The Philips' The New Obsession Manila Invasion

To bring the best of the best of Philips to the Yahoo! Techno Storm Expo at the Trinoma Activity Center last week, Philips presented a Black Box that contains a special sound cube designed for uninterrupted audio listening and they call it The New Obsession.

Providing an authentic listening venue for consumers wherein they can truly test Philips’ range of Fidelio products and accurately evaluate it for themselves, Philips brings in The New Obsession to give consumers a whole new appreciation of high quality, crisp audio and of hearing music exactly as the artist intended.

And last week, as I join the fun of looking into upcoming "tech stuff", I had a wonderful time trying Philips latest and state-of-the-art gadgets that are sure to love by everyone.

Inside the Black Box are the Philips Fidelio range of headphones and speaker systems, which are all high fidelity audio systems tailor-made for the discerning sound lover.

Topping the list of Philips' high fidelity audio systems, are these bars that their call the SoundBar. The SoundBar is Philips’ range of all-in-one speaker systems that are designed and engineered to play high definition movies and music, wirelessly or otherwise, and at the same time producing high quality audio true to the original.

The range includes the SoundBar CSS5123 that boasts of superior sound quality due to its integrated powerful speakers and wireless subwoofer. According to Ms. Angelia Oh, General Manager for Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Philippines, who toured us around, its precisely angled speakers create a surround sound effect (Virtual Surround Sound Technology), while its DoubleBASS technology enhances the bass for deeper, fuller effect.

Meanwhile, the SoundBar HTL5120 is equipped with an integrated subwoofer, Dolby Digital integration, as well as an orientation sensor that instantly optimizes audio quality regardless of the speaker’s placement. This item also allow Bluetooth connectivity letting users to play music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

And lastly, the SoundBar CSS2123 and CSS2115 are smaller sized speakers that churn out big sound as both eliminate muffled audio due to two dedicated tweeters. It also utilizes Virtual Surround Sound, DoubleBASS, and Digital Dolby technologies.

As for some stylish look, The New Obsession also contains the Fidelio SoundRing for some sleek, circular and really attention grabber audio gadget, the Fidelio Docking System for Android devices and the Fidelio Wireless Speaker with Airplay for Apple users.

The Fidelio SoundRing DS3880W is a sleek, wireless, dock-and-charge circular speaker, with a premium-looking 360-degree design. The SoundRing offers powerful sound, evenly distributed in a room. Four high-definition directional speakers create an omni-sound effect, allowing the speaker to radiate clear sound regardless of its position. It is equipped with a proprietary wireless technology from Apple called AirPlay, for easy connectivity and streaming. Users can also charge their Apple devices through the USB port located at the charging base.

The Fidelio Docking System for Android is the first of its kind, allowing wireless music streaming via Bluetooth, and charging Android devices via docking. An innovative FlexiDock system allows users to adjust the dock to fit the Android device. The speaker offers clear and balanced sound, even at high volumes due to a curved back design that’s also best for acoustics. This curvy style increases the stiffness of the speaker cabinet, dramatically reducing internal resonance and resulting in crisp, high-definition sound.

For Apple users, the Fidelio Wireless Speaker with AirPlay will do the trick. Designed for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and AirPlay-enabled Apple devices, this speaker utilizes AirPlay technology that allows users to play music wirelessly. Its SoundCurve design provides an optimal medium for sound reproduction that is just perfect for some sound tripping inside your house or room.

For those travelers that want nothing but clear, crisp and base-y sound, you can gain a companion in the Shoqbox, a compact speaker that delivers clear, big sound through powerful twin drivers. Ideal for the great outdoors, it produces clear and deep bass with acoustic precision and operates on Bluetooth technology, allowing users to stream music from any Bluetooth device. Bluetooth also allows users to pair two Shoqbox speakers and get stereo sound from left and right. The Shoqbox can be controlled through motion sensor and a built-in microphone is also available for taking those phone calls hands-free. Amazing, right? If I buy myself a motorcycle or bike this Christmas, I will definitely save some more money for this one!

Lastly, for those who are already okay for some private listening, you will surely appreciate the Fidelio L1 and Fidelio M1 because of their crisp and true-to-original sound. The over-the-ear L1 headphones offer powerful, vented and pre-tilted neodymium drivers as well as a semi-open back architecture that provides more natural and uncolored sound. It is designed to control sound leakage and has a vent in the drivers’ center for a controlled bass and transparent mid-range. Meanwhile, the M1, which is primarily intended for outdoor listening, preserves sound details due to an acoustic seal that’s built in the internal chamber. Double-layered ear-shells also result in cleaner sound and reduced vibration.

Also available inside the The New Obsession Black Box is one of my must-haves, the Philips O’Neill The Construct SHO7205BK, which looks elegantly nice and perfect for some tough sound tripping!

The Philips Black Box is set to make its way to various malls across Manila over the next few months, so don't be left behind in experiencing the authentic high-fidelity audio system brought to us by Philips!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

P.S. Dear, Santa, I will be bvery delighted if I found a Shoqbox inside my socks this Christmas! Hihihi.


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