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Philips 56 Inch 21:9 56PFL9954 with free 500GB Freeview HD PVR (Philips HDT8520) & 5yrs Guarantee for £2,149.95 @ richer sounds (instore) (RRP £4,500)

£2149.95 @ Richer Sounds
£1999 if you are a VIP member as meentioned by another OP save £1850!!!! 21:9 aspect ration, perfect for movie freaks!! also with free Philips HDT8520 Freeview HD PVR worth £300 AND 5 year TV guaran…
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6y, 8m agoFound 6 years, 8 months ago
£1999 if you are a VIP member as meentioned by another OP
save £1850!!!! 21:9 aspect ration, perfect for movie freaks!!
also with free Philips HDT8520 Freeview HD PVR worth £300 AND 5 year TV guarantee when you purchase in store.

The Philips 56PFL9954 21:9 Cinema TV brings the cinema screen home!

spec:
Be blown away as you watch high-definition Blu-ray movies or HDTV or play games on the spectacular 56" ultra-wide television screen. For a true cinematic widescreen TV viewing experience that perfectly matches the original 21:9 (2.39:1) film format.

True cinema experience:

21:9 movie aspect ratio, no black bars bottom and top
Ambilight Spectra 3 for an immersive viewing experience
Breathtaking perfect pictures:

Perfect Pixel HD Engine for unrivalled sharpness and clarity
Full HD LCD display, with a 2560 x 1080p resolution
Perfect Natural Motion for ultra-smooth Full HD movies
200 Hz Clear LCD*, 1 ms performance: extreme motion sharpness
Connect and enjoy the online world:

Net TV with Wi-Fi for popular online services on your TV
Enjoy a rich selection of web videos from YouTube and others
DLNA PC network link for watching videos from your computer
Ready for digital:

MPEG4 HDTV reception via DVB-T and DVB-C tuner with CI+

In what is possibly the biggest development in TVs since widescreen, the Philips 56PFL9954 is the first commercially available TV with a genuine, cinema scale TV screen. The 21:9 aspect is, for the first time on a TV, to the exact scale of a cinema screen. This doesn't just mean an engaging wide picture but also the complete absence of those annoying black bars that blight most films. OK, so the screen isn't quite as big as most cinemas, but 56 inches is certainly big enough to give a genuine cinema experience in most living rooms. With all the excitement about the screen size and shape it would have been easy to have forgotten about the quality. Fortunately, that's not what Philips has done.

Key to the fantastic picture quality is Philips's Ambilight Spectra 3. This advanced ambient lightening system draws you in to the picture and makes it more comfortable to watch TV. In addition to 1080p HD Ready and 200Hz technology, this Philips 56 inch LCD TV also boasts the unique Philips technology of Perfect Pixel HD. Building on Philips's award-winning Pixel Plus, Perfect Pixel HD creates super-sharp definition and ultra-low noise. Perfect Natural Motion makes film replay a smooth, fluid process. Furthermore, with a, class-leading, response time of just 1ms, the Philips 56PFL9954 is one of the fastest responding TVs in its class. Factor in the astonishing contrast ratio of 80,000:1 and its clear to see that this 21:9 Philips TV is something very special indeed.

With a cinema sized screen you really need a cinema sized sound system to go with it. As ever, we'd always recommend using a TV of this size and quality with a separate home-cinema system. Having said that, considering the super-slim frame, this Philips 56 inch Ambilight TV is impressive. BBE sound enhancement and a powerful 2x15 watts amp give a more spacious sound with greater depth and width than is sometimes the case with large TVs.

Just when you think the Philips can't possibly offer any more, it responds with Net TV. As the name suggests, Net TV gives you access to a range of entertainment on the web: simply connect the 56PFL9945 to your home network via a LAN connection. NET TV also allows you to stream videos and pictures from your PC to TV. As you'd expect from this luxury TV, all the sockets you could possibly need are included. No fewer than five (one side-mounted) HDMI sockets cater for your High Definition sources. A USB socket lets you play back photos and music through the TV from memory storage devices. For other sources the twin SCART sockets, PC input, S-Video and component sockets prove comprehensive enough for any system. An added benefit is the coaxial digital output; perfect for connecting the TV to your home cinema system.

