For improving the sound of an HD TV, the Philips HTL5140 sound bar is a good piece of equipment. It includes an array of speakers for a dynamic sound that really brings the action home and it includes some nice features to improve the user experience. Very easy to use and get set up, this model is a no hassles sound system.
With this model, the consumer gets a nice speaker set up. In the main enclosure, you have four woofers and two tweeters for a nice, balanced sound and then you have the external subwoofer to round things out. For the most part, these speakers all mesh well to provide high-quality sound, but if you have the subwoofer turned up, it can be a little overwhelming at higher volumes. Most users will probably want to keep the sub on one of the lower settings.
The array of speakers with this set provides a nice virtual surround. It is a 2.1-channel system, so it is not going to be the same as a genuine surround sound system, but it does do a good job of simulating the effect. In addition to this, the system comes with a variety of preset sound modes and independent controls for the bass and the treble.
For listening to music, this sound bar offers the user a couple of options. You have Bluetooth with NFC for streaming music from your phone or tablet and you also have a USB for playing music files from an external drive. Both options work well and the audio is great for a range of different types of music.
For getting this sound bar connected and ready to go, this one is pretty good. It has an optical plug that will work for most HD TVs, but the best option is to use the HDMI connection. If neither of those is an option, then you might be able to connect through the analog audio. The HDMI is the best though because it has an audio return channel for the TV and it just makes the system and all of the components much easier to manage.
The ease of use on this system is also really good. As mentioned above, the best user experience will come from connecting the system through an HDMI, but even through the optical cable, the HTL5140 is still pretty user-friendly. It has a well-designed remote that makes it very easy to operate the features and functions and it has a display screen and indicator lights that help the user to monitor the activity of the device.
• 320W 2.1-channel sound bar
• Wireless subwoofer
• Bluetooth with NFC
• Plays media through the USB
• Virtual surround sound
• Dolby Digital Sound
• Comes ready for wall mounting
• 1-year warranty from the manufacturer
• It only has one HDMI input, which isn’t a big problem, but it would be nice to have a second