Review: Philips HTS5310S

The Philips HTS5310S is a not so distinctive home theatre system. It has all the bells and whistles that a home theatre has to have like, 6000W PMPO, multi-band tuner, multi-format playing (DVD, VCD, SVCD, SACD, DVR-R/RW, CD, MP3, WMA, Kodak Picture CD, picture files on CD-R/RW, MPEG4, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x), custom sound levels for all 6 speakers, lots of input and output slots at the rear and of course, a full function remote control. It also had tower type speakers and a very sleek main unit.

This particular piece is a really nice looking and affordable 5.1 channel home theatre system. Feature wise it has got everything that a non-techie type person could use and also everything that a techie could hope for. The 4 tower speakers look nice and modern and the appearance of the main unit doesn’t look like it can dish out 6000W PMPO because it is so compact and sleek.
Even if you go by RMS, the front and rear speakers have an output of 75W per channel. So thats 75W into 4 speakers. The centre channel and the subwoofer have 100W RMS each. So that is a lot of sound power for such a small unit.
In terms of performance during a movie, it falls a bit short in rendering dialogues distinctly. The sound has to be turned up quite a bit to make the spoken word clear. The rest of the sounds come out very well. There is also an irritating lag between the time that you change the volume level and the time that the output comes up to that level. However, in my opinion, for its price, the system is an above average performer.
Cost: Rs. 14999.00 (June 2006; Mumbai)

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