Philips HTS8100 review

Although the picture is good, is the Philips' sound too weak to mount a decent challenge to its rivals? Tested at £700.00

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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

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.

A decent stab from Philips at a convenient solution, but it needs better sound before it challenges similar designs from the likes of Yamaha.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHTS8100
Product NamePhilips HTS8100
Product ModelHTS8100

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
Component VideoYes
USBYes

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeDVD Player
Media FormatsDVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Physical Characteristics

Video Player Height14.6 cm
Video Player Width93.5 cm
Weight Approximate10.50 kg - Subwoofer, 7 kg - Video Disc Player
Video Player Depth13.6 cm

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DX50, DVD Video, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, SVCD, Video CD

Audio

Speaker Configuration2.1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS