How much to buy a new hi def blu-ray player? $200? How much for a 5.1 surround sound system? Several hundred at least for a boxed system. And how much for a new FM receiver with enough watts to make you happy? A few hundred more? Okay, now how picky are you? If you are a video freak or audiophile, this probably isn't the system for you. But if you want FAR better sound then what comes out of your TV speakers (with some nice movie theater bass) , a blu-ray player that also plays regular DVDs as well as music and photo CDs, an FM tuner, and a way to watch Netflix on your TV instead of on your PC monitor, this is the best $200 you'll ever spend. Three things to note: 1) you'll need at least two HDMI cables: one to connect the blu-ray player to the TV and one from the cable box to the blu-ray player; 2) there is no bluetooth (wireless) connection so in order to connect the system to the internet for Netflix you have to use an ethernet cord that attaches to your cable broadband modem (so if your modem and PC are in a different room than your TV you have to think about what to do); 3) set up isn't very straightforward and the instruction booklet isn't terribly clear. Plus, once you have it all set up, getting it to use the whole 5.1 system instead of just the front speakers takes several steps, so be sure to read up or go to the Phillips website for help. Overall, I'm pleased with the sound, the cost and the extra's (like the FM tuner...what a plus!).
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