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.
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.
Excerpt: Sound bars are still relatively new to many people in comparison to surround sound speaker systems, but we’re already expecting more from them than simply better audio quality for watching TV and films. Philips was clearly on the same wavelength when it produced the Fidelio HTL9100.
Conclusion: It's hard to say a truly bad word about the Philips Fidelio Soundbar. It looks good, it sounds good, is super simple to set up and the modular satellite speaker experience is fun. There might not be the advanced on-screen adjustments that you may (or may not) crave, but on the whole - and when every...
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
Pros: Effective surround sound, Wireless subwoofer, Automatic switch virtual to surround, Easy to set up, Uncompressed audio, A gyroscope that adjusts sound levels for those hanging the Philips HTL9100 on a wall is handy, though it's the simple set up that we loved most. Linking together the various el...
Cons: Expensive, Satellites need recharging, Requires wide AV furniture, Night Mode, which is supposed to quieten the Philips HTL9100, doesn't appear to do much. Meanwhile the 10 hours of battery life on each satellite speaker is reasonable, though it does restrict the surround sound feature to occasio...
Excerpt: Mindre smart biliver det ikke af, at du kan tage en af baghøjttalerne med dig og streame musik til den – hvis du ønsker lidt musik i køkkenet eller på terrassen. Du kan naturligvis også streame trådløst til hele sættet.
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