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Philips HTS8140

Philips HTS8140
alaScore 85

58 reviews

May, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Philips HTS8140. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability. The design also gets good feedback, but there are some critical opinions about the price.

design, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Philips HTS8140 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Siddharth Bhatia (

Philips Soundbar HTS8140


Its been a while since we reviewed a Philips product. Of course, that doesn't mean we've forgotten the company, considering its reputation as a brand. Indeed, I have here with me a cool-looking innovative home theater system. This single ‘Soundbar'...

At Rs 56,000 the Soundbar HTS8140 is not exactly meant for the budget-conscious, but then it's a high-end unit in terms of design. Movies and games are its specialty. It has a number of inputs for sound, and the overall frequency response is perfect...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Jim Hill (

Philips HTS8140 review


Philips' space-saving solution is almost the real thing

Clear picture ; Very practical form factor ; Genuine surround FX

Slightly disjointed bass channel ; Sounds compressed in surround modes

Looks great, does a good job of bring basic home cinema to your living room, but pros best steer clear

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (

Philips HTS8140 review


Don't want to get into a tangle with a full 5.1 surround setup? This stylish Philips one-bar system could be just the ticket…

Not a true replacement for a 5.1 system, but a fine performer that offers spectacular, hassle-free home cinema

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


Don't want to get into a tangle with a full 5.1 surround setup? This stylish Philips one-bar system could be just the ticket…

Not a true replacement for a 5.1 system, but a fine performer that offers spectacular, hassle-free home cinema

Oct, 2008


Expert review by: John Archer (

Philips HTS8140 Ambisound Home Cinema System


If you don't have the room or the need for a full 5.1-channel surround sound system, Philips has just the thing...

As a die-hard home cinema fan, I always approach systems like the Philips HTS8140 with a healthy dose of scepticism, knowing full well that they won’t really be able to deliver the ‘proper’ surround sound performance I crave. But I have to say that...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (

Philips SoundBar HTS8140


If you're looking for a discrete budget system as equally at home with music as it is with movies then they don't come much better than the Philips SoundBar HTS8140.

Great with music ; Excellent DVD playback ; iPod dock ; 1080p upscaling ; Slick styling

No video switching ; No wireless ; Bass needs adjusting for music

The retail price has recently dropped from AU$1,199 to AU$999, and we've seen it in catalogues for AU$899 — at that price it's a bargain. No-one is ever going to confuse this with a 5.1 system, but if you need a quick and easy set-up that looks good...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (

Philips HTS8140


The main soundbar unit measures 40in wide, 7in high and 5in deep, and is adorned with a slick, touch-sensitive control panel that slides to one side to reveal the DVD player. The subwoofer unit isn't quite so elegant - at almost 18in high and 12in wide...

Good audio quality, along with upscaling DVD player and iPod connectivity

Virtual surround sound isn't very effective

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: perryvirgona (

Philips SoundBar HTS8140


Great unit. Brought tv (42pfl9703D) and soundbar from Harvey Norman for $2600 all up including the stand. The soundbar cost me $600

Good unit and plenty of base

Synching could be improved

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: techno girl (

Philips SoundBar HTS8140


love this system picked it up yesterday from GG for $870 and they threw in a stand for $50 which i am in the process of putting together.

awesome sound, good bass and not tinny at all. the sound bar is so very pretty with the philips tv ; hooked it up with the playstation for singstar and it sounds awesome ; love the ipod dock

Absolute crap screws in the base unable to remove to mount system to the stand. Stripped the thread in a few trys. Made me soooo angry and still havn't got it off. You would think they would make it with decent screws... not sure wat to do now

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Philips HTS8140


stylish & easy to use

not the best sound surround but for the money effective

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: No
Number of Output Channels:2 + Subwoofer (2.1)
PC Streaming: No
Progressive Scan: No
UPnP: No
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Bluetooth: No
Docking System:Apple Docking
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
iPod Control:Direct Control
Number of Output Channels:2 + Subwoofer (2.1)
PMP Docking:iPod Docking
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: No
3D Ready: No
4K Passthrough / Upscaling: No
4K Upscaling: No
CD Player / Recorder:CD Player
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): Yes
Network Music System: No
Product Type:Home Theatre System
Sound Projector:Sound Projector + Subwoofer
Wireless Music System: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: Yes


Dolby / DTS:Dolby Digital + DTS