Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar : Won’t get better for the price

Amazing all round sound for tv, dvd & cd full range quite ethereal. Compared it to market leaders of similar price and it leaves them all standing. More people should sell philips products i have the 50′ ambilight tv and it took months to find it. The soundbar matches the tv and provides an overall aesthetic appeal in addition.

Fantastic, thoroughly satisfied.

I bought this direct from philips and it did come with two continental plugs and they are not the adaptable type. To combat this philips had put a uk cable into the outer packaging – i think they forgot that you need power for the soundbar and the subwoofer. It was the easiest thing in the world to set up, the satellite speakers and subwoofer were automatically connected leaving me to do nothing but put it on the wall right below my 55′ philips tv. The two systems hook up well and the sky remote control controls the volume without me having to change anything, keeping remote control usages to a minimum (always a good thing). It comes with wall brackets that fit the soundbar perfectly and was a breeze to put up. The satellites are perfectly weighted when you pull them off and put them back on again. I have it connected to my tv via hdmi arc and i have left the sky box and playstation plugged directly in the tv. After testing to see if it was set up ok and the surround sound was working the first movie to test out in full was ‘olympus has fallen’. What can i say, it was a visual assault to the senses, absolutely brilliant, the house was rocking, the sound was brilliantly defined and you actually felt involved in the movie. Here are the specifications for the Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar:

  • Immerse in true surround sound – on your demand
  • Wireless subwoofer for clutter free placement
  • Virtual Surround Sound for a realistic movie experience
  • Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II surround sound
  • Orientation sensor ensures the best sound in any placement

Bassy & loud enough with an additional ‘ooh’ factor. I’d looked a a number of soundbars, mostly 2. 1 and this appealed to me from the point of view of the surround and it doesn’t disappoint. Having a 4 year old who likes to lift things up and a wife who likes things out of the way, the idea of having surround speakers which sit in the ends of the bar, charging up ready for use is great. When you come to use them however, it’s even better. The sound really envelops you and has in instant impact on watching films, so much so that even my wife has to admit, it makes a big difference to the enjoyment of the film. I’m not reviewing this from the point of view of an audiophile, i’ve had various 5. 1 surround sound systems in the past of varying quality, but for what i’m looking for right now: better quality tv sound, compact, wireless surround sound speakers, 5. 1 for films, bass and volume for music, this ticks all those boxes for me with enough of each for me to feel comfortable recommending the system for anyone like me who isn’t in the market for a full, expensive, large size processor and speakers. Definitely work looking at if you’re considering a soundbar.

Exactly what i was looking for. Read the instructions and think carefully about how you want to set this up and you’ll have a gem on your hands.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Bassy & loud enough with an additional “ooh” factor
  • Believe the expert reviews
  • Sound clarity is brilliant. No wonder What Hi Fi said they were
  • For excellent sound with the ability to have surround sound when you want it with no wires.
  • Won’t get better for the price
  • Exactly what I was looking for

No wonder what hi fi said they were. No wonder what hi fi said they were the best buy.

This soundbar has received rave reviews. However the reviews on amazon really worried me, but i can confirm that i’ve had no problems with plugs or connections, and it’s a great bit of kit. Inside the box i got both continental power plugs and uk power plugs so no issues there. Depending on how you want to connect the soundbar, you’ll need to supply the right cables yourself. I had a spare hdmi cable and i’m using the audio return channel (arc) facility on my tv. This was simple to connect, however i did have to search on the internet on how to enable this on the tv i have – not the fault of the soundbar, more with my tv menu system. The soundbar turns on automatically when i switch the tv on and i can use the tv remote to adjust the volume. Using arc means that everything that is connected to the tv comes through the soundbar. It connects easily over bluetooth with my phones so to i can pipe music through it without the need for the tv to be onthe soundbar is long, it’s wider than my 42′ tv, and only just fits on the tv stand – something to keep-in-mind.

