Philips HTS6515 review: Philips HTS6515

CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Picture quality; sound quality; Ambisound does a good job; ease of use.

The Bad DVD disc tray is over-complicated; materials used in construction mark quite easily; too expensive.

The Bottom Line This is one of the best DVD upscalers we've seen in its class -- the sound quality from the 2.1 speakers is actually very good and Ambisound can make you think you have a full on 5.1 system at times. We quite like the styling, although we do think the subwoofer is a little bit too big. If £300 is within your budget, you could do a lot worse than this capable machine

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If you have a bedroom or small TV room and you want to enjoy DVDs with better sound than most televisions can provide, then you might be interested in the HTS6515 by Philips. The system is built around a DVD player and 2.1 speakers and is aimed at people who want that little bit more out of their DVD collection.

If you sniff around, you can track this bad-boy down for around £300. We are keen to find out how it performs, because it's expensive enough to need to justify itself to the target audience, which is likely to be students and people who don't have a massive amount of living space.

Design
The main DVD unit is very slender and can be mounted on the wall or just used flat or propped up on the included stand. This means, no matter what space you have, you should be able to find a home for this little machine. On the other hand, the subwoofer is quite large, so finding space for that might be a little harder.

The DVD player comes complete with a rotating cover that swings open to reveal a clip-in style mechanism, into which you put your DVD. It's got a whiff of Aladdin's cave about it and we think it's unnecessarily complex and likely to cause problems in the future.


The Philips HTS6515 has a slim-line design making it a great space-saver

Inputs and outputs are located both on the DVD unit and the subwoofer. The connections on the sub are for power, left and right speakers as well as the digital coaxial input, and pair of analogue RCA jacks. On the DVD player, there is an HDMI output and a SCART socket.

The remote control supplied is functional and looks similar to Philips TV controllers. It's smaller and light and features a four-way directional control for navigating menus. We don't have any complaints about either the controller or the menu systems it manipulates -- both are refreshingly simple.

Features
Like most 2.1 systems, you can connect some external devices if you chose. This is handy for getting a little more oomph out of TV shows via Freeview or a games console. You only get one digital input, in the form of a coaxial RCA connector, but there are two additional analogue stereo inputs on the subwoofer. On the main DVD unit, you'll find an iPod connection. There is also a USB 2.0 connection for playing music, video and JPG files from a memory stick. Handy for people who like to take advantage of digital media.

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Philips HTS6515

Part Number: CNETPhilips HTS6515

Typical Price: £300.00

See manufacturer website for availability.