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Philips HTS8100

Philips HTS8100
alaScore 85

296 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 296 reviews of Philips HTS8100. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Philips HTS8100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Philips HTS8100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Philips HTS8100 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and price. The usability and design also get good views.

design, usability, price, size

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips HTS8100 - Soundbar - DVD Home Cinema System - With HDMI Upscaling & Ambisound - BlackPhilips HTS8100 - Soundbar - DVD Home Cinema System - With HDMI Upscaling & Ambisound - Black

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Philips HTS8100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 user reviews of Philips HTS8100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Amazon.com. Comments about the reliability and size are generally positive. The price and design are also appreciated.

usability, design, price, size, reliability

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips AmbiSound Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated 1080p-Upscaling DVD/MP3 Player, HTS8100/37Philips AmbiSound Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated 1080p-Upscaling DVD/MP3 Player, HTS8100/37

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Paul Lester (pocket-lint.com)

Philips HTS8100 speakers

 

In an attempt to combine the appeal of a home cinema surround system and upscaling DVD player with sound projection technology Philips has produced the stylish HTS8100. Overall we were very impressed by the stylish design, build quality and performance...

Upscaling 1080p DVD player, stylish and wellbuilt, impressive front room performance

Very expensive, limited rear speaker impact, only really suitable for mid-sized screens

Overall we were very impressed by the stylish design, build quality and performance of the HTS8100.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Philips HTS8100 review

 

Oddly, Philips innovative SoundBar wizardry actually works

Hgihly practical form factor ; Genuine surround sound effect

Poor stereo imaging ; No HDMI input

Delivers pseudo surround-sound in one of the most innovative and convenient packages available

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Philips HTS8100 Soundbar DVD System

 

If you want more panache than the virtual surround modes found in your TV or 2.1-channel system, this could be the answer.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Philips has packed a DVD player, multi-channel amp and speakers into a wall-mountable bar – but does convenience mean compromise?

It never quite sounds like a true surround system, but the HTS8100 still hits a near-perfect balance between style, convenience and performance

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Philips HTS8100 review

 

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

Smart looks ; convenience ; easy to use

Poor bass integration ; weak soundstage

The Philips certainly looks the part, but class rivals sound better

Aug, 2007

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Philips HTS8100

 

With the Philips Ambisound HTS8100, you dont need five separate speakers to enjoy surround sound in your living room. Miraculously its speakers, amplifier and DVD/CD player are all contained within a 13 cm-thin box. This design concept - the sound bar...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Arrowsmith (avreview.co.uk)

Philips HTS8100

 

The system can be placed beneath your display and uses Ambisound technology to deliver a virtual surround sound experience by positioning eight individual drivers at varying angles while a separate subwoofer takes care of the low frequencies. Since...

Space-saving convenience, easy to use, versatile connectivity, outstanding picture performance

Confused sound performance, weak dialogue

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: (whathomecinemamag.com)

Philips HTS8100

 

Philips' HTS8100 Ambisound surround sound home cinema fits unobtrusively beneath a 37in or 42in TV screen. The neatly designed 'sound bar' can be wall mounted using the supplied fixing plate

Easy installation, Feature rich, Image quality

Treble and bass levels are overly brash, Abrasive sonics

The first 'sound bar' with a DVD player delivers effective surround action, but longer listening can be hard going

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The Philips HTS8100 is a great option for those without the space for a full 5.1 surround sound setup, but its relatively average performance in other areas prevents it from being an outstanding product.

Innovative ambisound technology simulates 5.1 surround sound without the need for rear speakers, DVD upscaling to 1080p, Great design

Some distortion, Relatively weak bass, DVD playback was marred by image noise, Limited input options

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Ben Russell (goodgearguide.com.au)

Philips HTS8100 SoundBar

 

Innovative ambisound technology simulates 5.1 surround sound without the need for rear speakers, DVD upscaling to 1080p, Great design

Some distortion, Relatively weak bass, DVD playback was marred by image noise, Limited input options

The Philips HTS8100 is a great option for those without the space for a full 5.1 surround sound setup, but its relatively average performance in other areas prevents it from being an outstanding product.

