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


  • Smart looks
  • convenience
  • easy to use


  • 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.


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHTS8100
Product NamePhilips HTS8100
Product ModelHTS8100


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

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


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


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