Philips Fidelio B8 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

September 1, 2016

Philips Fidelio B8 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos: adding an extra sound dimension to feel like you’re inside the action

Berlin, Germany – Get that amazing cinema sound experience from the comfort of your home. Now you can cuddle up on the couch and experience amazing sound, right in your own home theater. Philips launches its Fidelio B8 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos® to deliver a truly immersive experience. Where standard soundbars give you a surround sound experience in two dimensions, Fidelio B8 ensures you hear helicopters really flying over your head. When it rains in the film, it will sound like it’s raining in your living room. And all this sound comes from a sleek soundbar measuring 53mm in height.

The Fidelio B8 Soundbar lets you experience sound like you’ve never heard before. It is a single soundbar capable of immersing home viewers inside the action with incredible clarity, richness and detail. Featuring Dolby Atmos integration, you get the ultimate cinema sound experience where audio moves and flows around you. You'll feel like you're inside the action as the sounds of people, music, and things come alive with breathtaking realism and move all around you in three-dimensional space. By combining Philips’ proprietary Ambisound technology, the B8 Soundbar delivers full 5.1.2 surround sound from forward firing speakers.

18 speakers delivering true cinema performance
The Fidelio B8 Soundbar featuring Dolby Atmos includes a network of 18 speakers. Our patented speaker array features up firing modules, two racetrack drivers, and three tweeters positioned at the top of the Fidelio B8. This ensures sound is sent towards the ceiling where it bounces off to ensure a 3D cinematic experience from an overhead layer of sound above the listener. On either side are 3 mid-range drivers, with one driver on each side dedicated to delivering optimum voice clarity. This ensures you will never miss a word from any dialogue. In addition, two precisely angled tweeters create an enlarged cinematic stage far wider than its own length.

At the low frequencies, a 220W wireless subwoofer features an 8” downward firing driver that delivers powerful and deep bass. Because it uses a dome-shaped bass reflector there is little to no sound damping. It also enhances lower frequencies by radiating them evenly outwards in a 360-degree arc, allowing placement of the subwoofer anywhere in the room. That way you can fill every corner of the room with bass.

Ambisound Technology
Ambisound is Philips’ patented technology that places drivers and tweeters at such an angle that sound from soundbars and soundstages goes far wider than the sheer width of the soundbar. This combination of speakers and bass system working in tandem with the Philips proprietary sound processing algorithms, produces sound far larger and wider than soundbars without Ambisound. Yet this technology does not come at the expense of size or style. At just 53mm thin, the Fidelio B8 is slender enough to be placed easily beneath a TV and features a refined, modern aesthetic that will meld naturally into any home.

“The Philips Fidelio B8 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos goes far beyond what we are used to,” said Jerome Alfonsi, Business Leader Audio, Video and Home Cinema, Gibson Innovations. “People want the best sound at home. With Dolby Atmos and Philips’ proprietary Ambisound technology integrated, this soundbar creates a new dimension of sound and makes sound truly come alive. This is our first soundbar to offer a 3D audio experience.”

Feature summary:
- 400W, 5.1.2 channel Soundbar with wireless subwoofer
- Integrated Dolby Atmos and Philips proprietary Ambisound technology
- Integrated up-firing speakers for overhead sound experience
- Dedicated center channel to enhance voice clarity
- Bluetooth AptX, AAC and NFC
- Connectivity: 2x HDMI-in, HDMI ARC, Optical, Coaxial, 3.5mm jack

The Philips Fidelio B8 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos will be available in October 2016, recommended retail price: €999.

Philips at IFA
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For further information:

Marc de Kloet, Marketing Director, marc.de.kloet@gibson.com, 0031 627 625 417
Ilona de Bok, PR Manager, Ilona.de.bok@gibson.com, 0031 627 625 542

About Gibson Brands

Gibson Brands, a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics and professional audio, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. For more information, go to www.gibson.com

Gibson Innovations, a subsidiary of Gibson Brands, is a global powerhouse committed to innovation in sound and entertainment. As a leading player in key categories including headphones, audio systems, soundbars and connected audio with world-recognized brands including Philips and Onkyo, Gibson Innovations brings the finest audio products and experiences to consumers. For more information, go to www.gibsoninnovations.com

About Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit www.dolby.com/atmos

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