Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W : Solid quality and solid sound

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Good sound but very, very annoying to use. Having read the ‘which’ guide on buying a sound bar i drew up a list of the spec i was looking for. Sizewise this fitted the bill – its low height meant it was not in the way of the tvs remote sensor and its short length matched the width of my tv and stand. Sound quality reports where good and i have to say its not bad although suround sound is just an echo in a bathroom.However, one review i read said that the bar resets to factory setting when it is switched to standby (the bar does not switch off completely unless unplugged). I contacted philips to see if this was correct and they emphatically denied this adding that it would be pointless for this to happen. So i bought it and yep, it resets to the very low factory settings every time. I informed philips who now admitted that it does reset itself and apologised for the wrong advice. This design problem along with a very small and cheap remote control makes, this sound bar very, very annoying to use.

Very good for tv and internet radio. At first my expectations were high as i have spent £130 so streamed some music via bluetooth. The bluetooth reception was really good in my 1 bed flat even with two closed doors between my android phone and the soundbarhowever the passive sub-woofer failed to deliver low frequency response adequate to my taste at first. I positioned it according to the user manual keeping the 1m between the centre speakers and the separate sub-woofer and 10cm from the wall. I connected my ps3 and watched some bluray movies (bourne legacy: dolby dts 2. 0, driver: stereo) and straight away i started smiling. The gunshots, explosions, car chases, air plane flybys, deep tones in speech all were really good delivered. A massive improvement to my lg plasma tvs speakers. I also streamed internet radio via bluetooth which was surprisingly good while playing mp3 files over bluetooth was bad.

Sure it doesn’t have a display and adjusting the bass and treble is a bit hit and miss but for the money this is a decent bit of kit. The bluetooth works very well and the unit does sound better playing music rather than being used for tv. If you want bose quality shop elsewhere and pay bose prices. Here are the specifications for the Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W:

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  • Bluetooth, Audio in + USB
  • 60 W RMS power
  • Virtual Surround Sound
  • Twin tweeters for optimum clarity performance
  • External subwoofer

Nice kit, overblown product rhetoric (blurb). The box packages very nicely a self assembly sound bar and what looks like at first sight a thoughtfully designed sub-woofer together with a remote control and some really well thought out instructions for the non-technical. I think it would be impossible not to get this kit working. There are no technical specifications, probably reflecting the intended market. It has a rich source of inputs – it will connect to anything – usb, bluetooth, optical digital, audio (e. Sound card, laptop, tablet or mp3 player). It sits neatly under a wide screen computer monitor and sounds much better than okit would have been nice to have had sub-woofer gain control and some idea about its technical performance (frequency range, distortion etc, ’60w rms’ is fairly meaningless without tighter definition) and a little less rhetoric – it’s stereo (2. 1) not ‘virtual surround sound’ – plus if anyone knows what ‘twin tweeters for optimum clarity performance’ means other than ‘it’s stereo’ please let me know. However i particularly like its versatility, reflecting thoughtful consideration of its potential uses, which won’t include home cinema.

Solid quality and solid sound. This soundbar/ sub set is pretty decent for the price. It is a big step up from the tv speakers and easy to set up and use. Really like the added bluetooth bonus and i could not be happier. Of all of the soundbar/ sub combos i have seen at this price this one seems to be one of the more highly rated. Pros- decent sound quality- good price- easy to set up/ usecons- it maybe could be a bit louder.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Solid quality and solid sound
  • Philips HTL2160/12
  • Brilliant for my small back livingroom

Rich sound, infinitely better than the tv’s own speaker. The remote is fairly insensitive and you have to press the blister style buttons pretty hard. Shame it doesn’t have hdmi slot. Overall it was good for the price. Delivery time, great – speedy and well packaged.

