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  • Brand: Philips
  • Product: Audio Streamer
  • Model/name: MCI300
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: Polish, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Swedish, Czech, Finnish

Table of Contents

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Register your product and get support at
MCI300/05
MCI300/12
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	 Contact information	 34
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Philips Consumer Lifestyle
HK- 0818-MCi300
(report No.)
EC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
We,
Philips Consumer Lifestyle
(manufacturer’s name)
Philips, Glaslaan 2, 5616 JB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(manufacturer’s address)
declare under our responsibility that the electrical products:
Philips MCi300/12, /05
(name) (type or model)
Wireless Micro Hi-Fi System
(product description)
to which this declaration relates is in conformity with the following standards:
EN 55022 : 1998 + A1:2000 + A2:2003 EN 301 489-1 V1.6.1 : 2005
EN 55024 : 1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003 EN 301 489-17 V1.2.1 : 2002
EN 55013 : 2001 + A1:2003 + A2:2006 EN 300 328 V1.6.1 : 2004
EN 55020 : 2002 + A1:2003 + A2:2005 EN 60065: 2002 +A1:2006
(title and/or number and date of issue of the standards)
following the provisions of R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC ( incl. 73/23/EEC, 2004/108/EC
& 93/68/EEC ) directives and are produced by a manufacturing organization on ISO 9000
level.
Leuven
May 2, 2008
(place, date)
Frank Dethier
Development Manager
Innovation Lab Leuven
Philips Consumer Lifestyle
(signature, name and function)
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FM radio	 	 15
Listen to FM radio	 	 15
Change frequency	 	 16
Manual search & store	 	 16
Automatic channel search	 	 16
Automatic channel search & autostore	16
Select preset channels	 	 17
Play from a flash memory USB device		 17
Play HD music from a Philips Wireless
Music Center	 	 17
Create a playlist	 	 18
Add audio files to a playlist		 18
Play from a playlist	 	 18
Connect audio devices (AUX)		 18
6	 Play options		 19
Repeat play	 	 19
Shuffle play		 19
Play by artist	 	 19
Play by genre	 	 19
7	 Alphanumeric search		 20
8	 Settings		 21
Adjust volume		 21
Mute	 	 21
Change Equalizer (EQ) settings		 21
Activate Smart EQ		 21
Adjust treble / bass	 	 21
Set Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB)		 21
Activate Incredible Surround sound		 21
Time settings	 	 21
Synchronize with RDS radio station	 22
Set the time manually	 	 22
Set the time format	 	 22
Set standby timer	 	 22
Change language	 	 22
Maintenance	 	 23
Cleaning	 	 23
Update		 23
Update through PC connection		 23
Restore the default settings	 	 23
Contents
1	 Important		 4
Safety	 	 4
Notice	 	 5
Disposal of product and packing
material	 	 5
2	 Your Micro System		 7
Overview		 7
Front view		 7
Remote control	 	 8
3	 Prepare		 9
Install remote control batteries	 	 9
Position your MCi300	 	 9
Connect AC power	 	 9
Turn on / switch to standby	 	 9
First-time installation	 	 10
4	 Connect to a home network		 11
Create wireless connection with automatic
IP address	 	 11
Create wireless connection with static IP
address	 	 11
Create wired connection with automatic IP
address	 	 12
Create wired connection with static IP
address	 	 12
5	 Play		 13
Play CD	 	 13
Stream music from a UPnP device / PC	 13
Install Windows Media Player 11	 	 13
Configure a PC to share music		 13
Internet radio	 	 13
Register the MCi300 with Philips	 	 13
Listen to Internet radio	 	 14
Mark Internet radio stations as Favorites	
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Listen to Favorite Stations		 14
Manually add Internet radio stations	 15
Listen to My Media	 	 15
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9	 Technical data		 24
Supplied accessories	 	 25
PC connection requirements	 	 25
10	 Troubleshooting		 26
11	 Glossary		 28
Contents
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g	 Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
h	 Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
i	 For countries with a polarized mains,
do not defeat the safety purpose of
the polarized or grounding-type plug.
A polarized plug has two blades with
one wider than the other.A grounding
type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong.The wide blade or the
third prong are provided for your safety.
If the provided plug does not fit into
your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Caution:To prevent electric shock, match
the wide blade of the plug to the wide
slot, fully insert.
j	 Protect the power cord from being
walked on or pinched, particularly at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the
point where they exit from the apparatus.
k	 Only use attachments/accessories
specified by the manufacturer.
l	 Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer or sold with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
1	 Important
Safety
Know these safety symbols
This ‘bolt of lightning’ indicates uninsulated
material within your unit may cause an electrical
shock. For the safety of everyone in your
household, please do not remove product
covering.
The ‘exclamation point’ calls attention to
features for which you should read the enclosed
literature closely to prevent operating and
maintenance problems.
WARNING:To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, this apparatus should not be exposed to
rain or moisture and objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, should not be placed on this
apparatus.
CAUTION:To prevent electric shock, match
wide blade of plug to wide slot, fully insert.
a	 Read these instructions.
b	 Keep these instructions.
c	 Heed all warnings.
d	 Follow all instructions.
e	 Do not use this apparatus near water.
f	 Clean only with dry cloth.
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Notice
Class II equipment symbol
This symbol indicates that the unit has a double
insulation system.
Disposal of product and packing
material
Your product is designed and manufactured
with high quality materials and components,
which can be recycled and reused.
When this crossed-out wheeled bin symbol is
attached to a product, it means the product is
covered by the European Directive 2002/96/EC.
Please be informed about the local separate
collection system for electrical and electronic
products.
Please act according to your local rules and
do not dispose of your old product with your
normal household waste.The correct disposal
of your old product will help prevent potential
negative consequences to the environment and
human health.
All redundant packing material has been
omitted.We have done our utmost to make the
packaging easily separable into mono materials.
Please observe the local regulations regarding
the disposal of packing materials.
Battery disposal information
Batteries (including built-in rechargeable
batteries) contain substances that may pollute
the environment.Always hand the appliance
in at an official collection point to remove
m	 Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods
of time.
n	 Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
o	 Battery usage CAUTION – To prevent
battery leakage which may result in bodily
injury, property damage, or damage to the
unit:
Install all batteries correctly, + and - as
marked on the unit.
