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Philips Firestorm CSS5235Y 400W Wireless Surround System £279.99 @ Argos
Philips Firestorm CSS5235Y 400W Wireless Surround System £279.99 @ Argos

Philips Firestorm CSS5235Y 400W Wireless Surround System £279.99 @ Argos

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Bring the cinema home with the Philips Firestorm CSS5235Y. Move the top of the speakers anywhere in the room wirelessly, and experience multichannel surround sound while gaming and watching films. When the action is over, simply reattach the speakers. Philips' Crystal Clear Sound reproduces the sound how it was intended to be heard, whether it's an action movie, a musical or a live performance, you'll never hear distorted sound. Use Bluetooth or NFC one-touch to wirelessly connect your smartphone or iPod and stream music effortlessly.

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Original Poster

Ive had a quick look around the internet, and cheapest I can find anywhere else is £356.98 and that is from a third party on Amazon

This was posted a few days back as I remember thinking about it but left buying them.

Do these work on any tv ?

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cruisecars

Do these work on any tv ?



Should do, just needs HDMI or various other inputs

what exact input does the TV require for these please ?

These look great I've been searching for a good wireless setup for a long time, nearly bought the soundbar with detachable speakers that Phillips do but couldn't find a a good deal, then nearly went for the Sony one that had wireless rears but reviews weren't good. I might pull the trigger on this, only concern is there isn't a lot of reviews . I think the there is a slightly more premium v
Version of this called the e5

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mart321

These look great I've been searching for a good wireless setup for a long … These look great I've been searching for a good wireless setup for a long time, nearly bought the soundbar with detachable speakers that Phillips do but couldn't find a a good deal, then nearly went for the Sony one that had wireless rears but reviews weren't good. I might pull the trigger on this, only concern is there isn't a lot of reviews . I think the there is a slightly more premium vVersion of this called the e5



I just picked mine up yesterday and I have to say they are amazing. The sound quality from the speakers is great, and the sub has a good punch too. Not to mention they look great and the wireless speakers are really practical

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msundhu

what exact input does the TV require for these please ?



I think you can use a range of inputs, from 3.5mm cable, optical, HDMI, coaxial etc

Right, I've taken a punt on this , I had a sonos playbar and wasn't impressed with that as you couldn't stream Spotify without a premium account and you really needed to invest In the sub for the full package. Ille report back on this !

Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the system is in the right speaker, this side has 1 HDMI input which goes straight to the TV for HDMI arc playback . This makes setup simple as any device connected to your TV via HDMI should play without issue. There is then the main power cable which also features a power brick. Finally there is a fairly thick cable which plugs into the right cable and runs across and plugs into the left speaker . The sub is separate and only has a plug attachment
The sound is impressive and really packs a punch with the sub . I've tested it on TV with the f1, x factor. Blu-ray and xbox one and they have all been excellent.
One thing that is taking a bit of getting used to is that you can turn the volume up with the system remote and once connected you can also use your TV remote which then turns up the system but they seem to turn the volume up in different ways. using the system remote seems to very quickly ramp up the volume of the whole system, whilst using the tv remote will add smaller adjustments. I tried turning the system all the way up and down with both remotes and it sounded very different , so I think the best thing to do is use the system to pretty much set the level you want then make minor adjustments with the tv remote.

So far I have also found the detachable speakers do not add much in terms of surround sound as they seem very quiet , not sure if they can separately be turned up, but I had the family detach them and move them to the side as I was watching something and couldn't notice much difference. Saying that though I did this briefly and the sound as a whole was still very immersive. I also connected my phone via Bluetooth and streamed some music from Spotify and I found it to be excellent , it's definitely a feature I will be taking advantage of. As others have said the system would benefit from some sort of on screen presence or all as when you are making inputs with the remote, the only confirmation you have that anything is happening is that a white light will flash.

