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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    TV viewing enhancement but with some flaws

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

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    Purchased on sale and worth it at a sale price. Especially since HDR 10 and Dolby Vision are now supported. Note that when using devices for Dolby Vision, that they need to be plugged into either input port 2 or 4 with a high speed cable. Took me a while to figure this out. The box worked flawlessly since purchase, for about 4 months. However, now the lights are really lagging. Like they are stuttering between color changes. It gets progressively worse then all the lights shut off and restart. This happens every 4 to 6 minutes and is now a distraction. This just started within the last 2 weeks. I may bring back to Best Buy to exchange under the protection plan. Is it an item you need? No. Do you have extra funds and hue lights around your tv area, and would like to enhance your viewing experience? Then purchase it. Be sure to get the protection plan on this if you purchase. The tech is new with a lot going on, so anything could happen to the box.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    New Experience

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Fun

    About Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box provides a way to connect your movies, video games, and music to your Philips Hue lights. It is an HDMI pass through device that takes signal from HDMI inputs and then recreates the color with your Philips Hue lights. Think of it as an extension of color from your TV. Whatever is on your TV now fills your room, illuminates your wall, etc. Imagine you are looking at an image of a horizon on your TV. The lights above your TV become the color of the sky. Lights to the left and right are the colors of the focal points. Lighting below the TV are the colors of the earth or water. It’s designed to extend the visual image and create an immersive experience for you to enjoy. What It Came With The products in the box are very simple. You have a Sync Box, power cord, power adapter, and a HDMI cord. The Sync Box looks similar to a HDMI splitter. There are 4 HDMI inputs and 1 output. The power cord plugs into the back of the Sync Box and the other end to the power adapter. Note, the cord for the power is kind of short. The HDMI cord is also short at roughly 3 feet. The App If you already Philips Hue lights you are probably using the Philips Hue app. This is not the app that controls the Sync Box. There is a separate app called Philips Hue Sync that you have to download to use the device. I’m not sure why Philips made a separate app, but my guess is that they wanted to keep the initial app as its own thing. Maybe they’ll integrate these two as the Sync Box gains popularity. The app itself has settings for Sync Mode, Intensity, and Brightness. The app also turns the box on/off and starts/stops the sync feature with the lights. For the Sync Mode setting you can choose whether you have a movie, video game, or music. This will affect how the lights sync. The intensity mode seems to control how quick or responsive the lights are. There are 4 settings for this. The brightness is what it sounds like. You control how bright the lights are as a group. The Initial Set-up Setting up the device really isn’t that difficult unless your entertainment setup is difficult to reach like mine. You plug the input device HDMIs into the four inputs and one HDMI cord out to the TV. Then connect the power. Download the app and complete the steps in the app. It does require a Philips Hue Hub. Something that I didn’t expect is that the box uses Bluetooth to speak with your phone, so you’ll need to be able to sync Bluetooth to set up. I did have a hang up with the Bluetooth not wanting to connect during the set-up, but a power cycle of the box fixed this issue. Connecting the lights is the next step. You set up an entertainment zone that activates when the sync feature is initiated. This is a group of lights that you position in the app by telling it where they are in relation to the TV. There’s a fake home theater set-up shown on the app screen. You move the lights to where they reside in a plan view. Then you press the light icon to set the elevation of each light. For elevation you have a choice of ground, TV level, or ceiling. This gives the box an idea of where each light is as it casts the color outward from the display. Lights My arrangement had several types of Phillips Hue lights. I had two floods, 3 Play Bars, and an extended strip light. It was neat to see the Sync Box throw different colors to each one. If you are just starting, the Play Bar 2-pack may be a great entry point. You could position one on each side of the TV and get a left- right effect immediately. From there, you can add on accordingly. I also recommend having light above the display. It has a pretty substantial effect. (Note: When arranging your lights try to bounce the light off the walls. 2 feet away from the wall usually allows it to cast more evenly. If the lights are up too close you get “hot spots” of intense light.) Results The Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box does what it advertises; extend the light of the display into the room. How the lights are perceived will depend on the individual. For some it may create an immersive experience, and for others the lights may be distracting. Luckily, Philips has added several settings for an individual to scale back or intensify the lighting. I’ll admit, it wasn’t perfect as there were some lights that would “get stuck” for a short period, but the next big light change on the screen would reactivate the light. Also, this Sync Box updates, so Philips can provide new features or fixes as they wish. Here is a quick list of Pros and Cons for the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box. Pros *New Experience - I haven’t seen another product like it *Lots of control - several in-app adjustments *Allows for quite a bit of expansion – More lights! *Supports 4K *Sync Box can update to improve Cons *Having a 2nd app – Not integrated into Philips Hue app *Lights can sometimes lag or feel jumpy *Short power and HDMI cords I’m giving the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box 4 stars. I’ve never seen a product like it, and it takes my entertainment center up another level. While it’s not perfect, it is fun to play with, and the product has a chance to update as needed to improve. Being able to add and customize the lights and zones is nice because not everyone has the same display arrangement. Overall, this is a fun product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Looks amazing, needs software updates.

