Philips Ambisound coming in soundbar, HTiB form

Philips has updated the HTS8100 and added a 2.1 HTiB to the Ambisound line of products.

The Philips 6515D

Philips is showing off two new Ambisound products--the first an HTiB, the $499 6515D, offers a 5.1 surround-sound experience while only using an actual 2.1 setup. It includes HDMI upscaling up to 1080p, along with USB support for playing music and video files.

The Philips HTS6100 Philips

The Ambisound soundbar, the HTS6100, is ultimately a step-down version of the HTS8100, which will retail for $599. It also includes a DVD player with 1080p upscaling via HDMI and an iPod dock that can be controlled through the system itself. However, this version will not support an onscreen display like we saw with the HTS8100. This is actually a good thing, as we found that interface to be almost worthless.

Both products will debut in May 2008.

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