PHILIPS HTS6600 HOME CINEMA SET

The images via the RGB Scart are very good. This really is a very easy system to set up: This system comes agonisingly close to getting an overall four out of five, but the foibles of a noisy sub, sound dropout after pauses and the fact that Ambisound doesn’t live up to its claims, keeps it down to three stars. The HTS is a decent bet if you want something compact that does a better job than TV speakers but aren’t too fussed about achieving genuine surround sound. Philips’ stylish HTS comprises a central unit for spinning discs, a subwoofer housing all the amplification and two attractive stereo speakers. This is a very neat and, effective setup, within its own limitations. Improved soundstage The audio performance is a bit of a letdown at first.

It’s a very handsome system at an attractive price, but will the touted ‘Ambisound’ technology really make us feel as if we’re at the very heart of a full-on surround sound system? There is plenty of volume and you certainly get a more immersive audio experience than just using your TV’s speakers. Trick-play functions work well and the zoom is effective, too. Against Noisy operation Feeble pseudosurround Average upscaling. All of the standard functions are present, including a video zoom up to 4x and the usual trick-play features. It comes over as cleaner and more precise. Dialogue, is handled very well and subtleties of soundtracks are well picked out.

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This is the latest all-in-one ser try to persuade us to live without rear speakers. The user friendliness is completed by an attractive, well thought-out remote control. It just doesn’t really perform as a surround sound system and it would perform best as a secondary installation. This is a very neat and, effective setup, within its own limitations. Multi-format compatible All of the standard functions are present, including a video zoom up to 4x and jts6600 usual trick-play features.

Exuberant animation such as Finding Nemo proves the Philips is no slouch on saturated colour either. Upscaling, however, does not deliver a noticeable boost to the image, so don’t expect the disc player to work miracles with your DVD collection.

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The video rolls on, but there uome no sound for two seconds, which can mean you miss some dialogue.

It won’t approach genuine hi-def quality, but when it’s done well there should be a visible improvement. All of the standard functions are present, including a video zoom up to 4x and the usual trick-play features. The subwoofer certainly has impact at the very bottom end of sef soundstage.

A progressive scan signal via the component video outputs proves to be more stable than the Scart, we like the HDMI-delivered picture best, though. Finally, it must be said that although the Ambisound technology does produce a wider soundstage than a standard stereo Phillips, it does not come close to mimicking the presence of surround speakers.

The audio performance is a bit of a letdown at first. For example, the stark, monochrome palette of the neo-noir movie, Good Night and Good Luckis presented with crisp whites and deep, solid blacks.

Philips’ stylish HTS comprises a central unit for spinning discs, a subwoofer housing all the amplification and two attractive stereo speakers.

Dialogue, is handled very well and subtleties of soundtracks are well picked out. The sub offers audio hookups, including an electrical digital audio input, for connecting external sources. cinemw

DoubleBASS promises to retrieve low-frequency information that is below the capability of the sub and reproduce it within the audible range, although it obviously won’t be as deep. Trick-play functions work well and the zoom is effective, too.

Philips HTS6600 review

User friendly This really is a very easy system to set up: Improved soundstage The audio performance is a bit of a letdown at first. You can opt to mount both the main unit and the stereo speakers onto a wall, which would certainly make an arresting installation.

The speakers use a combination of ‘psychoacoustic effects’ and angled, full-range 2in drivers to create an illusory surround soundstage – or that’s what hpilips Ambisound blurb says, anyway. It comes over as cleaner and more precise. This means you’ll probably limit your viewing and listening to the multichannel setting.

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Philips HTS6600 Home Theater System

The system will detect whether the incoming source is of multichannel or stereo nature and switch playback accordingly although you can opt cinwma engage multichannel Ambisound playback on stereo sources if you wish. Against Noisy operation Feeble pseudosurround Average upscaling.

However, the subwoofer is noisy in operation, emitting a distracting sound similar to a PC’s cooling fan. This system comes agonisingly close to getting an overall four out of five, but the foibles of a noisy sub, sound dropout after pauses and the fact that Ambisound doesn’t live up to its claims, keeps it down to three stars.

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The images via the RGB Scart are very good. For Eye-catching design Strong picture.

We enjoyed a range of test discs with bold colours, fine levels of detail and no nasty artefacts. It also highlights a very flat and muffled performance when the system is in two-channel stereo mode, where quality seems to be lost. The HTS is a decent bet if you want something compact that does a better job than TV speakers but aren’t too fussed about achieving genuine surround sound.

You can tame the subwoofer to stop it from taking over, though, and this improves the sound considerably. There is also a very annoying glitch that sees audio drop out when re-engaging play after pausing.

There is plenty of volume and you certainly get a more immersive audio experience than just using your TV’s speakers.