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Philips 60W Sound Bar with Subwoofer (CSS2123B)

  • Model #: CSS2123B/F7
  • Web Code: 10206951
4.3
(65 ratings)
$99.99

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Overview

Despite its compact size, this Philips soundbar is built to deliver surprisingly clear and robust audio. All it takes is a simple one-cable connection, and features such as DoubleBASS and Virtual Surround Sound ensure that the two dedicated tweeters and separate sub surround you in lifelike audio.

More Information

  • Ultra-compact soundbar at just 70cm/28" wide
  • Low-rise profile makes it the perfect fit in front of your TV
  • Virtual Surround Sound offers a realistic movie experience with accurate reproduction
  • A separate subwoofer adds thrill to the action, while DoubleBASS technology ensures that every low note comes through with deep, rumbling clarity
  • Works with TVs, BD/DVD players, gaming consoles, and MP3 players
  • Enjoy music from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with Music iLink
  • Easy one-cable connection

What's in the Box?

  • Screws
  • Wall Plugs
  • Battery
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Video Features
  • Disc Capacity
    No
  • Includes DVD Player
    No
  • Progressive Scan DVD
    No
  • Audio Features
  • Total System Power with Subwoofer
    60 W
  • Subwoofer Colour
    Black
  • Speaker Colour
    Black
  • System Colour
    Black
  • Magnetically Shielded
    No
  • Subwoofer Power
    30 W
  • 2-Way Main Speakers
    No
  • 2-Way Rear Speakers
    No
  • 2-Way Centre Speakers
    No
  • Video Options
  • Audio Formats
  • DTS ES
    No
  • Dolby Digital Surround Sound
    Yes
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    No
  • Dolby Digital EX
    No
  • DTS Decoder
    No
  • THX Select
    No
  • Inputs/Outputs
  • Component Video Inputs
    No
  • S-Video Inputs
    No
  • Video Monitor Output
    No
  • Headphone Jack
    No
  • Stereo Audio Inputs/Outputs
    No
  • Inputs/Output Locations
  • Soundbar Features
  • Multi-Room Capability
    No
  • Product Features
  • Hook Up Wires Included
    No
  • Remote Type
    Dedicated
  • On-Screen Display
    No
  • Standby Features
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
    1.03 kg
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5
Based on 65 ratings,57 Reviews
Ratings & Reviews
Rating Attributes
Audio Quality
4.3
Design
4.3
Value
4.6

Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 95%

56 Reviews

Critical 4%

1 Reviews

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  • from London, ON
  • Oct 10, 2014
5.0

Completely worth it

The sound quality is amazing. Perfect for a small to medium sized apartment. I dont think the neighbours appreciate it as much as i do but what can i say

  • from Langley BC
  • Sep 15, 2014
1.0

This thing is amazing !

I bought this soundbar to improve the sound of my LG 42" Smart TV . Totally simple to hook up , longest time was spent hiding the cords ! In a word, it sounds amazing - the subwoofer cranks out enough bass even at low volumes that I fear for my neighbor's sanity , and the whole TV experience has been enhanced incredibly . I did buy the optical cable for it , and the salesman reminded me I would need it . Remote IS small but since I use Telus , I double-side taped it to the lower half of the Telus remote , whch has a 3" area where there's nothing . Yes, the lack of an onscreen Volume indicator takes getting used to , but it does have a mute . In short , this thing sounds incredible and I am thinking of buying more for my other TVs ......

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Aug 25, 2014
5.0

simple, functional and great value

I bought this as a gift to a friend who is surely not an early adopter of any type of technology products. The installation is easy, simple and straightforward. The audio quality is reasonable for a 2-bdrm condo. Yes it is not dolby surround 5.1 but it is good enough to enjoy a movie or hockey game on TV. Price is great particularly when it's on sale.