All in all I'm very impressed with this, I'm very fussy with audio equipment and have returned a sonos playbar and a Yamaha ysp2500 as I wasn't happy with the sound. Both of those are £500+ premium pieces of kit so that says a lot.

mart321

Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the … Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the system is in the right speaker, this side has 1 HDMI input which goes straight to the TV for HDMI arc playback . This makes setup simple as any device connected to your TV via HDMI should play without issue. There is then the main power cable which also features a power brick. Finally there is a fairly thick cable which plugs into the right cable and runs across and plugs into the left speaker . The sub is separate and only has a plug attachment The sound is impressive and really packs a punch with the sub . I've tested it on TV with the f1, x factor. Blu-ray and xbox one and they have all been excellent. One thing that is taking a bit of getting used to is that you can turn the volume up with the system remote and once connected you can also use your TV remote which then turns up the system but they seem to turn the volume up in different ways. using the system remote seems to very quickly ramp up the volume of the whole system, whilst using the tv remote will add smaller adjustments. I tried turning the system all the way up and down with both remotes and it sounded very different , so I think the best thing to do is use the system to pretty much set the level you want then make minor adjustments with the tv remote. So far I have also found the detachable speakers do not add much in terms of surround sound as they seem very quiet , not sure if they can separately be turned up, but I had the family detach them and move them to the side as I was watching something and couldn't notice much difference. Saying that though I did this briefly and the sound as a whole was still very immersive. I also connected my phone via Bluetooth and streamed some music from Spotify and I found it to be excellent , it's definitely a feature I will be taking advantage of. As others have said the system would benefit from some sort of on screen presence or all as when you are making inputs with the remote, the only confirmation you have that anything is happening is that a white light will flash. All in all I'm very impressed with this, I'm very fussy with audio equipment and have returned a sonos playbar and a Yamaha ysp2500 as I wasn't happy with the sound. Both of those are £500+ premium pieces of kit so that says a lot.




If they're being advertised as surround sound though and you don't hear much from the rear speakers then won't that defeat the purpose of them. I do want a new pair of speakers to go with my 4k tv, but I want effective surround and not just good quality front speakers.

How are they for gaming?

StolenDiagram

If they're being advertised as surround sound though and you don't hear … If they're being advertised as surround sound though and you don't hear much from the rear speakers then won't that defeat the purpose of them. I do want a new pair of speakers to go with my 4k tv, but I want effective surround and not just good quality front speakers.How are they for gaming?


Gaming and Blu-ray are what have impressed me most so far . I had the sub off last night and was playing GTA 5 with the surrounds to the sides and was impressed with the sounds coming from around the room. I didn't pick it up s much before as I had the sub on high and was just watching tv. They perform better when your using a source which actually uses them and has sound designed for them like the xbox and Blu-ray , not the xfactor or a cooking show. The bonus is that it is from Argos and it is very easy to return items . I'm going to assess the system this week before I decide whether to keep it, but I'm impressed so far .

Let us know what you decide

mart321

Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the … Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the system is in the right speaker, this side has 1 HDMI input which goes straight to the TV for HDMI arc playback . This makes setup simple as any device connected to your TV via HDMI should play without issue. There is then the main power cable which also features a power brick. Finally there is a fairly thick cable which plugs into the right cable and runs across and plugs into the left speaker . The sub is separate and only has a plug attachment The sound is impressive and really packs a punch with the sub . I've tested it on TV with the f1, x factor. Blu-ray and xbox one and they have all been excellent. One thing that is taking a bit of getting used to is that you can turn the volume up with the system remote and once connected you can also use your TV remote which then turns up the system but they seem to turn the volume up in different ways. using the system remote seems to very quickly ramp up the volume of the whole system, whilst using the tv remote will add smaller adjustments. I tried turning the system all the way up and down with both remotes and it sounded very different , so I think the best thing to do is use the system to pretty much set the level you want then make minor adjustments with the tv remote. So far I have also found the detachable speakers do not add much in terms of surround sound as they seem very quiet , not sure if they can separately be turned up, but I had the family detach them and move them to the side as I was watching something and couldn't notice much difference. Saying that though I did this briefly and the sound as a whole was still very immersive. I also connected my phone via Bluetooth and streamed some music from Spotify and I found it to be excellent , it's definitely a feature I will be taking advantage of. As others have said the system would benefit from some sort of on screen presence or all as when you are making inputs with the remote, the only confirmation you have that anything is happening is that a white light will flash. All in all I'm very impressed with this, I'm very fussy with audio equipment and have returned a sonos playbar and a Yamaha ysp2500 as I wasn't happy with the sound. Both of those are £500+ premium pieces of kit so that says a lot.



