Over the past couple of issues, we've seen our fair share of Philips audio products. More to the point, their soundbars have often proven to be products of real quality. In the last issue, we reviewed the HTL5140B and found the soundbar to be really impressive. In this issue, we take a look at another Philips soundbar: the HTL6140B.
If there's one thing to be said about Philips, it's their attention and focus towards making their home entertainment products to be as simple, easy to use and as clutter-less as they possibly can. After being in the industry for so long, they just know how unsightly a bunch of tangled wires and power cables can be, especially if you're setting up the system in your living room and there's no way to hide them. The HTL6140B, then, would be the star pupil of Philips' new wireless philosophy. The soundbar and its subwoofer have absolutely no additional wiring apart from their power cables.
The HTL6140B's design is also an engineering masterpiece. The soundbar is thin and light, which makes moving the device easy. The subwoofer is a little heavy, but compared to most highquality speakers and their sub-woofers, this one wasn't a chore to move around either. A word to the wise: The bass grill for the subwoofer is located on the right side of the device, so it's an automatic, given that whichever living room table you're going to place the HTL6140B on, you're going to need to place it on the left side of the furniture.
Apart from the design, the HTL6140B comes with pretty much the same audio connectivity options as the HTL5140B. Despite its express function to be used as a space-saving home theater entertainment system, you can still connect your own media devices (smartphones, tablets, music player, etc.) to it either via a 3.5mm jack or wirelessly through Bluetooth. If your device is NFC capable, then you can speed up the wireless connectivity process by simply tapping it on the section of the soundbar labeled NFC.
Design and aesthetics out of the way, let's get into what anyone reading this review really wants: its performance. The short of it is that the HTL6140B has a very powerful bass. Specifically, while we were running the system through our cycles of songs that test everything from the lows to highs, we found the HTL6140B's subwoofer to be amplifying the bass of any low-range music. That's not all: on the opposite side of the spectrum, the soundbar was able to hit some really impressive pitches in the highrange department.