Summary: I bought this system and loved it. It had decent sound and would play all dvds from all regions! But, like many others here, after just thirteen months it quit recognizing DVDs at all. It just says LOADING.....NO DISC. I went to Panasonic's website and it says the laser must be bad. What a pile of cheap junk.
Summary: Had a reasonably good sound for the price (I found it on clearance at Target) so I decided to buy it, despite having read the numerous negative reviews on Amazon. As described in other reviews, the unit would crash randomly after a few months of owning it and eventually stopped powering on. Philips built the unit so the speakers would ONLY work with this receiver, so now I'm out a receiver, 5 speakers and a subwoofer.
Summary: Worked fine at first. Initially was only using it as a CD player, and was happy with the sound. Later on, we bought a HDTV, and I was happy with the Philips' DVD playing ability. But 6-9 months later, when playing DVDs, this thing would sometimes freeze up/crash. I would have to unplug/replug to reset it. But never was there an issue playing a CD. After another 3-6 months, it would not play a complete DVD without freezing/crashing.
Summary: The main reason I liked this system because it reads the most video formats that any of DVD players that I owned. At this price range this system has a good sound quality and when proper cables used, video quality is good too. It's not a substitute for the high end sound system, but just a good, inexpensive system for an average user. Speakers have its own wires, which are sufficient for about 400 sf room. In multi-channel mode, it has a good surround sound effect.
Summary: Philips HTS3544 Home Theater System with iPod Connectivity (Silver) Everything works as advertised. And, the price is competitive. But, it crashes! Like a poorly configured computer sometimes it becomes unresponsive. Not even the power button will work. The only solution is to unplug it from the wall. This is a repeat problem and a repeat pain. Like many people, all my cables are hidden behind bulky furniture. So unplugging it is an effort.
Summary: We bought this as our first home theater system, because it was reasonably-priced, and because we had always had positive experiences with Philips products in the past. It wasn't terribly hard to set up, but I was surprised at the flimsy nature of the speaker wires when I first saw them. Nevertheless, it seemed to work fine once we got it all arranged, and I will have to admit that it sounded pretty awesome in our small living room.
Summary: The system arrived in excellent condition. It was easy to set up, (good instructions) and it has features I was surprised to find on a system at this price, such as adjustable volume for each speaker. My wife likes the convenience of the ipod dock and the uninterrupted music play that allows. We haven't tried the slide show feature yet, but like the idea. The sound quality is as good as can be expected for the price.
Summary: For the money this is a good system--not great, not lousy, just good. The sound quality is just not as good as some other systems I've used. My primary system is an Onkyo tuner/amp and Bose speakers--this Philips system just doesn't compare. It was purchased for a bedroom though and it's fine for that. For my taste there is too much bass which sounds "muffled" and the mid-range and highs are flat.
Summary: * Plays all type of CD, DVD * Easy to unlock (Region code - international use) * Plays DivX movies * Reads my external Hard Drive(USB) and plays DivX movies * Good sound * 5.1 effect * HDMI output Great product for less price.