The Philips HTS9800W is a stylish wireless 6.1 surround soun ...
19 September 2007
Summary: I recently purchased the Philips HTS9800W which is a stylish wireless 6.1 surround sound system that handles a wide range of disc and file formats such as Blu-Ray HD as well as most of the latest surround sound. It's a nine-piece, 6.1 ensemble comprising a DVD unit, three front speakers, three rear speakers connected to a wireless receiver box and a subwoofer.
Pros: Powerful, high performance system, Up-scales 576p DVDs to 1080i , HDMI connectivity
Cons: Does not support XviD, Wireless rear speakers not really wireless, No USB host function
Summary: Quality of design and construction is a big problem (system sent back for service twice during warranty period with lists of problems). When returning the system a third time for service (Philips had still failed to fix their annoying "feature" of the system turning itself off by itself), Philips would not honor their warranty even though the auto-turn off issue was reported and unresolved during the 1 year warranty period.
Pros: Visually, attractive. Significant effort was made "making it look good.â��
Cons: Loud popping sounds on rear speakers (fixed after first service). Remote control failure (fixed after 2nd service). A gentle hum could be heard when powered on. The system is extremely slow and unresponsive when switching between modes or putting in a CD or DVD. Random power downs occur while watching videos and when the system is initially powered up.
Cons: It says interference free. My rear speakers make a constant loud poping sound everytime I turn it on! Have tried changing channels frequency on unit unit as instructed in Trouble Shooting, as well as unplugging my Cordless Phone and Wireless internet. This has made no difference at all. Any help?
Summary: This system is so cool. Looks beautiful, great features and RF wireless
Pros: Stylish black Rear wireless, no interference with home phone, no calibration required, just plug and play. Plays all media, Img slideshow, MP3, CDs, Dvds, all Video files Correction to the review above does play Xdiv, won't play WMV and more obscure codecs tho
Cons: Rear speakers are very low but u can pump them up individually No HDMI cable included
Summary: Overall a nice buy given the price to complement a modern living space.
Pros: Easy to install, extremely sexy look, wireless connectivity is great.
Cons: Some of the sounds do crack the speakers if you play at moderately high volume. Rear spekers sometimes get untoniceable sue to loud front speakers. Although there is a way of changing the volumes of these speakers seperately.