  • from Winnipeg
  • Jul 29, 2014
5.0

Great product

I am very impressed by the sound of this sounbar. Great value for the price. Good deep bass and overall can't go wrong at all

  • from Hamilton, ON
  • Jun 07, 2014
5.0

great quality for amazing price

this soundbar was easy to install, and provides amazing sound. fantastic value for the price I paid! A+++

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Apr 17, 2014
5.0

Love this soundbar

Top quality for smaller size rooms, great sound, almost you have a feeling that you are in the theatre.

  • from Welland, ON
  • Apr 16, 2014
4.0

Good for the price

Easy to hook up. Had to also buy a fiber optical audio cable since nearly all newer TVs have only this audio output. Sound a lot better than the TV. As far as controlling the volume through the TV that is a setup through the TV itself.

  • from Bradford, ON
  • Mar 12, 2014
5.0

Great Product

The sound is Great! Ipurchased for my son to use with his PS3 and once we turned it on I was speechless with the sound, not only with the PS3 but with bluray movies too. The price was a bonus on sale. I would definitely recomend it.

  • from Saskatoon, SK
  • Mar 03, 2014
4.0

more compatibility

ok sound, but was hoping tv volume would control the unit. Would be much more desirable that way --- didn't need another remote to have to use.

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 10, 2014
5.0

CS2123B

This is on sale when I bought this. This sound bar stunned me when I tested its prototype, with the surround mode on gives you a rich natural sound and 5.1 channel system like and it's a good deal. Good for listening music as well using the Music iLink. Really recommended this one, just loving it until now, perfect for 32" LCD or LED TV's

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 10, 2014
5.0

Good to Start

This is on sale when I bought this. This sound bar stunned me when I tested its prototype, with the surround mode on gives you a rich natural sound and 5.1 channel system like and it's a good deal. Good for listening music as well using the Music iLink. Really recommended this one, just loving it until now, perfect for 32" LCD or LED TV's

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 10, 2014
5.0

Good to Start

This is on sale when I bought this. This sound bar stunned me when I tested its prototype, with the surround mode on gives you a rich natural sound and 5.1 channel system like and it's a good deal. Good for listening music as well using the Music iLink. Really recommended this one, just loving it until now, perfect for 32" LCD or LED TV's

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 10, 2014
5.0

Good to Start

This is on sale when I bought this. This sound bar stunned me when I tested its prototype, with the surround mode on gives you a rich natural sound and 5.1 channel system like and it's a good deal. Good for listening music as well using the Music iLink. Really recommended this one, just loving it until now, perfect for 32" LCD or LED TV's

  • from Trail BC
  • Feb 07, 2014
4.0

Value

Great sound at a great price. Good for up to 300sq. ft. room.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Jan 31, 2014
5.0

Purchased 3 of these

Yes, I bought two for my house, one in living room and one for Bedroom and one for a friend as a gift. That's how much I love this product. The sound quality is unreal. It's not surround sound but still gives a very good 2.1 deep bass sound. The treble is good. The remote could be better and I had almost given 4 stars. but I think overall the product deserves 5 stars. Maybe a bigger remote for next time Philips!

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 29, 2014
5.0

Phillips Sound Bar

Nifty little sound bar with a surprisingly big sound. Best value for money!

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jan 29, 2014
3.0

OK, but a little disappointed

I was on the fence about purchasing a sound bar for my room. (Live in a house with 4 buddies). So when I got a $50 gift card for Christmas, I thought I'd use it towards this. Great price and good reviews on the website I felt it was a safe buy. I should have read into the product a little further as you will have to buy an optical cord unless you already have one. This was a small annoyance after unpacking the box. Had to run to Best Buy again after bringing it home to make it work with my TV/PS3 combo. The overall sound is better than TV speakers. That is no shock. However, some of the sound is overwhelming. I find the audio like speech is drowned out if there is music and/or action sequences going on at the same time. I haven't had this issue on larger sound systems. Therefore, I find some things I watch are great to listen to and some are difficult to listen to. For some programs I have found myself switching to regular TV speakers. Maybe given time the sound will sink in. Would have been nice to have a small display for volume, treble, and bass. Hard to know where these settings are at. Overall, great value. The sound is overall very good, but with some annoyances depending on the programming. With the fact I had to buy an extra cord I would have bought a slightly more expensive sound bar like a Sony or something.

