Consumers typically face a give and take battle between aesthetics and performance when selecting home theater options. Phillip\’s announcement at CES 2013 shows it is hoping to meet the needs of consumers finding themselves stuck in the middle with the introduction of the Phillips Fidelio Soundbars HTL9100 featuring the world\’s first detachable rear speakers.
With speakers connected, the system employs a virtual surround sound processor as is typical of most soundbars, but when the speakers are detached, audio processing changes to a true 5.1 surround sound system. Phillips proprietary wireless audio technology is employed to send audio to the rear channels and to the included wireless subwoofer to avoid any interference from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth frequencies.
The rear speakers are truly wireless as they are powered by rechargeable batteries with a claimed duration of up to 10 hours, which recharge when attached to the main soundbar. The rear panel sports dual HDMI inputs and Bluetooth pairing for music devices is on board as well. The system is scheduled to be available in May with a suggested price tag of $799.99 USD.