Thanks for the great review / info here!!

I made the purchase today and wasn't happy: nothing to do with the sound etc. I didn't get chance to even test it. It was boxed up as a Philips Series 5000 (not a shaver) and was full of French writing on the box. Came only with European plugs. I had an adaptor for the right speaker plug only and it still didn't work. Looking at the box that Argos gave to me, it had someone's name / address on to suggest they'd taken it back already. Bit shoddy.

I'm wondering if I should try for another purchase at another store; did yours come with the euro plug etc?

Pinkman

Thanks for the great review / info here!! I made the purchase today and … Thanks for the great review / info here!! I made the purchase today and wasn't happy: nothing to do with the sound etc. I didn't get chance to even test it. It was boxed up as a Philips Series 5000 (not a shaver) and was full of French writing on the box. Came only with European plugs. I had an adaptor for the right speaker plug only and it still didn't work. Looking at the box that Argos gave to me, it had someone's name / address on to suggest they'd taken it back already. Bit shoddy. I'm wondering if I should try for another purchase at another store; did yours come with the euro plug etc?


Mine had uk plug yea, the box said 5000 series, it's a turquoise colour, it had a yellow sticker on one side that said uk plug version or something, so I think you may have just been unlucky .

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Pinkman

Thanks for the great review / info here!! I made the purchase today and … Thanks for the great review / info here!! I made the purchase today and wasn't happy: nothing to do with the sound etc. I didn't get chance to even test it. It was boxed up as a Philips Series 5000 (not a shaver) and was full of French writing on the box. Came only with European plugs. I had an adaptor for the right speaker plug only and it still didn't work. Looking at the box that Argos gave to me, it had someone's name / address on to suggest they'd taken it back already. Bit shoddy. I'm wondering if I should try for another purchase at another store; did yours come with the euro plug etc?



Mine said 5000 too but came with UK plug, definitely take it back for replacement as you will regret turning them down they are great

mart321

Mine had uk plug yea, the box said 5000 series, it's a turquoise colour, … Mine had uk plug yea, the box said 5000 series, it's a turquoise colour, it had a yellow sticker on one side that said uk plug version or something, so I think you may have just been unlucky .



Right I'm officially having a nightmare with these.. I took the dodgy euro plug ones back. Got another set with the uk plugs. Set it all up.. hooked the HDMI up to my LG TV by HDMI arc. Used tv remote to select tv arc output for sound.. not getting anything other than white flashing on the right speaker! No idea why, there's nothing wrong with the HDMI cable.

I tested it using the Bluetooth on my iPhone and they do sound awesome! Watched a "surround sound" test video on YouTube and bizarrely the sound that said it should be coming out of the front speakers was coming out of the back ones; and vice versa.

As said, having a nightmare. Going to look into it in more detail tomo.

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Pinkman

Right I'm officially having a nightmare with these.. I took the dodgy … Right I'm officially having a nightmare with these.. I took the dodgy euro plug ones back. Got another set with the uk plugs. Set it all up.. hooked the HDMI up to my LG TV by HDMI arc. Used tv remote to select tv arc output for sound.. not getting anything other than white flashing on the right speaker! No idea why, there's nothing wrong with the HDMI cable. I tested it using the Bluetooth on my iPhone and they do sound awesome! Watched a "surround sound" test video on YouTube and bizarrely the sound that said it should be coming out of the front speakers was coming out of the back ones; and vice versa. As said, having a nightmare. Going to look into it in more detail tomo.



Have you read the manual? And also select the correct output on the speaker remote?

AlfieW123

Have you read the manual? And also select the correct output on the … Have you read the manual? And also select the correct output on the speaker remote?



Yeah read it cover to cover it just says a white blinking means it cannot connect by the HDMI arc. My TV must be compatible though, it's a top notch LG one a year or two old.

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Pinkman

Yeah read it cover to cover it just says a white blinking means it cannot … Yeah read it cover to cover it just says a white blinking means it cannot connect by the HDMI arc. My TV must be compatible though, it's a top notch LG one a year or two old.