Do not mix batteries (old and new or
carbon and alkaline, etc.).
Remove batteries when the unit is not
used for a long time.
p	 Apparatus shall not be exposed to
dripping or splashing.
q	 Do not place any sources of danger on
the apparatus (e.g. liquid filled objects,
lighted candles).
r	 This product may contain lead and
mercury. Disposal of these materials
may be regulated due to environmental
considerations. For disposal or recycling
information, please contact your local
authorities or the Electronic Industries
Alliance: www.eiae.org.
Warning
Never remove the casing of this MCi300.
Never lubricate any part of this MCi300.
Place this MCi300 on a flat, hard and stable surface.
Never place this MCi300 on other electrical equipment.
Only use this MCi300 indoors. Keep this MCi300 away
from water, moisture and liquid-filled objects.
Keep this MCi300 away from direct sunlight, naked
flames or heat.
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any built-in batteries before you discard the
appliance.All batteries must be disposed of at
an official collection point.
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g	 EJECT eject disc
h	 CD tray
i	 INTERNET RADIO
j	 MENU
k	 HOME
l	 skip back
m	 navigate
OK / confirm / play/pause
n	 USB jack
o	 /ON/STANDBY/ECO-STANDBY
p	 WiFi antenna
2	 Your Micro
System
Congratulations on your purchase and welcome
to Philips!
To fully benefit from the support that Philips
offers, register your product at www.philips.
com/welcome.
Overview
Front view
a	
b	 +VOL - volume up / down
c	 Display
d	 skip forward
e	 DBB Dynamic Bass Boost
f	 STOP
Your
Micro
System
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o	 INCR.SURR. (6 mno) Incredible Surround
sound
p	 DBB (5 jkl) Dynamic Bass Boost
q	 RDS/NEWS (9 wxyz)
r	 SAME GENRE (8 tuv)
s	 MUSIC FOLLOWS ME
t	 DIM
u	 VIEW
v	 SAME ARTIST (7 pqrs)
w	 SMART EQ (4 ghi)
x	 SLEEP (1 .,?!’@-_:;/) standby timer
y	 SCROLL
z	 CLEAR skip back
{	 FAVORITE
|	 USB Universal Serial Bus
}	 FM TUNER
~	 MP3-CD/CD
	 UPNP Universal Plug and Play
Remote control
a	
b	 INTERNET RADIO
c	 HOME
d	 SEARCH
e	 HD harddisk music (PC or Center)
f	 MENU
g	 navigate
h	 OK / confirm / play/pause
i	 skip forward
j	
k	 +VOL - volume up / down
l	 MUTE
m	 SHUFFLE (3 def) random play
n	 REPEAT (2 abc)
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Your MCi300 turns on and is ready to
be set up for use.
Note
The type plate information is located at the back or at
the underside of the MCi300.
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Turn on / switch to standby
You can select from the following status options:
On
Standby
Active standby.The button on
the remote control can turn on the
MCi300.
Eco standby
Passive standby. Only the button
on the top panel can turn on the
MCi300.
Note
If no buttons are pressed for 20 minutes, the MCi300
switches to standby.
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1	 To turn on the MCi300, press .
2	 To switch the MCi300 to standby, press .
3	 To switch the MCi300 to eco standby,
press and hold the button on the top
panel.
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3	 Prepare
Install remote control
batteries
Caution
Risk of explosion! Keep batteries away from heat,
sunshine or fire. Never discard batteries in fire.
Risk of decreased battery life! Never mix different
brands or types of batteries.
Risk of product damage! When the remote control is
not used for long periods, remove the batteries.
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1	 Open the battery compartment.
2	 Insert 2 AAA batteries with correct
polarity (+/-) as indicated.
3	 Close the battery compartment.
Position your MCi300
Caution
Risk of product damage! Place the MCi300 on a surface
that is level, flat, and strong enough to support the
MCi300.
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Connect AC power
Warning
Risk of product damage! Ensure that the power supply
voltage corresponds to the voltage printed on the back
or the underside of the MCi300.
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1	 Connect the MCi300 to the power supply
Prepare
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Note
When the MCi300 is in eco standby mode, the remote
control is inactive.
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First-time installation
When you connect the MCi300 to the power
supply for the first time:
1	 Wait until the language selection menu
pops up, to select your language.
2	 Press or , then to select the
language.
The MCi300 prompts you to select the
network settings.
3	 To select the network settings, follow
the steps on how to Connect to a
home network. (see ‘Connect to a home
network’ on page 11)
To stop the network setup, press .
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Tip
After the first-time language set-up, you can change the
language in the Settings menu.
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5	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Network ].
6	 Press or to select[Wireless ].
7	 Press .
8	 Press or , then to select network.
Enter encryption key with the remote
control, then press OK / to
continue (if required).
9	 Press or , then to select [Automatic]
> (Apply settings?) [Yes].
The MCi300 displays a confirmation
screen that the settings are saved.
Create wireless connection
with static IP address
This chapter shows you how to create a
wireless connection to a home network with
static IP address.
1	 Ensure that your encryption key (if
required) is available.
2	 Ensure that your wireless access point or
wireless router with broadband Internet
access is turned on.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
There are two setup methods:
First-time setup when you connect
the MCi300 to the power supply
(continue with step 6-10).
Change network settings after first-
time setup (continue with step 4-10).
4	 On the MCi300, press MENU.
5	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Network ].
6	 Press or , then to select[Wireless ].
7	 Press or , then to select network.
Enter encryption key with the remote
control, then press OK / to
continue (if required).
8	 Press or , then to select[Static].
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4	 Connect to a
home network
Before you connect the MCi300 to a router:
Ensure that the PC meets the minimum
requirements.
You can choose one of these modes of
connection:
Wireless connection with automatic IP
address (see ‘Create wireless connection
with automatic IP address’ on page 11)
Wireless connection with static IP address
(see ‘Create wireless connection with static
IP address’ on page 11)
Wired connection with automatic IP
address (see ‘Create wired connection
with automatic IP address’ on page 12)
Wired connection with static IP address
(see ‘Create wired connection with static
IP address’ on page 12)
Create wireless connection
with automatic IP address
This chapter shows you how to create a
wireless connection to a home network with
automatic IP address.
