Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5 – Instant wireless surround sound

Pound for pound you will struggle to find a better soundbar on the market. Awesome sound quality wireless surround sound that works faultlessly. I also have 2 b&w zeppelin air’s, which i have always liked the sound of, but i have sat down and just played a youtube video from ultra 2015 (axwell & ingrosso or martin garrix) separated the surround speakers, turned it right up, and sat there thinking wow. Yes when the surround speakers are detached the sound drops out for a second while it all connect wirelessly, but it is just a second.If you need any more proof the b5’s predecessor (htl9100) won soundbar of the year from whathifi.

Great sound, but some serious issues. . When this system first arrived, the first thing i noticed was how heavy the package was. This is often a sign of good things to come with speakers. Opening the package and you find that almost all the weight is in the wireless sub-woofer. This is quite large but very slim, so can fit unobtrusively behind or under a sofa for example. The main box though i thought was very light weight. Setting up was not too difficult. Initially i could not get the sub and the main unit to pair, but after some searching online, i found that the sub-woofer has a tiny pairing button. Press that and the link light starts flashing, move it to within three feet of the main unit and they should pair. I have a new lg 4k smart tv and a virgin tv v6 box.

Fast delivery & uk plugs fitted. Lovely sound no matter what i play through it. ) adjustable treble is crisp & clear, bass nice & solid even room shaking if dvd requires i. Although only 4 to1 (no centre speaker) you would be hard pushed to notice. Big plus is the wireless detachable rear speakers. After initial room set up is carried out (main unit sends out test signal & adjusts to room acoustics) its unclip the speakers from main unit & place beside/behind you for great sound effects then reclip to main unit to recharge. Sub unit is slightly taller than other units but also quite slim so has small footprint. My tv sits in a corner & sub hides nicely behind. Here are the specifications for the Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5:

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  • Detachable wireless rear speakers with built-in Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth with apt-X, AAC and NFC for wireless music streaming
  • Two HDMI inputs and ARC-enabled output for clear picture and sound quality
  • Automatic Spatial Calibration
  • Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II
  • Item comes with UK plug

5. 1 with no wires at last . To connect everything was easy just sockets and wireless subwoofer connects automatically, the same with rear speakers. As you may know this film full of talking and some space action too. So dialogue was crispy clear and when rocket engines were powered up all room was shaken. 1 wired systems and i can tell you this one does the same job and what more voice much clearer than on those i had. Price does bites but ease of use and no wires worth it .

It would be nice if they didn’t turn off automatically (or if it. A few little annoyances: the charging lights on the remote speakers seem to be a bit random on occasion, it would be nice if they didn’t turn off automatically (or if it were a setting), and very occasionally there’s a distortion glitch that’s fixed by turning them off/on again. That being said, i love these things; replaced all my other speakers, taking up less space, easier to manage, and great quality sound (i’m no audiophile though).

Reviews from purchasers :

  • 5.1 with no wires at last !
  • Great surround sound for reasonable money
  • Brilliant unless you want to use ARC

This is superb and does exactly what the product splurge. This is superb and does exactly what the product splurge claims-excellent sound and volume and the speaker charge lasts for hours.

Great surround sound for reasonable money. Crystal clear sound and a brilliant idea that you can detach the speakers to convert to full surround sound without any messy wires. Ok, the rechargeable batteries in the blue tooth speakers only realistically last for one movie but that’s great for us.

Good design but one major floor. Good looking design and sounds nice so no issue there. Great idea with the detachable speakers. If you do not mind several remote controls then there is no problem and i would recommend this soundbar. We do mind though and hence the rating. Our previous set up: samsung ue55es6800 tv, virgin tivio box and soundbar from a competitor. We control all this with one remote control. The virgin tivio box remote. Set up now: as per above but replaced the soundbar with philips’ b5. Connected it to the tv using the hdmi arc sockets on both the soundbar and the tv using an hdmi cable that is arc compatible. I can control the volume via the cable box remote and the soundbar turns off when i turn off the tv. But the soundbar does not turn on when i switch on the tv.

