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PHILIPS 56PFL9954 56 inch 21:9 Cinema LCD TV 1080p £999.95 @ RicherSounds from BOXING DAY

£999.95 @ Richer Sounds
This has been super hot at £2150, £1700, £1500 and £1300. This is the cheapest it's ever been, anywhere! Sale starts on BOXING DAY. The Philips 56PFL9954 21:9 Cinema TV brings the ci… Read More
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6y, 6m agoFound 6 years, 6 months ago
This has been super hot at £2150, £1700, £1500 and £1300.

This is the cheapest it's ever been, anywhere!

Sale starts on BOXING DAY.


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!
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2 Likes #2
The reason this screen is reduced is because of the picture quality - its not very good!

Its just a big 21:9 ratio LCD screen which has problems with movement and contrast...

Cold from me

Buy a plasma instead unless you like seeing all of your eastender friends glow with red faces! (LCDs are unable to do natural skin tones)
3 Likes #3
baldybouncer
The reason this screen is reduced is because of the picture quality - its not very good!Its just a big 21:9 ratio LCD screen which has problems with movement and contrast...Cold from meBuy a plasma instead unless you like seeing all of your eastender friends glow with red faces! (LCDs are unable to do natural skin tones)


Sorry ,but +1 from me. Bad reviews,who wants poor picture quality blown up to 56" !

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Edited By: solonely on Dec 23, 2010 09:01
#4
dupe

Edited By: alchemistkevin on Dec 23, 2010 09:23
1 Like #5
solonely
baldybouncer
The reason this screen is reduced is because of the picture quality - its not very good!Its just a big 21:9 ratio LCD screen which has problems with movement and contrast...Cold from meBuy a plasma instead unless you like seeing all of your eastender friends glow with red faces! (LCDs are unable to do natural skin tones)

Sorry ,but +1 from me. Bad reviews,who wants poor picture quality blown up to 56" !

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Not everyone's the same :)

I just can't watch plasma's I've got a huge 52" LCD and while the SD quality suffers IMO you just can't beat LCD's for picture quality, natural skin tones or not.

I've had plasma's in the past, last one was last year so I do know that they've improved from when they first came out but I still don't like them. LCD's all the way.

I'm sure there's others like me :)
#6
Also there is hardley any movies that transfer to 21:9 on a blu-ray or dvd.
#7
drool :P

http://www.3dnews.ru/_imgdata/img/2009/02/23/114191.jpg


http://www.luxuo.fr/wp-content/uploads/philips-cinema.jpg


http://www.thg.ru/technews/images/p12-250209.jpg


http://www.thg.ru/technews/images/p3434-250209.jpg
#8
50hz? :(

Specification
Does the TV have 200Hz or 100Hz scanning? These reduce flicker and offer a smoother picture. 200Hz is superior to 100Hz technolgy. NO

Edited By: itsisnot on Dec 23, 2010 10:25
#9
Is this the same tv that was £4500 when it came out not so long ago?? oO
#10
main problem with this set is it takes the 1900x1080 dvd/blu ray and crops away the bars - meaning you have less resolution and then blows it up to the native resolution -- which is 2500 something x something.
for that reason i prefer to stay native - it's the best way to maximise quality.
#11
Rips
Is this the same tv that was £4500 when it came out not so long ago?? oO


Yes :P
#12
Good price I guess but one for dedicated home cinema rooms only and even then a projector would give better/larger results for less money
#13
I love lamp.
#14
Rhythm
Good price I guess but one for dedicated home cinema rooms only and even then a projector would give better/larger results for less money
It's a thought.........but the tv has a much longer life than even 4 projector bulbs that could cost more than the tv to replace.
#15
Technically, the picture quality on this will suffer due to thw additional upscailing of HD content from(1920x1080 lines to 2560x1080 lines. A typical 21:9 1080P movie is only contains ~800 vertical lines. On a 16:9 1080P tv this will be displayed 1:1, with all pixels represented accurately. On the 21:9 screen 1920 lines will be scaled to 2560 horizontally and 800 will grow to 1080 vertically. Even with the cleverest scaling techniques, some information will be lost and some incorrect information will be added, resulting in poorer IQ.

This is a great price for a 56" tv, but I think a 50" 16:9 LCD/Plasma will offer better all round quality for a similar price.
#16
Most people that buy this tv use it for blu ray dvd, if you watch tv on it then its best to watch in 16.9 but this reduces the screen size to 42in.
#17
Pretty sure the content you'll find at 21:9 will be minimal. A good price for a product no-one will really use... :(
#18
crashing in price because there is almost no market (or content) for this resolution + they have a newer 3D version out. I love how 3D and the race for more Hz - 2 utterly useless gimmicks - is making good old 2D 50Hz panels more affordable.
#19
I bought the LG 47" LED from Richer Sounds last week (£699) at only 29mm width, the BluRay, DVD transfer on this is amazing, not to mention the gaming aspects on both PS3 / 360.

I downscaled from a 50" Sony Bravia and sizewise can't tell the difference, but quality wise is massive

IMO the LG is superior to this Philips
#20
rudirudirudirudi
main problem with this set is it takes the 1900x1080 dvd/blu ray and crops away the bars - meaning you have less resolution and then blows it up to the native resolution -- which is 2500 something x something.


In that case the resolution you're losing hardly matters (unless the black bars contain subtitles, which this TV appears to deal with). Really its the picture quality and scaling ability that matters.

Assuming you watch in the correct aspect ratio and don't stretch/zoom, I believe its equivalent to a 42" for 16:9 material and a ~63" for 21:9 material (scaled from BD). IMO its therefore pretty good value for those that largely watch BD's and poor value for those that largely watch 16:9 material (TV). (It's definately far less obtrusive then a 63" 16:9 panel, so probably allows you to get away with a larger screen for BD if the misses is picky).