Had a problem with the size didn’t realise. Had a problem with the size. Didn’t realise it would cover over the tv sensor. Seller, electrical_bargain, took it back without any problem.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Remote small so easy to misplace. But the product provides brilliant sound quality.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

At £62 at tesco direct this was an excellent buy – really pleased with purchase – great sound and good value.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

At £62 at tesco direct this was an excellent buy – really pleased with purchase – great sound and good value.
Works well, super sound effects, wish settings would remain as set. You have to re-set each time you switch back on.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Works well, super sound effects, wish settings would remain as set. You have to re-set each time you switch back on.
Resets to default eq thoughannoying. For the price, this product is great. The sound quality is perfectly acceptable (again, considering the price). It can certainly struggle at higher volumes but as a bedroom speaker bar this is far superior to my tv speakers. It benefits from several input connections, of which i only use 2 (optical for my tv, bluetooth for my phone) and the remote allows for quick selection between sources. The remote is very slim and small which is great at not taking up room on the bedside table but does have a tendenacy to get lost sometimes. The biggest (and only) negative with this product is that it always defaults to it’s own sound levels and they are terrible. The bass is nearly at maximum which causes the sub-woofer to boom far too much. It took a bit of working out but basically there are 10 levels for bass and treble (it flashes when at the limits).

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Resets to default eq thoughannoying. For the price, this product is great. The sound quality is perfectly acceptable (again, considering the price). It can certainly struggle at higher volumes but as a bedroom speaker bar this is far superior to my tv speakers. It benefits from several input connections, of which i only use 2 (optical for my tv, bluetooth for my phone) and the remote allows for quick selection between sources. The remote is very slim and small which is great at not taking up room on the bedside table but does have a tendenacy to get lost sometimes. The biggest (and only) negative with this product is that it always defaults to it’s own sound levels and they are terrible. The bass is nearly at maximum which causes the sub-woofer to boom far too much. It took a bit of working out but basically there are 10 levels for bass and treble (it flashes when at the limits).
Brilliant for my small back livingroom. Brilliant for my small back livingroom. Easily mounted & good looking. However, the wires are slightly obtrusive. Sound is also very good quality though the ‘surround sound’ option echoes slightly.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Brilliant for my small back livingroom. Brilliant for my small back livingroom. Easily mounted & good looking. However, the wires are slightly obtrusive. Sound is also very good quality though the ‘surround sound’ option echoes slightly.
Excellent quality just what we needed for movie nights and smartphone music with the bluetooth, would highly recommend ,value for the money,.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Excellent quality just what we needed for movie nights and smartphone music with the bluetooth, would highly recommend ,value for the money,.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

I am generally pleased with this sound bar but have a stereo with two 20 watt speakers and if i turn them dial above a quarter it is very loud but this sound bar is no where near that. I also dont like the bright orange light glaring at you which has to have something put in front of it.
I am generally pleased with this sound bar but have a stereo with two 20 watt speakers and if i turn them dial above a quarter it is very loud but this sound bar is no where near that. I also dont like the bright orange light glaring at you which has to have something put in front of it.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Liked this so much, i purchased a second unit for the kitchen. Great sound at a great price. Likes: the price, sound quality, bluetooth connection for playing music from my galaxy phone is great. Dislikes: surround sound is rubbish, delay of 2 seconds before sound kicks-in, bass, treble etc return to default values every time unit powers on.
Liked this so much, i purchased a second unit for the kitchen. Great sound at a great price. Likes: the price, sound quality, bluetooth connection for playing music from my galaxy phone is great. Dislikes: surround sound is rubbish, delay of 2 seconds before sound kicks-in, bass, treble etc return to default values every time unit powers on.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Good rather than brilliant sound, good bass. . For the money it is more than adequate although in a big room it probably would not be loud enough.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Good rather than brilliant sound, good bass. . For the money it is more than adequate although in a big room it probably would not be loud enough.
Perfect addition to the tv/skybox. Perfect addition to the tv/skybox. It helps really quiet films be more audible as my 5yr old tv speakers are getting worse and worse; also great for extra punch with the ps3.

This review is from : Philips HTL2160/12 Soundbar Speaker 60W with Subwoofer and Bluetooth (New for 2013)

Perfect addition to the tv/skybox. Perfect addition to the tv/skybox. It helps really quiet films be more audible as my 5yr old tv speakers are getting worse and worse; also great for extra punch with the ps3.
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