Philips Unveils the World’s First Soundbar with Detachable Speakers for a True 5.1 Surround Sound Experience at CES

  Philips Unveils the World’s First Soundbar with Detachable Speakers for a
  True 5.1 Surround Sound Experience at CES

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

Today at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Philips announces the
release of the world’s first Soundbar with detachable speakers, the Philips
Fidelio Soundbars HTL9100. The Philips Fidelio Soundbar is the first to
feature detachable wireless side speakers that when removed, the Soundbar
automatically changes from virtual Surround Sound to 5.1 channel Surround
Sound on Demand. Also the first Soundbar in the Philips Fidelio range, the
HTL9100 features a wireless subwoofer with the stylish high-end design
consumers have come to love and expect from the Fidelio line.

The Philips Fidelio Soundbar's side speakers can be detached and placed around
the room for 5.1 Surr ...

The Philips Fidelio Soundbar's side speakers can be detached and placed around
the room for 5.1 Surround Sound on Demand (Photo: Business Wire)

“This revolutionary Soundbar addresses one of the last reservations consumers
had about Soundbars, which is not being able to have 5.1 Surround when you
needed it,” said Todd Richardson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
for P&F, exclusive licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home theaters
in North America. “By developing a design that offers detachable speakers,
Philips has created a beautifully sleek space saving Soundbar and a hi-end
home theater system all in one. We know that space can be a premium in the
home and this Soundbar offers true freedom in placement, as both the
detachable speakers and the subwoofer are wireless. It delivers the space
saving design many consumers need without compromising on the sound experience
consumers have come to expect from Philips Fidelio.”

Award-Winning Wireless Sound

The Philips Fidelio HTL9100 truly achieves a first with its award winning
design. Similar to traditional Soundbars, this new offering uses advanced
technology to offer virtual surround sound when the speakers are attached to
the main unit and used as a Soundbar for every day use. When consumers want to
watch a movie or a program enhanced by 5.1 sound, they simply detach the
speakers from the sides and place them in the rear of the room to enjoy true
surround sound. The speakers operated via Philips proprietary wireless audio
technology so there are no wires, leaving consumers free to place them
wherever they like. By using proprietary wireless audio technology, the
transmission is uncompressed and the frequency the surround speakers operate
at is different than that of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which means no network
interference. When fully charged the detachable surround sound speakers offer
up to 10 hours of stellar sound and automatically recharge when connected to
the main unit. The Fidelio Soundbar features technology that automatically
offers 5.1 channel Surround on Demand when the speakers are detached so all
the consumer has to do is sit back and enjoy the show. A 2013 CEA Innovation
Award winner, the HTL9100 offers a wireless subwoofer allowing it to be placed
anywhere in the room.

The Philips Fidelio Soundbar includes an intelligent Orientation Sensor that
enables it to recognize if the unit is lying horizontally on a shelf or TV
cabinet or if it has been mounted on a wall. Using smart equalization, it
automatically adjusts to deliver the best sound performance in either
position.

For added convenience, the Fidelio Soundbar includes a second HDMI port that
allows users to easily link your media system or games console. For music
playback it connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device, so the only
wires needed are for power and a link to the TV, ensuring the design stays as
striking as possible. The sleek jet-black design is an elegant shape
reminiscent of a plane’s wing and features high-end finishings that are
certain to make it a focal point of any room. The HTL9100 will be available in
May with a suggested retail price of $799.99.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and
well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful
innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6
billion and employs approximately 121,000 employees with sales and services in
more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care
and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting
applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable
entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at
www.philips.com/newscenter.

About P&F

P&F is a subsidiary of the Funai Electric Co., LTD, Inc. and is the exclusive
licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home theater and Philips
Hospitality in North America. P&F also is the exclusive distributor in North
America for Philips lifestyle entertainment including, home and portable
audio, headphones, portable DVD and accessories. Funai Electric Co., Ltd.,
established in 1961, is headquartered in Osaka, Japan and is listed in the
Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (6839). In addition to the consumer
electronic product brands sold by FUNAI Corporation and the products sold by
other FUNAI sales and marketing companies in Asia, Europe, and South America,
Funai Electric Company, Ltd. is a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
supplier for appliance, consumer electronics, computer, and computer
peripheral companies on a global basis.

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