If the response times are decent, I imagine it would make an excellent gaming monitor (for PC). Provided you have the space :)

I've tried the newer 3D version at best buy and have to say thats where it definately comes into its own. It filled my field of vision far better then the 16:9 screens and therefore provided a more immersive/realistic 3D experience. While the 16:9 screens can obviously display content in the same aspect ratio with bars top and bottom, it was more distracting and detracted from the 3D experience. I'm not sure if this was because of light leakage or reflections in the "barred areas", or just because my brain was not able to de-mark them fully from the image itself for some other reason. In any case, if 3D takes off, I can see more 21:9 screens popping up.

Edited By: Mentos on Dec 23, 2010 12:39
#21
And don't forget, since it's RicherSounds, they'll probably have 1 or 2 per store (and more than likely a queue of about 20 people).
#22
eddm
Pretty sure the content you'll find at 21:9 will be minimal. A good price for a product no-one will really use... :(


The majority of movies I watch are in this aspect ratio.
#23
mdfmdf7
crashing in price because there is almost no market (or content) for this resolution + they have a newer 3D version out. I love how 3D and the race for more Hz - 2 utterly useless gimmicks - is making good old 2D 50Hz panels more affordable.


I agree about the "Hz", but 3D is one of the few recent features that will make me upgrade. Just waiting for prices to settle a little.
#24
Do you know if its possible to "split" the screen in anyway so to use as a "dual or triple screen desktop.
#25
messdog
I love lamp.
I once ate a big red candle
#26
Hi, does anyone knows if this:
1) connected to a PC will display correctly in 2560x 1080? I believe it should with these new GPU,s.
2) what about PC games?are they supporting the 21:9 format?
would really be nice to also see monitors of this format.
Thnk You
2 Likes #27
baldybouncer
Cold from meBuy a plasma instead unless you like seeing all of your eastender friends glow with red faces! (LCDs are unable to do natural skin tones)

Utter garbage.........A properly calibrated LCD will match a plasma on PQ anyday
#28
baldybouncer

Buy a plasma instead unless you like seeing all of your eastender friends glow with red faces! (LCDs are unable to do natural skin tones)


You do realise many LCD's can display a larger colour Gamut then plasmas, let alone whats covered in REC/BT 709?
#29
Great Price
1 Like #30
The maximum i would pay for this TV is around the £450 mark, given the poor image quality. Do not be fooled by the large screen.

For those of us who use the TV mainly to watch TV (and not movies), this will equate to a 16:9 ratio of around that of a 42" TV.

I can buy a decent 42" tv for around £450, so I wouldn't pay more for this, especially when you consider the poor image quality.

Why this deal is so hot, is beyond me.

Also, with regard to plasma vs lcd: for me, its plasma all the way. I watch a mixture of HD and SD material. From what I've seen so far (and I'm not expert), plasma beats LCD with ease, on SD material. Also deep blacks and vibrancy is VERY important to me and I find that nothing beats plasma in this area.

I guess the sort of person who buys this telly will be he who craves style over substance, ie. those who care more what the TV looks like in their room than the quality of images it is able to display.
1 Like #31
21:9 is basically 2.35:1 - there's a wealth of films in this aspect ratio, both on DVD and Bluray which would suit this TV.

The only 'drawback' would be games and television broadcasts. Though you'd still be viewing this at a size equivalent to a 42" TV.

If I had the space, I'd probably have this at this price - Philips rarely disappoint and it is absolutely magnificent in the flesh
#32
drapertron
21:9 is basically 2.35:1 - there's a wealth of films in this aspect ratio, both on DVD and Bluray which would suit this TV


Exactly, there are VHS tapes in 2.35:1, hardly a rare and obscure aspect ratio.

I also see a lot of opinion on the PQ with no actual facts.

Edited By: Nookster on Dec 23, 2010 15:28
#33
top telly.. top price voted hot
#34
you could buy it now at whaty ever price it is
then go back boxing day for your price match guarentee and recieve the difference back,
then you wont miss out
i bought a phillips 47" ambilight, think model number was 9632 from amazon for £999.99 and picture quality was awesome
1 Like #35
Ok, so the reviews did say that the picture could be better. But they were also saying that it was a great t.v for £3500!! If they have have reviewed this with a price of £1000 in mind a think they would have been much more positive about it surely?!?
1 Like #36
Obviously it's not been selling at prev. inflated prices.
Much rather have a 60" 16:9 TV.
#37
spakkker
Obviously it's not been selling at prev. inflated prices.Much rather have a 60" 16:9 TV.
watching a movie on this is the as watching on a 76" 16:9 tv but without the borders :3
#38
bobo53
Hi, does anyone knows if this:1) connected to a PC will display correctly in 2560x 1080? I believe it should with these new GPU,s.2) what about PC games?are they supporting the 21:9 format?would really be nice to also see monitors of this format.Thnk You

i looked everywhere mate but nothing. I think it'll be great if monitor vendors make 21:9 screens as games, especially racing & 1st person games would be awesome experience in that mode. I moght write to activision & a few other developers to see if they would be backing this up.
#39
I have one (LG) LCD panel and one (Panasonic) plasma (both decent spec and fairly new sets).The LCD is fantastic for games but on films I find the colours can be a bit bright and can look a little washed out in certain circumstances.The plasma on the other hand gives deep rich colours and blacks actually look do black on it (not very dark grey).Motion handling is also noticeably superior on the plasma.Particularly on a screen of this size I would not ideally go for an LCD panel.
#40
Plasmas all the way, lcd have been reaplced by led's, led compared to lcd, no contest.

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