Try another input instead? Maybe aux cable or optical?

mart321

Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the … Right first impressions . The setup is fairly simple . The brains of the system is in the right speaker, this side has 1 HDMI input which goes straight to the TV for HDMI arc playback . This makes setup simple as any device connected to your TV via HDMI should play without issue. There is then the main power cable which also features a power brick. Finally there is a fairly thick cable which plugs into the right cable and runs across and plugs into the left speaker . The sub is separate and only has a plug attachment The sound is impressive and really packs a punch with the sub . I've tested it on TV with the f1, x factor. Blu-ray and xbox one and they have all been excellent. One thing that is taking a bit of getting used to is that you can turn the volume up with the system remote and once connected you can also use your TV remote which then turns up the system but they seem to turn the volume up in different ways. using the system remote seems to very quickly ramp up the volume of the whole system, whilst using the tv remote will add smaller adjustments. I tried turning the system all the way up and down with both remotes and it sounded very different , so I think the best thing to do is use the system to pretty much set the level you want then make minor adjustments with the tv remote. So far I have also found the detachable speakers do not add much in terms of surround sound as they seem very quiet , not sure if they can separately be turned up, but I had the family detach them and move them to the side as I was watching something and couldn't notice much difference. Saying that though I did this briefly and the sound as a whole was still very immersive. I also connected my phone via Bluetooth and streamed some music from Spotify and I found it to be excellent , it's definitely a feature I will be taking advantage of. As others have said the system would benefit from some sort of on screen presence or all as when you are making inputs with the remote, the only confirmation you have that anything is happening is that a white light will flash. All in all I'm very impressed with this, I'm very fussy with audio equipment and have returned a sonos playbar and a Yamaha ysp2500 as I wasn't happy with the sound. Both of those are £500+ premium pieces of kit so that says a lot.




I took the plunge on Saturday after seeing the previous post last week. So far I'm really impressed. Have attached TV via ARC and Xbox one via optical. Everything worked straight out of the box without needing to make any adjustments. Have not tested with my blu ray player yet as have ordered a coaxical digital lead to attach to that. Watched a DVD using the xbox one on Saturday evening and also found the rear speakers a little on the quiet side to be honest, although clarity was good - it was definitely still adding to the experience.. There is an update (install via USB stick) on the philips website which said it improves performance of rears. Haven't tried the DVD again I must admit but played a blu ray on Sunday and it sounded amazing. Also streamed a film from nowTV via the xbox one and it sounded great. Games on xbox one also sound good. I think the update may have helped and was easy to do. Would be nice to manually control volume on the rear speakers but TV sounds loud enough to me now.

I've upgraded to this from a Yamaha YAS103 soundbar and this is a big improvement in my opinion. Have noticed a bit of sync issues - one was on TV, selecting ARC option again seemed to sort it out. Also the DVD seemed to be slightly out to me, but I adjusted and was happy eventually - I do get a bit obsessed if I notice sync is out and seem to spend my whole time questioning if it's right afterwards so am never quite satisfied its sorted. That is my only gripe so far, but to be honest had similar experiences with the soundbar so probably a common issue and I guess there is a reason you can adjust.

All in all I think they are great.

Pinkman

Yeah read it cover to cover it just says a white blinking means it cannot … Yeah read it cover to cover it just says a white blinking means it cannot connect by the HDMI arc. My TV must be compatible though, it's a top notch LG one a year or two old.


Maybe try a different HDMI lead ?

dlawless

I took the plunge on Saturday after seeing the previous post last week. … I took the plunge on Saturday after seeing the previous post last week. So far I'm really impressed. Have attached TV via ARC and Xbox one via optical. Everything worked straight out of the box without needing to make any adjustments. Have not tested with my blu ray player yet as have ordered a coaxical digital lead to attach to that. Watched a DVD using the xbox one on Saturday evening and also found the rear speakers a little on the quiet side to be honest, although clarity was good - it was definitely still adding to the experience.. There is an update (install via USB stick) on the philips website which said it improves performance of rears. Haven't tried the DVD again I must admit but played a blu ray on Sunday and it sounded amazing. Also streamed a film from nowTV via the xbox one and it sounded great. Games on xbox one also sound good. I think the update may have helped and was easy to do. Would be nice to manually control volume on the rear speakers but TV sounds loud enough to me now. I've upgraded to this from a Yamaha YAS103 soundbar and this is a big improvement in my opinion. Have noticed a bit of sync issues - one was on TV, selecting ARC option again seemed to sort it out. Also the DVD seemed to be slightly out to me, but I adjusted and was happy eventually - I do get a bit obsessed if I notice sync is out and seem to spend my whole time questioning if it's right afterwards so am never quite satisfied its sorted. That is my only gripe so far, but to be honest had similar experiences with the soundbar so probably a common issue and I guess there is a reason you can adjust.All in all I think they are great.