1	 Ensure that your encryption key (if
required) is available.
2	 Ensure that your wireless access point or
wireless router with broadband Internet
access is turned on.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
There are two setup methods:
First-time setup when you connect
the MCi300 to the power supply
(continue with step 7-9).
Change network settings after first-
time setup (continue with step 4-9).
4	 On the MCi300, pess MENU.
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2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
First-time setup when you connect
the MCi300 to the power supply
(continue with step 5-7).
Change network settings after first-
time setup (continue with step 3-7).
3	 On the item, press MENU.
4	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Network ].
5	 Press or , then to select[Wired] >
[Static].
6	 Press the alphanumeric buttons to enter
the static IP address, then press .
7	 Press or , then to select (Apply
settings?) [Yes].
The MCi300 displays a confirmation
screen that the settings are saved.
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9	 Press the alphanumeric buttons to enter
the static IP address, then press .
10	Press or , then to select (Apply
settings?) [Yes].
The MCi300 displays a confirmation
screen that the settings are saved.
Create wired connection
with automatic IP address
This chapter shows you how to create a wired
connection to a home network with automatic
IP address.
1	 Use an Ethernet cable (sold separately)
to connect the MCi300 to the router that
is connected to your home network with
broadband Internet access.
2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
First-time setup when you connect
the MCi300 to the power supply
(continue with step 5).
Change network settings after first-
time setup (continue with step 3-5).
3	 On the MCi300, press MENU.
4	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Network ].
5	 Press or , then to select[Wired] >
[Automatic] > (Apply settings?) [Yes].
The MCi300 displays a confirmation
screen that the settings are saved.
Create wired connection
with static IP address
This chapter shows you how to create a wired
connection to a home network with automatic
IP address.
1	 Use an Ethernet cable (sold separately)
to connect the MCi300 to the router that
is connected to your home network with
broadband Internet access.
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4	 In the Media sharing... pop-up window,
select Share my media, then confirm with
OK.
When the MCi300 is connected to
your home network, the display shows
the MCi300 with an alert icon:
5	 Click on the MCi300.
6	 Select Allow, then confirm with OK.
7	 On the MCi300, press HOME.
8	 Press or , then to select[UPnP].
It can take a few minutes until the PC
is ready to share media.
The display shows [Searching for UPnP
servers...], followed by the list of media
servers.
9	 Press or , then to select the PC.
10	Press or to select a track, then press
OK / to play (see ‘Play’ on page 13).
Internet radio
Note
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
Internet radio features require registration.
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Register the MCi300 with Philips
1	 The following steps show you how to
register the Internet radio feature.
2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the Internet.
4	 Ensure you have a valid email address.
5	 Press INTERNET RADIO.
The display shows the Internet radio
registration screen.
6	 Press alphanumeric buttons on the remote
control to enter the valid email address.
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Play CD
1	 Press to open the CD tray.
2	 Insert CD with printed side facing up.
3	 Press to close the CD tray.
4	 Press OK / to play.
Stream music from a UPnP
device / PC
You can stream music to the MCi300 from a
connected UPnP device such as a PC, if you
install the Windows Media Player 11 on the
PC and configure the PC to share your music.
(If the Windows Media Player 11 is already
installed on the PC, you can skip the installation
section and continue with the configuration.)
Install Windows Media Player 11
1	 On the PC, insert the supplied software
CD.
Installation starts.
If installation does not start, click on
the icon in your Explorer program.
2	 Follow the instructions on the PC to install
Windows Media Player 11.
Configure a PC to share music
You can share music from a PC with the
MCi300.
1	 Follow the instructions to install the
Windows Media Player 11.
2	 On the PC, click Start > Programs >
Windows Media Player.
3	 In the Windows Media Player interface,
click on the Library pull-down menu and
select Media sharing....
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4	 When you listen to Internet radio, press
FAVORITE to mark the station.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
The next time you connect to the
Internet radio, the radio station is
shown in the Favorite Stations menu.
Note
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
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Listen to Favorite Stations
You must store Internet radio stations as
Favorites, before you can use this feature.
1	 Follow the steps to register the MCi300
with Philips (see ‘Register the MCi300 with
Philips’ on page 13).
2	 Follow the steps to mark Internet radio
stations as Favorites (see ‘Mark Internet
radio stations as Favorites’ on page 14).
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
4	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the Internet.
5	 Press HOME.
6	 Press or , then to select[Internet
Radio] > [Favorite Stations].
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Note
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
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Tip
You can also organize your Favorites under Steamium
Management on the Philips website.
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7	 Press .
The display confirms the automated
email dispatch to your mailbox.
8	 Check your email inbox for a message
from ConsumerCare@Philips.com with
the subject Your Streamium Registration....
9	 Follow the instructions in the email to
complete your registration process on the
Philips website.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Listen to Internet radio
1	 Follow the steps to register the MCi300
with Philips (see ‘Register the MCi300 with
Philips’ on page 13).
2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the Internet.
4	 Press INTERNET RADIO.
The options are displayed.
Press or , then to select the station.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Note
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
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Mark Internet radio stations as
Favorites
You can mark Internet radio stations as your
Favourites so next time you want to listen to a
station, it is easy to find.
1	 Follow the steps to register the MCi300
with Philips (see ‘Register the MCi300 with
Philips’ on page 13).
2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the Internet.
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4	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the Internet.
5	 Press INTERNET RADIO.
6	 Press or , then to select[My Media].
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Note
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
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FM radio
You can listen to FM radio with the MCi300, if
you connect the supplied antenna:
Listen to FM radio
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Ensure that you fully extend the connected
FM antenna.
3	 Press HOME.
4	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
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This chapter explains how to add individual
URL addresses for Internet radio stations on
the PC.
1	 Follow the steps to register the MCi300
with Philips (see ‘Register the MCi300 with
Philips’ on page 13), if you have not done
so already.
2	 On the registered product site, click the
link Streamium Management.
3	 Select My Media.
4	 Click on the tab Music.
5	 Enter the URL address of Internet radio
station in the first column.
6	 Enter a nickname in the second column.
The nickname is the Internet radio
stations identification that is displayed
the MCi300.
