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Philips HTL9100 - Connections and Features

By Danny Phillips



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Philips HTL9100


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Philips HTL9100 – Connections

On the back of the soundbar is a generous array of connections. You get two HDMI inputs, two digital audio inputs (one optical, one coaxial) and analogue stereo input, plus a 3.5mm minijack for portable music players.

The HDMI output supports Audio Return Channel, which means that compatible TVs can send audio signals directly to the soundbar without you having to rig up a separate cable. The inclusion of two HDMI inputs is a real bonus, as you can channel your Blu-ray deck and digital TV box through the speakers and switch between them on one of your TV’s HDMI ports.

Philips HTL9100

Philips HTL9100 – Features

Surround on Demand is clearly the standout feature, but it’s by no means the only thing on the spec sheet. The HTL9100 also boasts Bluetooth for playing music from phones and other portable devices.

It also decodes Dolby Digital and DTS, supported by the on-board Cirrus Logic 32-bit DSP, and cleverly the unit automatically switches to multichannel mode when it detects a 5.1 audio stream and the speakers are detached. It's actually a 4.1 system with a virtual centre, but the rear speakers do receive discrete surround information.

Philips HTL9100

The soundbar is also equipped with Dolby Pro Logic II, so when you listen to stereo sources with the speakers detached you can enjoy them in surround sound. Philips’ Virtual Surround sound aims to make the soundstage as immersive as possible, and works whether the speakers are detached or not.

There’s also an auto volume mode that prevents big jumps in loudness, a night mode that boosts dynamics with the volume low, and DoubleBASS, which extracts ultra-low frequencies and recreates them in the audible range of the subwoofer.

Philips HTL9100

The HTL9100’s power output is rated at 210W, with 120W from the soundbar and 90W from the subwoofer – all provided by TI Class D amps. Inside the soundbar are two 2.5in midrange drivers and two 1in tweeters, while the wireless speakers each have a 2.5in driver that operates at full range when detached but are low pass filtered when connected to the soundbar to match the other speakers.

Philip Xenakis

July 16, 2013, 7:55 pm

Great review, think I might nip into a local hi-fi shop to hear it in action!


August 2, 2013, 9:41 am

Thank you for the review, TR! While Philips approach of detachable speakers are admirable I can't help thinking about the battery life. How many cycles of charging before the battery meets its end? what happens when battery are completely dead? Are the batteries replaceable or will the soundbar be a piece of junk after a while?


August 4, 2013, 1:13 pm

Does this feature Hdmi audio passthrough? At £600 Im sure it does but have been unable to find it listed anywhere.

Jason Wong

August 6, 2013, 7:46 am

robchan Battery life is 10 hr on full charge according to specs, mine does about8hr on average volume (loud enough for movie watching). If the batteries are dead they can be serviced by Philips, supposedly can easily hold 4hrs of charge after multiple years of frequent use.
@Mus1c: It has HDMI pass through, 2 in 1 out.


November 4, 2013, 9:33 pm

I'm torn between this and the Yamaha YSP-2200 which gets excellent reviews but is virtual sourround only unlike the Philips. Any thoughts on best option for a larger rectangular shaped room?


November 21, 2013, 8:39 am

Had the same doubt... whathifi experts solved it suggesting me to buy this one.


November 22, 2013, 2:19 pm


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