>> Sunday, November 25, 2007
How Grundig got involved in the production of CD-i players is because it used to be part of Philips from around 1990 to 1996. I always wondered why Philips never used the Aristona brand to put budget CD-i players on the market (Like they did with Magnavox), but they put the use of the Grundig brand by producing an OEM version of the Philips 220 and 470 CD-i player. The Grundig family had quite some influence in the contract when Philips came in the picture and it cost Philips a lot of money to get rid of Grundig in 1996, after it wasn't a very profitable company. These Grundig CD-i players were sold in Germany, the home basis of Grundig (It's more popular in Germany than anywhere else). In the end, the grundig CD-i players are identically the same as the Philips versions (all parts are the same).