7	 Enter a description in the third column.
8	 Click on Save to confirm your entries.
Note
If the manually added Internet radio station is available
and broadcast in a compatible format, you can listen to
it on the MCi300.
You can find the manually added Internet radio stations
in the My Media list on the MCi300.
Internet radio features require broadband Internet
access.
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Listen to My Media
My Media allows you to access Internet radio
stations that are not part of the standard
service.
1	 Follow the steps to register the MCi300
with Philips (see ‘Register the MCi300 with
Philips’ on page 13).
2	 Follow the steps to manually add Internet
radio stations (see ‘Manually add Internet
radio stations’ on page 15).
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
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Tip
You can overwrite preset channel numbers with new
frequencies.
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Automatic channel search
The MCi300 can automatically search available
channels.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
4	 Press and hold or to start automatic
search function.
When a channel is found, the search
stops.
5	 Press MENU.
6	 Select [Save to preset].
7	 Press or , then to select.
The frequency is stored under the
selected preset number.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Automatic channel search &
autostore
The MCi300 can automatically search and store
up to 60 channels under the preset numbers.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
Press MENU.
4	 Select [Autostore radio].
The MCi300 searches and stores
channels.
When all available channels are stored,
the search stops.
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Tip
You can optimize the reception when you rotate the
FM antenna.
You can use the automatic search & store function to
store channels under presets.
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Change frequency
To fine tune the reception of a channel, you can
adjust the channel frequency.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
4	 Press to adjust the frequency.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Tip
You can store channel frequencies under a preset
channel number.
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Manual search & store
You can manually search and store channels.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
4	 Press to change the frequency.
5	 Press MENU.
6	 Select [Save to preset].
7	 Press to select, then press .
The frequency is stored under the
selected preset number.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
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4	 Press or , then to select the USB
contents,
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Play HD music from a Philips
Wireless Music Center
Note
Consult the user manual of your Philips Wireless Music
Center (sold separately) and follow the instructions on
how to add a ‘Station’.
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You can play the music that is stored on the
harddisk (HD) of the Philips Wireless Music
Center. Examples of compatible Philips Wireless
Music Centers:
WAC700
WAC7000
WAC7500
WAC3500D
MCi500H
The HD music feature offers the following
options:
[Playlists]: Customizable collection of
audio files sorted by playlist name in
alphanumeric order.
[Artists]: Collection of albums sorted by
artist name in alphanumeric order.
[Albums]: Collection of albums sorted by
album name in alphanumeric order.
[Genres]: Collection of albums sorted
by music style (if album information is
available).
[All tracks]:All audio files sorted by name
in alphanumeric order.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HD to select the harddisk.
3	 Press OK / to play.
Press OK / to toggle between
pause and play.
To return to the Home menu, press
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HOME.
Select preset channels
You can find your preset channels in the preset
channel list.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press FM TUNER.
The current frequency is displayed.
4	 Press to display preset channel numbers.
5	 Press to select, then press .
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Play from a flash memory
USB device
You can play music from a USB device.You can
also transfer the music library of the MCi300 to
a USB mass storage device.
1	 Insert the USB plug of the USB device into
the USB socket of the MCi300.
2	 On the MCi300, press HOME.
3	 Press or , then to select[USB].
The display shows the USB device.
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5	 Press or , then to select playlist.
6	 Press OK / to play.
To stop play, press .
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Connect audio devices
(AUX)
You can play music from an external appliance
that is connected to the AUX input of the
MCi300.
1	 Consult the user manual of the external
appliance to connect an audio cable (sold
separately) to the audio output jack of the
external appliance.
2	 Connect the other end of the audio cable
(sold separately) to the AUX IN jack of
the MCi300.
3	 On the remote control of the MCi300,
press HOME.
4	 Press or , then to select [AUX].
5	 Operate the controls of the external
appliance to play music.
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You can create up to 99 playlists on the hard
disk of the connected Philips Wireless Music
Center.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 On the remote control of the MCi300,
press HD.
3	 Press MENU to enter the HD menu.
4	 Press or , then to select [Create
Playlist].
A new playlist with a default album
name, such as Playlist_001, is created.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Add audio files to a playlist
You can add up to 300 audio files to a playlist.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 On the remote control, press HD.
3	 Press or , then to select audio file.
4	 Press MENU to enter the HD menu.
5	 Press or , then to select [Add To
Playlist].
6	 Press or , then to select playlist.
The audio file is added to the selected
playlist.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Play from a playlist
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 On the remote control, press HD.
3	 Press MENU to enter the HD menu.
4	 Press or , then to select [Playlists].
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1	 When you play HD audio, press SAME
ARTIST .
Play by genre
You can play all audio files of the same genre
from the HD of the Philips Wireless Music
Center.
1	 When you play HD audio, press SAME
GENRE.
6	 Play options
You can choose between various play options:
Repeat play
Shuffle play
Play by artist
Play by genre
Repeat play
You can repeat one or all audio files of the
current selection.
1	 In play mode, press REPEAT to toggle the
repeat function as follows:
[Repeat] 1
The current audio file is continuously
repeated until another mode or
setting is selected.
[Repeat] All
All audio files of the current selection
are continuously repeated until
another mode or setting is selected.
[Off] (default)
Shuffle play
You can play the audio files of the current
selection in random order (shuffled).
1	 During play, press SHUFFLE to toggle
shuffle on and off.
When you turn shuffle on, the current
selection of audio files is played in
random order.
Play by artist
You can play all audio files of the same artist
from the HD of the Philips Wireless Music
Center.
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search
You can search for specific audio files on a
connected UPnP device.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press HOME.
3	 Press or , then to select[Music].
The display shows the available servers.
4	 Press or , then to select server.
The display shows the available lists.
5	 Press or , then to select list.
6	 Press SEARCH.
The display shows a text box.
7	 Press the alphanumeric buttons on the
remote control to enter the search word.
8	 Press OK / to start the search.
The MCi300 shows the closest
alphabetical match.
9	 To stop the search, press .
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
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the genre that is associated with the
audio file.
If no genre is associated with the
audio file, the default setting is Pop.
Adjust treble / bass
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU.
3	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Treble/Bass].
