I noticed that Curry's in Kingston was closing down so thought I would have a look for any little bargains. What I did find was the Philips HTS8100 sound bar for under £250.
I know stocks are limited but there are lots of stores showing at least the display model. I managed to get a brand new unopened one.
Here's the spec:
Ambisound for full no-fuss multichannel surround sound
The Ambisound surround sound system, powered by a full multi-channel amplifier, uses an advanced digital sound processing technology that provides multi-channel surround sound from fewer speakers. By positioning independent drivers at precise angles, a powerful multi-channel surround sound is produced and experienced in any room shape and size.
Sound bar system in a stylish integrated single-unit design
HDMI 1080p with true high definition video upscaling
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and intelligently communicates the highest output resolution from the source device. It is a direct digital connection that can carry uncompressed digital HD video as well as digital multichannel audio - eliminating the conversion to analogue signals so you get perfect picture and sound quality, completely free from noise. In addition, with HDMI video upscaling, you can increase the resolution of SD (Standard Definition) video signals that DVDs use to HD (High Definition) so you'll see more details and sharper, more true-to-life pictures.
Faroudja DCDi for incredibly sharp high quality video
Directional Correlation De-interlacing is a video processing technology invented and patented by Faroudja that gives you incredibly sharp high quality videos on your progressive scan TV.
Smart Surround optimises surround settings automatically
Enjoy the best possible sound without having to make surround setting changes every time you change a disc or switch between movies and music. Unlike normal 5.1 systems that feature default multi-channel surround settings, Smart Surround automatically changes the surround settings to suit your music encoded in stereo or your movie with multi-channel content.
DoubleBASS for an extended, deep bass experience
DoubleBASS is a Philips proprietary DSP algorithm that extends the range of the lower frequencies by capturing frequencies lower than 30Hz and recreates them in the audible range of the subwoofer. This ensures you hear even the deepest bass tones despite the compact size of the subwoofer.
Soft dome tweeters for pure clarity
Soft Dome Tweeters reproduce clear high and mid-range frequencies that enhance the overall clarity of sound from the speakers.
USB Direct plays photos and music from USB flash drives
Simply plug your device into the USB port on your Philips DVD system. Your digital music and photos will be played directly from the device. Now you can share your favourite moments with family and friends.
Sophisticated design which matches your Flat TV
MP3 Line-in for music playback from Portable Media Players
MP3 Line-in uses Plug and Play technology that allows direct playback of MP3 content via the home theatre system by simply plugging your portable MP3 player into the built-in headphone jack. Now you can enjoy the superb sound quality of the Philips Home Theatre System while playing your favourite music from your portable MP3 player.
* Sound bar system in a stylish integrated single-unit design
* HDMI 1080p upscales to high definition for sharper pictures
* Faroudja DCDi for incredibly sharp high quality video
* Smart Surround optimises surround settings automatically
* DoubleBASS for an extended, deep bass experience