Tiny & Mighty
Unlike most soundbars in the market right now, Philips has gone to a different route with its Fidelio B1, making it significantly smaller; I guess size isn’t everything, said no girl ever. It measures at just 41cm in length so it doesn’t take up much space or steal the attention away from your TV. This makes setting up a lot easier, especially if you have other gadgets and gizmos like a gaming console or a DVD player, which will take up more space.
Perfect For Movies
Phillips dubs the Fidelio B1 as a ‘Nano cinema speaker’, and they were right, to a certain extent. The B1 houses four high-sensitivity speakers – two at its centre and two at its sides; this gives you a great, compact and dynamic sound, especially for movies. There are also two tweeters located at the top of the soundbar, which helps to increase the overall audio quality. Watching The Avengers: Civil War – which is in Blu-Ray, mind you – was great as the sound was impactful and made every scene a lot more powerful because of it.
Not So Great For Music
As great as it is for movies, the Fidelio B1 doesn’t perform as well when it comes to playing music. After connecting my smartphone to play from Spotify, the sound wasn’t as great as I had hoped. Although electronic music sounded more than just okay thanks to the deep bass from the subwoofer, other genres paled in comparison. Another note to highlight is that the Fidelio B1 best performs in smaller rooms as opposed to living rooms and such.
1 – Wireless Subwoofer
The subwoofer that comes with the Fidelio B1 can be connected wirelessly so it doesn’t necessarily have to sit next to the soundbar. It’s equally small frame and size is also a plus point.
2 – Two For The Price Of One
With just one HDMI OUT cable, you can connect the Fidelio B1 to your TV with a non-3D AV receiver so you can get great picture with equally superior audio quality.
3 – Connect Wirelessly
Thanks to Bluetooth, you can now connect any device to the Fidelio B1 to playback music and videos.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 567 x 408 x 115mm
Speaker Type: Dynamic
Drivers: 6 racetrack drivers
Speaker Output Power: 120W
Connectivity: Bluetooth APT-X and AAC
Ports: Digital Optical In, HDMI 1.4 output (ARC), HDMI in 1, Audio In 3.5mm jack, USB
Value – 9
Performance – 8
Feature – 8
Design – 9
Usability – 8
Total – 9 (PLATINUM)
Verdict: The Philips Fidelio B1 is affordably priced for its size and perfect for your nights in.
Byline: Teh Wi-Liam