4	 Press or , then to select.
5	 Press or , then to adjust.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Set Dynamic Bass Boost
(DBB)
You can choose from the following DBB
settings:
[DBB1]
[DBB2]
[DBB3]
[Off] (default)
1	 To toggle between the settings, press DBB.
Activate Incredible Surround
sound
1	 To activate the Incredible Surround sound
feature, press INCR.SURR..
To deactivate the feature, press the
button again.
Time settings
This chapter shows you how to change the
time settings.
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Adjust volume
1	 During play, press +VOL - to adjust the
volume.
Mute
You can turn off the sound of your audio.
1	 During play, press MUTE.
To turn the sound back on, press
MUTE again.
Change Equalizer (EQ)
settings
You can adjust the audio sound with the
following equalizer settings:
[Rock]
[Pop]
[Jazz]
[Neutral]
[Techno]
[Classical]
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU.
3	 Press or , then to select[Equalizer].
4	 Press or to select.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Activate Smart EQ
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press SMART EQ to toggle between the
options:
activate Smart EQ
deactivate Smart EQ
The Smart EQ function automatically
selects equalizer settings according to
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5	 Press to return to the previous selection
menu.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Set standby timer
You can select a set time period after which the
MCi300 automatically switches to standby.
The timer offers the following options in
minutes:
[Sleep 15]
[Sleep 30]
[Sleep 45]
[Sleep 60]
[Sleep 90]
[Sleep 120]
[Sleep off]
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press SLEEP one or more times to select a
time period.
When you set the timer, the display
shows the sleep icon:
To view the remaining countdown time
to standby, press SLEEP anytime.
Change language
You can change the language that you have set
during the first-time installation (see ‘First-time
installation’ on page 999).
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU.
3	 Select [Settings] > [Language].
4	 Press or , then to select.
5	 To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
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RDS (Radio Data System) is a service
that allows FM stations to send additional
information along with the FM radio signal.
Automatic time synchronization is one of the
RDS features.
1	 Ensure that the radio station you select for
synchronization has RDS.
2	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
3	 Press MENU.
4	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Time] > [Auto time sync].
5	 Press or , then to select the RDS
station.
6	 To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Set the time manually
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU.
3	 Press or , then to select [Settings] >
[Time] > [Set time].
4	 Press or to adjust, then to confirm
the time.
5	 Press to return to the previous selection
menu.
To return to the Home menu, press
HOME.
Tip
You can also press the numeric buttons (0-9) and enter
the time directly.
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1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU.
3	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Time] > [Time format].
4	 Press or , then to select format.
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11	Click Browse to locate the software image
file that you saved on the harddisk of the
PC.
12	Click OK to start the update.
The software update progress is
shown.
When the software installation is
complete, the MCi300 restarts.
Tip
You can also consult the user manual of the PC and
manually add the WADM application to your list of
programs that are safe to run.
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You can restore the default settings (including
network settings) of the MCi300.
1	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
2	 Press MENU to enter the menu display.
3	 Press or , then to select[Settings] >
[Restore settings].
4	 Press .
5	 Press to select [Yes].
The MCi300 restarts when the factory
settings are restored.
The language selection display is
shown.
Tip
You can restore the default settings without losing
the audio files on the harddisk of a connected PC or
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Cleaning
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Update
When the MCi300 is connected to a PC,
you can download new firmware updates.
Update through PC connection
This chapter shows you how to install the
WADM (Philips Wireless Audio Device
Manager) software.The WADM is necessary to
search and download software updates for the
MCi300.
1	 On the PC, visit the www.club.philips.com.
2	 Download the latest software for the
MCi300 to the harddisk of the PC.
3	 Ensure that the MCi300 is turned on.
4	 Ensure that the MCi300 is connected to
the network of the PC.
5	 Press MENU.
6	 Insert the PC Suite CD into the PC.
7	 Follow the instructions on the PC to install
WADM.
8	 When the security alert message
(Microsoft Windows Firewall) pops up,
press ‘Unblock’ to allow the WADM
application to run on the PC.
The firewall is still effective and only
allows the WADM to run.
9	 On the WADM screen, select Device
Configuration.
10	In the Device Configuration screen, select
Firmware upgrade and click OK.
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Wireless
Wireless
standard
802.11g, backwards compatible
to 802.11b
Wireless
security
WEP (64 or 128 bit),
WPA/WPA2 (8-63 characters)
Frequency
range
2412 - 2462 MHz CH1-CH11
Wired (LAN / Ethernet)
Wired standard 802.3 / 802.3 u
Speed 10 / 100 MBit/s
Mode half / full duplex
Crossover detection
(Auto MDIX)
Yes
Tuner
FM wave range 87.5 - 108.0 MHz
Number of
presets
60 Ω
FM antenna /
cable
COAX / dipole antenna (75
Ω IEC connector)
CD player
Frequency range 60 - 20,000 Hz (-3 dB)
Signal to noise
ratio
72 dBA (IEC)
M4A (AAC) bit
rate
16 - 320 kbps, CBR /VBR
MP3 bit rate 32 - 320 kbps, CBR /VBR
WMA bit rate up to 192 kbps, CBR /VBR
Sampling
frequencies
32, 44.1, 48 kHz
USB player
USB 12 Mbps,V1.1 (supports
MP3,WMA and M4A
files)
USB class MSC, MTP
Number of tracks
/ titles
maximum 9999
File format FAT, FAT-32 only
9	 Technical data
General
AC Power Voltage information is printed
on the back or the underside
of the MCi300.
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
185 x 210 x 248 mm
Weight (net) Main unit: ~ 3.5 kg
Main unit + speakers: ~ 5.5 kg
Power consumption
On 35 W
Standby (active) < 12 W
ECO (passive) standby < 0.9 W
Amplifier
Output power 2 x 40 W (RMS)
Frequency response 60 - 22,000 Hz (-3 dB)
Signal to noise ratio 72 dBA (IEC)
Speakers
Power 40 W (RMS) / 60 W (MPO)
Frequency
response
70 Hz - 18 kHz (-6 dB)
Sensitivity 82 dB / m / W
Impedance 12 Ω
Speaker drivers 2-way bass reflex system
5” woofer, 1.5” Mylar®
tweeter
Dimensions (w x
h x d)
160 x 208 x 263 mm
Headphone
Impedance 16 - 150 Ω
Input sensitivity
AUX IN 500 mV
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Specifications and external appearance are
subject to change without notice.