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

HTS8100 is the new Ambisound home theater system. Featuring Philips' proprietary Ambisound technology, the HTS8100 SoundBar creates a full 5.1 surround sound experience through a one-piece fully integrated home theater system. Ambisound represents the future in audio innovation integrating the latest technology, in a sleek, sophisticated design. Only five-inches thick, the Ambisound SoundBar provides a stylish system with amplifier and a DVD player all in a single sophisticated design. Whether listening to a CD, watching a favorite DVD or enjoying a TV program, Ambisound will ensure consumers are enjoying an immersive entertainment experience. The Ambisound SoundBar features five amplifiers, similar to a 5.1 system, integrated into a single horizontal sound bar. The HTS8100 uses a host of technologies including array processing, precise driver positioning and psycho-acoustic innovation to achieve the full surround sound performance. For maximum audio quality and clarity, the Ambisound system features a 3-band equalizer and DoubleBASS deep bass performance, creating a smooth cross over between sounds. The speakers feature soft dome tweeters for increased clarity and clear voice performance and are designed for maximum efficiency for full midrange performance. Additionally, users will enjoy the Smart Surround feature, which automatically ensures correct surround sound settings whether a movie or music is playing. In addition to the latest audio technology, the Ambisound system is only five inches thick and can be easily mounted onto a wall underneath an existing FlatTV . The simple, yet elegant design enhances the d

Audio

Audio formats supported:MP3, WMA
Audio output channels:2.1
Audio system:Ambisound, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Prologic II, Stereo / Ambisound\nDolby Digital\nDTS\nDolby Prologic II\nStereo
Equalizer: Yes
MP3 bit rates:32 - 256

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Functions (KA):DVD player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Type:DVD player with speaker system

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

DVD

Type:DVD player

Equaliser

Equaliser:Built-in / Yes
Equalizer:3-band

Header

Manufacturer:Philips
Model:Soundbar HTS8100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips

Management features

Handheld remote control:Y / Yes

MD System

Type: None

Optical Drive

Optical disc player type:DVD Player

Other features

Depth:13.6 / 136
Dimensions (WxDxH):935 x 136 x 146
HDMI ports quantity:1
Height :14.6 / 146
Media types supported:CD-R/RW\nDVD+R/+RW\nUSB flash drive\nAudio CD\nCD-R/RW\nUSB flash drive\nDVD-Video\nDVD+R/+RW\nDVD-R/-RW\nVideo CD/SVCD\nCD-R/CD-RW
Package depth:56.5 / 565
Package height:35.9 / 359
Package width:1.02 / 102.5 / 1025
Picture enhancement:Slideshow with music playback\nRotate\nZoom\nHigh Def (720p, 1080i, 1080p)\nVideo upscaling\nFaroudja DCDi
Power requirements:220-240V, 50Hz / 220-240V\n50Hz
Set weight:7 / 7000
Set width:93.5 / 935
Speaker drivers:2 x 1" Soft Dome tweeters\n6 x 2.5" Full Range woofers
Speakers:Integrated with main unit
Subwoofer depth:29.5
Subwoofer height:44.6
Subwoofer width:29.5
Weight:7 / 7000
Width:93.5

Packaging Content

Additional accessories:Quick start guide\nUser Manual\nRemote Control\nBatteries for remote control\nFull SCART cable\nMP3 Line-in cable\nAM antenna\nFM antenna\nInterconnect cable\nPower cord\nWall mounting bracket\nWorld Wide Warranty leaflet

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):1025 x 565 x 359
Package weight:22.7 / 22700 / 25.8 / 26.9

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
FM antenna:Y / Yes
Front / Side connections:MP3 Line-in\nUSB
I/O ports:HDMI output\nComponent Video output\nSCART1 (CVBS, RGB out)\nTV in (3.5mm jack)\nEasy-Fit speaker connectors\nInterconnect (to Power Box) / USB
MW antenna:Y / Yes
SCART ports quantity:1
Subwoofer connectivity (Power Box):FM Antenna\nAM/MW Antenna\nCoaxial Digital input\nAUX In (cinch, 2 pairs)\nInterconnect (to Main Unit)

Power

Power Consumption (Standby):1

Radio

Supported radio bands:AM, FM

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Satellite speakers

Satellite speaker impedance:6

Subwoofer

Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):16.5 / 2.54
Subwoofer driver size:165.1 / 2.54
Subwoofer frequency range:30 - 120
Subwoofer impedance:4
Subwoofer Type:Active

Turntable

Type: None

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Video formats supported:MPEG1, MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):295 x 295 x 446 / 446 x 295 x 295
Subwoofer weight:10.5 / 10500