the problem with wireless speakers are, they are not truly ‘wireless’ as there will always be the issue with power cables. however, this is not the case with the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Sound Bar. the HTL9100 is a sleek, regular sound bar that offers you virtual surround audio like any regular sound bar does, but when you need some real meaty 5.1 surround sound, its detachable side speakers can be removed and physically placed at their respectively location, for e.g. behind your sofa, for a real deal surround sound setup. it is like having the best of both worlds: virtual surround sound for TV programs and shows, and a 5.1 channel surround sound for movies and perhaps, gaming. each detachable wireless speaker sports a built-in battery pack that’s good for up to 10 hours of runtime in between charges, and hence, giving a truly wireless setup and also the freedom of placement of the rear speakers however you wished. recharging of the side speakers are automatically executed whenever they are docked back to the main unit.
according to the Dutch firm, the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Sound Bar is the first soundbar in the Philips Fidelio range to feature a wireless subwoofer for a complete wireless 5.1 surround audio setup. wireless transmission between the main unit with the wireless speakers and subwoofer is via Philips proprietary uncompressed wireless audio technology which operates at a different frequency to that of the WiFi and Bluetooth, thereby there will be no risk of network interference or whatsoever. another notable feature is the intelligent orientation sensor that automatically adjust the smart equalization based on whether the soundbar is tabletop or wall mounted. the only few cables you will find snaking out of the HTL9100 will be the mandatory power cable to the main units and a couple of HDMI cables that connects to your HDTV and one other media system. rounding up this wireless sound system package is an integrated Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming. the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Sound Bar is set to hit the market this May with a SRP of $799.99.
via Gadget Review