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Color, Set up

    I have a variety of Philips Hue products in my smart ecosystem, and the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is a product I've wanted to have in my home. To fully immerse myself in the experience, I have a pair of Hue Play light bars, behind my TV. Setting up the Hue Sync box was very easy. I have to say, that having the same type of adapter for the Hue Play light bars and the Sync box was refreshing, which meant that I could just plug the Hue Sync Box into my existing Hue Play light bar adapter as it has 3 inputs. That's a nice piece of design there, meaning I didn't have to use up yet another power plug under my entertainment unit. To set up the Hue Play Sync box, you do have to download the 'Hue Sync' app. It's a shame that you have to use a separate app to control this, especially if you are already familiar with the original Hue app. As far as linking the lights to the box, that was very easily done within the app. There was an update for the box right out of the packaging, so I had to sit and wait for the update. During that process, when asked to press and hold the power button until the light flashed green, resulted in the box turning off and being unresponsive 4 out of the 5 times I tried. The 5th time, it finally adjusted to where it needed to be, turned back on and lit up the light bars. A little frustrating, but it's working. You have controls within the app for sync mode (Video, Music, Game), intensity (Subtle, Moderate, High, Extreme) and brightness. These give you a good control and balance over your lighting, in real time while using it. And unfortunately 'frustrating' became a common theme with the box. On initial set up, I connected a Nintendo Switch to HDMI 1, and then into my 5.1 surround receiver. That worked really nicely, the light bars lit up and changed color based upon whatever was on the screen. There was no lag, and the light shone clear and bright all the way up my 22ft living room walls. I had a smile on my face like a Cheshire Cat! Really made for an immersive experience when playing games, and really expanded the visual viewing area of my TV. The following day, I completed a full install, added all of my other components to the Hue Play HDMI Sync box and then ran the output of the box into my receiver. That is where the frustration started. The only way to display the input and the light bars is to have the Hue box turned on (obviously). To turn on the box, you have to either press the physical button on the front, or open the app and turn on the box. The app takes way too long to sync with the box. It is not automatic, it can take 20+ seconds to find the box. Even with my phone right next to the box. And then, to change the inputs, yes, you guessed it, you have to use the app and change the input selection in the app. That takes time as well. And then you have to select the option to have the lights sync with that HDMI input, it doesn't automatically start running the lights when you choose the HDMI input. My smart ecosystem is all voice controlled. I have the Hue Play light bars setup to turn on and off with my voice, like you can do with any other Hue lights. BUT, when connected to the HDMI Sync box, I can't use the macros in my Harmony Hub that control all of my media equipment, because in order to get anything to work, I have to access the Hue Sync app and turn it on, and switch the inputs. That drove me crazy, to the point that I had to remove all of the components from the Sync box and leave just the Nintendo Switch in there. That way, if I'm playing a game, I can choose to set up the lights as well. I was going to give the box 4 stars, because when working smoothly, this is a fantastic (albeit pretty expensive) product. Lag-free lighting expansion of your TV adds to your viewing experience. But the frustration of app-only controls for the HDMI switching just frustrated the heck out of me, even while writing the review, so I have to give it 3 stars. I do believe that some of these issues could be sorted out with an app update, to make automatic switching an option, maybe a default 'on' option, something to not leave you tethered to the app. Don't get me wrong, the experience when it's working, really blew me away. It's the frustration of the interface that let it down.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    New level of entertainment!

