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Philips HTS3251B/F7


$380.00 Released September, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fast load times for both DVD and Blu-ray disks. Surround sound effect from Blu-ray movies is very 3D, will have the audience looking around. Subwoofer outputs bass in the direction it is pointed, can be turned up without bothering the neighbors.

The Cons:Speakers are odd shaped, end up having a larger footprint than necessary as a result. Can only handle surround sound directly from a Blu-ray player, can't accept input from a cable/dish box. Clarity isn't quite up to audiophile standards, some distortion in the bass and tin in the highs.

The Philips HTS3251B/F7 is a home theater system that plays online media and Blu-ray discs. This is similar to the Philips HTS3051B/F7, but uses a re-designed center speaker that lays flat under the display and has broader support for more digital formats.

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Netflix streaming has also been added, allowing users to watch TV shows or movies streamed on demand as well as expanded BD-Live content. A number of DivX formats have been added to file formats supported, and still pictures can be viewed on a disc containing JPEGs or a Kodak Picture CD. The satellite speakers use 3 inch full range woofers, and the subwoofer runs passively allowing the amplification to be handled at the source. 

Features

  • Full HD 1080p at 24 fps
  • Playback Media: Blu-ray, DVD-Video, DVD-R/-RW, Video CD/SVCD, CD-R/CD-RW
  • Still Picture Playback: JPEG, Kodak Picture CD
  • File formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, WMV, DivX HD, MP3, WMA
  • BD-Live, Netflix Streaming
  • EasyLink compatible
  • Total Audio Power (RMS): 1000 W
  • 5.1 surround sound speaker setup
  • 3 in full range woofer satellites
  • Passive subwoofer
  • Sound System: Dolby Digital, Dolby Prologic II, Stereo, Dolby True HD, DTS HD
  • Line-in, FM Antenna, Digital coaxial in, Aux in x2
  • HDMI, Component, Composite output
  • Easy-Fit speaker connectors
  • Ethernet (RJ 45)
  • Energy Star

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Pros
  • 1

    fast load times for both DVD and Blu-ray disks

  • 1

    surround sound effect from Blu-ray movies is very 3D, will have the audience looking around

  • 1

    subwoofer outputs bass in the direction it is pointed, can be turned up without bothering the neighbors

  • 0

    very simple setup, everything is clearly labelled and difficult to plug in wrong

Cons
  • 1

    speakers are odd shaped, end up having a larger footprint than necessary as a result

  • 1

    can only handle surround sound directly from a Blu-ray player, can't accept input from a cable/dish box

  • 1

    clarity isn't quite up to audiophile standards, some distortion in the bass and tin in the highs

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