A sensible wireless surround solution that works. Well i searched long and hard for this product away from amazon simply to find a cheaper more competitive price. Believe me it is impossible to find anywhere else in the uk and even the early amazon reviews suggest their unit was posted from germany hence the european plugs. Having watched the price and suddenly seen it fall to 580 pounds i decided to buy it for my xmas gift for myself. I am glad i did and thoroughly recommend it. I have been considering a surround sound set up but the wires put me off and so compromised with a yamaha soundbar. This gives a faux surround sound and though not great was not bad. But no sound from behind at all. The b5 takes about 5 mins to set up using hdmi arc i connected to my tv and then my amazon box and my sky box, simples.

Amazing soundbar that provides wireless 4. 1 channel surround on demand without messy wires. Let me start by saying this is my first amazon review. I am blown away by the ingenuity of this product. It’s no surprise that the b5 has won a ces 2015 award for design and innovation. If you want surround sound to watch with your favourite movies without annoying your better half with the millions of cables normally required then this is definitely the way to go. The only thing that surprises me is how rubbish philips are at actually marketing this product. This has been on sale in europe since last september and when i contacted philips regarding uk availibilty they had absolutely no clue when it would be launched. I supect that it is still not officially available as my soundbar was delivered from milan. Bravo amazon for stepping up and selling this to the uk market. 00) was an absolute steal compared the rrp of £800. If you think about this it’s insanely cheap that wouldn’t even by you a single sonos soundbar on its own and to build a surround sound setup would easily cost 3 times that much. Yet with the sonos there is only an optical input provided compared with the b5 that has 2 hdmi pass through ports and an hdmi arc and a digital coaxial and toslink connection plus nfc plus etc etc you catch my drift. Things to beware are that it only comes with 2 eurpean power cables (yet more evidence this isn’t officially available in the uk yet) this wasn’t advertised and so amazon very quickly refunded the price of the 2 uk figure of 8 power cables that i had to purchase separately. Very easy to setup, everything seemed to connect wirelessly without any effort and to switch to surround sound was as simple as unplugging the left and right speakers off the main soundbar.

Bought this from richer sounds. Brilliant system and very easy to set up.

Not ‘perfect’, but perfectly suited to what it is designed for. A fantastic way to add some serious depth to tv sound and some convenient music – all in a very simple and easy to use way. . A great addition to the family room: the kids love the music (either via bluetooth or spotify on the tivo box). And we get to enjoy surround sound in the evenings without the hassle of wires, etc. Sound separation in the ‘simulated’ 5. 1 mode isn’t as good as a kef 5. 1 speakers and receiver setup i have in the lounge, but then this is a fraction of the cost and a lot more family friendly. Installation with my philips f8007 tv, popcornhour, tivo and philips bluray has been seamless and popping the speakers out to setup surround sound each evening couldn’t be easieredit: and i’ve now enabled the hdmi arc and i’m using the correct port on the soundbar, so my tv and soundbar have their volumes in sync (and the sound bar powers on in sync with the tv). The volume can all be controlled from any device that can control the tv sound (soundbar remote, tv remote, tivo remote, logitech one, mobile phone, etc).

So glad i made the purchase.

