Philips HTS5563 review

If space and budget are tight, then this system is a super solution Tested at £400

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Our Verdict

If space and budget are tight, then this Philips system is a super solution

For

  • Sleek design
  • compact
  • easy to use
  • immersive, nicely integrated sound
  • natural, detailed pictures

Against

  • No bundled iPod dock
  • no Bluetooth

Head to the Philips website and you’ll find this Philips HTS5563 home cinema system grouped under the header ‘immersive sound 5.1’. And that’s as good a mission statement as any for this type of product.

The company has opted for five identical, compact satellite speakers (the centre channel lies horizontally) and a slim, relatively small subwoofer. The speakers feel fairly light, but certainly look the part and feel solid enough.

With the likes of LG and Samsung sure to pack in as many features as possible in to these devices, Philips does its best to keep its end up – but a couple of functions are missing.

Philips HTS5563: Tech specs

There’s support for an iPod dock but it’s not bundled as standard, for instance, and there’s no Bluetooth connectivity. Still, it’s a sign of the times that we’re picking holes in what is still a well-equipped piece of kit.

There’s still the choice of two HDMI inputs plus an optical in, SD card and USB slots, and support for audio and video files. There’s also an FM radio.

The remote has a clear layout and is easy to use, even if some of the buttons feel a little clunky. It’s responsive to use, and a browse around the simple menus finds us in the NetTV offering and enjoying the excellent video quality on BBC iPlayer. So far so good.

Philips HTS5563

Philips HTS5563

Philips HTS5563: Picture and sound quality

Flick to a DVD or Blu-ray and the picture continues to look the part. Colours are subtle but still dynamic, detail is high and whites are clean, while blacks remain solid.

Only the fastest movements find the Philips blurring slightly to keep up, but as motion issues go it’s far from intrusive. With 3D films, such as Tin Tin and Cave Of Forgotten Dreams the picture is decent, with minimal crosstalk.

We’re also happy to report that Philips delivers on its promise of ‘immersive sound’. The identical satellites ensure excellent cohesion between each speaker – pick a film with plenty going on in the rear channels and you really do feel in the middle of the action.

There’s good detail too, the small speakers doing well to present a dynamic sound with good separation – though don’t expect room-shaking power. The sub struggles at boisterous moments if you crank it.

Philips HTS5563: Verdict

Regardless, it’s money well spent. Compact and stylish, capable of great sound and pictures, this is an example of why these systems make sense.

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Specifications

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Physical Characteristics

Total System Weight Approximate10.44 kg
Center Speaker Depth8 cm
Subwoofer Height30.3 cm
Front Speaker Width9 cm
Front Speaker Depth8.2 cm
Rear Speaker Height18.7 cm
Weight Approximate3.69 kg - Main Unit, 3.90 kg - Subwoofer, 570 g - Front Speaker, 570 g - Rear Speaker, 570 g - Centre Speaker
Subwoofer Width17.8 cm
Center Speaker Height10.2 cm
Subwoofer Depth34.3 cm
Rear Speaker Depth8.2 cm
Center Speaker Width22.3 cm
Front Speaker Height18.7 cm
Width43.5 cm
Rear Speaker Width9 cm
Depth33 cm
Height4.5 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions4.5 cm (H): 43.5 cm (W): 33 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
HDMI Version1.4
Number of Analog Audio Inputs2
Number of HDMI Inputs2
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs1
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power1000 W
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS
Speaker Configuration5.1

Video

Upscale Scan Format1080p
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, DivX Plus HD, MKV, AVCHD, SVCD, Video CD, AVI, DivX, MPEG-4, MPEG, DivX Ultra, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, ASF, WMV, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.x, WMV9, H.264

General Information

Product NamePhilips HTS5563
Product ModelHTS5563
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHTS5563/12

Technical Information

3D Type3D
Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Miscellaneous

Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • 5.1 Home Theater HTS5563 Double Bass Sound 3D Blu-ray
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • FM Antenna
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Safety & Legal Leaflet
  • Trademarks Sheet
  • World Wide Warranty Leaflet
Environmental CertificationCEC, WEEE

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year