  • from Toronto
  • Jan 28, 2014
4.0

Excellent

Nice sound, price.

  • from Burnaby, BC
  • Jan 23, 2014
5.0

Can't Complain!

The perfect complement to a small room and a smallish tv. A nice simple design and so compact. Easy to set up but be sure to have an optical or coaxial cable on hand as you require this to complete the set up (and it's not included in the box)! Sound is good - only wish you could see on the tv when you are increasing the volume. Other than by listening to the sound itself, you can only tell the volume is increasing by looking at the green light blink on the sound bar. For the price, this is a great product at a super deal.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Jan 23, 2014
5.0

Great sound great value

I was tired of dialog being drowned out by background music with my TV speakers. This was an inexpensive solution! The dialog is much clearer on all volumes now(TV had to be loud before), and my gaming and music sound great. Wish it had a power button on the speaker.

  • from Spruce Grove, AB
  • Jan 21, 2014
5.0

Great product Great Price

I bought the product earlier today but I was pretty unsure on the quality since it was so cheap but I just watched my first movie on it and it completely changes the movie watchers experience. its nothing compared to a full $1000 system but if your not willing to put that much money into one then this is a great product.

  • from Brampton, ON
  • Jan 19, 2014
5.0

best

this product is the best

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Jan 17, 2014
5.0

You'd be surprised...!

I always do a lot of research on electronic purchases over or near $100. Unfortunately I couldn't do much especially because it was for a not great TV upstairs. Turned out to be an amazing sound system for the price and the 55" insignia TV is pretty awesome!

  • from Moose Jaw, SK
  • Jan 10, 2014
5.0

Solid speaker for the money

Quite happy with this product overall. The price was certainly reasonable, and the audio is great. My only real complaint would be the lack of an optical cable - you need to supply your own optical/coaxial/aux cord(s).

  • from Brampton, ON
  • Jan 07, 2014
4.0

Good

I would recommend this sound bar for sound enhancement in a smaller room - my only complaint is that there weren't clearer instructions about the tv hookup and we had a hard time due to our tv having Dolby digital - you tube helped and we were able up connect it with some great instruction there.

  • from Montréal, QC
  • Jan 04, 2014
3.0

Fuzzy and tiny sounds at certains freq, and 2.1.

First, the quality of the sound is good as well as the volume. Now, on a 5.1 film you will have the same problem as always: voices are low and all others sounds are at a extremly high volume. And at certains frequencies, when you try to turn up the volume a bit, some strang fuzzy noises appeared form the sound bar, like something is vibrating. For those reasons, i do not recommend buying it unless you want you pay for: 2 designed speakers and a bass unit. Not much ...

  • from Markham, ON
  • Jan 03, 2014
5.0

Great Value

I have 2 of these sound bars, and you can't go wrong with the price. (I've got them on sale each time). Compact but great audio.. The bass is very fullsome - it sounds like a herd of elephants in the house from adjoining rooms! Pros: Great price Good sound Adjustable bass and treble Compact design - bar and subwoofer Multiple inputs - HDMI, optical, or AV cable Cons: Has to be turned on (won't power on automatically with TV) No adjustable / measurable settings or control for bass and treble functions - just up or down buttons for each

  • from Lethbridge, AB
  • Dec 31, 2013
4.0

Good

Its a good unit especially for the price. The only thing I don't like is the instructions never mentioned changing the tv sound settings. I thought the sound bar didn't work or a had a bad cable... I had to Chang the tv settings to external and boom... worker well. Simple and sounds good.

