Wireless speakers are designed to remove the clutter generally associated with installing a home theater system.  Barring a room constructed specifically to house speakers within the walls, there generally isn’t anyway to completely remove the presence of wires.  You see, wireless speakers need power, and power, at least in this day and age, is transferred using electrical cords coated with insulation.  So as you can imagine, even wireless speakers can quickly sour a room’s aesthetics.

Philips, though, thinks they’ve got the answer and it comes in the form of a soundbar.  Namely the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar.  According to Philips this is the first soundbar to directly integrate a set of detachable, rear wireless speakers.  So, when you’re ready for movie night, you just simply remove them from either end of the soundbar, place in the rear, and enjoy your film in 5.1-surround (provided you have a subwoofer).  And since the HTL9100′s rear speakers run off a set of built-in batteries that last up to 10 hours per charge, you don’t have to worry about plugging them in, or disrupting your room’s perfectly curated layout.  To recharge the speakers you just reattach them to the soundbar.  Other features include Bluetooth connectivity and a sensor to detect the HTL9100′s orientation for optimal sound.

Needless to say, battery life is of paramount concern, as is the sound quality.  If pressed, I’d  guess and say 10-hours is under ideal conditions.  Furthermore, you’ll need somewhere to place the rear speakers, so when you’re not using them you’ll just have an empty space on the wall, or table.    Lastly, the Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar is projected to have an $800 price tag, though that info has yet to be officially announced..

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."