Easy set-up, lack-lustre performance. . Having moved home i bought this unit to replace an old wired sony system. This system had sat in a box for a couple of years as i couldn’t face the task of fighting the wires to the back of the room. The philips system goes together easily and all the bits talk to each other without issue. The remote control to the system is very simple, just a few buttons for volume, tone, source and the like. Having read the advance manual supplied on the cd (all of 8 pages if memory serves) it became apparent that the unit gives very little facility to accommodate for the viewer being off centre (balance) or the distance of the viewer from the front / rear speakers, all of which and more were facilities within my old system. My favorite ‘demo disk’ is star wars ‘the phantom menace’, in particular the opening ship carrying the characters as it moves side to side across the screen and also rear to front. The old system expressed this to great effect. The philips system gives some stereo but not the level of impact that a 12+ year younger system really should be giving. On the pro’s side, it sets up easily and looks nice, cons to me at least are the lack lustre performance and limited facility for sound adjustments.
Much better than any soundbar which we had before. Easy to set up very pleased and would recommend.
It was this system or the sony ht rt5. Opted for this mainly for it looks much nicer and the wireless system works well. Could only find this system through amazon as for some reason the high street stores don’t have them. Also had to fork out for the zenit stands for the rear speaker due to house lay out and have to say not disappointed with it at all. Unpacking was simple, one plug for the main center speaker (which has all the inputs – hdmi arc, optic, hdmi in and 3. 5mm), the front left and right are connected to this, with the excess wire hidden in the base of the speakers. The subwoofer has it own plug for power and connects seamlessly to the unit. The bass is a touch too much but the remote lets you adjust it. The rear receiver has it own plug for power, then from here the rear left and right connect to it.
Bought this system as the rear speakers are wireless so the obvious benefits there and there not completely wireless as they have to be plugged into a wireless sender to receive the sound but not a major issue sound quality is very good for the price.
I looked at this for some time before purchasing. Clearly not a product widely sold in the uk, add that it’s philips and i wasn’t sure how good this would really be. As it turns out it’s excellent and far superior to my old sony setup, which had an amp within the subwoofer. Bass and treble are solid enough and the midrange is effective if not outstanding. Truth is, if like me you want a 5. 1 setup without an amp then you’ll struggle to find something better.
Philips CSS5330G Zenit Cinema Surround Wireless Speakers (3.1, NFC, HDMI, ARC) – gray : The system is well made and can sound great, however i think the crossover frequency to the. The system is well made and can sound great, however i think the crossover frequency to the subwoofer is too high and it results in a constant hum from some sources. This is a little disappointing, as otherwise its a decent sound unit.