Wireless surrounds are self-contained Bluetooth speakers

The Philips Fidelio B5 wireless sound bar features detachable surrounds that can be switched Transformers-style into separate Bluetooth speakers.

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LAS VEGAS -- Announced at the 2015 International CES, the Philips Fidelio B5 wireless surround sound bar is a nifty update of the original HTL9100whose detachable, self-powered surrounds are now portable Bluetooth speakers as well.

The speakers charge by attaching to the front unit, and when detached you can elect to toggle between Bluetooth and surround. The speakers will last up to 5 hours with music or up to 10 hours in movie mode. The main unit is also Bluetooth-compatible with the addition of aptX and NFC for potentially better sound and quicker pairing.

The sound bar comes with a wireless subwoofer while the main unit houses 3-inch full-range drivers with soft-dome tweeters. Sadly when it comes to decoding duties the unit appears to be compatible with Dolby Digital only and and not DTS.

The Fidelio B5 comes with an integrated calibration routine, which Philips says lets you place the surrounds anywhere you like, and the program will compensate accordingly.

The Philips Fidelio B5 wireless surround sound bar will be available in the US this spring for $899.99.