Ah, I will definitely do the update then cheers . I have also noticed the sync issue , seems fine when watching Normal tv , but when I watch Netflix which is coming from the smart tv app, i find myself pushing sync+ a couple of times. Not really much of an issue I will probs just automatically do it in future . One other thing i picked up on yesterday was the sub humming slightly during silent or quiet scenes . Only noticed it on Netflix so far. During home alone scene with Marv and the other guy sat in the van , theres a slight hum, could just be the source material , but I did some research and found out about something called subwoofer hum to do with sockets and earthing issues , so not directly linked to an issue with the set . I personally don't have the sub on for general tv watching though so can't say it's been too much of an issue so far
Edited by: "mart321" 29th Nov 2016

mart321

Maybe try a different HDMI lead ?



Tried a diff HDMI cable, no luck. Either an issue with the right speaker HDMI connector or more than likely the LG tv HDMI arc connector.

I went out and bought an optical cable and so far it's worked a treat.

The sound is incredible and switching between the Philips speakers and the tv speakers only emphasises that!

Downside for me is the HDMI randomly not working and the fact that the volume level doesn't show up on my tv. But very impressed with the sound quality. Glad I bought them.. they beat a soundbar any day.

Just watching saving private Ryan. Thumbs up.

dlawless

I took the plunge on Saturday after seeing the previous post last week. … I took the plunge on Saturday after seeing the previous post last week. So far I'm really impressed. Have attached TV via ARC and Xbox one via optical. Everything worked straight out of the box without needing to make any adjustments. Have not tested with my blu ray player yet as have ordered a coaxical digital lead to attach to that. Watched a DVD using the xbox one on Saturday evening and also found the rear speakers a little on the quiet side to be honest, although clarity was good - it was definitely still adding to the experience.. There is an update (install via USB stick) on the philips website which said it improves performance of rears. Haven't tried the DVD again I must admit but played a blu ray on Sunday and it sounded amazing. Also streamed a film from nowTV via the xbox one and it sounded great. Games on xbox one also sound good. I think the update may have helped and was easy to do. Would be nice to manually control volume on the rear speakers but TV sounds loud enough to me now. I've upgraded to this from a Yamaha YAS103 soundbar and this is a big improvement in my opinion. Have noticed a bit of sync issues - one was on TV, selecting ARC option again seemed to sort it out. Also the DVD seemed to be slightly out to me, but I adjusted and was happy eventually - I do get a bit obsessed if I notice sync is out and seem to spend my whole time questioning if it's right afterwards so am never quite satisfied its sorted. That is my only gripe so far, but to be honest had similar experiences with the soundbar so probably a common issue and I guess there is a reason you can adjust.All in all I think they are great.


Is there a particular reason why you don't just attach everything to the tv and play through arc. Does coaxial or optical give better sound ?

mart321

Is there a particular reason why you don't just attach everything to the … Is there a particular reason why you don't just attach everything to the tv and play through arc. Does coaxial or optical give better sound ?



Good question, and I'm no expert I'm afraid, so could well be talking rubbish.

When I was deciding to buy I tried looking for reviews and whilst I couldn't find any for this model whilst reading around (mostly about the more expensive E5) I did read in a couple of places it was better to connect directly to the system than going through ARC. I think this is more relevant for a system like the E5 that has HDMI inputs (so for example you could connect xbox to speaker via HDMI) as they can handle higher quality than optical or coaxial (although some articles suggested that it's not that likely you would notice the difference). My understanding (which may be wrong) from what I read was that if you connect via ARC you will use the TV to decode the sound signal, whereby if you connect by optical or coaxial then you pass the original signal to the philips which should be better at decoding than your TV. Therefore using ARC could mean you don't get true surround sound as many TV's (but not all) will reduce the signal to two-channel stereo. This is a review of the E5 which touches on it and states that "your best bet is to connect your Blu-ray deck directly to the E5s optical or HDMI inputs" (http://www.trustedreviews.com/philips-fidelio-e5-review), but google arc or optical out. I had optical cables anyway so just went with this, and ordered a coaxial for £3 from amazon. I'll go on the xbox tonight and try switching between optical and ARC to see if I can notice any real difference.

