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Philips HTS5563 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £333
inc VAT

Audio is top notch, but Smart TV is basic and it’s not very adjustable

Philips produces several all-in-one home cinema systems, but the HTS5563 is one of its best. It’s a 5.1 surround sound system with 3D Blu-ray playback, Smart TV functions and local media streaming. It should look great wherever you put it thanks to its industrial-looking silver speaker grilles.

Philips HTS5563

Each satellite has a single speaker driver inside it, but we were expecting good things from its claimed 1,000W of amplification. It’s well equipped for anyone with additional set-top boxes or games consoles, as it has two HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output that supports Audio Return Channel, but it only has one composite video output for legacy devices. Audio support’s better, with optical and coaxial S/PDIF inputs, and a stereo pair of analogue RCA phono inputs.

Philips HTS5563

It’s a shame that Wi-Fi isn’t integrated given the price of the system. You must run an Ethernet cable from your router to the TV to get online or buy the optional wireless dongle (Philips WUB1110/00 WiFi Dongle, £40 from The SD card reader is also reserved for BD-Live content, rather than playback.

Once connected to the internet, you can stream content from a networked PC or NAS device. Our test files played perfectly, so you should have no trouble finding file formats that work. You can also play files locally using the front-facing USB port.

Philips HTS5563

Philips also includes the latest version of its NetTV online portal, although the experience is basic at best. Beyond YouTube video streaming and Box Office 365 on-demand films, you get Facebook and Twitter, a web browser and Napster music downloads. The other apps are from minor companies, and the additional app store currently has nine other applications available to download, including two that ‘celebrate the female form’. If you already own a Smart TV you’re unlikely to find anything of major interest here.

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HDMI inputs2
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs0
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs1
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputyes
Speaker configuration5.1
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals
Speaker end speaker connection typespring terminals
Other connections2x USB2, FM antenna, SDHC memory card reader, iPod dock
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking supportoptional 802.11b/g


Surround sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround Pro Logic IIx, DTS Decoder 2, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Low Bit Rate, DTS ES, Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD
Optical driveyes
Supported playback disc formatsBlu-ray, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format supportMP3, AAC, WMA
Video playback formatsAVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, WMV 9, MOV, XVID
Image viewing formatsJPEG, GIF, PNG


Speaker configuration5.1
RMS power output1000W
RMS power centre166W
RMS power front332W
RMS power surround332W
RMS power subwoofer166W
Wall mountableyes
Centre speaker cable length2.0m
Front speaker cable length3.0m
Surround speaker cable length10.0m


Extrasremote control, FM antenna
Subwoofer dimensions178x343x303mm
Centre speaker dimensions223x80x102 mm
Front speaker dimensions90x82x187mm
Surround speaker dimensions90x82x187mm
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on105W

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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