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    This will add a level of immersion to your media that you did it know you needed! Note: if you’re experiencing frequent disconnects of your lights while syncing and your sync box is hot to the touch, return it and get a new one.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Theater Experience Outweighs Setup

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Color
    Cons mentioned:
    Connection

    For anyone who has had Philips Hue lights in their home, you know we’ve been waiting for this product for quite some time, and it DOES deliver, but it’s VERY frustrating to get the end result. I use two Philips Hue Play light bars behind my tv. PROS Discussion: The Hue Sync app allows you to adjust the brightness of the lightbars via the app. They can be dimmer or light part of the room, depending on what you are watching. The other key feature is that you can also adjust the intensity, that is, how fast the lights switch in response to the colors on the tv screen. It is a great feature, because you can adjust it to the content of the movie or game. Even with action movies, there is very little time delay for the color switching. Believe me, it really is amazing to have this product; the way you watch movies hasn’t changed much; the way you see them is honestly, changed. Movies or gaming, the experience is amazing and breathtaking; absolutely immersive. It makes my tv feel like I’m at the theater. When I listen to music, I either stream from my Apple TV, or watch videos. The lights change with what’s on the screen; depending on the source, the music can be captivating, as the lights change with what’s on the tv screen. CONS Discussion: To detect if the tv was on or off, the settings allowed for the connection of a micro-USB between cable between the Sync Box and tv, or by CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Neither the CEC nor the micro-USB worked reliably / consistently, so I typically had to use the app to start the light syncing process. When I turned off the tv, the Sync Box did not always turn off, however, if left on all of the time, it would alleviate activating light syncing via the app. The Hue Sync app REALLY should have been incorporated into the normal Hue app under the accessories tab, and simply ‘grayed out’ if a Sync Box was not connected. I honestly would have even bought a separate remote for instant changing of inputs. Harmony capability absolutely needs to be incorporated; when I use this Sync Box, I am sacrificing convenience of my Harmony remote, in order to get the theater experience, and I should not have to do that. I might be old school, but when I buy things, I don’t want to run to my computer or iPad in order to download the manual that explains the settings. The adjustments were really not straight forward, and before it worked, it was frustrating beyond belief. HOME SYSTEM: I use the Philips Hue Sync app on my iPhone Xs running iOS 13.2.3, and an iPad running iPadOS 12.2.3. I have a 55” Samsung 4K UHD 8 Series TV for movies, an XBOX One S for gaming, and an Apple TV (4th Gen) for music streaming. I play music through a Denon receiver (5.1 channel surround), and movies / television through my Samsung HW-Q90R Dolby Atmos Sound Bar. I use two Philips Hue Play light bars behind my tv for the cinematic experience. I use an iPad as a central hub to control smart devices (Philips Hue lights, plugs, vacuum, heater / fan, etc.) and home stereo equipment (in conjunction with a Logitech Harmony Hub). I have Gigabit ethernet. I had my components connected via HDMI directly to my television, so to insert the Sync Box was easy (FYI, connect the Sync Box output to your tv’s ARC). You set up the Philips Hue Play light bars using the Philips Hue app in conjunction with the 2nd Gen Hue Bridge, then use the Philips Hue Sync app to set up the Sync Box, select the entertainment area, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I like it

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I really like this item. There a few bugs that are irritating and that is the lights connect when I turn the tv on. They also turn on when I turn the tV off (maybe a setting issue). However, when a movie is on and they are connected very exciting and nice. Creates a great ambiance.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better than expected!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I laughed at this years ago when it came out, thinking it was such a waste of money. When I ready about the software upgrades to work with Dolby Vision and Atmos passthrough, decided to give it a try. Works flawlessly and really adds to the experience. Hue products are always impressive and they do a great job of keeping up with technology changes with constant firmware upgrades.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great product but a little over priced

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    My only issue with this device is I had to place the Hub really close to the box because it was disconnecting. Its a little expensive too.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love it so far.

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Might have gone overboard with this and the lights. But Why not I have 10 hue lights (play’s and bulb’s) hooked up through this behind the TV. Very cool to watch movies. Pics below. But don’t do the real thing justice.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great addition to hometheater enthusiasts​

