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The Philips Fidelio B5 4. The Philips Fidelio B5 soundbar system isn't short on options. The system can be used in 2. From an audio standpoint, the powerful subwoofer and crisp treble delivered by the tweeter are made even more versatile by the ability to adjust both bass and treble.
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This is where the power button is located, and behind the grille are white LED readouts indicating what mode you're in. Dual 3-inch drivers and dual 1-inch soft-dome tweeters beneath the grille project audio forward and upward. The included power cable also connects here.
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Measuring 20 by 7. On the rear panel, there's a connection for its included power cable, and a power button.
When powered up after the main sound bar is turned on, the Fidelio B5 automatically connects wirelessly with the main speaker. If for some reason the connection is lost, there's a manual Connect button on the speaker's rear panel. You can stream audio via Bluetooth to the Fidelio B5. As mentioned, the detachable side speakers can be used as rear satellites for surround sound or as portable Bluetooth speakers. They measure 2.
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Regardless of whether they're being used for movies or as portable speakers, they need to be charged—they charge when docked to the main soundbar and last up to 10 hours. A remote control is included, along with the two AAA batteries it needs. As for the Calibration button, when setting the system up, you can have it calibrated to your room.
It's a quick process that involves placing the rear speakers first where you'll be sitting and then where you will actually place them when watching movies. In both scenarios, the system will run a quick calibration test to ensure ideal performance based on their placement and your seating arrangement. In Movie mode, the Fidelio B5 sounds far more powerful and bass-boosted—the sub becomes a force of nature.
In Music mode, the sub's presence is more understated except at the very highest bass levels. The explosions and massive robot creature stomps sound powerful, and when you boost the bass and treble, things can get quite intense.
The rear speakers play a strong supporting role, and for those who want to hear a little more or less of their presence, they can be boosted or dialed back.
On Chapter 2 of the Casino Royale Blu-ray, the gunshots and explosions receive some added low frequency punch and depth. Later in the film, quiet dialogue between Bond and M is delivered with crisp clarity, whether in Moice mode or not. Generally speaking, Movie mode delivers an exciting, dynamic listening experience that deploys deep bass rumble through the subwoofer without sacrificing overall clarity—the wireless rear channels work quite well, making for an immersive 4.
Next, we tested the Fidelio B5 in Bluetooth music mode, with the the rear speaker connected to the sides of the main soundbar to form one long bar. To be clear, you can use Music mode when the rear speakers are not docked, as well.
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On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," with the bass level at 0, the Fidelio B5 delivers laudable bass depth, and does so at high volumes without distortion. A decent rule of thumb might be to boost the treble the same amount you boost the bass—it doesn't negate the added bass power, but it maintains balance and offer a clearer overall response.
Bill Callahan's "Drover," a track with far less deep bass in the mix, sounds almost modest in terms of bass presence when the Fidelio B5 is set to 0 on both bass and treble.
Taking the bass to the maximum level certainly pushes the drums to a heavier place, but this doesn't sound terribly natural. But the sub-bass synth hits sound more raspy than heavy here—until you dial the bass up to maximum level, and then you hear their rumble.
So, messing around with the EQ will allow you to achieve all sorts of sound signatures, but the default, pure form of the Fidelio B5 is actually a rather flat, dialed-back frequency response.
Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene in John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary , sound full and rich through the Fidelio B5 at virtually any reasonable bass and treble setting including 0 for both.
If you boost the bass too high, it pushes the lower register instrumentation out of its supporting role and into boomy and unbalanced territory, but otherwise, the sound here is bright, crisp, and rich. The Philips Fidelio B5 delivers an immersive surround experience, and better yet, does so without cumbersome cables connecting the sub and rear channels to the main soundbar. When the side speakers are connected to the bar, the audio is still compelling, making the system equally adept at handling music and movies.
We're also fans of the JBL Bar 3.
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And if you're shoping on a budget, the Polk Signa S1 delivers a fantastic audio experience for the price. PCMag editors select and review products independently. We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing.
Learn more. Reviews Speakers. January 9, Copy Link. Pros Adjustable bass and treble.
Versatile configuration options. Wireless rear speakers can be used as individual portable speakers.
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