The Power of One: Five Soundbar Speaker Systems At A Glance & Measurements: Philips

At A Glance: Philips HTS8100

Subwoofer: HTS8100 sub
Connections: Proprietary cable to speaker (1), coaxial digital audio in (1), stereo analog audio in (2), AM/FM antenna jack (1)
Enclosure Type: Bass reflex
Woofer (size in inches, type): 6.5, cone
Power Rating (watts): 240 (divided between sub and speakers)
Available Finishes: Gloss Black
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 11.6 x 18.5 x 11.6
Weight (pounds): 24.7
Price: $800 for system

Speaker: HTS8100 speaker
Speaker Type: Three speakers: two-way center/one-way surrounds
Center Tweeter (size in inches, type): 0.87, soft dome (2)
Center Woofer (size in inches, type): 2.5, cone (2)
Surround Driver (size in inches, type): 2.5 (2)
Connections: HDMI out (1), component video out (1), composite video out (1), stereo analog audio in (1), USB (1), 3.5mm mini-jack (1), iPod connector (1)
Available Finishes: Black
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 36.8 x 5.75 x 5.4
Weight (pounds): 15.9
Price: $800 for system

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HT Labs Measures: Philips HTS8100

This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the HTS8100 soundbar (purple trace) and sub (blue trace.) The left channel was measured with grille at a distance of 1 meter.

The HTS8100 soundbar’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +5.38 /–2.83 decibels from 300 hertz to 10 kilohertz. The –3-dB point is at 238 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 205 Hz.

The sub’s close-miked response, normalized to the level at 100 Hz, indicates that the lower –3-dB point is at 41 Hz and the –6-dB point is at 37 Hz. The upper –3-dB point is at 143 Hz.—MJP