Incidentally I've also noticed a bit of humming from the sub in quiet places when wathcing TV, think I'll end up doing the same as you and not bother with it when watching TV. Was streaming Walking Dead from nowTV last night and noticed the rear speakers coming in and out a quite a bit. They seemed to kick in when there was background music (which sounded really good), but also would get a bit of the talking coming in and out. I'm guessing it was more to do with the signal that it was receiving than the system itself. Have you noticed anything like that at all ?

Out of interest have you changed your audio settings in the xbox one? I tried but seemed stuck with stereo anyway as didn't like 5.1 option - was left with stereo or bitstream I think, no idea which should be used.

dlawless

Good question, and I'm no expert I'm afraid, so could well be talking … Good question, and I'm no expert I'm afraid, so could well be talking rubbish. When I was deciding to buy I tried looking for reviews and whilst I couldn't find any for this model whilst reading around (mostly about the more expensive E5) I did read in a couple of places it was better to connect directly to the system than going through ARC. I think this is more relevant for a system like the E5 that has HDMI inputs (so for example you could connect xbox to speaker via HDMI) as they can handle higher quality than optical or coaxial (although some articles suggested that it's not that likely you would notice the difference). My understanding (which may be wrong) from what I read was that if you connect via ARC you will use the TV to decode the sound signal, whereby if you connect by optical or coaxial then you pass the original signal to the philips which should be better at decoding than your TV. Therefore using ARC could mean you don't get true surround sound as many TV's (but not all) will reduce the signal to two-channel stereo. This is a review of the E5 which touches on it and states that "your best bet is to connect your Blu-ray deck directly to the E5s optical or HDMI inputs" (http://www.trustedreviews.com/philips-fidelio-e5-review), but google arc or optical out. I had optical cables anyway so just went with this, and ordered a coaxial for £3 from amazon. I'll go on the xbox tonight and try switching between optical and ARC to see if I can notice any real difference. Incidentally I've also noticed a bit of humming from the sub in quiet places when wathcing TV, think I'll end up doing the same as you and not bother with it when watching TV. Was streaming Walking Dead from nowTV last night and noticed the rear speakers coming in and out a quite a bit. They seemed to kick in when there was background music (which sounded really good), but also would get a bit of the talking coming in and out. I'm guessing it was more to do with the signal that it was receiving than the system itself. Have you noticed anything like that at all ?Out of interest have you changed your audio settings in the xbox one? I tried but seemed stuck with stereo anyway as didn't like 5.1 option - was left with stereo or bitstream I think, no idea which should be used.


I've only briefly been on the xbox so unsure but I thought through optical or coaxial you should receive 5.1 on the xbox ?

As for the sub humming , I never noticed it when watching Blu-ray so may be worth testing out a few disks, if it's not apparent at all then, then it could be a ground earthing issue. There is shed loads of forum stuff on this issue. But one suggestion says to plug your sub into the same socket as the speakers .

Oh , have you got a link for that update, I couldnt even find any info for this system in the Philips website .saw updates for the e5 but nothing for this system.

PS my 1 year old has filled the subwoofer with toy balls and his socks. So also need to devise a plan to get them out as you cant physically fit your hand through the opening in the front.
Edited by: "mart321" 30th Nov 2016

