If a soundbar doesn't meet your taste and you have the space to spare, you can always go for a full-fledged home theater system and fill your room with rich, vibrant sound. There are many options available, ranging from 5.1 to 7.1-channel home theater systems, depending on your budget and preference. For this month, we are going to take a closer look at Philips' HTB5550 home theater system.
The HTB5550 is Philips' midrange 5.1-channel home theater system with 3D Blu-ray playback capability. The system comprises seven components: two satellite speakers, one center speaker, a pair of wireless rear speakers, an 8-inch subwoofer and the 3D Blu-ray Disc player as the main unit. Featuring a combined total of 1000W RMS, this system is basically a refreshed version of the HTB5540 – one of the affordable options available from Philips last year. Each component is entirely covered in blackcolored sturdy enclosures. The speakers are fitted with 15mm horn-loaded tweeters for richer listening experience, while the subwoofer only received minor design changes.
In terms of features, users will find the essential connectivity ports and media playback buttons on the 3D Bluray Disc player and rear speaker receiver, which is where you'll be routing the speakers' and subwoofer's cables via colorcoded connectors. Unlike its predecessor, the HTB5550 comes complete with wireless rear speakers, leading to a clutter-free surround sound setup. In addition to 3D movies, the player supports 1080p upscaling for standard-definition content, as well as Smart TV enhancements to boot.
Connectivity-wise, aside from the typical HDMI, USB and AUX ports, the HTB5550 also includes built-in Wi-Fi, Miracast and mobile app support. Users can even enjoy wireless music playback via Bluetooth or onetouch NFC. There's also built-in FM function for those who want to listen to the radio.
With a total RMS of 1000W, the HTB5550 really impressed us with its sound performance, especially in the bass department. It delivers solid, thumping bass in Daft Punk's ‘One More Time', thanks to Philips' Bass Reflex system. The system also keeps up with the high pitches fairly well, although we did detect a slight amount of distortion in rock-driven tracks at high volumes. As for movies, the HTB 5550 delivers the goods when it comes to recreating the surround sound experience, as the sound of explosions, gunfire and special effects are accurate and easily discernible.