Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker : A sensible wireless surround solution that works

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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.

The concept is very good indeed, but i have had a lot of. The concept is very good indeed, but i have had a lot of problems with mine. The volume does not want to remain stable and jumps all over the place?. The hdmi arc input wont accept a digital signal from my tv(panasonic plasma) via my sky box, so i’am forced to use the optical connection for dolby/dts. When i change tv channels it switches back to arc hdmi so the sound goes back to pcm or goes dead?(only sometimes?) philips have a download firmware fix on their website which did fix the volume for about 2 days but now the problem is back?. The fact that they have a firmware(bug fix) on a new product does not bode well. Also when you fast forword any programme there is a very annoying lag before the sound kicks in again, meaning you miss any dialogue at the start of the programme. The remote control looks nice, but is a little plasticky for a product in this price bracket, plus at times is very slow to respond(but again only at times?)i phoned philips and was told that if the firmware upgrade did not work then i should return it to amazon(thanks). Also be aware that it ships with euro two pin mains plugs(figure 8 ends) x2, really annoying if you don’t have spares to hand and no other leads at all(hdmi,optical etc) the voice button to enhance dialogue works at times, but sometimes requires the volume at max to work. On a positive note when it works its not bad at all, playing a blue ray through hdmi one with the speakers detached and calibrated it did a reasonable job for a product of this type, much better than other soundbars i’ve heard and at least you have actual speakers behind you.

As with all philps products, there is a very high quality feel and look to the system. Normally you sacrifice looks for performance. However, thia is not the case here. It is without question the best and most versatile home cinema that i have ever purchased. Over the years i have purchased a lot of expensive units and this was the first sound bar i bought, and to be honest i wasn’t expecting much. I never expected the clarity of sound. Incrediblely easy set up, amazing rich sound with great amount of scope to tune to your liking. No lip syncing lag, as i thought there would be. I wall mounted unit, which also came with a self adhesive template. Here are the specifications for the Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker:

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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

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 .

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.

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Fantastic sound quality and the detachable speakers are very handy in our odd shaped lounge.

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.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – 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.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

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

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

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.
‘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.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

‘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.
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.
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.
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.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – 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.
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.
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.
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).

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

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).

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

Instant wireless surround sound. Great spacial soundstage, looks very pretty hanging from the tv, no wires visible. Works with full surround via arc (not all tvs do, mine is a phillips 8007 with ambilight +hue), and shares volume commands via hdmi-cec (so remote is only required for setup). Bluetooth multi-speaker is cool. Not as loud or precise as a full amp and speakers, but for elegance and efficient use of space this soundbar is easily the best for my room, and more than adequate for normal viewing. If you have acoustically consistent walls check out the atmos digital sound projector bars as an alternative.
Instant wireless surround sound. Great spacial soundstage, looks very pretty hanging from the tv, no wires visible. Works with full surround via arc (not all tvs do, mine is a phillips 8007 with ambilight +hue), and shares volume commands via hdmi-cec (so remote is only required for setup). Bluetooth multi-speaker is cool. Not as loud or precise as a full amp and speakers, but for elegance and efficient use of space this soundbar is easily the best for my room, and more than adequate for normal viewing. If you have acoustically consistent walls check out the atmos digital sound projector bars as an alternative.

This review is from : Philips Fidelio B5 Surround On Demand SoundBar-Speaker(Detachable Rear Speakers, wireless Subwoofer, Spatial Calibration, 210 Watt) – black

Can sound a bit over bright when not detached and in movie mode but once detached its absolutely magical. Not quite as good as a full 5. 1 but it don’t have the time or energy for the wire running any more.
Can sound a bit over bright when not detached and in movie mode but once detached its absolutely magical. Not quite as good as a full 5. 1 but it don’t have the time or energy for the wire running any more.
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