yet what to do with it, but at EUR 111, nothing I could walk past without buying it.

Unfortunately I can’t find out a lot about it on the net. The package is still sealed, I won’t have time to play with it before we go on holiday. If anyone can come forward with experiences or hacks for the system, I’d appreciate it.

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  1. The mp3 player is ugly but its pretty cheap. The philips system loks stylish but it should be square so it fits well with other components of an home entetainment system.

  2. The mp3 player is ugly but its pretty cheap. The philips system loks stylish but it should be square so it fits well with other components of an home entetainment system.