Excerpt: Many people don’t bother contemplating installing a home theater in their bedroom because they don’t have the room for an amplifier, let alone all the speakers and wiring required. But Philips’ $799 USD HTS8100 might just prove the solution that changes their mind, because it doesn’t just combine a DVD player, amplifier with radio and a set of speakers into a single, compact shape.
Pros: All-in-one unit featuring speaker and DVD player; supports various audio/video formats
Cons: Lacks direct bass control; DVD insertion is delicate
Summary: The Philips SoundBar HTS8100 is an excellent solution for style-conscious buyers with limited time and space to set up a true surround system, but you'll have to accept a few sonic compromises
Pros: Stylish, space-saving design, Fuss-free set up, 1080p video upscaling, Versatile connectivity, Impressive image quality
Cons: Expensively priced, Subwoofer means it isn't totally discreet, Compromised sound quality