Philips MX5000D

The Good Loudness potential beyond the norm; combo three-disc DVD changer and A/V receiver; six 100-watt channels; all five sats feature dual woofers.

The Bad Somewhat large receiver/DVD changer; no Dolby Pro Logic II support; limited video-connectivity options.

The Bottom Line This Philips kit delivers standout features for a very fair price.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

Philips MX5000D

We're charged up by Philips's latest take on the home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) formula: an unusually powerful receiver/DVD changer coupled with woofer/tweeter/woofer-equipped compact sats and a feisty little sub. The MX5000D sounds sweet, but its skimpy video-connectivity options will limit its appeal for HDTV owners.We're charged up by Philips's latest take on the home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) formula: an unusually powerful receiver/DVD changer coupled with woofer/tweeter/woofer-equipped compact sats and a feisty little sub. The MX5000D sounds sweet, but its skimpy video-connectivity options will limit its appeal for HDTV owners.

Built to the hilt
Single-driver sats are not uncommon in this price range, but the 5000D's sats employ three drivers; dual 3-inch woofers flanking a single tweeter. And that layout is not just for the left-/right-front positions; the multidriver approach has been applied to all five sats. Cosmetically, the 10-inch-tall, silver, plastic speakers' finish is nice enough, and their bottoms are fitted with rubberized pads. The nonpowered, wood sub matches the sats' look.

Packing six 100-watt channels, the receiver-cum-DVD changer weighs in at an impressive 36 pounds--that's double or triple the heft and the power of most of the receivers found in other kits. However, surround processing is bare-bones standard; you get only Dolby Digital and DTS. Philips didn't even squeeze in Dolby Pro Logic II.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Philips
  • Type home theater system
  • Functions AV receiver, DVD changer
  • Components DVD changer / AV receiver, speaker system
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Output Power / Total 700 Watt
  • Frequency Response 10 - 20000 Hz
  • Color silver
  • Functions AV receiver, DVD changer
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode, magnetic shield, mute button
  • Media Content Source DVD
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