DVX8000 Multimedia Home Theater

  • DVX8000 Multimedia Home Theater
  • DVX8000 Multimedia Home Theater

"Perhaps, the most compelling new concept in consumer electronics is the idea of convergence; which is the integration of real-time audio, video and data. Not surprisingly, Philips Electronics, is the first manufacturer to provide a practical and cost-conscience answer to convergence, the DVX 8000 Multimedia Home Theater. The DVX 8000 is the world's only A/V preamp/tuner that also combines a DVD drive, a line doubler, and a personal computer in the same chassis. Marantz developed the audio portion, incorporating Dolby Digital and THX's ReEQ(TM) circuit." Audio Video Revolution 1998

The DVX800 was a pioneering consumer electronics development, not only because it launched one of the first Home Theater PC's (HTPC) onto the market as an affordable stand-alone component, but also due to it's accelerated development schedule, which took just over 9 months to launch.

One of the biggest design challenges for this project was the creation of a unified user interface; designing an on-screen display controlled by an existing universal remote control and a PC keyboard, for the set-up and control of the range of media technologies integrated into the product. Driven by a windows operating system - at a time when PC's were predominantly employed for productivity tasks - there was a need to develop a look and feel that would connect the product to the home cinema environment whilst suitably managing different levels of interaction complexity, from novice to expert user,  and not straying too far away from familiar PC interaction.


A user interface patent was applied for during the early project developments

Remote with 3D organized GUI for a home entertainment system

Project information

  • Date 1997
  • ClientPhilips
  • LocationSunnyvale, CA. USA

Our role

Whilst employed as Interaction designer at Philips Design

Creative Lead of interaction design team, integrating human factors, interaction and graphic design expertise

Project management of interaction design work-streams in-line with engineering and software development schedules

Close liaison with hardware and software development teams developing interation requirements and providing interface assets for implementation

Development of interactive prototypes and detailed interaction specifications

Rapid interface development based on user testing and technical specifications