Our Verdict The Philips certainly looks the part, but class rivals sound better For Smart looks convenience easy to use Against Poor bass integration weak soundstage Reviewed on 15th August 2007 This Philips design is a complete home cinema solution in which a single speaker unit with a built-in DVD player sits beneath your TV on ‘surround' duties, while a subwoofer augments the bass. The DVD player – which has a smart sliding door in keeping with the ‘style system' ethos – offers 1080p upscaling, has a USB input and comes with simple and easy-to-use menus. It works, but only to a degree. The system's great picture – rich images that are tightly gripped and detailed – is let down by it's sonic weakness. There's no genuine ‘surround' – an impressively wide soundstage, yes, but surround? No. The centre of the soundstage is weak, too, meaning voices are thin, and bass integration very poor, making the whole soundfield confused. More after the break A decent stab from Philips at a convenient solution, but it needs better sound before it challenges similar designs from the likes of Yamaha. Related News CES 2015: Arcam previews next-gen Solo Movie home cinema in a box Thu, 08 Jan 2015, 12:09am Onkyo confirms details of more Atmos products Tue, 15 Jul 2014, 12:53pm B&W gives its Panorama soundbar a makeover Wed, 03 Oct 2012, 12:17pm UPDATE: Sony unveils new Blu-ray home cinema systems Wed, 15 Feb 2012, 08:05am IFA 2011: Harman Kardon delivers Blu-ray home cinema in style Sun, 04 Sep 2011, 05:35pm All-in-one systems HTS8100 Philips Surround systems Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.