Philips HTL6140B

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

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.

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