PHILIPS 56PFL9954 56 inch 21:9 Cinema LCD TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview £1499.95 @ RicherSounds - HotUKDeals
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The Philips 56PFL9954 21:9 Cinema TV brings the cinema screen home!

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
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.
many films will get bars at edge instead of bottom now though
4:3 stuff use just over half the screen
sure its nice though :)

Edited By: brilly on Sep 15, 2010 22:31: .
#2
I would love one, but it would be irritating to use as a primary.
#3
wont 56" on a 21:9 ratio make the screen feel much smaller than an actual 16:9 and how will this work for braodcast, as they broadcast in either 4:3 or 16:9 so we have black bars to the sides or super stretch? i think this tech needs a little while befor einvestment for me! also this doesnt appear to be 3D either which means once again technology choices, at this price it should incorp all new techs.
#4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Any0CeBFr0 - Review, video was uploaded this time last year and price was £4500.

Stupid TV for TV. Even 16:9 stuff will have black bars on left right unless you stretch it, its resolution is 2560 x 1080.
#5
I've actually seen on of these, and it looked really odd. The screen looks squashed, though it is massive, but I wouldn't buy, given the odd size.

I'd rather waste my money on a 3D TV right now.

D.
#7
I LOVE THIS TV, was also on digital direct same price but they may have sold out!
#8
This display wasn't really intended for ordinary joe to use as his regular main TV to watch everything on, it was meant purely for the home cinema enthusiasts as a screen dedicated to watching films in their OAR with no black bars. It was never really intended for old DVDs or regular TV really, even though it's obviously possible to do so.

Anyway this is a really hot price for this, as mentioned above it was more than £4000 at one point.
#9
Give me a 16:9 TV anyday, unless you're watching movies everything will have borders, especially older 4:3 images. Personally I say get a Pioneer Kuro myself, far better than any LCD and amazing for movies

Voted warm
#10
Voted hot due to the fact that this is a great price for this set and if you require its features that makes this a very good deal.
#11
as i said in previous post of this very same item..nice tech but utterly pure gimmick..waste of money i could tell
#12
Its nice, but realistically only for movies, in which case I'd rather just get a decent projector for roughly this price.
#13
Voted hot, obviously not for most people but the price is very good considering the initial launch price.
#14
Better getting a projector imo, then you've got more flexibility on aspect ratios.

Nothing special as a tv this either.
#15
Sounds like the chip in it does something pretty clever to stretch 16:9 acceptably.

http://www.avforums.com/forums/attachments/lcd-led-lcd-tvs/125134d1245353420-philips-21-9-dsc02322.jpg
#16
Would love one but it's clearly only for movies... 85% of the time, if not more, when I'm using a tv it's not for movies. And if you were going to have a dedicated movie room then you'd get a projector and put it on whatever AR you like.

Like it but don't really see the target market.
1 Like #17
Man, people on here sure like to bitch and moan. If you have £1500 to spend on a TV to watch movies only then this is a good deal, expecially considering the initial rrp. I'd like to have one in a dedicated Home Cinema Room, but I just dont have the Space or the time.

Sure is some weirdo,s here these days.
#18
I'd still get the TX-P50V20 over this.
#19
Great deal
#20
great price for this set! hot from me!!
#21
This is £2500 in house of Fraser

Defo hot from me
#22
trigger_andy
Man, people on here sure like to bitch and moan. If you have £1500 to spend on a TV to watch movies only then this is a good deal, expecially considering the initial rrp. I'd like to have one in a dedicated Home Cinema Room, but I just dont have the Space or the time.

Sure is some weirdo,s here these days.