  • from Rankin Inlet, NU
  • Dec 28, 2013
3.0

Meh

Didn't include the cord to hook up to the tv. We have a small living room and the sound isn't much better than the tv alone. I got this one since it looked like a good deal. I wouldn't recommend it.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Dec 28, 2013
5.0

Sweet sounds

I have had my eyes on this model for awhile. I didnt buy until now because the price of the unit kept going up drastically. I love my philips bar. I wasnt looking for the biggest or loudest package. I wanted a modest sound bar for movies, gaming, and music. It does fill the room with a nice clean sound. I havent experienced any type of audio lag, static or screeches. Good -Sound is amazing -Remote has controls for Bass and Treble -Clean design Bad -The unit doesnt turn on by itself when the TV set is

  • from Whitby, ON
  • Dec 26, 2013
5.0

Must buy

Great product for the price. Would recommend it to anyone!

  • from Humboldt, SK
  • Oct 31, 2013
5.0

Philips Sound Bar with Subwoofer

Although my TV was bought new in Dec. 2012 and the sound on it is relatively good I was planning on adding a soundbar simply for the added sound quality on watching movies. I found this one on sale and was thinking if it wasn't what I was expecting I could always put it on my bedroom tv. I was very impressed with the sound. It was easy to hook up, looks great and sounds terrific. I am glad to have found this deal at the price I paid.

  • from Mississauga
  • Sep 25, 2013
4.0

Great value

I have been waiting for ages to buy a sound bar, thinking that anything under $200 was probably going to produce terrible results. Being frustrated with watching our favourite TV shows with no impact of a proper sound system, I looked for a sound bar with minimal investment. I figured it would tide me over until we got a real system later. Wow...for a medium sized bedroom, this thing shocked me at how good of the sound was. Nice job Philips.

  • from Oakville, ON
  • Aug 04, 2013
3.0

Good value for money

Does sound better than TV's built in speakers particularly for music. Good value for money if bought on sale.

  • from Ormstown, QC
  • Aug 02, 2013
4.0

This soundbar is a good value purchase

This sound bar is definitely better than the speakers on the TV. At normal volume the sound is OK. Distortion moves in at higher volume levels. this distortion is revealed in the upper treble, wind instruments (music on movie soundtracks)

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Aug 01, 2013
5.0

I love it! Can't stop watching movies now!!

A year ago I bought a home theatre system, which not only was a tonne of cables, but a tonne of speakers all over the place. I like simple things, so I gave that one away and bought this sound bar to replace it. I bought one for my living room (it's a small townhome), it is supr easy to plug, and practically takes no space. But when I turned it on to watch the 1st movie I was in shock, the sound is AMAZING, the subwoofer is awesome!! I loved it so much that the next day I ordered another one to put in my bedroom. I use them for music and all of my movies. Would recommend it to anyone, for this price and brand you can't go wrong!!

  • from Toronto
  • Jul 26, 2013
3.0

Not Bad, But...

This soundbar definitely added to the depth of sound to my blu-ray watching experience. But I found that the sound was less sharp than I expected, concentrating mostly on the lower registers. I still needed to use the TV's built-in speakers. I got this at a good price but think I should have splashed out on a more expensive (and hopefully better-sounding) unit.

  • from Markham, ON
  • Jun 30, 2013
4.0

Nice but beware........

Has pretty decent sound quality using the optical connector, but it often needs to be disconnected and reconnected because the sound starts to get really "skreechy" sometimes. Also, the remote is really small so don't lose it. I found that the only option for using just one remote control for all your devices was to get a Logitech remote. They are the only ones who have managed to figure out the Phillips IR codes.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • May 29, 2013
4.0

Nice addition to tv in bedroom

Added this soundbar so I would get digital output from my Xbox and Bell in the bedroom. simple and inexpensive. the small footprint for the sound bar works great on the shelf. The power cord could be longer, as it required an extension. Keep the sound mid range and all is good. Adds that level of bass and immersion missing on the old analog sony. No manual controls on the bar, so don't lose the remote or at least clone it to a universal. Hope it lasts.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Mar 16, 2013
5.0

Great product

The usual high quality from Philips. My eyes are pleased with the design. My ears with the sound. My wallet with the price.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Mar 05, 2013
4.0

