Two removable end speakers take you from 2.1 to 4.1 surround sound
Versatility is key with Philips’ Fidelio B5 Soundbar. It’s a system that includes a main soundbar and wireless sub-woofer, but the soundbar includes two end speakers that can be detached and situated as rear speakers in order to supply surround sound.
Essentially, it’s a 4.1-channel system when the speakers are detached from the soundbar, and 2.1 when the speakers are attached to it. The end speakers work wirelessly, with batteries that can last for five hours in music mode, and 10 hours in movie mode.
The detached speakers and the soundbar can also form part of a multi-room music system using their proprietary wireless technology, or be used as portable, independent Bluetooth speakers. It’s these features that allow this multi-speaker system to be useful for multiple scenarios.
Specs include a 6.5in woofer driver for the sub-woofer; there are two 3in woofers and two 1in dome tweeters in the main unit; the portable speakers feature 3in full-range drivers. Total power output is 210W. Connections include a 3.5mm port for an MP3 player, analogue (left/right) input, coaxial input, optical input, two HDMI inputs, one HDMI out, and USB (for software upgrades).
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