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Wow - Truly Amazing Sound,
This review is from: Philips CSS2123B/F7 SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers (Electronics)
I used to sell surround sound systems at Sears back in the day, and I have always owned surround sound systems at home. I can honestly say that this has one of the best sounds I could ever imagine for the low price of around $100. I have this hooked up via optical cable to my Apple TV that I just bought. (I got rid of cable and will save $100/month & $1200/year by watching TV and movies through my $8/month Netflix account - but that's a whole different review on a different product. Although I have never been happier with that decision since I don't watch enough TV to pay the high cable fees anyway.)
So having this hooked to my Apple TV, I have watched both movies and TV with this system and it feels like I am sitting right in the middle of a theater. The sound is clean and crisp, and the bass is amazing. There is someone else in a review here that said it does not get loud enough, although I have a completely different opinion about that. This gets very loud and it's in a fairly large family room.
I am going to specify the audio inputs here in this review since it was not evident in the specs or description and I know some of you may be looking for an HDMI input. Unfortunately, this does not have an HDMI input, although it does have the following:
- 1 Digital Optical
- 1 Coaxial
- 1 Aux Audio
So you can hook up to 3 units to this system. The remote it comes with has a button for Optical, Aux and Coaxial so if you have 3 different units hooked up that use this sound, you just push the button on the remote to change the source.
I can say that this is the best $100 I have spent on any sound system. It can turn any room into an instant theater with minimal wires and cables. This was also a huge plus for me. I got sick of wiring all those speakers and having a clunky receiver. I am working toward a more minimal, higher quality media life, and so far it's working out great.
Hope this helps! Especially those of you who spend hours of research before buying something (as I do!) Ha. :)
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Initial post: Aug 26, 2012 5:25:05 PM PDT
So you don't need to run this speaker system through a receiver? Just direct out from the TV's audio output?
Posted on Aug 29, 2012 12:34:01 AM PDT
SaGE 99 says:
I think it is worth noting that the system does NOT support Dolby Digital. This may be a deal killer for most folks, even those looking for a rather inexpensive set. For about ~$20 more, folks can buy a Vizio system that does support Dobly Digital. I didn't realize this myself until coming across an "unboxing" video of this soundbar and subwolfer on the internet supposedly published by Philips.
Posted on Nov 18, 2012 12:16:03 PM PST
Kevin Hurley says:
Is the coaxial input analog or digital?
Posted on Dec 10, 2012 1:35:17 PM PST
Can you tell me what kind of additional cables i need to buy to hook this up to a flat screen TV? I don't have cable, if that helps. Just rabbit ears.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 1:53:47 PM PST
Well it depends on your TV also. See what kind of output can you get from your TV. For example my samsung could give me Toslink, analog output, coaxial and HDMI. I thought of getting the best which this soundbar can have: Toslink. See page 9 and 10 of this model here http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/c/c
This soundbar basically supports
1. Analog Audio Input Aux
2. Digital Audio Input Coaxial
3. Digital Audio Input Optical (Toslink)
4. It also says iLink which is just connecting Stereo MP3 players (not applicable here TV)
Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 24, 2012 10:07:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2012 10:11:54 PM PST
Coi Laman says:
This system should cost $300. I bought it for my sister and I was blown away during the demo in the store and also when I hooked it up in her apartment. I own a $2300, 2.0 STEREO ONLY audiophile music system and I thought I would be disappointed with the sound of the Philips. Boy, was I wrong! This sound bar and subwoofer system made me look so naive (to put it mildly) for getting a $2300 STEREO system for myself.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 12:15:29 AM PST
Anton Iliev says:
SaGE 99 Dolby digital would be nice but only if you have 5.1 speakers. What is the point of DD for a single sound bar ? The clarity of the sound is perfect via digital/coax or optical port!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 12:49:05 PM PST
the CSS2123B/F7 does support Dolby Digital! the CSS2123 without the B DOES NOT!
Posted on Jan 30, 2013 10:48:01 PM PST
So i got my eye on the soundbar to match it for my philips flat screen. unfortunately, the new flat screen doesn't have audio/video output already because of the HDMI connections. And so i read now, the soundbar doesn't have HDMI?... And i wonder what the wattage of this soundbar has?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2013 3:08:14 AM PST
Coi Laman says:
Are you sure about your AUDIO output options? What about the DIGITAL OPTICAL output on your TV? I really think you have it on your TV. Google your model and see the specs on the web to be sure or call Philips. There is a DIGITAL OPTICAL input on the sound bar so you should be OK.