A big improvement over the sound from thin LED/LCD TVs but can be frustrating to use
Neil Maxwell, Amazon
2 June 2014
Summary: Having been for several years listening to the pretty good sound of my JVC 32" tube TV that had L/R/Centre speakers and a built in sub-woofer, the sound from my Panasonic 42" plasma pales in comparison. The trouble with today's ultra-thin TVs is that there is no depth to enable bigger diameter speaker cones, necessary for mid and low frequencies, to be built in.
Summary: The sound bar is lovely to look at and produces crisp commentary and rich treble and base. It has ticked most of the right boxes but for me has been let down by the blue tooth ceasing to function after a few months of purchase and limited use. Am waiting on the delivery of a replacement as I write and hoping that it's a lot more reliable.
Sound is ok, but cannot be described as impressive.
28 March 2014
Summary: I recently purchased this soundbar based on excellent reviews, so I was expecting something special. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. The sound is not room filling, it can best be described as ok, I honestly found in very underwhelming. It also decided to lose parts of the film soundtrack (actors voices) at certain points resulting in a muffled background noise, this could only be rectified by turning the bar off and on.
Summary: Sound is very good, For sound this soundbar deserves 5 stars. Bluetooth works properly. But if you have HDMI connection and you want listen blu ray or Tivo without soundbar you cannot. If sound bar is switched off signal not going trough. This is big disappointment. I had to spend next 42 quid for HDMI splitter because in night time I have to use headset. If you want use only soundbar no headset or tv speakers this soundbar is superb.
Summary: The idea was to improve the sound quality of my 42 inch Ambilight TV. I would say the sound quality is marginally better. In the end I kept is also because of the bluetooth feature and use it with my ipad. What's missing is the rich and powerful sound of a big subwoofer. Treble is ok but overall sound is somewhat pale. Virtual surround sound doesn't give you anything close to surround sound, but that was to be expected.
Failed after a month - customer care from Amazon and Philips worse than poor!
Seller1862 "J D", Amazon
22 February 2014
Summary: I was wary about buying a Philips product because the ones I have had previously (vacuum, TV) had both broken within warranty period and had to go for repair so I didn't have much faith in the brand. However, the soundbar had built in subwoofer (in fact two drivers) which was key for me as I didn't want a separate subwoofer which required its own power supply and this looked very attractive.
Summary: The Soundbar gives a much better sound than that from my LG Flat screen TV which is not saying much. It seems to assume you have the TV on a wall as it suggests having the screen above the Soundbar, This is not easy if your TV rests on a stand like mine so I ignored this and it seems to work OK. Do take note of the length of the Soundbar as it is quite long and as it overspilled my stand and could be knocked if you have a confined space.
Summary: I'm pleased that the research I did paid off - I am very pleased with this soundbar and the quality of output is ideal for my home environment, and a substantial improvement on the (quite reasonable) TV sound. I have a Blu-ray player connected on one HDMI and a WD Live player on the other, and my Tivo box is connected by audio digital.
Summary: after listening to many recommended soundbars by whats hifi .I felt that thay didn't sound all that great as recommended.i came across the Philips HTL5120/12 which was reviewed by AVFORUMS i wanted to listen to this but I couldn't find this instore to test for myself. I trust AVFORUMS review and i know Philips do good headphone and sound docks also what with there Fidelio range.so i took the chance and brought this from amazon.and im glad i did its such a great soundbar...