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Stuck at home due to lockdown? Do you want to enjoy hollywood movies at home rather going to cinemas.
Here is a good news for you, soon you will able to enjoy IMAX like sound quality sitting at your home. Philips (Europe) has today announced a pair of latest soundbars with IMAX Enhanced certification.
This means that both the Fidelio B95 and B97 soundbars have passed the stringent performance tests IMAX puts products through before they’re granted IMAX Enhanced status. Also, both soundbars are capable of delivering the special DTS:X-based sound mix (with unique bass management) that’s a part of the IMAX Signature sound experience.
The B95 and B97 are the primary soundbars to answer the question of whether IMAX Enhanced Certification (which declares a product capable of getting the simplest from content mastered using IMAX’s proprietary video and audio approach) was only getting to be reserved for fairly high-end AV receivers. It remains to be seen, though, if we’ll now see IMAX Enhanced certification turning abreast of many other soundbars, too - or on Philips’ next generation of TVs, come thereto . Currently Sony and TCL (US) are the sole TV brands with IMAX Enhanced sets in their ranges.
Looking at other features of the flagship Fidelio B97, it fits a 7.1.2-channel configuration into its slimline chassis, which incorporates two upfiring Dolby Atmos ‘Elevation’ drivers and Philips’ so-called Surround-on-Demand technology.
Surround-on-Demand sees the B97 sporting two detachable speakers which will either function as a part of the left/right channel configuration when attached to the bar, or become wireless rears if you remove them and place them at the rear of your room.
Driving the 7.1.2-channel set up are not any but 17 drivers in total, including eight ported race-track shaped bass and mid-range units and 6 19mm soft-dome tweeters. Of the latter, two fire forward, one fires sideways in each of the detachable speakers, and two angled, side-firing tweeters are hidden within the main body, only becoming active when the detachable speakers are removed.
The two Elevation speakers are both 2.5-inch affairs, while bass duties are provided by an external wireless subwoofer with a meaty 8-inch driver capable of hitting frequencies as low as 35Hz.
The B97 provides 500W of total power for the main soundbar/detachable surrounds, and 240W for the subwoofer.
There’s decoding support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and it’s great to see eARC support via the HDMI output, meaning it can take lossless Dolby Atmos/DTS:X passed through by compatible TVs. There are two HDMI inputs, too, also as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay support. Plus the soundbar can form a part of a Philips Wireless Home multiroom system via Play-Fi technology.
The Fidelio B95 drops the channel count to 5.1.2,and loses the Surround On Demand technology. It uses 14 drivers instead of 17, including five 19mm soft done units, three pairs of ported mid/bass ‘racetrack’ drivers, and two angled up-firing Dolby Atmos units.
The B95’s wireless subwoofer appears to be an equivalent because the one you get with B97, with an equivalent specs, though power for the most soundbar drops to 450W.
Both of those innovative soundbars are going to be arriving in Europe within the final quarter of 2020, but pricing has yet to be confirmed.