Of late, Philips has been making great strides in the space of consumer audio. Only recently, we reviewed the Fidelio SoundSphere and we left mighty impressed. Today, Philips has launched yet another unique audio product at CES. It is the world’s first sound-bar, that features detachable speakers that have the ability to seamlessly switch from a virtual surround sound setup to a wireless 5.1 surround sound setup – The HTL9100. Additionally, it also features a wireless sub-woofer. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
While using the HTL9100 a user can either opt for a traditional 5.1 setup by detaching the speakers or can have a virtual surround sound. All this happens on the fly and once detached, the speakers automatically switch to 5.1 channel mode. Philips uses a proprietary wireless audio format that streams uncompressed audio and does not leverage common wireless standards like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth so that the audio stream does not suffer from common artifacts faced by wireless audio. Also Read - Computex 2021: When and how to watch, what to expect
When detached, the HTL9100 can deliver up to 10 hours of 5.1 surround audio on a single charge. Besides this, it has a clever orientation sensor that detects whether it is lying on the ground or mounted on the wall to deliver the best performance. It also features Bluetooth for wirelessly streaming audio from a smartphone, tablet or PC and has a HDMI port for connecting to game consoles or Blu-ray players. Also Read - CES 2022 to return to in-person format: Organisers
Currently it is scheduled for a May launch in the US for $799 (Rs 43,417), hopefully it will come to India too at the same time.