Philips joins the soundbar market with its £250 HTL5120

Philips HTL5120

Soundbars are selling like hot cakes at the moment, and the latest to join the fray is Philips with the £250 HTL5120, available from May through John Lewis stores.

It has built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from any connected mobile device, an integrated active subwoofer and Philips Double Bass and Virtual Surround technologies.

Designed for wall or table-top placement, an integrated 'orientation sensor' optimises the sound depending on the unit's position.

Power delivery is a claimed 2 x 60W, and Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 2.0 decoding are included as standard.

The Philips HTL5120 soundbar also comes fitted with two HDMI inputs for connecting a TV, Blu-ray player, set-top box or games console. Additional connectivity comprises a 3.5mm input on the side, plus one HDMI out, a coaxial digital input and optical digital input as well as an analogue aux input.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.