Philips HTB5550

Philips HTB5550

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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.

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