So, you’ve got your stylish new HD-ready TV, but your existing home cinema system looks a bit tired next to it. It might be worth shopping round for something a bit more eye-catching – like Philips’ HTS9800W home cinema system.
It’s not all about looks – HTS9800W also has the technology to match. The system comprises of the main DVD unit, three front speakers, three wireless rear speakers (connected to a wireless receiver box) and a subwoofer. Both the main unit and flat-panel speakers have a flat design, so can be wall-mounted or freestanding. Picture-wise, the HTS9800W offers video upscaling from DVD to near high definition quality at 720p and 1080i resolutions. There’s also extensive format coverage, including DVD, DVD+/-R/RW, (S)VCD, SACD, MPEG4, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA/MP3-CD and JPEG CDs.
The digital amplifier has 800W Total RMS output across the 6.1 channels and is equipped with Dolby Digital EX, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II decoders. The flat-panel speakers each utilise a ribbon tweeter with Neodymium magnet assembly for improved detail and precision in the higher frequencies, while two 3-inch woofers cover the midband. Bass is supplied by the subwoofer which is equipped with a 6.5-inch high-efficiency woofer delivering deep low-frequency output down to a menacing 30Hz. The HTS9800W is one of the first home cinema systems to offer Dolby Digital EX 6.1 surround sound processing using wireless rear speakers – so great sound and less spaghetti round the TV.
Connectivity includes HDMI, progressive scan-enabled component video output, RGB Scart output and digital coaxial input for connecting audio devices such as an CD player or MP3 player.
The HTS9800W is available now for around £700.