Supplied accessories
Remote control
2 AAA batteries
AC power cable
FM radio antenna
PC connection requirements
The minimum requirements for PC connections
are:
Windows 2000 SP4 (or above) / XP SP2
/Vista
Pentium III 500 MHz processor or higher
256 MB RAM
CD-ROM drive
Adapter
Ethernet enabled (for wired
connection)
Wireless network 802.11 b/g (for
wireless connection)
500 MB free hard disk space
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1	 Ensure that the PC is connected to the
Internet.
2	 Use an Ethernet cable (sold separately) to
connect the MCi300 to the PC.
3	 On the PC, launch the WADM to update
the firmware (see ‘Update’ on page 23).
I have done all the steps described to connect
the MCi300 to my wireless home network,
but the MCi300 is still not connected.
On the MCi300, press MENU. Select
[Information] > [Wireless ] > [Wireless
mode] Check that the MCi300 has
been changed from Ad hoc mode to
Infrastructure mode.Also check that the
SSID, IP address,WEP key, or WPA key
matches the setup of your wireless home
network.
Try to change the SSID on your router
to a more unique name to ensure that
it is different from the SSID that your
neighbors use for their router.
The MCi300 supports wireless and wired
connection at the same time.There is
a chance that your wireless IP address
and your wired IP address are on the
same subnet.This will confuse the device.
Consider changing the DHCP range of
your wireless router so that the wireless
IP received by the device is on a different
subnet from its wired IP address.
Try to change the channel of your home
network settings on the router.
On your router, consider using a WPA key
instead of a WEP key.When you use a
WEP as your encryption key, set all 4 keys
to be the same.
Ensure that the turbo mode of your
wireless router is switched off, if your
router has this function.
The wireless firmware update failed, what do
I do?
1	 Ensure that the PC is connected to the
Internet.
2	 Use an Ethernet cable (sold separately) to
connect the MCi300 to the PC.
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Caution
Never try to repair the system yourself as this will
invalidate the warranty.
Do not open the system as there is a risk of electric
shock.
If a fault occurs, first check the FAQ points, then consult
your dealer or Philips for help.
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I cannot hear any sound or the sound is poor,
what do I do?
Press +VOL - to increase the volume.
Press the MUTE button again to reactivate
the sound output.
The radio reception is poor, what do I do?
Adjust the antenna for better reception.
Increase the distance between the MCi300
andTV orVCR devices.
Is there a maximum distance of transmission
between a Philips Wireless Music / Micro
Center and the MCi300 for effective
streaming?
Yes.The maximum distance of Wi-Fi
transmission is 250m measured in open spaces.
However, in a home environment, where solid
obstacles such as walls and doors are present,
the effective transmission distance is reduced
to 50-100m. Reposition the devices if you
experience transmission problems.
How do I avoid Wi-Fi interferences from
other devices that operate in the same
(2.4GHz) frequency spectrum, such as Dect
phones or bluetooth devices?
Move the MCi300 at least 3m away from
such devices.
Use a WEP/WPA encryption key when
you create the wireless connection your
PC / home network.
Change the operating channel on the
interfering devices.
Turn the devices in different directions to
minimize interference.
The wireless firmware update failed, what do
I do?
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3	 On the PC, launch the WADM on the PC
to update the firmware.
I have problems installing WADM or launching
WADM after installation, what do I do?
Ensure that the operating system of the PC
meets the requirements.
Ensure that the PC is virus-free.
Some files on the USB device are not
displayed, what do I do?
Check if the number of folders exceeds 99
or the number of titles exceeds 999.
Only completely recorded MP3/WMA files
can be found and played. Check if the file
has been recorded completely.
DRM-protected WMA files cannot be
played.
The remote control does not function
properly, what do I do?
Reduce the distance between the remote
control and the MCi300.
Insert the batteries with correct polarity
(+/- as indicated inside the battery
compartment).
Replace the batteries.
Point the remote control directly at the
infrared sensor.
The screen of the MCi300 is stuck in a menu
or shows no response for a long period of
time (2-5 minutes), what do I do?
Press /ON/STANDBY/ECO-STANDBY.
If the problem persists, restart the power
(disconnect and reconnect the power
plug) to reset the MCi300.
‘No Disc’ / ‘Cannot read CD’ is displayed,
what do I do?
Insert a suitable disc.
Check if the disc is inserted with the
graphics side (label) facing up.
Wait for the condensation moisture on the
lens to clear.
Replace or clean the disc.
Use a finalized CD-RW or CD-R.
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Bass
The lowest three octaves of the audio band.
Low bass is the bottom octave (20-40Hz), mid-
bass is the middle octave (40-80Hz), and upper
bass is the 80-160Hz octave.
Bluetooth
A short-range wireless protocol that is meant
to allow mobile devices to share information
and applications without the worry of cables or
interface incompatibilities.The name refers to a
Viking King who unified Denmark. Operates at
2.4 GHz. For more information, see bluetooth.
com.
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CBR (constant bit rate)
With CBR the encoder spends the same
amount of bits on each frame, regardless of
how much it may really need. Disadvantage
of CBR: Bits are wasted in case of absolute
blackness of a picture or complete silence in an
audio frame.And pictures or audio frames with
a lot of elements may need those bits.
CD (Compact Disc)
Format developed by Phillips, Sony, and Pioneer
for conveying music and data. CDs record
information by deforming the inner metal foil
on the disc with tiny micro pits burned in by a
laser.
CDDB
A centralized database of CDs, CD tracks, and
artists on the Web, now known as Gracenote.
The audio player or burner program can log on
to CDDB. It uploads the ID of the CD being
played, and then downloads the title, artist, and
track list.
Coaxial
A single copper conductor, surrounded with
a layer of insulation, covered by a surrounding
copper shield and finally, an insulating jacket.
An unbalanced transmission line with constant
impedance. In audio, this type is commonly used
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AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
An audio compression scheme defined as part
of the MPEG-2 standard (also known as MPEG-
2 AAC or MPEG-2 NBC, or Not Backwards
Compatible). It offers better sound and a
compression ratio that is superior by roughly 30
percent compared to the MPEG-1 MP3 format.
