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Posted 9th Dec 2019

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Finally in stock. Connect your PC, Xbox, playstation etc and create lighting zones like on philips TV sets.

Can't wait to connect it with my xbox and B8.

Only negatives - no dolby vision pass through (no problem if you have a samsung TV ) and won't work with the TVs internal streaming services - so you'll need a fire stick or blu ray player. Also quite expensive.

Trying to find a code at the moment. Unidays has 15% off, perkbox code doesn't seem to work.

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This is RRP and just because something is now in stock doesn't make it a deal. Cold.
When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must have it!

But then I saw the price. Like I don't understand how this costs so much for it to do so little
only like £100 more and you can get a smart 4k tv with ambilight and alexa built into it
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This is RRP and just because something is now in stock doesn't make it a deal. Cold.
Topcashback was 10% too so worth a check
When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must have it!

But then I saw the price. Like I don't understand how this costs so much for it to do so little
im a big fan of hue and i have most of there products and i do know that most of there products are expensive but £200 for this box does seem overpriced but my biggest worry is surely after a few times of your light changing colour with your music, tv etc you will get sick of it? and just want the background colour to stay the same? also the constant colour changing will surely give someone a seizure?
indigowest200409/12/2019 12:46

im a big fan of hue and i have most of there products and i do know that …im a big fan of hue and i have most of there products and i do know that most of there products are expensive but £200 for this box does seem overpriced but my biggest worry is surely after a few times of your light changing colour with your music, tv etc you will get sick of it? and just want the background colour to stay the same? also the constant colour changing will surely give someone a seizure?


You can change the intensity so it has smoother changes if you find it distracting
Never really been into Hue or any of the smart home stuff. Hue has always struck me as crazy stupid expensive. Paying £100+ for (smart) bulbs is madness.
Spacevsgravity09/12/2019 12:48

Never really been into Hue or any of the smart home stuff. Hue has always …Never really been into Hue or any of the smart home stuff. Hue has always struck me as crazy stupid expensive. Paying £100+ for (smart) bulbs is madness.


their stuff is def for people like me that have ocd
Edited by: "indigowest2004" 9th Dec 2019
For what it is it's too pricey for me. I'm due a TV upgrade next year so will hold out for a new Philips oled with 2.1 hdmi
I'm happy to buy anything hue normally as it just works for me. But as much as I want ambilight I'm not paying anything like that
For those that don't know what this is for, search Ambilight. It's generally well regarded.
This is a good thing for consumers. It might be a lot for what it is, but that's RRP on new products. I really like the idea of Ambilight for my TV but I'd not buy a Philips and sacrifice picture quality to get it (although some of their newer ones are better.)

I can't justify it right now and the lack of DV pass through is annoying, but if they sort that and the price drops closer to £100 next BF or on Prime Day then I'd give this serious consideration.
I love Hue - but this is crazy expensive you can buy a new TV, PC, Xbox, playstation for about the same?
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Do I need the hub?
tenohfive09/12/2019 12:56

For those that don't know what this is for, search Ambilight. It's …For those that don't know what this is for, search Ambilight. It's generally well regarded. This is a good thing for consumers. It might be a lot for what it is, but that's RRP on new products. I really like the idea of Ambilight for my TV but I'd not buy a Philips and sacrifice picture quality to get it (although some of their newer ones are better.)I can't justify it right now and the lack of DV pass through is annoying, but if they sort that and the price drops closer to £100 next BF or on Prime Day then I'd give this serious consideration.


Can't see it dropping in price that much tbh. The only reason people buy philips TVs is for the ambilight, make it too cheap and they'll lose sales to hisense and toshiba. Maybe when the patent runs out
Yep, love Hue and really fancy the idea of this, but massively overpriced and specced. Most people just want one input and ARC type pass through. From the sounds of reviews of so far, it seems to be quite buggy atm as well, so definately something to hold off the purchase of.

