Excerpt: The Philips HTL9100 is no ordinary soundbar. If needed, the detachable, battery-powered side speakers can be put anywhere in the room where they will receive rear-channel sound wirelessly, providing true ‘Surround On Demand’ via the onboard Dolby and DTS 5.1 decoders. With the subwoofer also working wirelessly, and connectivity including Bluetooth for music streaming, two HDMI inputs and an ARC-compatible output, installation is fast and foolproof.
Conclusion: On one hand, the Fidelio is a beautiful, feature packed system with an innovative design, intuitive interface, and crystal clear sound. On the other, the audio performance was less than we expect from a system at this price, offering a watered-down midrange and a flyby approach to the finer details. If you simply love the Fidelio’s clutter-free approach, elegant aesthetic and remarkable convenience, we don’t think you’ll regret laying down $800.
Excerpt: Modern day flatpanel TVs are getting so thin that their sound output tends to be equally thin on the ears. If you're spending four figures on a quality telly then you really ought to invest in sound for the ultimate home cinema experience. That's where a soundbar comes in to beef up the soundwaves. But why not go the whole hog and invest in a 5.1 surround system, including satellite speakers and a subwoofer for full-on frequency fulfilment?
Pros: Sounds great, amps up TV sound, surround sound, plenty of volume, great as a Bluetooth speaker system, plenty of input types, easy satellite speaker recharge, easy setup, no on-screen menu faff
Cons: Very long and uses up space, satellite speakers need switching on and individual recharging, sounds thin without the sub, mid levels aren't as full as we'd like, no on-screen menu depth
Conclusion: Home cinema quality too often comes with cables galore, so Philips' stab at an all-in-one wireless wonder is a well-timed, even long overdue, innovation. It's so easy to set up it's unreal, while HDMI switching and Bluetooth streaming stretch its appeal. Good-looking and easy to live with, the detachable Surround On Demand mode works enough wonders to make this soundbar worth shelling out for, though even in an all-in-one soundbar mode the Philips HTL9100 will add some...
Summary: Ein Soundbar zur Klangverbesserung des TV-Tons einzusetzen ist ein probates Mittel. Philips hat sich mit dem Thema Surroundsound noch weiter auseinandergesetzt und mit dem HTL9100-System eine äußerst pfiffige Lösung auf den Markt gebracht.
Excerpt: De aftagelige sidehøjttalere kan placeres bag sofaen og give ægte surround sound. Højttalerne kører på batteri og er 100 procent trådløse! Hvis du beholder sidehøjttalerne på soundbaren, giver det mulighed for virtuel surround.
Pros: Ægte surround, Heftig lyd, Multirum er muligt