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Philips - Hue Play HDMI Sync Box - Black

Model:555227
SKU:6371722
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  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the hassle

    I was so excited when I found out that Phillips put this item out. I’ve been researching various ways to get lights to sync to the action on screen for the past year and this seemed like it was going to be the easiest. The pros: When it works, it creates an immersive experience if you are watching the right kind of movie. Action scenes with explosions work best. Setup was simple The cons: This doesn’t always work. I keep getting connection errors and it states that there is no signal being detected. It seemingly doesn’t work with the Xbox One X with HDR10 even though all of the documentation states that it should. The picture keeps cutting out every minute or two which doesn’t work when playing an online game. You really need the right type of movie for this to work properly. If you watch a movie with little to no action, the lights are more of a distraction. You will usually just get a flickering of whites to colors while the scene moves between people talking. Price. I love the Hue line and have several of their products but they are just too expensive. $230 for the sync and $130 for the play lights puts you at $360 for what feels like a system that still needs the kinks worked out.

    Posted by Eric

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to home theater; complicated setup

    I really like the Hue Play Sync Box, and if it were cheaper and easier to set up, I would likely have given it 5 stars. I did wait until the latest firmware was added so that remote control support was enabled. Pros: - Sync has worked really well, adding a very nice ambient light to the TV - No connection issues as of right now - Once I got it set up with my Logitech Harmony Hub remote, everything is super seamless - Quite adjustable - has 4 different levels of intensity and 10 levels of brightness. Personally, I really like the subtle effect of having it on the lowest intensity and 5 on brightness. - Latest firmware has added a lot of missing features - HDR10+/Dolby Vision Support, Remote Control Support, Smart Assistant Support Cons: - Expensive - Remote support requires IR training - Setup was cumbersome My Setup: I am using this with a pair of Hue Play White & Color Ambiance Light bars. I have a FiOS cable box, a roku ultra, and a Nintendo Switch going into the Sync Box and then into a Samsung TV. I also have a Vizio soundbar that is connected via the ARC-enabled HDMI port on the TV. I have a Logitech Harmony Hub remote controlling the whole system, and the Sync Box is connected to my wifi using Google WiFi mesh routers. You can set up remote support for the Sync Box with the latest firmware update by using the Hue Sync app. You'll have to "train" the box on IR signals to correspond with each command. You can set up signals for turning on/off, switching to specific inputs, changing intensity, changing brightness, and starting/stop sync. If you're using a Logitech Harmony remote, I strongly recommend finding a remote for a device not in your current setup that has buttons that switch to specified inputs, like you would find on a TV or receiver remote (I used a Denon remote I had for a receiver in a different room). This will let you add that device to your setup, and then all you have to do is add the device to Harmony and to your activities, and you can then set which input should be used for each activity so it switches seamlessly. I also set it up so the lights turn on and off with the start of each activity, and I added the "start sync" play button to fire at the start of each activity too. This lets me start it up and have it turn on both the box and the lights, switch to the right input, and have the sync start automatically.

    Posted by Tristan

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to Hue ecosystem

    I already had two original lightstrips on back (top and bottom) of TV that I could change solid colors manually. Adding the Hue Play Sync was a game changer! The setup was simple, and having the lights turn on and change colors automatically when i turn on the TV source is fantastic! Right now I have an AppleTV 4K and a PS5 connected. I plan on replacing the original lightstrips with Play Tubes to get multi color experience. If you already own a Hue bridge and Hie lights, the Play Sync is a must to amplify your TV viewing experience!

    Posted by Louie

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