The Fidelio sound system range has been a success for Philips and at CES this year they are extending the range with some new high-end soundbars and a new Bluetooth based portable speaker.
What is so special about the new Fidelio soundbars is that they don’t just provide a 2.1-channel sound, but thanks to their detachable wireless side units the soundbar can turn itself into a 5.1- channel surround sound system. The top-end system is the Fidelio HTL9100 and also comes with a wireless subwoofer. The detachable, rechargeable side speakers uses a proprietary wireless technology to link up with the main unit without interfering with other Bluetooth or WiFi signals. When detached the side speakers has about 10 hours of battery life, and connecting them back with the main unit will charge them up again. The system also comes with 2 HDMI ports and supports Bluetooth audio streaming. The top model HTL9100 is said to become available in May this year with a US retail price around $800.
There are also two other models of the soundbar in the HTL5120, which has the same core features, but has an integrated subwoofer (availability May at $250), and the low end HTL3120 which offers dual 3-inch drivers, virtual surround sound, Bluetooth streaming, and a USB connection (availability March at $180).
Philips have also announced the Fidelio P8, a portable wireless (Bluetooth) speaker, which is said to be the first true portable Fidelio wireless speaker. Besides wireless streaming there’s an audio-in connection for connecting audio sources. The rechargeable battery is said to provide up to 8 hours of playing time between charges, and the built-in USB port allows you to charge your smartphone/tablet when you need some emergency power. It looks like Philips wants to challenge the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker, so it will be interesting to see how it performs compared to one of the market leaders. Availability of the Fidelio P8 is said to be March for the US (UK to be confirmed) with a price around $200.
To go along with the new sound systems, Philips have also revealed a couple of new in-ear headphones in the Fidelio S1 and S2. We will be back with more information on all of the new Philips products over the coming weeks and months.