Philips Soundbar-kaiutin HTL2150 Virtual surround, ulkoinen subwoofer, optinen, koaksiaali, Aux-tulo, äänitulo is rated
Rated 4 out of
If you're here, you might as well..
I scoured the market for soundbar, believe me.
I have a Philips 39"led TV that only outputs (digitally) via coaxial.
Now with optical connections being the favoured method this left my choices for a budget soundbar that was above the twin phono marque very low.
So I looked at and came back to then purchased this soundbar and subwoofer combination.
A simple digital coaxial cable from the back of the TV would allow me to then listen to all connected kit.
The box arrives with the bar in 3 parts, assembly is okay but the screws are tiny so don't lose any.
Construction is plastic with wraparound speaker grille which adds to the low proile and width this product offers which was another selling point.
Its aesthetically pleasing to look at and compliments the TV perfectly being the same brand.
An ever-present amber glow is on 2-4-7 to indicate status and selected input, yes even to tell you it's off. May annoy some.
Subwoofer is MDF but is finished well on the outside, the front port hole might tempt young ones to sticking their hands in (let's not go there) but provided its a metre away from the bar it's happy so mine now sits behind the TV until said child gets a bit older.
It's also equally important for the sub to be a metre away from any kind of disc player, as the low frequencies can interfere with the reader.
Note then that a corner placement needs at least 10cm from the wall or you will probably get the boom effect, and not in a nice way.
Subwoofer is passive, powered by the soundbar and is optional for pleasing the spouse who didn't think you needed one in the first place.
So to performance, Fast and the Furyan (get it?) Part 6-(really!!):-
The surround button gets alot of flak but I feel it's misunderstood, you see it really does sound like the echo in a cinema, so really it's doing what it set out to do.But this doesn't translate well to a living room. With TV programming it's rubbish but it may compliment some movies.
Feed it Dolby digital via toslink optical connection and it will sound much more natural. Personal choice really, my Dad would love the former probably.
Initially for me there was too much bass and not enough treble, it's like Philips have preset it to show off the Sub and forgot about the bar.
After maxing out the treble and lowest setting for Bass on the blister buttoned remote (tad unresponsive) it sounded a hundred times better.
Avengers Assemble on blu ray was inspiring for a bar and sub at this price.
My bugbear is that it does not remember your preferences (bass,treble) now this seemed logical to the missus as it may need adjustment for whatever you watch- she's actually right too, but I would prefer my bass and treble to be remembered so I'm not performing a minimum of 12 button presses on the remote to get to great sound.
The remote itself is slim and small but uses one of those large flat watch batteries, I would much have preferred a pencil type as its awkward to open frankly and I hate blister buttons.
Bass and treble responds to a one button press whereas volume you can thankfully keep your finger down to stroll to your preference.
You can of course operate basic functions from the soundbar itself too if you wish.
So to summarize: with tweaks-if your happy to do them with each turn on, it defies its dimensions and offers real oomph!
Most importantly it offers a wide enveloping soundstage without the surround button on if youre source content is good.
Out of the box settings (for my taste) too much bass and not enough treble.
For the money , I can't complain, it outclasses the diabolical LG one I had at every level.
To think a Bose solo or an Orbitsound are 3 times the price and I simply can't afford either of those at present, but with my applied preferences to the sound it impresses given the initial fiddle.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of
Vastly improves TV sound
As this is a sound bar with only 30W output it has an excellent audio quality either from the TV or mp3 player or X-Box or cd player. All of these devices when plugged directly into the audio side of the sound bar vastly improves definition. The quality is as good as any low-priced Hi-Fi. The assembly is fool-proof (erected and working within 10 minutes). Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 3 out of
good sound but unhappy with some aspect of the product
ok I have had Philips product in the past , the sound are always superb and this sound bar has lived up to expectation, but I was disappointed with the features . firstly there are no L C D display on the unit to indicate your volume strength or bass &treble position . no leads came with the product apart from the power leads so on a sunday evening when shops are closed how am I suppose to use my equiptment . secondly the speaker element on the back of the subwoffer is un guarded this is not good UN HAPPY CUSTOMER.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of
quick to get up and running,vast improvement over tv sound,would recommend.
Date published: 2014-01-18