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  1. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Brilliant unless you want to use arc. Great soundbar, loud and punchy. Bluetooth works great as does the optical connection. Cannot get hdmi to work with arc though, no audio. Have updated firmware and read the complaints on the philips forum. If you want this for arc, look elsewhere.
  2. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Brilliant unless you want to use arc. Great soundbar, loud and punchy. Bluetooth works great as does the optical connection. Cannot get hdmi to work with arc though, no audio. Have updated firmware and read the complaints on the philips forum. If you want this for arc, look elsewhere.
    1. I have a 40 inch samsung tv and my living room is about 3m x 3m. 5 m from the tv and now that you have an understanding of my room setup, let me begin by saying “these speakers are absolutely fantastic”. Due to my room’s limitation, i could not setup a full 5. The phillips fidelio is made for such scenarios. It is always connected to my tv directly and has a fantastic punch and clarity to it. Voice mode is perfect for watching all the panel shows and music is great when the speaker is either paired over bluetooth or aux. The movie mode is what turns on the super saiyan mode.
      1. I have a 40 inch samsung tv and my living room is about 3m x 3m. 5 m from the tv and now that you have an understanding of my room setup, let me begin by saying “these speakers are absolutely fantastic”. Due to my room’s limitation, i could not setup a full 5. The phillips fidelio is made for such scenarios. It is always connected to my tv directly and has a fantastic punch and clarity to it. Voice mode is perfect for watching all the panel shows and music is great when the speaker is either paired over bluetooth or aux. The movie mode is what turns on the super saiyan mode.
  3. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Fantastic innovative philips soundbar. This soundbar from philips absolutely doesn’t disappoint. I can’t believe that we don’t see this product prominent in our shops today. For anyone wanting the convenience of a fabulous quality sound for both tv,movies and music combining the flexibility of a fixed soundbar or separate the two end speakers and have full surround sound system or. And yes there is more the ability to take your speakers to another room or garden and play your music across bluetooth from your phone or tablet in isolation to that speaker. Its easy to set up and neatly provides a connection hub for all your hdmi connections including hdmi arc direct from your tv. It has addition optical connections if you should want to use them but i haven’t as hdmi is easy and simple to use from sky hd box,blue ray player and tv. Well done philips for a great product and if this was demonstrated in large retail stores it would sell like hot cakes.
  4. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Fantastic innovative philips soundbar. This soundbar from philips absolutely doesn’t disappoint. I can’t believe that we don’t see this product prominent in our shops today. For anyone wanting the convenience of a fabulous quality sound for both tv,movies and music combining the flexibility of a fixed soundbar or separate the two end speakers and have full surround sound system or. And yes there is more the ability to take your speakers to another room or garden and play your music across bluetooth from your phone or tablet in isolation to that speaker. Its easy to set up and neatly provides a connection hub for all your hdmi connections including hdmi arc direct from your tv. It has addition optical connections if you should want to use them but i haven’t as hdmi is easy and simple to use from sky hd box,blue ray player and tv. Well done philips for a great product and if this was demonstrated in large retail stores it would sell like hot cakes.
  5. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Had a lot of vouchers) and i was not disappointed. My son recommended it after hearing the b5. I waited a few months for the fidelio b5 to become available on amazon (i had a lot of vouchers) and i was not disappointed. My son recommended it after hearing the b5 in a friends house. He has a bose system himself so this was some recommendation. I found it very easy to set up and the sound quality is crisp with clear notes across the range: superb even at very high volume. The sound bar is also stylish and the rear speakers easy to disconnect and reconnect. The full range of connection possibilities means i can use my old low tech turntable as well as blue tooth from my smartphone. An excellent all round product although more expensive than some lesser competitors.
  6. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Had a lot of vouchers) and i was not disappointed. My son recommended it after hearing the b5. I waited a few months for the fidelio b5 to become available on amazon (i had a lot of vouchers) and i was not disappointed. My son recommended it after hearing the b5 in a friends house. He has a bose system himself so this was some recommendation. I found it very easy to set up and the sound quality is crisp with clear notes across the range: superb even at very high volume. The sound bar is also stylish and the rear speakers easy to disconnect and reconnect. The full range of connection possibilities means i can use my old low tech turntable as well as blue tooth from my smartphone. An excellent all round product although more expensive than some lesser competitors.
    1. First effort was an outstanding hit – we had it connected via optical cable to our fire tv box and streamed some movies – brilli. Three weeks in with this – a few thoughts: as others have said, the inputs are limited (i know some people may need more than 2 hdmi slots, and i would rather have more than one optical slot) there could also have been a little more thought about their accessibility. That said, for us, this was replacing an old bose 3-2-1 speaker which has served us superbly for 12 years. So this had a very high bar to impress us. First effort was an outstanding hit – we had it connected via optical cable to our fire tv box and streamed some movies – brilliant, the full effect, it ‘sounded’ superb with noise seemingly bouncing all around us. I guess if that kind of set-up is what your primary use is going to be, then you’ll be very happy. However, certain other set-ups haven’t worked quite as well. For instance our ‘smart’ tv has limited sound output options, but did have bluetooth, so we connected that way and that was frankly woeful. Plugging in and streaming via my pc and an aux cable was ok, but nowhere near as good as i used to get on my bose.
      1. First effort was an outstanding hit – we had it connected via optical cable to our fire tv box and streamed some movies – brilli. Three weeks in with this – a few thoughts: as others have said, the inputs are limited (i know some people may need more than 2 hdmi slots, and i would rather have more than one optical slot) there could also have been a little more thought about their accessibility. That said, for us, this was replacing an old bose 3-2-1 speaker which has served us superbly for 12 years. So this had a very high bar to impress us. First effort was an outstanding hit – we had it connected via optical cable to our fire tv box and streamed some movies – brilliant, the full effect, it ‘sounded’ superb with noise seemingly bouncing all around us. I guess if that kind of set-up is what your primary use is going to be, then you’ll be very happy. However, certain other set-ups haven’t worked quite as well. For instance our ‘smart’ tv has limited sound output options, but did have bluetooth, so we connected that way and that was frankly woeful. Plugging in and streaming via my pc and an aux cable was ok, but nowhere near as good as i used to get on my bose.
  7. ‘tiny but mighty’, the fairly large and heavy box declares. This system offers a very compact soundbar that is paired with a substantial sub-woofer, which is thin enough to be placed fairly unobtrusively. The system is easy to set up and get going, and the sound performance is impressive considering how small the soundbar is. It brings depth to the sound along with clear vocals. As with most surround systems, music playback is not as refined as on a decent hi-fi system, but it offers a good sound and does a perfectly good job for playing ‘background music’. If you’re going to spend this sort of money on a surround system, it’s worth considering and auditioning a few options, and it’s fair to say that a system based on multiple satellite speakers will offer something different. But if you are looking for an extremely compact soundbar and a subwoofer you can tuck away somewhere, this system is well worth a listen.
    1. ‘tiny but mighty’, the fairly large and heavy box declares. This system offers a very compact soundbar that is paired with a substantial sub-woofer, which is thin enough to be placed fairly unobtrusively. The system is easy to set up and get going, and the sound performance is impressive considering how small the soundbar is. It brings depth to the sound along with clear vocals. As with most surround systems, music playback is not as refined as on a decent hi-fi system, but it offers a good sound and does a perfectly good job for playing ‘background music’. If you’re going to spend this sort of money on a surround system, it’s worth considering and auditioning a few options, and it’s fair to say that a system based on multiple satellite speakers will offer something different. But if you are looking for an extremely compact soundbar and a subwoofer you can tuck away somewhere, this system is well worth a listen.
  8. This review is from : Philips B5/12 Fidelio Nano Soundbar Cinema Speaker 5.1 Channel and Wireless Subwoofer with Surround on Demand – Black