There are cheaper options to do something similar if you fancy playing. Philip's own Hue app on Windows or Mac will do it for stuff played from a laptop through HDMI and there are plugins for Kodi and possibly other media type apps
Edited by: "Begize" 9th Dec 2019
only like £100 more and you can get a smart 4k tv with ambilight and alexa built into it
£50 for this would be too much but bearable. You can buy 55' hue tv for 2x this price. COLD
Edited by: "hr08" 9th Dec 2019
Vilbun_Dsouza09/12/2019 12:45

When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must …When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must have it! But then I saw the price. Like I don't understand how this costs so much for it to do so little


Hahah yea man, ur better off buying the ones u stick on from amazon for like £20 max, plus Alexa support
Reborg09/12/2019 13:12

Hahah yea man, ur better off buying the ones u stick on from amazon for …Hahah yea man, ur better off buying the ones u stick on from amazon for like £20 max, plus Alexa support


Very true, Philips have the name, so they just trying to rip off customers that are already deep in their ecosystem
Assume this is only usefull if you don't have Philips ambient light TV?
MrKrabs09/12/2019 13:00

Can't see it dropping in price that much tbh. The only reason people buy …Can't see it dropping in price that much tbh. The only reason people buy philips TVs is for the ambilight, make it too cheap and they'll lose sales to hisense and toshiba. Maybe when the patent runs out


I don't see this being targeted at the HiSense market - I see this as an add-on to a £1500-2500 TV. The sort of set that many will already use some form of bias lighting with.
My view is that it's a niche product rather than something as mainstream as their other Hue kit.

They've made a bit of a comeback with some of their more recent OLED's in that segment of the market, but I'd still rather a Panasonic or LG myself.
I paid £200 more for a 50" Philip's tv with ambilight and can honestly say I love it more than I ever expected. Absolutely superb and I'd definitely miss it if I went back to a TV without it. Thought I'd only use it for gaming but it's on most of the time now. Worth noting as I couldn't find much on this when I first looked into ambilight but my tv is in the corner so I was unsure I'd really benefit but it still makes a world of difference
Bit of a shame that it doesn't work with the tvs internal apps. So can't us it on netflix etc. Obvs you can use a chromecast or similar but its still a bit of a deal breaker for me. Anyone know why this is? Surely ambilight tvs work with internal apps??
Well I bought this and love it.
spoot1smeg09/12/2019 13:05

only like £100 more and you can get a smart 4k tv with ambilight and alexa …only like £100 more and you can get a smart 4k tv with ambilight and alexa built into it


Link please?
Should be £50 not £230
indigowest200409/12/2019 12:48

there stuff is def for people like me that have ocd


If you had ocd you’d know the difference between their and there
tenohfive09/12/2019 13:21

I don't see this being targeted at the HiSense market - I see this as an …I don't see this being targeted at the HiSense market - I see this as an add-on to a £1500-2500 TV. The sort of set that many will already use some form of bias lighting with. My view is that it's a niche product rather than something as mainstream as their other Hue kit. They've made a bit of a comeback with some of their more recent OLED's in that segment of the market, but I'd still rather a Panasonic or LG myself.


I’m sticking this on my 75” qled q90
RandyCockburn09/12/2019 13:55

Should be £50 not £230


Agreed way overpriced

But I’ve still ordered one
Got this setup over the weekend, its a tad glitchy with 3x Play bar lights for the rear of the TV

When it's synced and working, the effect is very good, but there quite a lot of glitches:

1) the lights don't always switch off (I have an action to switch them off when TV output is off), occasionally one of the lights will remain on, so you have to switch the tv on and off again and they turn off.

2) You will need another Philips Sync App to connect the Box, which then connects with the proper Hue App. This might be a bit too much for the non tech-savvy people

3) It's a shame you can only use the lights with HDMI connections, it would have been good to be able to see it work with the TVs built in apps, like YouTube etc.

Anyone know if you can default the lights to a specific colour when there is no HDMI input or switch off all together? At the moment they go white and it looks like an scene for the Undertaker to appear.

Its pricey, but overall pretty impressive, its a matter of getting the brightness just right, so the focus is the TV and not the lights.

Hopefully the bugs gets ironed out, there was a firmware update as soon as it was hooked up to wifi initially.
Sharpharp09/12/2019 14:06

Got this setup over the weekend, its a tad glitchy with 3x Play bar lights …Got this setup over the weekend, its a tad glitchy with 3x Play bar lights for the rear of the TVWhen it's synced and working, the effect is very good, but there quite a lot of glitches:1) the lights don't always switch off (I have an action to switch them off when TV output is off), occasionally one of the lights will remain on, so you have to switch the tv on and off again and they turn off.2) You will need another Philips Sync App to connect the Box, which then connects with the proper Hue App. This might be a bit too much for the non tech-savvy people 3) It's a shame you can only use the lights with HDMI connections, it would have been good to be able to see it work with the TVs built in apps, like YouTube etc.Anyone know if you can default the lights to a specific colour when there is no HDMI input or switch off all together? At the moment they go white and it looks like an scene for the Undertaker to appear.Its pricey, but overall pretty impressive, its a matter of getting the brightness just right, so the focus is the TV and not the lights.Hopefully the bugs gets ironed out, there was a firmware update as soon as it was hooked up to wifi initially.