For home cinema to really mean home cinema, the Philips 56PFL9954 gets closer than ever before. Expand your horizons today!

Please note. Stand is an optional extra.
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#1
In before No 3D....cold.
#2
Will a standard blu ray play on one of these or do you need something made for the screen format?
#3
saayinla
In before No 3D....cold.


never said its 3D. but its a 56" 21:9 aspect ratio TV rather than 16:9 with 5yrs guarantee @ cheapest price here so cant vote cold as no 3D:thinking:

3D is not to everyones taste.

plus you get this 500gb HD freeview worth £300 for free
http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/h/hdt8520_05/hdt8520_05__ff_.jpg
#4
loopie
Will a standard blu ray play on one of these or do you need something made for the screen format?


they will play perfect. with no border on top & bottom. like in the cinema :thumbsup:

here's more spec to be blown away by::-D
Be blown away as you watch high-definition Blu-ray movies or HDTV or play games on the spectacular 56" ultra-wide television screen. For a true cinematic widescreen TV viewing experience that perfectly matches the original 21:9 (2.39:1) film format.

True cinema experience:

21:9 movie aspect ratio, no black bars bottom and top
Ambilight Spectra 3 for an immersive viewing experience
Breathtaking perfect pictures:

Perfect Pixel HD Engine for unrivalled sharpness and clarity
Full HD LCD display, with a 2560 x 1080p resolution
Perfect Natural Motion for ultra-smooth Full HD movies
200 Hz Clear LCD*, 1 ms performance: extreme motion sharpness
Connect and enjoy the online world:

Net TV with Wi-Fi for popular online services on your TV
Enjoy a rich selection of web videos from YouTube and others
DLNA PC network link for watching videos from your computer
Ready for digital:

MPEG4 HDTV reception via DVB-T and DVB-C tuner with CI+
#5
loopie
Will a standard blu ray play on one of these or do you need something made for the screen format?


Blu-Ray films ARE made for the screen format, that is the whole point! No black bars.
#6
Weenie Beenie
Blu-Ray films ARE made for the screen format, that is the whole point! No black bars.


hummm read some reviews, it's not always perfect! see below:

What's more, even films broadcast or mastered onto Blu-ray or DVD that retain their 2.39:1 aspect ratio are actually 'packaged' in a 16:9 format. Which is to say that the black bars that appear above Cinemascope films even if you watch them on a widescreen TV are included in the picture information encoded onto the disc or into the broadcast.

In other words, in making such 16:9-packaged Cinemascope films fit perfectly into its 21:9 body, the new Philips TV has to expand the picture vertically to push the black bars off the screen. Which in turn means that it has to push the left and right edges of the picture off the screen as well.

Or rather, that would be the case if Philips hadn't sensibly decided instead to use processing – pixel interpolation, to be precise – to ensure that the image is subtly rebuilt (not distorted, honest!) so that you don't actually lose any of the original image information off the left and right sides.

Tinkering doesn't pay

Which is fine, except that it kind of flies in the face of the one thing we know real movie buffs love: namely that pictures appear exactly as they were created at the mastering stage – ideally using a direct pixel for pixel presentation on a full HD screen.

The very last thing movie buffs like is any third-party processing mucking around with their precious movie sources before presenting them on screen. Hmm.
#7
I read somewhere(or a review of these 21:9 Philips TVs?) in theory even though 21:9 is the best ratio for true movies, but because all blu rays were encoded in 1920x1080, even if the actual movies ratio is different e.g. 1.85, 1.78 etc, the actual encode on the bluray disc already included black bars/border, these Philips 21:9 TVs use a special technique to "zoom in" to the movie to "crop out" the black bars.

