Philips HTS9800W

The Good Futuristic design; video upscaling; 6.1 speakers and processing; flexible positioning; SACD support; ease of use; excellent sound and picture performance.

The Bad Separate connector box; 'wireless' speakers still require limited connections; no USB connectivity.

The Bottom Line Philips' HTS9800W is about as good as home-cinema systems get at this price. It offers a stylish design and an advanced specification that doesn't sacrifice picture or sound performance

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Philips HTS9800W

Budget home-cinema systems are often condemned for compromised specifications and performance. But if you step up to midrange systems you can afford some high-end features and greatly improved picture and sound quality.

The Philips HTS9800W offers digital HDMI connectivity with integrated video upscaling, advanced surround-sound processing, multi-channel music compatibility and a 6.1-speaker system that includes wireless rear channels.

It's a large system convoluted by separate units, including a connector box and a wireless receiver that still relies on some cables, but the sleek, futuristic design is unobtrusive and you won't find better, all-in-one performance for just under £650.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Philips
  • Type home theater system
  • Functions DVD player, SACD player, radio
  • Components SACD / DVD player, speaker system
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Output Power / Total 800 Watt
  • Response Bandwidth 30 - 50000 Hz
  • Functions DVD player, radio, SACD player
  • Features Midnight Mode, on-screen display
  • Media Content Source DVD
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