Friday, 14 March 2014

Philips Fidelio SoundBar HTL9100, World’s 1st Soundbar with Detachable Speakers!



Wouldn’t it be nice if you can enjoy movies at the comfort of your living room or bedroom? But you want to have the full experience of sound effects as a cinema house. You wish you could install some nice speakers, hmmm, but your condo space is too tight for those bulky units.

Good news! Philips has again led the way in technology advancement for betterment of our lives! You, your friends and your loved ones now have access to surround sound experience of watching movies at home minus the hassle of fixing wires and allotting big space for speakers.

WOOX Innovation recently announced the Malaysian release of the Philips branded world’s first Soundbar with detachable speakers, the Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100, in conjunction with the Harvey Norman IPC Atrium Road Show 2014.

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Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100 is now in Malaysia!
The multiple award-winning Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100 is the first to feature detachable wireless side speakers that when removed, changes the soundbar from virtual surround sound to 5.1 channel surround sound on demand.  The HTL9100 features a wireless subwoofer with the stylish high-end design consumers have come to love and expect from the Fidelio line.


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The Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar is a clever and simple wireless system that provides consumers with the convenience of saving on space in their homes without the hassle of dealing with a mess of wires thereby enjoying a truly cinematic experience in the comfort of one’s own home.

According to the WOOX Innovations Malaysia, Business Leader, Mr. Andrew Tan, the Philips Fidelio SoundBar HTL9100 is the first of its kind to feature wireless detachable speakers that automatically changes the soundbar from Virtual Surround Sound to 5.1 Channel Surround Sound on Demand when the speakers are removed from the main console.

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“Soundbars are simply speakers in a bar that save space and boost TV sound. Many come with subwoofers and a growing number are Bluetooth-enabled but the sound quality tends to be lacking. The Philips Fidelio HTL9100 is different as it delivers convincing 5.1 Channel surround sound,” Mr. Tan explained.

The Philips Fidelio SoundBar HTL9100 was awarded the Home Theater Innovation 2013-2014 Award by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) in 2013.

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“New homes in Malaysia, especially condominiums and apartments seem to be getting smaller and space is at a premium.  A full surround home theatre system simply takes up too much space and is not practical for high-rise dwellers.  We have received many requests for the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 from Malaysian consumers and are confident of its appeal to discerning audiophiles who are faced with space and budgetary constraints,” said Mr. Tan.

“We understand that with rising prices, consumers are looking for innovative, space-saving, design driven solutions to suit their lives and lifestyles.  This is why we have various introductory offers that will offer even more value,” Mr. Tan said. 

HOT DEAL at Harvey Norman IPC Atrium Roadshow until 16th March!
Only at Harvey Norman outlets, every unit of HTL9100 purchased during the IPC Atrium Roadshow from March 12 – 16 will entitle the buyer to purchase the Philips HMP8100, a media player at only RM99, instead of the usual price of RM699, as well as receive a RM200 discount voucher.   

The RM200 discount voucher can be used for the purchase of the HTL9100 Soundbar.   Any purchase of RM500 and above of Philips Audio products consumers will be entitled to participate in a lucky dip that offer premium prizes. 

The Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100 retails for RM2,999 and is available at all major retail outlets.

Design
A sleek black silver banded cylindrical artifact, the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 is a minimalist masterpiece designed specifically for people who have limited space.  The ends can be removed to become wireless rear satellite speakers, communicating with the main unit via 5.8GHz signal to avoid interference from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals.  They run on rechargeable batteries that last up to 10 hours before returning to the main bar to be recharged.

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What's inside the Philips Fidelio HTL9100

Dimensions
Main Unit (W x H x D) - 1035 x 70 x 156  mm
Main Unit Weight - 4.18  kg
Subwoofer (W x H x D) - 200 x 510 X 200  mm
Subwoofer Weight - 5  kg
Packaging (W x H x D) - 765 x 260 x 371  mm
Weight incl. Packaging - 16  kg

Surround sound
The exploded configuration of the Fidelio HTL9100 surrounds the listener with two 1-inch tweeters and four 2.5-inch midrange drivers.

The HTL9100 decodes Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, and switches to a standard 5.1-channel signal once the satellites detach. Impressive audio panning brings movies, gaming, television shows and music to life.  This is a highly functional pop-up home theatre system for people with limited space.

Sound Enhancement
                        Double Bass Sound
                        Night Mode
                        Treble and Bass Control
                        Surround on demand
Sound System
                        Dolby Digital 5.1
                        DTS Digital Surround
Speaker output power - 120
Subwoofer output power - 90
Total Power RMS @ 30% THD - 210  W


Connectivity
Connectivity is a breeze as the satellites plug into the main unit via a proprietary connection supported by magnets.
Integrated Connections - Bluetooth
iPod/iPhone - via 3.5 mm Audio In
Rear Connections
                        AUX in
                        Digital coaxial in
                        Digital optical in
                        HDMI 1.4 output (ARC)
                        HDMI IN 1
                        HDMI IN 2
Side connections - Audio In (3.5 mm)


Awards
Aside from the Home Theater Innovation 2013-2014 Award by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) in 2013, at the 2013 What Hifi Awards, the Philips Fidelio range also bagged 3 awards, which included ‘Product of the Year’ in the category of Soundbars for the Philips Fidelio SoundBar HTL9100.


Well, I’m not a very technical person when it comes to sound systems. But the look alone of this gadget is enough to get anyone looking and drooling. To movie buffs and everyone who enjoys chillin’ and watchin’ at home, you gotta check this out!


About WOOX Innovations
WOOX Innovations is dedicated to delivering meaningful innovation in connected entertainment. From great sound quality, to advanced technology and sophisticated design, we strive to improve the entertainment experience. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with over 2000 employees worldwide, WOOX Innovations develops, markets and sells Philips branded audio, video, multimedia and accessories products worldwide. WOOX Innovations is a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V.