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Philips HTS8100

Philips HTS8100
alaScore 82

323 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 323 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The usability and value for money are also appreciated.

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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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Philips HTS8100

 

Many people don't bother contemplating installing a home theater in their bedroom because they don't have the room for an amplifier, let alone all the speakers and wiring required. But Philips' $799 USD HTS8100 might just prove the solution that...

All-in-one unit featuring speaker and DVD player; supports various audio/video formats

Lacks direct bass control; DVD insertion is delicate

The HTS8100 is a solid performer and the surround technology does its job in a straightforward fashion...

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Philips HTS8100 Sound Bar Reviewed

 

Packing Euro-good looks, this $800 soundbar from Philips has a handsome design and can easily be integrated with an Apple iPod dock for even more connectivity options for the home theater enthusiasts on the go....

The built-in DVD player is an added bonus; many other sound bars, costing as much as 50 percent more, do not offer this ; An included subwoofer provides bass energy, filling out the sound very nicely. It's not a Sunfire or a Velodyne subwoofer, but...

The HTS8100 has no video inputs, meaning you will need to connect your video sources to your TV set ; While it provides decent surround sound, audio could be more powerful. Try using this one in a smaller room for best results ; The unit doesn't...

All said, this is a nice little speaker package - a DVD player, a subwoofer, an all-in-one virtual surround speaker, and an iPod dock - that is a pretty darn good deal, considering what all these various components would cost separately. The video...

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THE BEST EVER !!! absolute 3d surround with no wires!!

 

this is one of the best home theaters I've ever come across. firstly it boasts superior sound clarity equivalent to the one you find in high end multiplexes. Unlike other sound bars made by samsung sony etc which have a two channel or a 3.1 ch output...

inegrated dvd, usb tc ; sound quality ; easy installation ; absolute 3d surround with no wires ; better than conventional home theaters

radio presets or stored stations get erased once you turn of the main power although there is the option of auto install that comes up every time u power up

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"THE BEST EVER !!! absolute 3d surround with no wires!!"

 

this is one of the best home theaters I've ev... 

inegrated dvd, usb tc

radio presets or stored stations get erased once you turn of the main power although there is the option of auto install that comes up every time u power up

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Philips HTS8100 sound bar

 

this is one of the best home theaters I've ever come across. firstly it boasts superior sound clarity equivalent to the one you find in high end multiplexes. Unlike other sound bars made by samsung sony etc which have a two channel or a 3.1 ch output...

inegrated dvd, usb tc

radio presets or stored stations get erased once you turn of the main power although there is the option of auto install that comes up every time u power up

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Stopped working in less then a year

 

The product was great (until it stopped working 5 months later). First the DVD went out, two weeks later the Ipod went out. Sent it to a repair place Phillips required--they sat on it for two months before touching it. Then was told they were unable to...

Small, non-intrusive sound bar that sounded great! Loved having the I-pod docking. Will miss this product

DVD, Ipod stopped working in 5 months. VERY poor customer service from Phillips. Unable to repair or replace with same or different type of home theater system. Attitude was "sorry, your out of luck". Took MONTHS to process paperwork for refund

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Delivers the goods. Not 5.1, but gr8 2nd system.

 

after set-up was done... i really liked it. my media room has a 7.1 system and the SoundBar is no substitute if i am looking for an immersive experience. but for the price, the SoundBar really is a quality little product.

blends nicely in small entertainment center. great connectivity for a basic package, the iPod dock is a killer little bonus. sound is great for general purpose use. really helps keep a sleek looking set-up in living room

not a substitute for a "real" surround sound system

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Great Powerful System! Hook up Properly. Read Review.

 

When this system first came out and was being priced out at $600-700.00 with shipping at its lowest, I felt that was a pretty good deal. We have friends that set this up and I must say I was impressed with the sound quality when I heard their Ipod...

Great Deal for all Options ; Price is Low ; Great Sound ; Virtually No Wires ; HDTV Optical Out (will explain later) ; HDMI connect ; USB connect ; Ipod or MP3 player connect ; Many options

People should not get confused and think this is a 5.1. It truly is a 2.1, but breaches upon the 5.1 area especially if you connect the optical out on your HDTV receiver box

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mine was great untill it stoped playing dvds

 

great sound

it just stoped working even after being cleaned several times the dvd would not play

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Phillips HTS8100 great, but hook up could be easier.

 

Once I hooked system up I am really enjoying it. Instructions are OK, but not great. Had to call son for help on hooking up cable audio to back of subwoofer. Remote works well. Using with Apple TV and this provides an amazing picture and sound quality....

Outstanding sound qualty with DVD's. CD music quality is OK. Better then Samsung HT-DB390 it replaces, but not fantastic

The hook up is ridiculous getting the cable to the main unit is difficult and the rear cover is flimsy and will not stay on. Hook up to the subwoofer can leave a mess. iPod dock should be intergraded into main unit

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

Amplifier

Output Power / Total:240Watt

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Functions (KA):Digital player / DVD player / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Surround System Class:3.1 channel
Type:DVD surround system/Home theater system

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

DVD

Type:DVD player

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Philips
Model:HTS8100 SoundBar DVD Home Theater/Soundbar HTS8100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips/Philips Cineos

MD System

Type: None

Miscellaneous

Refurbished:Refurbished

Radio

Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Turntable

Type: None
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