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"REGULAR" PHILIPS CD-I SYSTEMS
From the official Philips catalog

Many different models of CD-I were made by Philips and Magnavox (their US branch). Here there are some of the models distributed in Europe in 1995-96. At least two more models were available in previous years: a portable model with an LCD screen built-in and a very compact model without built-in screen. I don't have pics of the last one right now but I hope to add it soon.


CDI 220
Technical specifications

Compatible with the following standards: Interactive CD (CD-I), Audio CD,Photo CD and Digital Video (for movies, musical clips and videogames) with the optional 22ER9956 Digital Video Cartridge.
Compatible with all TV sets and Hi-Fi systems.
OSD (On screen display).
Digital video and audio.
Compatible with 16:9 widescreens TV sets.
High quality color pictures with Photo CDs.
The FTD Display gives complete and updated informations.
32 KB bult-in to save high-scores on games.
Available in Black.
Comes with a SCART video cable to connect it to a TV set.

Probably the first CD-I model marketed, the CDI 220 was part of the glorious MATCHLINE series of video products.

CDI 210
Technical specifications

Compatible with the following standards: Interactive CD (CD-I), Audio CD,Photo CD and Digital Video (for movies, musical clips and videogames) with the optional 22ER9956 Digital Video Cartridge.
Comes with an infrared controller with built-in joystick.
Compatible with all TV sets and Hi-Fi systems.
OSD (On screen display).
Digital video and audio.
High quality color pictures with Photo CDs.
The FTD Display gives complete and updated informations.
Available in Black.
Comes with a SCART video cable to connect it to a TV set.

The second model marketed. It had a controller port on the front but no widescreen compatibility.

CDI 470
Technical specifications

Compatible with the following standards: Interactive CD (CD-I), Audio CD,Photo CD.
Comes with an infrared controller with built-in joystick.
Compatible with all TV sets and Hi-Fi systems.
OSD (On screen display).
Digital video and audio.
High quality color pictures with Photo CDs.
The FTD Display gives complete and updated informations.
Available in Black.
Comes with a SCART video cable to connect it to a TV set.

A compact version of the CDI 210 model. The controller was different and it had no Digital Video Cartridge port (not sure about the last info anyway...).

CDI 450
Technical specifications

Compatible with the following standards: Interactive CD (CD-I), Audio CD,Photo CD and Digital Video (for movies, musical clips and videogames) with the optional 22ER9956 Digital Video Cartridge.
Comes with a cable controller (two controllers could be connected at the same time).
Compatible with all TV sets and Hi-Fi systems.
Easy to use.
A lot of optional accessories are available

Probably the best CD-I ever made: compact (and so much more easy to transport), with a modern and innovative desing (and a big resemblance to Turbo Duo and Panasonic FZ-10 3DO player).
In the US there were two models based on this design called Magnavox CDI 450 and Magnavox CDI 550: they were sold with a "real" joypad (sold also in Europe as an optional controller called Game Pad 22ER 9021). The second model also had a built-in FMV card and was sold at 499.99 US$ (with two CD-I titles and a Game Pad).

I will soon publish more in depth technical specifications for the following models:
CDI 220, CDI 210, CDI 470, CDI 450, CDI 550.

If you want more informations you can find the Official CD-I FAQ from Philips here.

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