June 20, 2007
| by Rebecca Day
Philips recently held its annual Holidays in June event, showing a sleigh full of products due in stores for the holiday sales season (or sooner). The company’s new audio systems boast a cool new twist: Bluetooth connectivity.
Sound far-fetched? Not if you speak to the ghost of Christmas Future. According to Yankee Group, by 2009 music-centric cell phones will outnumber dedicated MP3 players, putting these Philips micro systems ahead of the curve.
The Bluetooth circuitry inside the BTM628 (available September, $149) and BTM630 (available August, $199) enable you to play tunes from a phone or Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player wirelessly through the micro system from up to 30 feet away. Incoming call? No problem. The LCD screen on the BTM628 or BTM630 lights up with Caller ID info and you can choose to answer or let the call go to voice mail. Press a button on the remote to take the call and the music volume drops, the system’s built-in microphone kicks in and the micro system speakers play back the voice on the other end.
Your phone isn’t your primary source of music yet? Not to worry. The systems pack a CD player and an iPod dock, too.
Check out Philips’ Holiday in June site for more.