+1
#23
I was in a Philips authorised dealer on Monday looking at a Philips TV. Ruled them out as they just were not quite as good as some others I had looked at... Anyway, sales guy told me that everyone is shifting old stock as quickly as they can as the new range are on the way and that Philips have dumped the 21:9 from the line-up. How true this is I have no idea.
#24
ristac
I was in a Philips authorised dealer on Monday looking at a Philips TV. Ruled them out as they just were not quite as good as some others I had looked at... Anyway, sales guy told me that everyone is shifting old stock as quickly as they can as the new range are on the way and that Philips have dumped the 21:9 from the line-up. How true this is I have no idea.


Think some one at that Philips shop needs help..
Philips Platinum 21:9 3D

Only problem is you need four grand to throw away oO
#25
This is a great TV, just got to get closer to the £1000 mark...
#26
ristac
I was in a Philips authorised dealer on Monday looking at a Philips TV. Ruled them out as they just were not quite as good as some others I had looked at... Anyway, sales guy told me that everyone is shifting old stock as quickly as they can as the new range are on the way and that Philips have dumped the 21:9 from the line-up. How true this is I have no idea.


You did the right thing looking at them in person but I would do a bit of tinkering as Philips have very good quality sets but the more expensive one's require a bit of tweaking. Once you've played around with the settings you can get some stunning results. If you're not prepared to tinker then certainly worth looking elsewhere.
#27
Can't remember the exact details but seem to recall reading somewhere that while it is the correct ratio for films (21:9) there's a problem that DVD/BluRay are not in 21:9 so to display the film "correctly" it has to extract the 21:9 section from the 16:9 encoding and then have to process that image to expand it to fill the screen.

Also, RS have had this cheaper (£1299 I think) recently in one of its VIP offers.
#28
This looks just lovely and a great buy for any well-off cinema enthusiast. I'm not sure I'm well enough off :-( What would this be the equivalent of for 16:9 images? I'm guessing it would probably be 42 inch? Still very respectable for general use. Hot hot hot!
:-)
1 Like #29
As someone whose viewing diet consists mostly of Blu-Rays, this is a dream TV for me!

When I watch TV it's almost always SD, and to be honest the smaller the SD picture the better! The more you blow it up the more the flawed picture quality stands out.
1 Like #30
So many stupid posts in this thread, obviously if you watch a lot of normal tele broadcasting this isn't the tele for you, seriously why do people state the obvious? If you don't understand who this tele is aimed for then just don't post...
#31
haritori
wont 56" on a 21:9 ratio make the screen feel much smaller than an actual 16:9 and how will this work for braodcast, as they broadcast in either 4:3 or 16:9 so we have black bars to the sides or super stretch? i think this tech needs a little while befor einvestment for me! also this doesnt appear to be 3D either which means once again technology choices, at this price it should incorp all new techs.

when watching a blu-ray (21:9) movie on this tv its the same as watcing on a 73" 16:9 TV with borders. hope that helps
#32
Richer Sounds always selling off unwanted TV's. Its like they're TK maxx of AV :3
#33
"In what is possibly the biggest development in TVs since widescreen" this is total bull **** marketting garble. (I know it's not yours btw)
1 Like #34
Everyone has to to decide for themselves. We got ourselves (actually the misses insisted on getting it). Yes - we mainly watch movies and it is frickin' mindblowing. Powered by an XBMC is just great. One feature that I really didn't like in the beginning and was happy that it can be switched off is Ambilight - now I must admit that I just love it and we don't watch a movie without it.
If you have the money and like to watch movies ... get this one. If you have a BluRay player and would like to see subtitles be prepared to buy a Philips BluRay player or an Oppo as these two brands are the only ones that allow the subtitles to be shifted - they are normally shown in the black bars ... which obviously aren't there anymore 8)

Edited By: bekru on Sep 16, 2010 14:54: forgot something
#35
Aren't most DVDs cropped to 16:9 anyway? So you would get black bars on the edges
#36
I only really watch films so it would be good for me. Too bad I already bought a plasma :|
#37
Codify
Aren't most DVDs cropped to 16:9 anyway? So you would get black bars on the edges

Not, lots are in this ratio.

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