Philips HTL2163B/12 soundbar speakers – Sound is great!

Takes a bit of setting up, and i did have to change a setting on the tv to enable arc.

Great product, very good quality, and fast delivery.

Unit is easy to assemble and is solidly built. I had some trouble, at first, with the soundbar not recognising the input from the tv (via hdmi-arc) as a compatible sound source (hdmi input indication flashes – not steady). I then updated the firmware via a memory stick, as per instructions, and still no joy, at first. Then suddenly the unit worked properly and has been fine since. Not sure if it was coincidence, or not, but i recommend doing the upgrade soonest. I like being able to alter the sound profile to suit what i am watching. The ‘clear’ mode is especially useful when watching dramas as it lifts the dialogue above any background music and background sounds. I’d have given 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the slightly shaky start. Here are the specifications for the Philips HTL2163B/12 soundbar speakers:

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  • Narrow sound bar with thick bass thanks to the 120 watts (RMS) of output power.
  • Connectivity for film and music: HDMI ARC, digital Inputs and Bluetooth.
  • Includes: 1 x AAA battery, power cable, quick start guide, remote control, brochure with security and disclaimer, brand Information strip included power supply. (English language not guaranteed)

Soundbar is ok surround sound is average with subwoofer. Would probably pay more for a better product in the future.

Quite happy with this product, the only thing i find frustrating is, if you pause the television for a while the sound bar goes into standby. Maybe it is possible to change this, i have not looked yet. Sound reproduction is very good, you hear sounds all around the room.

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  • Just ok for value for money
  • Quite happy with this product
  • Three Stars

Brill buy no problems at all and mega loud. Looks great with her 60 inch t.

Very easy to assemble and although it does not come with cables i researched and purchased cables at same time so it was ready to put together straight away. I have put the bar on the wall under the tv and it is very neat. Very powerful and surround sound is good for the money. The bluetooth is perfect and no problems connecting. Would defiantly recommend this product and would buy phillips again.

I love this soundbar easy and fun to use. It’s true what everyone is saying, this soundbar is very bass heavy. On the remote you are able to increase and decrease it, but even on -4 ( the lowest setting ) you can still feel the floor vibrating. I’m not complaining about that. Yes at times you have to turn the volume down as the bass is overpowering, but if you want something that will be used for everything ( music, tv, films, gaming). I have always stood by philips when it comes to sound equipment, and i still do. To sum up,+brilliant device+remote is well designed ( small, no menus everything is there )+bass is amazing and can be over powering, but still great+looks nice, no cloth messing over the speakers it’s solid plastic.

Initial issues using digital optical connection as a suggested method to connect it. When changed to hdmi less of an issue, but does go walk about certain times when channel hopping.

I heeded the other advice of buying the optical lead at the same time.

Good but not such a full sound as i would have liked.

A great bit of kit for the price really impressed by the sound good base too.

I bought this to work with my tv philips 55“, my living room, is quite large. So i think,the main feature is, it gives a sound bost to your tv, but is not a real soundround feeling, for that a 5. But for the price, and for my first media sound system, for me is, good enought.

Small issue: it doesn’t seem to connect with my devices via bluetooth.

Perfect for the movies, but personally the bass should be able to be adjusted a bit more (personal preference ofc).

Bought it at £80 which was the cheapest i could find an hdmi arc equipped soundbar to go with my parents’ new smart tv (which despite a big red sticker shouting about its jbl speaker system sounded harsh & nasty). As the owner of a top of the range yamaha sound bar & bk subwoofer i was pleasantly surprised at the sound this philips system produced. Played around with the sound modes & the bass & treble settings to suit the room & good clear dialogue comes out of it. The hdmi arc is convenient & the bluetooth works well with several different makes of smartphone & tablet.

Purchased this sound bar to go with my lg smart tv, first connected with bluetooth which worked fine except for a little audio lag which can be corrected by the remote. Also when connected by bluetooth the tv did not have any control over the sound bar, for example turning the sound bar off when you turn off the tv. Then i connected by hdmi via the arc hdmi connection marked on the rear of the tv which is the best option if your tv has arc. This allowed full volume and mute control by the tv remote and also switches the sound bar off and on with the tv controller and no audio lag. I found that not all hdmi cables support this feature so the right cable is necessary.

Very happy recipient, brought as a present.

Wanted all inputs for multiple devices.

The sound is amazing especially the bass, the bluetooth works really well. And the surround sound when watching movies on netflix is breathtaking, happy to recommend.

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Philips HTL2163B/12 soundbar speakers with bluetooth (120 watts RMS, Dolby Digital, HDMI, wall mounting), black
4.5 of 5 stars, based on 35 reviews