AC (alternating current)
An alternating current is an electrical current
whose magnitude and direction vary cyclically,
as opposed to DC (direct current), whose
direction remains constant.The usual waveform
of an AC power circuit is a sine wave, as this
results in the most efficient transmission of
energy. However certain applications use
different waveforms, such as triangular or square
waves.
Amplifier
A device, either a single stage or a large scale
circuit with multiple stages for creating gain, i.e.
it makes small signals larger.
Antenna
A device, such as a rod or wire, which picks up
a received radio frequency signal or radiates a
transmitted RF signal.
Audio output
High-level (speaker) or line-level (RCA) signals
sent from one system component to another;
or the high-level signal from an amplifier to the
system speakers.
AUX
Auxiliary input that allows you to connect
portable audio devices.
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mode, it can transmit data in two
directions simultaneously. In half-duplex
mode it can transmit data in two directions,
but not simultaneously.
E
Eco (Eco Standby)
Eco Standby is the most ‘economic’ mode of
the MCi300 and consumes less than 1W. It is
‘economic’ and environmentally friendly to use
this mode during longer times of non-usage of
the MCi300.
EQ (Equalizer)
A class of electronic filter circuits designed
to augment or adjust electronic or acoustic
systems. Equalizers can be fixed or adjustable,
active or passive. Many equalizers divide the
spectrum into 3 to 12 bands.This allows each
section to be either increased or decreased in
amplitude without changing the response of
the rest.
F
Fidelity
A term used to describe the accuracy of
recording, reproduction, or general quality of
audio processing.“High Fidelity” (Hi-Fi) is the
goal of every designer.
FM (Frequency Modulation)
In radio broadcasting: a method of modulation
in which the frequency of the carrier voltage
is varied with the frequency of the modulation
voltage.
Frequency
The property or condition of occurring at
frequent intervals. In sound, this simply refers
to the regular occurrence of compression and
rarification of air that we experience as sound.
Frequency Response
Is the range of frequencies that a speaker
reproduces, lowest frequency to the highest.
While the optimal normal is 20-20,000 Hz
(Hertz), the range of human hearing for
for low level, line signals terminated in RCA
connectors.
Compression
In audio terms, this is a process of temporarily
or permanently reducing audio data for more
efficient storage or transmission.A temporary
reduction in file size is called ‘non-lossy’
compression, and no information is lost.A
permanent reduction in file size (such as with
MP3 files) is called ‘lossy’ compression, and
involves discarding unnecessary information
which is irretrievably lost.
D
dB (Decibel)
A unit of measure used to express relative
difference in power or intensity of sound.
DC (direct current)
Direct current or continuous current is the
constant flow of electric charge.This is typically
in a conductor such as a wire. In direct current,
the electric charges flow in the same direction,
distinguishing it from AC (alternating current).
DHCP
DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol. It is a protocol for assigning dynamic
IP addresses to devices on a network.
Digital
A method to encode information using a binary
code of 0s and 1s. Many wireless phones and
networks use digital technology.
Digital Audio
Digital Audio is a sound signal that has been
converted into numerical values. Digital sound
can be transmitted through multiple channels.
Analog sound can only be transmitted through
two channels.
Duplex (half/full)
Full duplex is the ability to send and
receive data simultaneously. Duplex is
synonymous with full duplex. Example:
when a modem operates in full-duplex
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IP address
An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique
computer address that enables electronic
devices to communicate with and identify each
other.
K
Kbps
Kilobits per second.A digital-data-rate
measurement system which is often used with
highly compressed formats such as AAC, DAB,
MP3 etc.The higher the amount, the better the
quality generally is.
kHz (kilo Hertz)
1000Hz or 1000 cycles per second.
L
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
Probably the most common way to show
visual information on non-computer electronic
equipment.
Lossless compression
A system for reducing the number of data bits
(density) in a musical signal without corrupting
the original.
M
M4A
The audio file format used by Apple in their
iTunes Music Store often appears on your
system with the ‘.m4a’ filename extension. M4A
can produce better audio quality than MP3
using less physical space for the files.
MHz (Mega Hertz)
One million cycles per second.
Midrange
The middle three octaves (more or less) of the
audio band, where the ear is most sensitive,
usually between 160Hz-3kHz.
individuals is often much more restricted.
A good full-range speaker system however,
reproduces as much of this range as possible to
cover all variations. Individual drivers are limited
to reproduce only that part of the spectrum
for which they were made, so their response is
limited, but still a necessary point to consider
when designing a complete sound system.
H
Hi-Fi (High Fidelity)
A method of sound reproduction that
emphasizes the highest possible adherence to
the exact character of the original sound.This
is a principal that must be paramount in every
stage of the recording, transportation, and
recreation of the signal to be fully operational. It
is usually the listener’s equipment wherein this
objective is most seriously compromised.
Hz (Hertz)
Cycles per second, named after Heinrich Hertz.
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Impedance
The resistance to the flow of an electric current
in a circuit.This is effectively the electrical load
that a loudspeaker presents to the amplifier
which drives it and is measured in ohms.
Incredible Surround Sound (Incr.Surr.)
An improved system that creates realistic, three-
dimensional sound fields.These sound fields are
usually achieved with multiple speakers that are
arranged around the listener.
Input sensitivity
SPL (sound pressure level) a speaker produces,
given one watt of power, measured from a
one-meter distance at a typical input frequency
(usually 1kHz unless otherwise noted on the
speaker).
Interface
A device or protocol which facilitates the linking
of any two devices or systems; or when used as
a verb (‘to interface’), the process of linking.
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other useful features too, many of which are
offered by the growing number of RDS stations.
RF (radio frequency)
An alternating current or voltage with a
frequency (or carrier wave) above about
100kHz. It is called radio frequency because
these frequencies have a capacity to be radiated
as electromagnetic waves by radio (and
television) stations.
Rip (ripping)
Using a software program that “grabs” digital
audio from a compact disc and transfers it to a
computer hard drive.The integrity of the data
is preserved, because the signal does not pass
through the computer sound card, and need
not be converted to an analog format.The
digital-to-digital transfer creates a WAV file that
can then be converted into an MP3 file.
