Philips HTL5160B/12 3 – Changed my life

Wow – the sound quality is so impressive and the sub is awesome. . My neighbours may soon hate me :).

This is a great sounbar and recommended on a number of hifi/audio sites. Well made, good quality and looks fab. What you expect from the philips brand i suppose. A great price too and cam with reqiured leads including a toslink.

Very good sound with subwoofer. Could be a little louder as i reached the maximum volume without and distortion, which indicates philips were being carefully restrictive. The thump the sub gives is a real treat. Not as powerful as my stereo system. For what it is, i’m happy the sound is nice and clear. You can turn the display off by putting the night mode on and you will only have a white solid light on. I hate distractions with all these soundbars that can only be dimmed or lights that are to bright in a dark room as your attention is focused towards that instead of the movie your trying to watch. Philips can still do better i think. The solid white light is still to bright for me and the sound could do with a bit more power and go louder without a problem i believe. The price was the main reason i purchased this soundbar as it was within my budget without paying to much for something like a sonos.

I spent what felt like years researching and eventually deciding upon the philips htl5160b/12. I got it open box, at a pretty decent discount, but would pay full price for it after my experience with it. Some things i really like:- it’s slim and light, super easy to mount under my tv. – the remote is simple to use, with quick access to night mode (great for when the baby is sleeping), and all the other controls. – the surround sound is great, and i often find myself looking over my shoulder when the sound bounces off my walls. – the streaming capability is also a great plus, but not 100% needed as i have it connected to my echo to play music with my voiceoverall it’s a great speaker – much better bang for your buck than the top of the range bose or sonos playbar.

I’m not an audiophile, but it does add a richness of sound to my television over what tv speakers can do. The soundbar itself is a little lacking in oomph, but it is made up for by the subwoofer which is brilliant. I’m still impressed that the subwoofer works wirelessly. Good, but might have expected more overall for the price.

Honestly the best thing i’ve ever bought. Completely transformed any film or video game, and amazing for music too.

  • Excellent sound, slim and light – easy to mount!
  • Very happy indeed, great for the price, should go louder really
  • This is a great sounbar and recommended on a number of HiFi/Audio sites

Features of Philips HTL5160B/12 3.1 Streaming-Soundbar (Bluetooth/NFC, Spotify Connect, Audio GoogleCast, Wi-Fi) – Black

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  • Easily send music from phone to speaker with Google Cast
  • Spotify connect for an effortless native app experience
  • Dedicated centre-channel speaker for superior voice clarity
  • Philips companion app for easy network setup
  • Included in the box: Philips HTL5160B/12 sound bar, quick start guide, remote control, safety and legal leaflet, trademarks sheet, AC adapter, 2 x power cords, 2 x AAA batteries, screws (x6), optical audio cable, user manual on CD-ROM

From the manufacturer

Unmatched voice clarity from 3.1 Ch

Upgrade your TV with enhanced voice clarity and virtual surround sound for better cinematic experience.

Center-channel speaker

A centre-channel speaker dedicated especially to voice frequencies anchor speech to the centre of the screen. This offers improved voice positioning and clarity, increasing immersion in movies.

One-touch with NFC

Pair Bluetooth devices easily with one-touch NFC (Near Field Communications) technology. Just tap the NFC enabled smartphone or tablet on the NFC area of a soundstage to turn the soundstage on, start Bluetooth pairing, and begin streaming music.

2-way loudspeaker

2-way loudspeaker for the best clarity and explosive dynamic range.

App-enabled Soundbar

Start enjoy high quality sound and seamless playback experience with your favourite music apps with this Google cast enabled soundbar.

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Google Cast

Enjoy high quality and seamless playback with your favourite music apps. This soundbar has Google Cast built-in so you can cast your favourite music apps from your personal device to your speakers.

Philips companion app

Use Philips HCWeSet Manager app to setup and connect your new speakers to your home wireless network and start enjoy the high quality audio and seamless playback experience from your favourite.

Spotify as a remote

Using Spotify Connect you can easily browse, explore, and play music from any room in the house using your smart device as a remote.

Make sure this fits
by entering your model number.

Easily send music from phone to speaker with Google Cast

Spotify connect for an effortless native app experience

Dedicated centre-channel speaker for superior voice clarity

Philips companion app for easy network setup

Summary
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Philips HTL5160B/12 3.1 Streaming-Soundbar (Bluetooth/NFC, Spotify Connect, Audio GoogleCast, Wi-Fi) - Black
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 10 reviews

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  1. This review is from : Philips HTL5160B/12 3.1 Streaming-Soundbar (Bluetooth/NFC, Spotify Connect, Audio GoogleCast, Wi-Fi) – Black

    The subwoofer just hissed & crackled when it occasionally connected. I’m an av technician professionally & i work with audio technology. Quality overall for the 5160 does not seem good. I bought the 5160 to replace my 3 year old philips 3140 soundbar. Surprisingly the 3140 is a better soundbar. The 3140 sounds reasonably good & only cost £150. It has pro logic ii that is old vcr sound technology.
  2. This review is from : Philips HTL5160B/12 3.1 Streaming-Soundbar (Bluetooth/NFC, Spotify Connect, Audio GoogleCast, Wi-Fi) – Black

    The subwoofer just hissed & crackled when it occasionally connected. I’m an av technician professionally & i work with audio technology. Quality overall for the 5160 does not seem good. I bought the 5160 to replace my 3 year old philips 3140 soundbar. Surprisingly the 3140 is a better soundbar. The 3140 sounds reasonably good & only cost £150. It has pro logic ii that is old vcr sound technology.
    • Sound might be good as said by everybody but beware for the user who has no optical or hdmi arc output in their television. Atleast rca jacks or its suitable adaptor can be provided with the package. The worst thing is that i have purchased philips led tv 4300 series tv recently and it have two series of ports byt misaing with optical and hdmi arc.
      • Sound might be good as said by everybody but beware for the user who has no optical or hdmi arc output in their television. Atleast rca jacks or its suitable adaptor can be provided with the package. The worst thing is that i have purchased philips led tv 4300 series tv recently and it have two series of ports byt misaing with optical and hdmi arc.
  3. Worked fine for 2 years but now having major problems with the sound bar not responding to the remote and recently a loud screeching/ feedback noise. Presently it’s not working at all.
    • Worked fine for 2 years but now having major problems with the sound bar not responding to the remote and recently a loud screeching/ feedback noise. Presently it’s not working at all.

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