So I just got the Philips Soundbar that I had been waiting to try out ever since I heard about it when it was anounced at CES.
I have had more than a few fake surround sound systems, among them, the Bose 321 Series l and Series ll, the Yamaha YSP-800 and YSP-1000 and a few other 2.1 systems I cant remember at the moment.
Anyhow, I get the box home, I open it up and the first thing I notice is how very cool the Philips Soundbar looks.
It one of the coolest looking systems I can think of.
So I hook it up via HDMI to my 60" Pio Plasma and go thru the set-up menus on the Philips and get everything dialed in.
I then pop in one of my favorite surround sound test DVD's and bring up the volume,,,, guess what,,,,,,, this thing sounds like crap.
I then go thru all the menus again to make sure I have it set up right,, after doing that,, it still sounds like crap.
Let me explain what I mean by crap, the unit has very little bass as in it sounds very tinny, no depth to the sound at all,, even with the treble turned all the way down and the bass turned all the way up it made little differance.
Ok, on to the surround sound effect,,, again,,, sounds like crap, very little in the way of a convincing surround effect,,,, compared to the speakers on my Pio plasma my plasmas on board fake surround effect kicks the Philips ass.
As a matter of fact my Pio plasma that I have a Sony sub hooked up to blows away the Philips.
I made sure I had everything adjusted right and set-up right on the Philips and I did.
Setting this thing up is very easy to say the least, and Im not a newbie to these kind of systems at all.
The video quality of the Philips, not to bad at all, but no better than any up-converting DVD player and certainly not better than the up-converting ability on the Blu Ray or HD DVD players that I have.
Can I think of anything good to say about the Philips,,, yea,,, It looks very very cool.
I really wanted to like this unit in a big way and what a huge disapointment it turned out to be,,,, I am really in shock at how bad it sounded when compared to all the other units I have owned.
If you have never owned a Yamaha YSP or even a Bose 321 for that matter you might and thats a BIG might be OK or semi happy with the Philips Soundbar.
Anyhow, this thing is getting returned to Best Buy as fast as i can get down there today.
So I guess my top picks for a fake surround set-up remain the Yamaha YSP-1000, the YSP-800 and dont hate me, but the Bose 321 Series ll (the 321 in the right room and set-up correctly can really sound pretty darn good, no flaming please).
Anyhow, thats my thoughts on the Philips Sounbar, if any one else is brave enough to get one I would love to hear your thoughts.
And sorry Philips, I really like most of your products and I hate to slam any companys products but this thing is just crap,,,, if it was 2 or 3 hundred dollars it might be OK, but at $800.00 no way in a million years.