dlawless

Good question, and I'm no expert I'm afraid, so could well be talking … Good question, and I'm no expert I'm afraid, so could well be talking rubbish. When I was deciding to buy I tried looking for reviews and whilst I couldn't find any for this model whilst reading around (mostly about the more expensive E5) I did read in a couple of places it was better to connect directly to the system than going through ARC. I think this is more relevant for a system like the E5 that has HDMI inputs (so for example you could connect xbox to speaker via HDMI) as they can handle higher quality than optical or coaxial (although some articles suggested that it's not that likely you would notice the difference). My understanding (which may be wrong) from what I read was that if you connect via ARC you will use the TV to decode the sound signal, whereby if you connect by optical or coaxial then you pass the original signal to the philips which should be better at decoding than your TV. Therefore using ARC could mean you don't get true surround sound as many TV's (but not all) will reduce the signal to two-channel stereo. This is a review of the E5 which touches on it and states that "your best bet is to connect your Blu-ray deck directly to the E5s optical or HDMI inputs" (http://www.trustedreviews.com/philips-fidelio-e5-review), but google arc or optical out. I had optical cables anyway so just went with this, and ordered a coaxial for £3 from amazon. I'll go on the xbox tonight and try switching between optical and ARC to see if I can notice any real difference. Incidentally I've also noticed a bit of humming from the sub in quiet places when wathcing TV, think I'll end up doing the same as you and not bother with it when watching TV. Was streaming Walking Dead from nowTV last night and noticed the rear speakers coming in and out a quite a bit. They seemed to kick in when there was background music (which sounded really good), but also would get a bit of the talking coming in and out. I'm guessing it was more to do with the signal that it was receiving than the system itself. Have you noticed anything like that at all ?Out of interest have you changed your audio settings in the xbox one? I tried but seemed stuck with stereo anyway as didn't like 5.1 option - was left with stereo or bitstream I think, no idea which should be used.


Right , ive found the update , cheers

mart321

Right , ive found the update , cheers



I really want to like these speakers.. the sound is awesome.. but my gripes are a bit too gripey!

- so far not able to connect by HDMI arc for some weird reason. Can use the optical cable but it's strange the HDMI isn't working.
- volume doesn't show up on my tv when I adjust the volume; just the little light flashing on the right speaker.
- I'm also noticing a humming noise coming from the speakers - with or without the subwoofer.

mart321

I've only briefly been on the xbox so unsure but I thought through … I've only briefly been on the xbox so unsure but I thought through optical or coaxial you should receive 5.1 on the xbox ?As for the sub humming , I never noticed it when watching Blu-ray so may be worth testing out a few disks, if it's not apparent at all then, then it could be a ground earthing issue. There is shed loads of forum stuff on this issue. But one suggestion says to plug your sub into the same socket as the speakers . Oh , have you got a link for that update, I couldnt even find any info for this system in the Philips website .saw updates for the e5 but nothing for this system.PS my 1 year old has filled the subwoofer with toy balls and his socks. So also need to devise a plan to get them out as you cant physically fit your hand through the opening in the front.



Sorry only just seen your post - the link is philips.co.uk/c-p…3/- in case anyone else wants it.

Bad news on your one year old's sub mods. I winced myself as my four old bounced a ball off it yesterday. That hole is just too tempting for kids!

I had a go tonight at switching between ARC and optical and to me the optical sounded slightly better (I think). We are not talking much but seemed slightly sharper and a little louder I thought.

dlawless

Sorry only just seen your post - the link is … Sorry only just seen your post - the link is http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/CSS5235Y_93/- in case anyone else wants it. Bad news on your one year old's sub mods. I winced myself as my four old bounced a ball off it yesterday. That hole is just too tempting for kids!I had a go tonight at switching between ARC and optical and to me the optical sounded slightly better (I think). We are not talking much but seemed slightly sharper and a little louder I thought.


I think I'm going to have to take mine back, i did the update tonight and I think something has gone wrong. Basically I've hardly had chance to watch any tv or use the system since i bought it, but I've been impressed with how much of an improvement over my tv speakers it was . Anyway I've done the update and now I'm not keen on the sound at all . It sounds poorer than my tv speakers.im not sure what has happened but when I turn the system off and leave the tv on for a few seconds afterward the tv reverts to its own speakers before going silent and they actually sound better. Bearing in mind i do not have the sub connected Can you confirm if your system does this when you turn it off ? Not sure what's happened with it but somethings not right
Edited by: "mart321" 1st Dec 2016

Hi, Yes if I turn mine off but leave the tv on I get the tv speakers for a few seconds before silence. However there is no way my tv speakers sound better.

dlawless

Hi, Yes if I turn mine off but leave the tv on I get the tv speakers for … Hi, Yes if I turn mine off but leave the tv on I get the tv speakers for a few seconds before silence. However there is no way my tv speakers sound better.



