Friday, 2 August 2013

Philips Fidelio HTL7180 SoundBar Home theater review

Fidelio HTL7180 is Philips' first sound-bar with real surround sound from wireless detachable speakers. You can enjoy the freedom of casual and temporary placement of the surround speakers only when you need.

Philips Fidelio HTL7180, Philips SoundBar Home theater

The Fidelio HTL7180 is another example in the promising trend of chic, minimalist gear, trading ostentatious rows of buttons and dials for a succinct, understated design. The beaded power button at the front is the solitary on-board control, and the only hint of the sound bar’s ample feature set comes from a row of crystal-white LED’s along the center panel, which indicate source selection, as well as EQ, and volume level during adjustment.

In the Fidelio HTL7180, Bluetooth is a short range wireless communication technology that is both stable and energy efficient. The technology allows for easy wireless connection to other Bluetooth devices, so you can play your favorite music from any smartphone, tablet or laptop, including the iPod or iPhone with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker.

The bar's back panel hosts a substantial collection of inputs including two HDMI ports, Coaxial and Optical digital inputs, an RCA Aux input, and a 3.5mm input. If you’re not rolling in connecting cables, the system is a bit of a tease since it includes zero in the box (a first in our testing). But even if you didn’t come prepared, you can still play music from your phone or newer TV via Fidelio’s Bluetooth connection. The system also incorporates a TV ARC HDMI out, which allows for TV audio to be sent down the line to the sound bar.

Features of Philips Fidelio HTL7180:

  • Wireless subwoofer for clutter free placement
  • Surround on Demand - detachable wireless surround speakers
  • Virtual Surround Sound for a realistic movie experience
  • Connect to HDMI x 2 for great picture and sound quality
  • Minimalistic chic design to suit a modern decor
  • Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II surround sound
  • Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth
  • Orientation sensor ensures the best sound in any placement

Virtual Surround Sound

Philips Virtual Surround Sound produces rich and immersive surround sound from less than five-speaker system. Highly advanced spatial algorithms faithfully replicate the sonic characteristics that occur in an ideal 5.1-channel environment. Any high quality stereo source is transformed into true-to-life, multi-channel surround sound. No need to purchase extra speakers, wires or speaker stands to appreciate room-filling sound.

Philips Fidelio HTL7180 Specifications:

  • Sound Enhancement: Double Bass Sound, Night Mode, Treble and Bass Control
  • Sound System: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
  • Speaker output power: 120
  • Subwoofer output power: 90
  • Total Power RMS @ 30% THD: 210 W
  • Speaker Impedance: 8 ohm
  • Subwoofer driver: 1 x 6.5" woofer
  • Subwoofer freq range: 20-150 Hz
  • Integrated Connections: Bluetooth
  • iPod/iPhone Connections: via 3.5mm Audio In
  • Side connections: Audio In (3.5mm)
  • HDMI Features: Audio Return Channel (ARC), Content Type
  • Power supply: 110-240V, 50Hz
  • Standby power consumption: 0.5 W
  • Product dimensions (W x H x D): 103.48 x 7.26 x 15.55 cm
  • Weight: 4.47 kg
On one hand, the Fidelio is a beautiful, feature packed system with an innovative design, intuitive interface, and crystal clear sound. On the other, the audio performance was less than we expect from a system at this price, offering a watered-down midrange and a flyby approach to the finer details.