EDIT: damn loopie beat me to posting this info, as I was googling to make sure it's correct before getting shot down if I posted wrong info!


here it is:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2009/06/10/Philips-Cinema-21-9-56PFL9954H-56in-LCD-TV/p3

The problem is that when 2.35:1 films are broadcast or encoded onto Blu-ray, the black bars necessary to make the source work with a 16:9 TV are built into the actual source picture. In other words, the black bars aren't created by your TV, but rather added, line by line, to the source, as if they were parts of the main image.


but this Philips still got great reviews, so...
#8
Just a question, but what does ordinary Digital TV look like, do you have black bars on the edges, or does it just make people look fatter ;-)
#9
anthony712
Just a question, but what does ordinary Digital TV look like, do you have black bars on the edges, or does it just make people look fatter ;-)

Whichever you choose
#10
This is £1999 at Richer Sounds in Reading
Its also in their Demo room and is excellent.
#11
Super wide screens look amazing
#12
tbh ladies you're gonna struggle watching 16:9 or even 4:3 format films or programmes on this. this set nothing but purely gimmick
#13
Over 2 Grand on a Philips TV: You got to be kidding.

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/Laughing.jpg
#14
voting cold as it's £1999 if you are a VIP member (all you have to do is sign up to their news letter for free) and you save urself £150!
#15
This is one purely for movie lovers, not for watching Eastenders on. Very good product for it's purpose, still I feel it's pricey but perhaps not for the market it is aimed at.
#16
Seems expensive for 56". I thought deal 42" were about £500, deal 50" were £700-£800, and 60" were about a grand and a half. Over 2K seems expensive. And that's without buying it from Richer Sounds which I wouldn't do anyway.
#17
alexandercooper
Over 2 Grand on a Philips TV: blah blah blah]


Spent £1500 on my Philips Cineos in '07, and don't regret a single penny of it. Ambilight is superb, best freeview picture ever & the HD is damn good as well.

You're a Kuro/Panny snob I take it?

Back on topic, good deal, considering the refurb is available direct from Philips for £2999
#18
alexandercooper
Over 2 Grand on a Philips TV: You got to be kidding.

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/Laughing.jpg


I've got a 37" philips 1080p TV & I love it to bits, its design is way better then the standard black borders too. especially with the ambilight stuff:thumbsup:
#19
matedodgy
Seems expensive for 56". I thought deal 42" were about £500, deal 50" were £700-£800, and 60" were about a grand and a half. Over 2K seems expensive. And that's without buying it from Richer Sounds which I wouldn't do anyway.


but you're paying for exclusivity. when you see the 56" philips & a 60" LCD you'll know what you want.

plus you're comparing this TV with plasma TV's.
plasma TV's that size consume 500-600w power too.

no 50-60" lcd is £500-£600. not with 1ms responce & those features. let alone being 21:9

watching a movie on this tv is same as watching on a normal 67.2" TV. I'm sure you wont get one of those TV for UNDER £2K:-D

here comes the science part:):
http://www.digitalversus.com/philips-to-put-large-lcd-2-35-format-tv-on-sale-news-8225.html
#20
you could always watch on a 16:9 set and look at the movie instead of the black bars...

although i'd be curious to know what size of 16:9 set is required to match the image size this displays when viewing 2.35:1 material.
#21
alexandercooper
Over 2 Grand on a Philips TV: You got to be kidding.

northernlights
Spent £1500 on my Philips Cineos in '07, and don't regret a single penny of it. Ambilight is superb, best freeview picture ever & the HD is damn good as well.

You're a Kuro/Panny snob I take it?

Back on topic, good deal, considering the refurb is available direct from Philips for £2999


He is clearly a bit behind the times and missed the fact that Phillips make some of the best LCD's on the market.
#22
megalomaniac
He is clearly a bit behind the times and missed the fact that Phillips make some of the best LCD's on the market.


they make me wanna buy a new TV every year. if only they had lease hire on TV's :roll:
#23
Wouldn't want to see the leccy bill of someone who uses this thing.
#24
sotomonkey
Wouldn't want to see the leccy bill of someone who uses this thing.


If you can afford £2k on a TV purely to watch films on I daresay you'll be able to afford the electricity as well.
#25
Its a preposterous price for a preposterous niche market of movie lovers. Useless for games and normal TV. Know this if you buy one
#26
Voted cold.

