We recently reviewed the LG SoundPlate that aimed to bring superior sound quality in a compact form factor. But this time, we’re taking a look at Philips’ Fidelio HTL9100 that is completely opposite to LG’s offering in terms of physical space. Does it deliver? Let’s find out.
At a first glance, the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 looks like a run-of-the-mill soundbar but the fact that the sides are detachable, make the soundbar different from the rest of the pack. The detachable speakers are coupled with a wireless subwoofer that claims to add to the overall listening experience. As far as the design goes, the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 looks very premium. The soundbar is covered in black with just the center boasting a brushed metal finish. It also integrates a power button and LEDs to notify the active input and volume level. Speaking of inputs, the soundbar comes with two HDMI ports; optical; coaxial; and auxiliary for sound.
The Philips Fidelio HTL9100 performance is one of the best we’ve come across. The wireless speakers, when detached, connect to the main unit automatically, which can then be placed at the back of the room for 5.1 surround sound. The subwoofer needs additional power but is wirelessly synced with the main unit and even allows to adjust bass, treble with the remote control. The soundbar also supports Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II for improved sound quality.
Don’t want to connect the Fidelio HTL9100 to a TV? No problem! The soundbar features Bluetooth that allows users to connect Bluetooth-equipped devices to directly play music on the soundbar.
Fidelio HTL9100 goes for Rs. 49,990 and the price may sound a little steep but we feel it’s worth the money.
Pros: Design, Performance
Cons: Can take some space