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Philips HTS6600 review: Philips HTS6600

The Good Stunning design; ease of use; decent image quality.

The Bad Sound performance doesn't compare to true surround systems; only 1080i video upscaling.

The Bottom Line Philips' HTS6600 is ideal for anyone who wants a stylish, inconspicuous all-in-one system. You shouldn't expect it to deliver proper surround sound from its limited speakers, though

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Not everyone who wants to enhance the sound of their home cinema has the space to accommodate six speakers. Others simply don't want to disturb their interior decoration with an assortment of boxes. This has led to the introduction of compact single systems like Philips' HTS6600, available for around £370. It's an all-in-one home cinema system with an upscaling DVD player, integrated amplifier, RDS tuner and 2.1 speakers that use the company's Ambisound technology to create the illusion of surround sound.

Strengths
What's immediately eye-catching about the HTS6600 is the stunning compact design constructed from glass and aluminum. The main unit is vertically mounted on a circular stand with a sliding disc drawer on one side and minimalist teardrop controls on the other, which give the system an attractive, futuristic appearance. The accompanying vertical stereo speakers also arrive on small stands but can be wall mounted. All units including the separate powered subwoofer are finished in glossed black with silver edging, which has been designed to complement the latest flat screens.

Like Philips' HTS8100, this system uses the company's Ambisound technology, albeit from two separate speakers. The technology relies on a series of independent drivers positioned at precise angles that attempt to trick the listener into believing there are more speakers.

The system is incredibly easy to install using colour-coded connections between the speakers and subwoofer, which supplies the power to the main unit using a single cable. The subwoofer also includes a pair of analogue stereo inputs and a digital coaxial input that be used with devices like a Sky+ receiver.

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