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  1. This review is from : Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers

    Bought this to replace surround sound system and to get rid of wires. This was fairly simple to set up and the sound quality is excellent. I watched the movie lucy last night with the surround sound speakers detached and the sound was brilliant. I can,t recommend this enough. It is quite expensive but worth the money.
    • Bassy & loud enough with an additional “ooh” factor. I’d looked a a number of soundbars, mostly 2. 1 and this appealed to me from the point of view of the surround and it doesn’t disappoint. Having a 4 year old who likes to lift things up and a wife who likes things out of the way, the idea of having surround speakers which sit in the ends of the bar, charging up ready for use is great. When you come to use them however, it’s even better. The sound really envelops you and has in instant impact on watching films, so much so that even my wife has to admit, it makes a big difference to the enjoyment of the film. I’m not reviewing this from the point of view of an audiophile, i’ve had various 5. 1 surround sound systems in the past of varying quality, but for what i’m looking for right now: better quality tv sound, compact, wireless surround sound speakers, 5. 1 for films, bass and volume for music, this ticks all those boxes for me with enough of each for me to feel comfortable recommending the system for anyone like me who isn’t in the market for a full, expensive, large size processor and speakers. Definitely work looking at if you’re considering a soundbar.
  2. This review is from : Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers

    For excellent sound with the ability to have surround sound when you want it with no wires. . I have always preferred surround sound but objected to the wiring everywhere and the precise location of speakers. With this system you detach the surround speakers only when you want to and position them where best suits you. When coupled to the main speaker and charging the sound (with the wireless sub woofer) is excellent (as it is on surround). The wireless sub woofer works perfectly. My only slight criticism is the instructions don’t exactly relate to the control workings, eg. To switch on you must press the front button and switching off involves holding the remote button for a few seconds and then letting go, the unit then switches itself off. With a single optical cable into my tv it always reproduces the soundtrack of whatever you are watching on the tv. Note you cannot alter the volume level of the speakers independently, so if you are sitting a long way back from your tv, the speakers need to be a suitable distance away as well, but that hasn’t changed my listening pleasure.
    • This is an amazing soundbar. The set-up is fairly easy and straightforward (having a tv with hdmi arc is preferable but there are other connections, e. Optical, coaxial, etc) and the sound quality is vastly better than just the tv on it’s own. Connecting your mobile or mp3 via bluetooth couldn’t be simpler. For what i paid for this item i am hugely impressed.
  3. This review is from : Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers

    Amazing all round sound for tv, dvd & cd full range quite ethereal. Compared it to market leaders of similar price and it leaves them all standing. More people should sell philips products i have the 50″ ambilight tv and it took months to find it. The soundbar matches the tv and provides an overall aesthetic appeal in addition.
  4. This review is from : Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers

    Won’t get better for the price. You won’t get better for the price in my opinion. Surprised at some reviews,could it be they still have the auto volume on?also great with music and blue ray.
  5. This review is from : Philips Fidelio HTL9100/12 210W Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers

    This soundbar has received rave reviews. However the reviews on amazon really worried me, but i can confirm that i’ve had no problems with plugs or connections, and it’s a great bit of kit. Inside the box i got both continental power plugs and uk power plugs so no issues there. Depending on how you want to connect the soundbar, you’ll need to supply the right cables yourself. I had a spare hdmi cable and i’m using the audio return channel (arc) facility on my tv. This was simple to connect, however i did have to search on the internet on how to enable this on the tv i have – not the fault of the soundbar, more with my tv menu system. The soundbar turns on automatically when i switch the tv on and i can use the tv remote to adjust the volume. Using arc means that everything that is connected to the tv comes through the soundbar. It connects easily over bluetooth with my phones so to i can pipe music through it without the need for the tv to be onthe soundbar is long, it’s wider than my 42″ tv, and only just fits on the tv stand – something to keep-in-mind.
    • I bought this direct from philips and it did come with two continental plugs and they are not the adaptable type. To combat this philips had put a uk cable into the outer packaging – i think they forgot that you need power for the soundbar and the subwoofer. It was the easiest thing in the world to set up, the satellite speakers and subwoofer were automatically connected leaving me to do nothing but put it on the wall right below my 55″ philips tv. The two systems hook up well and the sky remote control controls the volume without me having to change anything, keeping remote control usages to a minimum (always a good thing). It comes with wall brackets that fit the soundbar perfectly and was a breeze to put up. The satellites are perfectly weighted when you pull them off and put them back on again. I have it connected to my tv via hdmi arc and i have left the sky box and playstation plugged directly in the tv. After testing to see if it was set up ok and the surround sound was working the first movie to test out in full was ‘olympus has fallen’. What can i say, it was a visual assault to the senses, absolutely brilliant, the house was rocking, the sound was brilliantly defined and you actually felt involved in the movie.

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