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Color, Set up

    This compact device syncs your TV content that is playing on your TV from differnt video sources(apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku) with various hue lights(Strip, play light bar, color bulbs) without any latency. The lights will adjust the color and brightness to the content that is being watched to create an immersive experience. If you are invested in hue ecosystem and interested in Bias lighting for TV then this product will not disappoint you. ​ My Setup is as follows: Samsung 82 inch QLED TV wall mounted, Pioneer elite 4k receiver, apple TV 4k, Fire TV Cube 2 gen, Chromecast connected to the sync box with Philips hue lightstrip plus attached to the back of the TV & Philips Play light bar on 2 sides placed vertically at the back of the TV. Also, have 4 hue BR30 white and color ambiance bulbs in the ceiling. ​ This sync up box is a sleek little device that looks similar to old netgear router or apple tv(that is little wider) but with five rear HDMI ports(4 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output). I connected my apple tv, fire tv cube,chromecast, samsung blu-ray player inputs to the hdmi ports of sync up box and connected the hdmi out to the TV's HDMI. ​ Sync box has automatic HDMI switching capabilities so it will adjust when you change the video source. For example, if you're watching your content from fire cube and if you poweup the apple tv, the sync box will automatically switch to that input. Keep in mind this device doesnot support HDR 10+ & Dolby vision videos for lighting effects but the sync box will act as pass through. Once all your video sources are connected to the sync box, its time to pair it with hue bridge using the app . Also, the power adapter that comes with it can connect upto 3 devices in the same adapter and this saves some space on your power outlet if you have it mounted on your wall. It was quite handy for me to connect my 2 hue play light bars & 1 hue strip light.​ You need to download the app Philips Hue Sync app(different from hue app to control bulbs) from IOS app store or android google store and follow the steps to pair the bridge and sync box. It takes few minutes to update the latest and greatest software/firware and once done you can name your hdmi inputs(hdmi 1 as apple tv, hdmi 2 as fire cube and so on) then assign hue lights and setup friendly name for devices. Once you setup your lights placement using the graphical representation on the app, in the entertainment section its time to play lights in action. ​ The Hue Sync app has three adjustable sync modes: Video, Music, Game as icon. Once the sync mode is selected, you can adjust the intenstiy of the light. There are four intensity settings: subtle, moderate, high and extreme. I like subtle intensity when watching movies that way its not too distracting. ​ Overall, this sync box is the best TV bias lighting that syncs with hue lights with low latency and accurate color syncing in the market. Pricing is little expensive at $229 but if you have invested already in hue ecosystem then this is great addition to the home theater experience.​

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not worth the hassle

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Compatibility, Connection

    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.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from The Philips Lighting Team
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      Hi Eric, thank you for taking the time for your review. We can imagine the light sync being a little distracting at occasion, in that case we do recommend to adjust the intensity setting. For the bulbs only showing white in these situations, we recommend enable background lighting. You can find that setting in the Hue Sync app under: Settings > Advanced Sync settings. We like to help you on the matter of the connection errors, could you elaborate on the situation via a message on Facebook (http://m.me/HuePhilips) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/tweethue)?

  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Cool addition if it worked.

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    The set up takes a while to update. Once updated and up and running, connection keeps cutting out every 10 minutes. I don’t mind once or twice maybe but every 10 to 15 minutes it gets really annoying. I’m not sure if my box is defected or if it’s part of the system itself. Either way I’m returning it for malfunction.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great addition to home theater; complicated setup

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up

    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.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Add on

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    I have the hue strips on my TV. Hue Sync Box takes Tv watching to another level. I connect, apple tv, Nintendo switch, PS4 and direct TV. All Sync Perfectly.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect for Home Movie & Gaming Experiences!

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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Color, Set up

