Our Verdict 
It certainly looks the part, but this stylish system lacks the extra class when delivering sound and vision
For 
No doubting the style and quality of finish
plenty of bottom end
detailed image
Against 
Subwoofer and satellites don’t integrate
harsh treble
noisy picture
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Style and substance are not always the happiest of bedfellows. And this easy-on-the-eye Philips 2.1 cinema system falls right in to the aforementioned trap.

This system undoubtedly looks the part. The main unit is from the B&O school of design, with a sliding disc that's only missing movement responsive control (as found on B&O products). Still, the remote does the job, even if we found our control was a little sluggish responding to commands from time to time.

Set up is fairly quick, and indeed a touch limited on the audio side, while picture menus are more familiar, even if a large immovable menu makes adjustments a little trickier than normal.

The two speakers and main unit connect to the large subwoofer via dedicated cables; the subwoofer provides the main unit's power, too. In terms of connections we have an HDMI out – capable of sending a 720p/1080i signal – plus USB and MP3 player inputs.

In terms of performance, we're not exactly blown away. While the picture is detailed and colourful, with a decent balance, there's a fair amount of noise introduced. Audio, while big and broad, suffers from an over-bearing bass, poor integration and a harsh, hard treble.

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This Philips unit will appeal to some, but it's not one for all.