RMS (Root Mean Square)
A formula that provides a reasonably accurate
means to measure and compare continuous
AC power.The use of this measure is preferred
when matching system components, like
amplifiers and receivers.
S
S/PDIF (SPDIF) (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)
A standard audio-file transfer-format that was
developed jointly by Sony and Philips. S/PDIF
allows the transfer of digital audio signals from
one device to another, without the need to
convert first to analog.This prevents the quality
of the digital signal degrading during transfer to
analog.
Sampling rate
The precision with which a digital file describes
the analog sound it represents. Basically, a lower
rate produces files that sound worse and take
up less drive space than those with a higher
rate. CDs have a sampling rate of 44.1kHz,
and DAT machines have a sampling rate of
48kHz. MiniDisc player/recorders with a built-in
sampling rate converter can handle both rates.
Mono (monaural)
The operation of an amplifier in one channel
for both input and output. Can refer to an
amplifier with only one channel of amplification
or operating in bridged mode. For low-
frequency amplification applications, it provides
better phase coherence and less distortion than
stereo operation.
MP3
A file format with a sound data compression
system. MP3 is the abbreviation of Motion
Picture Experts Group 1 (or MPEG-1) Audio
Layer 3.With the MP3 format, one CD-R or
CD-RW can contain about 10 times more data
than a regular CD.
Mute
A control found on receivers, and some mixers
or signal processing units that silences (mutes) a
signal path, or output.
O
Ohm
Measure of resistance to current (impedance).
The lower the impedance of a speaker, the
harder it is to drive.
P
PCM (Pulse Code Modulation)
Pioneering form of digital recording.
R
RDS (Radio Data System)
RDS tuners can automatically tune in stations
according to the types of music (or talk) they
broadcast. RDS also enables a receiver to
display text messages and even graphics (usually
call letters and format information) that many
FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal
within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS
equipped tuners can even override with traffic
alerts or emergency broadcasts, during playback
of other media - CD MD, or cassette.There are
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Tweeter
The drive unit (loudspeaker) that reproduces
high frequency sounds.
U
UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
Universal Plug and Play is a networking
architecture developed by a consortium of
companies to ensure easy connectivity between
products from different vendors. UPnP devices
should be able to connect to a network
automatically, handling identification and other
processes on the fly.The standards developed
by the UPnP Forum are media-, platform-, and
device-independent.
USB (universal serial bus)
A hardware interface used to connect devices
such as computer audio players, digital cameras,
and more. USB is UPnP enabled (also called
hot-swappable), meaning that a computer does
not need to be turned off when new devices
are plugged in and the devices do not need to
be configured. USB supports data transfer rates
of up to 60MB per second (in USB 2.0).
V
VBR (variable bit rate)
WithVBR, the encoder takes as much bits as
it needs. So black pictures get few bits and
complex pictures get as much as they need.
While this provides the best quality the final
size cannot be predicted at all.
Volume
Volume is the most common word used to
specify the control of relative loudness of
sounds. It also pertains to the function on many
electronic devices that is used to control the
loudness.
Sensitivity
Volume that a speaker offers for a specific
voltage input, expressed in decibels per watt
(dB/W).
Shuffle
A feature that plays audio files (tracks) in
random order.
Signal to noise ratio
Represents the difference between the level of
the audio signal, and any interference.The larger
the figure, the purer the sound.
SPL (sound pressure level)
An acoustic measurement of sound energy.
1 dB SPL is the smallest increment in sound
level to which the average human is sensitive.
Theoretically, 0 dB SPL is the threshold of
human hearing while approximately 120 dB is
the threshold of pain.
Stereo
Literally means solid. Usually taken to refer to
two channel stereo, though developments in
digital audio facilitate multichannel stereo.
Streaming
A technique for transferring data such that it
can be processed as a steady and continuous
stream. Streaming technologies are often used
on the Internet because many users do not
have fast enough access to download large
multimedia files quickly, so the client browser or
plug-in can start displaying the data before the
entire file has been transmitted.
Subwoofer
The extra-low frequency drive-unit
(loudspeaker) that can be used to augment
both stereo and surround system.
T
Treble
High frequencies at the top end of the audio
band i.e. above 3kHz.
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(GPS), which use satellite technology.Wireless
systems can also be fixed, such as LANs that
provide wireless communications within a
limited area (such as an office), or wireless
peripherals such as mice and keyboards.
WMA (Windows Media Audio)
An audio format owned by Microsoft, is a
part of Microsoft Windows Media technology.
Includes Microsoft Digital Rights Management
tools,Windows MediaVideo encoding
technology, and Windows Media Audio
encoding technology.
Woofer
The drive unit (loudspeaker) that reproduces
the bass (low) frequencies.
WPA / WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
A Wi-Fi standard that was designed to improve
upon the security features of WEP.The
technology is designed to work with existing
Wi-Fi products that have been enabled with
WEP (i.e. as a software upgrade to existing
hardware), but the technology includes two
improvements over WEP.
W
W (wattage)
A measurement of power. In speakers, wattage
is a term that indicates power-handling
characteristics in dealing with electrical voltage
inputs from the amplifier.
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
Global protocol used in some wireless devices
that allows the user to view and interact with
data services. Generally used as a means to
view Internet web pages using the limited
transmission capacity and small display screens
of portable wireless devices.
WAV
A format for sound files developed jointly by
Microsoft and IBM. Built into Windows 95 to XP,
which made it the de facto standard for sound
on PCs.WAV sound files end with a ‘.wav’
extension and works with nearly all Windows
applications that support sound.
WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
All 802.11b (Wi-Fi / wireless) networks use
WEP as their basic security protocol.WEP
secures data transmissions using 64-bit or
128-bit encryption; however, it does not
offer complete security and is usually used in
conjunction with other security measures such
as EAP.
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) is a wireless
technology brand owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance
intended to improve the interoperability of
wireless local area network products based
on the IEEE 802.11 standards. Common
applications for Wi-Fi include Internet andVoIP
phone access, gaming, and network connectivity
for consumer electronics such as televisions,
DVD players, and digital cameras.
Wireless
Telecommunications using electromagnetic
waves rather than wires or cable to transmit
information.Wireless communication can be
used for free-ranging mobile systems such as
cell phones and global positioning systems
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