A Great Value for a Decent Sound Bar

After being completely fed up with the distorted sound coming out of my older TV's speakers, I decided that a sound bar was in order. As the TV in question is the family's "secondary" TV, I really wasn't looking to spend a lot of money on a higher end sound bar, particularly since most of them tend to be a lot heavier/larger than this model is and won't fit in the nook above the fireplace where our TV is located. In any event, I purchased this sound bar online, based solely on the previous reviews it had received, even though I couldn't be sure (based on the thin amount of information on its specs) what connections it actually had. When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had RCA, digital and digital coax cable connectors, particularly since my TV only had a digital coax out on it. I was also happy about how easy it was to set up the sound bar and subwoofer, both of which are very light and compact. The best surprise of all was the sound that actually came out of this modest system--while a far cry from much more expensive systems, it was still very clear and had a great range of bass/treble. Frankly, for the price, I seriously doubt that one could do better than this system and I would definitely recommend it for someone just starting out or for anyone who's just looking for a basic, inexpensive sound bar that offers a great bit of sound and value.

  • from Surrey, BC
  • Mar 01, 2013
5.0

Great quality

I just wanted to try this bar and sub woofer ,actually I was planning for Bose , but with this price is the best deal and great sound system...I would definitely recommend this product to friends!!!

  • from Halifax, NS
  • Feb 23, 2013
4.0

good bang for your buck

I must say I was surprised to see how well this fills a room with sound. The subwoofer is just right to complete it. We have this in our living room with a pellet stove running all winter, and have no problems hearing it loud and clear whether we are watching a movie or listening to music from the MP3 player.

  • from calgary,ab
  • Feb 12, 2013
4.0

simply perfect

I like the way that it's slim and just perfect for the size of my 32' t.v. Overall, gives a lot of enjoyment and improvement to your entertainment!!

  • from Brampton, ON
  • Feb 04, 2013
5.0

Great sound for average size room

I live in a town house so our living area is relatively smaller compared to a house, but the quality of sound we get is amazing. We lived with our LED's TVs sound for a few months and after purchasing this sound bar realized what we were missing. I must also add that purchasing a fibre-optic cable made a huge difference in sound quality but I did not buy it at BB but online though cheap etailer (sorry Best Buy). Bought the sound bar at Best Buy and was totally satisfied with the service and advice I got from sales associate.

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Jan 31, 2013
5.0

Great entry level soundbar!!!

My new television speakers are okay, but to really enjoy the cable channel music & movies & video gaming I knew the sound quality needed boosting. This budget friendly soundbar with subwoofer is great!!! Used a digital optical cable connection to get best maximum performance. Did research the pros & cons before purchasing. I am very satisfied with this product.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 21, 2013
5.0

Amazing value!!

Fantastic sound for the price!

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 07, 2013
5.0

Awesome

Great value for the $$ I plugged it via coax audio cable to an LG 3D bluray player and was astonished at the quality of the sound. Wowwww!!! It gives my old Yamaha 5.1 system a run for its money! Great job Phillips. i do agree with the others regarding the display lights but who really who cares?? if the lights in the room are off and you raise your head a little you'll see it.

  • from Cambridge, ON
  • Jan 01, 2013
5.0

Great sound

This sound bar sound 10x better than my tv's speakers. Great price, design and quality. Would buy again!

  • from Campbell River, BC
  • Dec 29, 2012
5.0

Quite Happy With This Purchase

Had a Christmas party a few weeks ago and people were commenting that the Vizio TV in the games room was not very good. Came across this as a Boxing Day sale and thought for [the price] lets try it out (can always return it). Very easy to hook up (as long as the sub woofer is within 6 feet of the soundbar) and the sound was much better than the TV (which should be no surprise). As we played it for a few hours it seems that the sound did get better. Is this the best soundbar on the market, no it is not. But if you need one for your secondary TV or if you just want a better sound from your primary TV, for the price I think you cannot go wrong with it.

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