    Smart Lighting has become very common in households and Philips Hue Lights are consistently top of the line in that category. However, for those of you wanting more out of your lights - something more immersive and involved - Philips has created the Hue Sync Box. So far my experience has been over the top with this product! SETUP: - I have seen some complaints about set up so I was a little worried at first. However, I could not have been further from reality because this device was so simple to set up! - This device essentially is an arc support. You take your HDMI from your Streaming Device, Satellite, Blu-Ray Player, or Video Game System and hook it into 1 of the 4 HDMI inputs on the Sync Box. After that you plug the HDMI out from the Sync Box into your TV/Monitor, plug in the power, and you are ready for the software set up. - The software side is easy. You have to download a dedicated Hue Sync Box App which lets you follow the on screen guide and it works so smoothly. I already have a Hue Bridge and lights set up (which you of course need) and the App found the bridge, found the Sync Box, and linked everything together while upgrading the firmware along the way. - All in all, set up took me probably 15 mins. Seriously, it was that easy and I was ready to go. EXPERIENCE WHILE USING: - First I will say I can 100% confirm that the Hue Sync Box works with Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and Dolby Atmos! My set up that my 4K Apple TV plugs into the Sync Box, the Sync Box into my Dolby Atmos Sounbdar, and the Soundbar into my 4K HDR TV. And I watched a Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos movie using the Sync Box and it all worked great. - Using the Sync Box, you go to the Sync Box app to "Start/Stop" the Sync process. So that means every time you use your TV you don't have to have the lights syncing up to what's on the TV. However, once you turn it on it works just as expected. There is no lag, it reacts to whatever is on the TV in colors and direction of the colors as well. It also works well with Music, Videos, or Gaming - nice to have all three features. - Something pretty cool about the App is that you set up where your Hue Lights are in comparison to where you are sitting and where the TV is located. Once you move the lights in the app to where they are in the room, they interact with the screen in the sense of if there is light on the left side of the screen you will get your left side lights on while the right side lights are dim. It really adds to the experience and I think it was a good move! - Another thing you can do in the App is change the intensity of the Sync (Subtle, Moderate, High, Extreme) and change the brightness of the lights as well. Of course there is no color choices because it is syncing with what is being played. But overall I like that feature because there might be times you want a more impactful experience than others so it's good you can tweak that. - Finally I will just say that using this device felt really immersive. It's just really brings you into whatever you are watching or listening to and really creates a high level entertainment feel. WHAT COULD IMPROVE IT: - This isn't the Sync's box at all but just from my experience, I feel that this lighting experience works best in a room meant for viewing. As in somewhere where the lights bounce off the walls more and stays contained in the room. So not so much an open concept area (which it would still work) but just think of how a movie theater is essentially a closed box you sit in to watch movies. I think a room like that improves the Sync Box. - It's not ideal that you need two Philips Hue Lights: one for the lights themselves and one for the Hue Sync Box. I understand that a dedicated app for the Sync Box will work better for the experience, but it would just be nice if it was all under one app. - Lastly, when you "Stop" sync of the Hue lights I wish they would go back to what you had it had prior to starting the Sync. For example if you have your lights on white at 100%, they Start the Sync Box, then Stop the Sync, the lights will stay at whatever color and % that they were at when the Sync Stopped. It would be nice if they returned to a default type mode. BOTTOM LINE: - If you are a fan of your Philips Hue Lights and want to get the most out of them during your Movie/TV/Gaming/Music Listening experience, than the Hue Box is a game changer. It is simple to use, creates a great atmosphere, and will even more make your home viewing comparable to that of a movie theater or concert. The upfront price may seem steep at first, but once you use it you will not regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    The colors displayed on the TV are shown behind the TV when using the Hue Strips. Check out the pic from Star Wars!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I like it a lot

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    It’s absolutely amazing to watch movies with it. I got three light behind my Tv and work very well. It’s not cheap but it’s worth it

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Disappointing Connectivity

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    I have tried many apps with my Phillip Hue lights but the lag time was horrible. Once I saw the Phillips Hue Sync Box I was interested. Of course, I read a lot of reviews and some were favorable and some no so good. But I figured I’m an elite member, if it don’t work correctly, I can take back. First off let me say, setting it up was very easy. Took no time to connect to my home system and hue hub. I only connected the Apple TV to test the sync box to music and a movie. Many of the reviews talking about the sync box disconnecting is absolutely TRUE. Even in the Phillip Hue forums it’s discussed. I learned for myself it disconnects randomly from the hue hub a lot. You will not finish a song without having multiple disconnects. It would connect back after a few seconds but during the time of disconnectivity the light stops then would just start back once reconnection is done. I will say when it works, it is really cool playing with music and watching the lights adjust to the beat of the music. Also tested it with a movie however, it was very distracting with the number of disconnections. But I think if it actually would stay connected it would be good. I updated the sync box app to the newest software release from Phillip and same problem. I guess I will call Phillip to see if there is a fix coming or back to the store it goes. Robert 1906

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from The Philips Lighting Team
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      Hi Robert, thank you for your elaborate review. Are you still experiencing the same connection issue and was help provided by the support team via phone?

      Otherwise, we would love to see if we could help you with these problems, just send us a message on Facebook http://m.me/HuePhilips or Twitter https://twitter.com/tweethue.

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    Wish it had dolby support, but other than that I love it. I use an HDMI slitter to downscale from Dolby Vision to 1080, still works great

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for movies and zwifting

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Helps the clock move when zwifting. Impressive with certain movies , action especially.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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