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).
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- 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.