The HTL6145C may be com­pact in size, but its per­for­mance is very re­spectable.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Bryan Chan

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Sound En­hance­ment Tre­ble and bass con­trol, Au­dio Sync, Auto vol­ume lev­eler, Vir­tual sur­round sound, Night mode, DTS Dig­i­tal Sur­round, Dolby Dig­i­tal // Di­men­sions 1,046 x 71.6 x 28.8 mm (sound­bar) 730 x 83 x 330 mm (sub­woofer) // Driv­ers 2x 1-inch soft dome tweet­ers, 6x 2-inch neodymium woofers (sound­bar), 2x 6.5-inch woofers (sub­woofer) // Con­nec­tiv­ity 1x Dig­i­tal op­ti­cal in, 1x HDMI Out (ARC), 1x HDMI In, 1x 3.5mm au­dio jack, 1x USB, Blue­tooth with aptX // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact Gib­son In­no­va­tions // Tele­phone 1 800 88 0180 // URL www.philips.com.my

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NOVEM­BER 2015 Like many other sound­bars in the mar­ket to­day, the HTL6145C is de­signed to be used in apart­ments or con­do­mini­ums, where space is lim­ited com­mod­ity. How­ever, like many of its brethren, the HTL6145C is more than ca­pa­ble of stand­ing in for a full home theater sys­tem.

Upon un­box­ing the HTL6145C, you’ll find the sound­bar it­self, the in­cred­i­blyslim 83mm sub­woofer, a re­mote con­trol, a wall mount bracket, and of course, the nec­es­sary ca­bles. This makes set­ting up a breeze. As with most mod­ern sound­bar sys­tems, the sub­woofer unit con­nects to the sound­bar via Blue­tooth, so you’re free to set it up else­where.

Once you’ve got it all set up, you’ll find the HTL6145C to have Blue­tooth and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity to make it eas­ier to pair with your mobile de­vices; there’s aptX sup­port for the Blue­tooth mod­ule, al­low­ing for the stream­ing of higher qual­ity au­dio. In ad­di­tion, it’s got a dig­i­tal op­ti­cal in, one HDMI out (ARC), one HDMI in, one 3.5mm aux­il­iary port, and one USB port.

Test­ing the sys­tem con­sisted of us play­ing some mu­sic from dif­fer­ent gen­res, in­clud­ing Bon Jovi’s ‘One Wild Night’, Joanna Wang’s ‘The Best Mis­take I Ever Made’ and An­dré Rieu/An­thony Hop­kins’ ‘And the Waltz Goes On’. In ‘One Wild Night’, the bass and vo­cals were ex­cel­lent, though it suf­fered slightly in the midrange. The same can be said for ‘The Best Mis­take I Ever Made’. Au­dio qual­ity is great, though you’ll likely need to man­u­ally tweak the bass and/or tre­ble for a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lastly, we played ‘And the Waltz Goes On’. This is un­doubt­edly where the HTL6145C shines, be­cause when this song was play­ing, sound­stag­ing was good, and both de­tail and pres­ence were equally as good. The vi­o­lins play­ing var­i­ous tones could be clearly dis­tin­guished, and the chimes were sub­tle yet au­di­ble.

Sum­ming it up, we think that the HTL6145C is a great sound­bar to own, es­pe­cially if you have lim­ited amounts of space in your liv­ing room. It’s def­i­nitely loud enough and the bass from the sub­woofer is meaty and has good def­i­ni­tion, mak­ing it a good choice for movies. Of course, it’s good for mu­sic as well, ex­celling at clas­si­cal mu­sic.

The sub­woofer for the HTL6145C is in­cred­i­bly slim.

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