Monday , August 21 2017

Philips announce a new Google Cast enabled Soundbar

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Philips has announced that their latest high-end sound bar the HTL5160B (catchy name!) is coming to Australia with Google Cast in tow. The Dolby Digital 3.1 sound system will retain for $699.95 AUD RRP.  The speaker has more that GoogleCast going for it.

For those into the specs of home entertainment gear the HTL5160B sports:

  • 3 x 40W speakers
  • 1 x 200 W subwoofer
  • 1 x HDM input
  • 1 x HDMI (1.4 ARC) output
  • HDMI CEC
  • 1 x Ethernet in
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby pro-logic 2
  • Bluetooth aptX
  • NFC Pairing
  • GoogleCast
  • Spotify Connect

With those specifications, this looks like it might be a pretty good device for anything from streaming/ casting your music to watching the latest thing on Netflix. Tap to pair via NFC is a great feature and for those who haven’t tried it you should, I’m very happy to see it make an appearance here.

Philips also has an app to  help you configure their speakers on your network. Unfortunately, Google still hasn’t enabled 3rd party Google Cast devices to join the multi-speaker cast groups that you can have with ChromeCast devices.

Philips HCWeSet
Philips HCWeSet

We’ve got a review unit coming in so we’ll be sure to give you the full review once we’ve had some hands-on time with it.

 
Source: Philips Australia.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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