    Fantastic sound, and very compact. A few minor design tweaks would be beneficial. . Lets get the negative points out of the way first, and please note these are not related to performance of this equipment in any way. I don’t know who decided to locate the hdmi in and hdmi arc sockets in an angled recess, but it was a poor decision. Trying to plug in a heavy duty hdmi cable was not an easy task, although standard thinner hdmi leads were not too difficult. Why not just have the sockets flush to the back panel, which means cables are easier to fit, and don’t have to bend, something which is more likely to cause internal damage, and possibly eventual cable failure. The usb socket should have been located on top of the unit, not at the back where you need to move the soundbar each time you want to plug in a usb device. There is an angled usb adaptor included in the box, and if this had pointed upwards when fitted it would have made things a lot easier.
    1. Fantastic sound, and very compact. A few minor design tweaks would be beneficial. . Lets get the negative points out of the way first, and please note these are not related to performance of this equipment in any way. I don’t know who decided to locate the hdmi in and hdmi arc sockets in an angled recess, but it was a poor decision. Trying to plug in a heavy duty hdmi cable was not an easy task, although standard thinner hdmi leads were not too difficult. Why not just have the sockets flush to the back panel, which means cables are easier to fit, and don’t have to bend, something which is more likely to cause internal damage, and possibly eventual cable failure. The usb socket should have been located on top of the unit, not at the back where you need to move the soundbar each time you want to plug in a usb device. There is an angled usb adaptor included in the box, and if this had pointed upwards when fitted it would have made things a lot easier.
      1. 100% performance out of box. 100% performance out of the box. Use hdmr port and it will communicate with tv. Bluetooth easy to use and surround sound is easy to arrange.
  9. 100% performance out of box. 100% performance out of the box. Use hdmr port and it will communicate with tv. Bluetooth easy to use and surround sound is easy to arrange.