Bought it last week and installed on Friday and like you I find it to be a bit glitchy but when synced and working it's splendid, particularly with Sky Q. Pricey for what it is but I had promised it to myself whenever it was released. I was expecting a bit more from my PS4 to be honest and find in games like FIFA that sometimes the colours aren't always as I would expect (for example I would have thought there would be a default to green when a game is in progress).

I've set up by way of Sources > Existing Receiver / Amplifier > Hue Sync Box > TV. I understand that to be able to use the music function I'd need to connect the sources directly to the Hue Sync Box and then into my receiver/amp. Have you tried that?

It seems a bit of a faff for me and will inevitably mean I no longer am able to flick between Blu Ray, Game, Sky Q etc on my receive/amp - on that basis I'm inclined to keep Hue Disco for that purpose but would be keen to hear experiences of others.
sparklehedgehog09/12/2019 14:03

I’m sticking this on my 75” qled q90


Sounds good. You'll need the light strip plus at least two extensions - I can just about get away with one extension to do a 65".
tenohfive09/12/2019 14:12

Sounds good. You'll need the light strip plus at least two extensions - I …Sounds good. You'll need the light strip plus at least two extensions - I can just about get away with one extension to do a 65".


I’ve got them already from Black Friday (planned ahead)
No support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+

While it’s true that the Sync Box can pass through both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ signals, it can’t sync them with your Hue lights. That means you’ll either have to settle for no light syncing while watching Dolby Vision or HDR10+ content, or downshift to vanilla HDR10.
Geebsie09/12/2019 14:11

Bought it last week and installed on Friday and like you I find it to be a …Bought it last week and installed on Friday and like you I find it to be a bit glitchy but when synced and working it's splendid, particularly with Sky Q. Pricey for what it is but I had promised it to myself whenever it was released. I was expecting a bit more from my PS4 to be honest and find in games like FIFA that sometimes the colours aren't always as I would expect (for example I would have thought there would be a default to green when a game is in progress).I've set up by way of Sources > Existing Receiver / Amplifier > Hue Sync Box > TV. I understand that to be able to use the music function I'd need to connect the sources directly to the Hue Sync Box and then into my receiver/amp. Have you tried that? It seems a bit of a faff for me and will inevitably mean I no longer am able to flick between Blu Ray, Game, Sky Q etc on my receive/amp - on that basis I'm inclined to keep Hue Disco for that purpose but would be keen to hear experiences of others.


I read somewhere that you couldn't use this with an av receiver but you obviously can. Did you plug the sources into the receiver and then have one hdmi out into the sync box?
madbull09/12/2019 16:39

I read somewhere that you couldn't use this with an av receiver but you …I read somewhere that you couldn't use this with an av receiver but you obviously can. Did you plug the sources into the receiver and then have one hdmi out into the sync box?


Yes indeed - the Sync Box effectively acts as an HDMI switch between the receiver and the TV. This for me is the most convenient setup, but for full functionality in terms of using the Sync Box for music the recommended setup is Sources > Sync Box > Receiver > TV. As indicated above I'd prefer to maintain, as I have at present, Sources > Receiver > Sync Box > TV but that means I don't get the benefit of syncing my lights to music (unless I continue to use the Hue Disco app that I was using before purchasing the Sync Box).
Vilbun_Dsouza09/12/2019 12:45

When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must …When I heard of this, I was like, Omg! This is the coolest thing, I must have it! But then I saw the price. Like I don't understand how this costs so much for it to do so little


Plus no camera, which makes it usuless if you use TV without an set top box.
Spacevsgravity09/12/2019 12:48

Never really been into Hue or any of the smart home stuff. Hue has always …Never really been into Hue or any of the smart home stuff. Hue has always struck me as crazy stupid expensive. Paying £100+ for (smart) bulbs is madness.


£8-9 for white, £12 for ambience and £21-23 for colour (during regular sales). Do you really find this too expensive? (comparing for re-wiring to add dimming and remote control)
deleted7202809/12/2019 12:58

Do I need the hub?


You configure entertainment zone (what lamps are where) through the hub. So, yes, you need a hub for £0-25.
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