PHILIPS FIDE­LIO HTL9100

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De­vi­at­ing from the up­right de­sign of most other sound bars, the HTL9100 lies flat. Cov­ered in cloth and pri­mar­ily char­coal in color with a sil­ver band break­ing up the monotony, this sound bar looks like an elon­gated pre­mium router. The com­par­i­son is fur­ther strength­ened by the HTL9100’s tear drop crosssec­tion. Though this Philips sound bar will def­i­nitely not be block­ing any part of your TV, its foot­print is large and does oc­cupy a sub­stan­tial amount of space.

Fol­low­ing the trend in this shootout, the HTL9100 also fea­tures a wire­less sub-woofer. But while the other sub-woofers are roughly closer to a cube in shape and de­sign, the HTL9100’s sub-woofer is a tall, rec­tan­gu­lar cuboid. Wire­less setup is sim­ple and re­quires no ac­tion on the part of the user. The driver is also fit­ted in a down­ward-fac­ing ori­en­ta­tion.

Al­though the Fide­lio HTL9100 does not fea­ture a built-in Blu-ray player, it does come with sup­port for in­ter­net mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices such as Spo­tify and Deezer.

Philips also equips the HTL9100 with a good se­lec­tion of ports and con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions. Users can hook up the sound bar with their TV via HDMI, coax­ial or op­ti­cal ports. A 3.5mm line-in port is also pro­vided. Sur­pris­ingly, even though the de­vice has in­ter­net fea­tures, it does not have an Eth­er­net port, which means that in­ter­net ac­cess is only pos­si­ble through Wi-Fi. Blue­tooth com­pat­i­bil­ity is also in­cluded so that users can stream au­dio wire­lessly through their smart­phones.

From the range of sound bars tested, the HTL9100 came clos­est to ex­hibit­ing a nat­u­ral, neu­tral tone. Tre­bles for Melt My Heart To Stone by Adele dis­played the req­ui­site warmth and soul, while the tre­bles on Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles were clean and crisp. The speak­ers also han­dled the shim­mer­ing notes for Sleepy­head by Pas­sion Pit with a de­gree of fi­nesse. Un­for­tu­nately the midrange for the HTL9100 comes across as slightly flat in com­par­i­son to the field, which was one of our ma­jor gripes when it comes to mu­sic play­back.

The bass per­for­mance of the HTL9100 is de­cent, and the down-fir­ing ori­en­ta­tion helps it de­liver on im­pact. But when it comes to movie per­for­mance, Philips has another nifty trick up its sleeve in the form of two wire­less speak­ers, with a stated 10 hour bat­tery life, which are de­tached from the hor­i­zon­tal sound bar and used as rear speak­ers. The stereo 2.1 chan­nel sound­stage is wide and spa­cious, but af­ter the satel­lite speak­ers have been de­tached, the sur­round sound ex­pe­ri­ence is greatly en­hanced.

“FROM THE RANGE

OF SOUND BARS TESTED, THE HTL9100 CAME CLOS­EST TO EX­HIBIT­ING A NAT­U­RAL, NEU­TRAL

TONE.”

Con­trol but­tons are pro­vided on the front face. The HTL9100 comes with de­tach­able wire­less speak­ers for easy sur­round sound.

HWM

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