That's what I though when I first got it. Now they just don't sound impressive at all. Im going to swap it this weekend

dlawless

Hi, Yes if I turn mine off but leave the tv on I get the tv speakers for … Hi, Yes if I turn mine off but leave the tv on I get the tv speakers for a few seconds before silence. However there is no way my tv speakers sound better.


Watched gremlins on blu ray last night and it sounged brilliant . The sub is still humming though, I definitely couldnt have it on for general tv watching. I.still think with the sub off, watching normal tv. It doesn't sound as good as my tv. I think it may be because it doesn't have a central channel like a soundbar. Im.going to swap it for piece of mind incase theres a fault . If im still not happy, Phillips do a nice 5.1 set with a small soundbar included, there also a soundbar with detatchable speakers
Edited by: "mart321" 3rd Dec 2016

ive been thinking of buying these speakers and have enjoyed reading everyones feedback on their experience of owning them. Im almost about to jump to buy these. How are you guys finding these now since your posts? any feedback appreciated. thank you.

navinski

ive been thinking of buying these speakers and have enjoyed reading … ive been thinking of buying these speakers and have enjoyed reading everyones feedback on their experience of owning them. Im almost about to jump to buy these. How are you guys finding these now since your posts? any feedback appreciated. thank you.



I actually took 2 sets back.

The first one only has European plugs.

The second one was a great sound and they look awesome.. but the subwoofer gave off a humming sound which was really noticeable whilst watching movies with quiet scenes.

Bit disappointing really as I did really like the sound but I had to always unplug the sub; alas they went back and I'm yet to find an alternative.

navinski

ive been thinking of buying these speakers and have enjoyed reading … ive been thinking of buying these speakers and have enjoyed reading everyones feedback on their experience of owning them. Im almost about to jump to buy these. How are you guys finding these now since your posts? any feedback appreciated. thank you.



I'm actually really pleased with them. I went from a Yamaha soundbar to these and there is no comparison, especially when the satellites are being used. Blu Rays in particular sound amazing. I've found battery life to be good, bluetooth connection works perfectly, sound quality very good for TV, games and playing music. They are not perfect, sub does hum a little with regular TV shows although I leave it connected and have stopped noticing now to be honest. Movies and action TV shows sound great. Satellites could possibly be a little more powerful, but having said that I guess they are not supposed to distract from main speakers. Sound and video sometimes slightly out of sync but quick and easy to sort, usually just one press of the remote button is only adjustment required. For the money I paid I'm very impressed and think they are good value. Wired rear speakers were never going to be allowed in our house so I love the fact I can still get surround sound via the wireless satellites. All in all very pleased.

dlawless

I'm actually really pleased with them. I went from a Yamaha soundbar to … I'm actually really pleased with them. I went from a Yamaha soundbar to these and there is no comparison, especially when the satellites are being used. Blu Rays in particular sound amazing. I've found battery life to be good, bluetooth connection works perfectly, sound quality very good for TV, games and playing music. They are not perfect, sub does hum a little with regular TV shows although I leave it connected and have stopped noticing now to be honest. Movies and action TV shows sound great. Satellites could possibly be a little more powerful, but having said that I guess they are not supposed to distract from main speakers. Sound and video sometimes slightly out of sync but quick and easy to sort, usually just one press of the remote button is only adjustment required. For the money I paid I'm very impressed and think they are good value. Wired rear speakers were never going to be allowed in our house so I love the fact I can still get surround sound via the wireless satellites. All in all very pleased.



Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it. I'm going to go for these, I don't think I will be disappointed with the price either and the limitations you mentioned are easily sorted. Thanks again.

Pinkman

I actually took 2 sets back. The first one only has European plugs.The … I actually took 2 sets back. The first one only has European plugs.The second one was a great sound and they look awesome.. but the subwoofer gave off a humming sound which was really noticeable whilst watching movies with quiet scenes. Bit disappointing really as I did really like the sound but I had to always unplug the sub; alas they went back and I'm yet to find an alternative.



Thanks for the feedback, appreciated. Im going to go for these and try them out. Hopefully dont get the humming noise but thanks for the heads up, i'll look out for it.

Got these a couple of weeks ago as back down to £299 at Argos. Overall Im quite impressed but my sibwoofer also has the low rumble on quiet scenes. Has anyone exchanged and got one that doesnt rumble or is it a common feature?
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