It's £1999 here with a 5 year warranty and free blu-ray player.

http://www.hispek.com/P/Philips-56PFL9954-56-1080p-219-Cinema-LCD-TV-5-Year-Warranty(56PFL9954H).aspx

Also because its a ridiculous price to pay for a TV.
#27
yeah but all those moaning - have you ACTUALLY seen one?

I saw one in Madrid about 8 months ago for the first time - in media markt and I litterally stopped in my tracks its a stunning TV - if i could get it in the house without the missus noticing 5 tvs in one house then I would, but alas I cant so I have to pray the 42" LCD I have blows up lol

its a serious TV for serious movie watchers - but its also stunning on consoles (that was shown in media markt too)
#28
for roughly the same price you can get the new samsung 3d C7000 in 63 inches and a new 3d blueray player and 3 pairs of 3D glasses.

The 2d picture of the samsung is likely to exceed the phillips with the bonus of the 3d picture.

i saw the phillips on the gadget show and it was laughed at - this format has refused to take off
#29
and you think the gadget show pays for the prizes they give away? Hmmm they are far far far from unbiased.

Although I will agree there are bigger newer sets out there, but 3D is very much a niche market product, its just being pushed more in the market place than this philips ever was...
#30
sotomonkey
Wouldn't want to see the leccy bill of someone who uses this thing.


281watts. good for screen that size as said here:
http://www.sust-it.net/product_power_consumption.php?pid=4206

here's some 55" lcd tv's
http://www.sust-it.net/energy_saving.php?id=108
#31
SpoonyBoy
Voted cold.

It's £1999 here with a 5 year warranty and free blu-ray player.

http://www.hispek.com/P/Philips-56PFL9954-56-1080p-219-Cinema-LCD-TV-5-Year-Warranty(56PFL9954H).aspx

Also because its a ridiculous price to pay for a TV.


I'm sure most people will prefer a free £300 PVR over a blue-ray player as you can get blu-ray players for around £70 these days :whistling:
#32
Philips make TVs that generally have more input lag than most other TVs due to their post-processing algorithms. As such, Philips TVs should never be top of the list when it comes to gaming.

With that said, this is a proof of concept model by Philips that is way too expensive for what you're receiving. Besides having a screen ratio that matches the resolution of a lot of movies, what else does it offer? Does it offer the best LCD contrast ratio, black level, image quality etc in the market? No, it doesn't. You're basically paying for the R&D that went into making this TV, nothing else. You'd be far better off spending your money on a large, current LCD or Plasma TV which would offer significant improvements in image quality over this TV, or alternatively a projector as it would enable you to project the image at the same ratio of this TV and a lot bigger too.
#33
My viewing is 90% BR movies. I've dreamed of owning this set ever since it came out!
#34
You would be mad to buy this. These type of TV's are absolutely useless. Even worse than 3D
#35
saayinla
In before No 3D....cold.


3D is the worst! Avatar is literally the only good use so far and even that is just as good without it. No 3D really is a gimmick.
#36
shadowdogg
You would be mad to buy this. These type of TV's are absolutely useless. Even worse than 3D


OMG; How I am beginning to love Hot UK Deals and it's constructive / 'informed' community...

Personally, as a movie and HTPC fanatic, I can really appreciate the value of this telly to an appreciative niche audience; watching full HD and beyond is simply stunning on a 21:9 set. Wish I had one too compliment my 'work in progress' smart home. Will keep saving!

That being said, still a little on the pricey side from me so not voting either way.

Keep the technology deals coming!

Mark
#37
Would this be good for watching Coronation Street on?
#38
Just read the review, I'm going to have to seek one of these out for an audition!

Can anyone comment on what Xbox360 gaming with one of these tv's is like?
#39
skyscraper101
Would this be good for watching Coronation Street on?


coronation street looks good. the bill looks great!!:-D

as some reviews say most pics look mind blowing as long as they're not 4:3 aspect ratio

check out youtube advert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GJgDWy4CYQ

comparison here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJIEDDo1Ayc

and the demo here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdAZoPwgu5A&feature=related

xbox 360 on 21:9:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9pBhrD990M&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmYEIfMM5_w&feature=related
#40
ps3 call of duty on 21:9 :thumbsup:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amrFQ1r6YuM

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