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Philips HTS 9140

Philips HTS 9140
alaScore 86

81 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money. The design is 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 HTS 9140 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Avoid this at all costs

 

It's been known that Philips has been sliding down the doldrums in terms of their video and audio products. The HTS9140 is the most recent proof of inferior product quality pegged at sky-high prices. I had the misfortune of purchasing this Soundbar based on reviews here on Cnet Asia and Cnet Central. While the reviews seemed decent, reality could not be a further cry away. Firstly, the Sound quality is inferior and the audio modulations are ridiculous. The lows and the mids are excessively loud and it drowns out the highs. I've had to set the Bass and Mids to the extreme lowest but even then they still muff out the highs. That means that conversations and dialogues are often 'covered' up by the bass and mids which remain muffled. Next, the system has an odd habit of tuning up the volume when it comes to inorganic sounds such as explosions and crashes, and silences the dialogues and conversations. That means in any action sequence you don't get to hear what the characters are saying. And do keep your remote always on hand because you never know when the Soundbar decides to tune up the volume or tune it down (such as in conversations). I consistently have to play with the volume controls just so I can hear the dialogue but not disturb my neighbours when things go loud on their own. Also, the DLNA function is not only inferior but it does not work. And accompanying that is the inferior customer service that Philips Singapore provides. The Soundbar fails to detect my network even though it is connected via a LAN cable. While it receives NetTv fine, it cannot detect my personalised network (when my LG TV has no problems whatsover). Representatives came down to my place but still could not resolve the problem. They took back the set and said that it is fine then claims it is my Network Provider (Singtel) that is the source of the problem, i.e. it is my Router. I use OpenNet and apparently, Philips Singapore has not encountered many customers who use this configuration. They believe it to be the router but their technicians are incompetent and do not know how to solve the issue. So, all they claim is that it is not their responsibility and that I should speak to Singtel. Next, we have the issue of Multi-region DVD play. This idiot of a system cannot play Region 1 discs. Which DVD player today is silly enough to be encoded region specific. To develop such an advanced system and yet be regressive about Region coding seems little more than an unintelligent contradiction! When contacted, engineers at Philips Singapore claim that there are specific coding sequences that the player cannot decode and that I would be 'lucky' if it could play Region 1. Ludicrous explanation. This system is also somewhat retarded in its processing. It takes almost 1.5 minutes for the system to start up. So while my TV is playing images since it turns on instantly, the soundbar takes eons to start up. This retarded processing is also seen in how it 'freezes' up when playing formats such as WMA or MKV. While the image and audio still run, often, the controls would freeze. You would not be able to pause, forward, rewind, search or even stop the movie. To stop, you have to turn off the entire system. I'm not sure how such a highly appraised product can fail on such accounts. After launching several complaints to Philips Singapore and haggling with the engineers, they have offered to provide me a full refund. But my wall brackets have been mounted and cablings set out. So I have decided to retain this ridiculous inferior invention. Even then, they did not offer to compensate me in any other way for all the inconvenience caused. Also, for this price, one would expect the basic decency of providing the iPod dock, as do LG and Samsung players. But of course, they don't and they expect you to buy it. All in all, this is the biggest error of purchase I have made when it comes to technical equipment and home audio/video machines. Get some other brand for any audio product - avoid Philips.

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The Philips HTS9140 Soundbar

 

With hoardes of electronic companies producing great Blu-ray Players and Home Theater audio systems, Philips was always first in line, but invariably failed to keep up with the competition in terms of real value. But now, they're back with a winner....

The bottom line is that this isn’t a cheap home theatre system as it costs a whopping Rs. 69,990. So if you have more than a little extra cash to splurge but don’t have enough space for or couldn’t be bothered to set up proper 5.1 system, you should...

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First take: Philips HTS9140

 

This powerful Blu-ray sound bar is a rare gem with its full high-resolution surround sound and 3D support.

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RedDot design award winner 2011!

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Philips HTS9140/12

 

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"Don't touch it for even half the current list price"

 

Philips support is an experience that you would have to rate comparable with going off to fight in the trenches at the Somme during WWI.What Philips consistently fail to understand is that design of any product to be remote attractive does not mean you...

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The awful proprietary subwoofer cable and connectors

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