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Philips HTS8100

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    7.1 7.1 from 6 reviewers
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    6.5 6.5 from 26 reviewers
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    6.6 6.6 from 4 reviewers
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    6.1 6.1 from 5 reviewers
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  1. Testfreaks.33053966
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    The digital revelutionmaker - PHILIPS
    5 May 2012

    Apselutely everything exept from the i pod dock.

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The Phillips HTS8100 is a home theater system for the minimalist. The sleek design is only five inches thick, yet includes the speakers (with the separate subwoofer) and DVD player needed to create a basic home theatre system. The main piece, dubbed the “sound bar” has RCA and coax TV inputs, component and composite TV out, HDMI out, and Easy-Fit speaker connectors. The HDMI upconverts to full 1080p for top video output.

It uses Phillips’s proprietary technology—Ambisound—to recreate 5.1 surround sound.…

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The Phillips HTS8100 is a home theater system for the minimalist. The sleek design is only five inches thick, yet includes the speakers (with the separate subwoofer) and DVD player needed to create a basic home theatre system. The main piece, dubbed the “sound bar” has RCA and coax TV inputs, component and composite TV out, HDMI out, and Easy-Fit speaker connectors. The HDMI upconverts to full 1080p for top video output.

It uses Phillips’s proprietary technology—Ambisound—to recreate 5.1 surround sound. Ambisound uses specially shaped and directed speakers to “aim” sound to listeners, allowing the sound to reach ears at different times. This setup purposes to recreate true surround sound regardless of sitting arrangement.

Review Summary

The Philips HTS8100 is a good player providing surround technology in such a simple way to make it userfriendly. This unit makes a perfect a home theater with the desired accessories. It is slim enough to be placed in front of theTV without obscuring the screen. The soundbar design hides speakers behind the grill, with an LCD display. A set of basic controls are placed along the system’s top, out of sight, all can be activated by the remote. The remote buttons are well spaced out for controlling DVD playback and shifting between sources, surround modes and audio adjustments. A back panel conceals the A/V connections, and there are also inputs on the left side for a USB flash drive/memory card, an MP3 Line-in and a socket for the included iPod dock. An HDMI cable can be connected from the main unit to the TV. The two wires that come from the included subwoofer, provide both amplification and power to the Main Unit need to be plugged-in. The Philips HTS8100 is quite attractive with its black and glass-reflecting build, and the subwoofer has a similar styling with a glassed top as well. But the subwoofer must be in a corner, out of the way as it is large and heavy. The Philips HTS8100 is able to play CDs as well as discs with MP3 and Windows Media Audio files. An iPod docking station is also included, with adaptors for dockable models such as the iPod with color displays, the Nano and Mini. A connector links the dock to the Main Unit and once the iPod is placed in the dock the Philips remote can be used. The Philips HTS8100 is a remarkable DVD player, amplifier with radio and a set of speakers into a single unit but it lacks direct bass control.

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  • USB 2.0 for HTS8100

    I have tried using USB 2.0 of 1 gb and 2 gb which it recognises well, but when i try my 30 GB usb - it does not require power to work, it doesn't show its contents, also i tried my 1 tera byte usb 2.0 which needs power, the lights of both 30 and 1 tera lits but the home theatre doesn;t show its contents?.. any idea upto what usb it can support.

    Answered by Lean 2009-12-07:

    Check if the USB has any

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