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Philips 4K Ultra HD Ambilight HDR Android Smart TVs - 49" was £749.00 now £479.00 or 55" was £899.00 now £599.00 @ Argos
Philips 4K Ultra HD Ambilight HDR Android Smart TVs - 49" was £749.00 now £479.00 or 55" was £899.00 now £599.00 @ Argos

Philips 4K Ultra HD Ambilight HDR Android Smart TVs - 49" was £749.00 now £479.00 or 55" was £899.00 now £599.00 @ Argos

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Pretty good price on these if you've been toying with the idea of Ambilight. There are 3rd party systems that can be hooked up to other models, but to be honest, I've not seen a huge amount of positive things said about them. Would more than likely help with vanishing into a game and ignoring the rest of the world for a while.

For these sorts of specs with an Ambilight system, I feel this is a fair price really. Been waiting for a drop on the 49" Model for a while, it's been hanging around the £500 mark for a good few months, so good to see it drop.

Model numbers for your ref are:

Philips 49PUS6401

Philips 55PUS6401

Ambilight

Both TVs have a built in lighting system that will light up around the TV and correspond with what is on screen. You should check some videos out if you're interested. I use a light behind my PC screen and find it helps with eye strain too, although not sure if it will have that effect with ambilight system, on a TV, but it does help on a monitor for sure.

The Idea is that it makes the whole movie watching experience more immersive. So lights out, pizza on the lap and zone out.

HDR

From what i can see it's HDR+ via HDMI/USB only. Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong though. Seems to be good value at this price at the moment.

Stand Footprint on both sets

One of the most important things when buying a TV with they type of stand is the footprint. With the legs being set apart, you'll want to make sure your stand will be wide enough. The Footprint on these is 83cm

Below Specifications apply to both sets

LED TV Screen.

Screen size: 55 inches.

Motion rate 1000.

Viewing angle 176/176 degrees.

Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Connectivity

1 SCART socket, 3 USB ports and 4 HDMI sockets.

Smart TV.

1 DVI socket.

Component video socket.

Optical connection.

Headphone socket.

Wi-Fi enabled.

Ethernet connection.

DLNA compatibility.

Open browser.

Suitable for wall mounting 400 x 200 bracket.

More specs on deal links

138 Comments

Heated, really impressive price for a quality branded set with Ambilight and HDR. I'm sure a lot of people are going to debate whether Philips is actually a quality brand but after a bad few years I think they have improved a lot over recent years and have put out some very good televisions and monitors...

I had this set and I had to return it due to backlighting issues and poor black levels. Pity really as it's a great looking set and Ambilight is amazing.This is a HDR set but it's only rated at 350 nits.My search for an affordable 4k HDR set will continue and I will stick with my 51" Samsung plasma for now.

This is just another example of rebranded product made to be sold on constant "promotion" at one place(Argos)...£20 up or down but always around this price. Lots of returns to Argos due to image retention and backlight issue just shows what it's really worth...

Deanhg

I had this set and I had to return it due to backlighting issues and poor … I had this set and I had to return it due to backlighting issues and poor black levels. Pity really as it's a great looking set and Ambilight is amazing.This is a HDR set but it's only rated at 350 nits.My search for an affordable 4k HDR set will continue and I will stick with my 51" Samsung plasma for now.



In exactly the same boat with a 51" Sammy plasma. If you find anything that does the job let me know.

Bizness

In exactly the same boat with a 51" Sammy plasma. If you find anything … In exactly the same boat with a 51" Sammy plasma. If you find anything that does the job let me know.



I would also like to sign up to your "search for an affordable 4K HDR set" newsletter.

Just hope the Android smart side is better than my Sony

Just to add to the 51" plasma.... mine sadly died a couple of weeks ago. Luckily it was from JL who gave me a full refund of the price paid.... after having had it for 4 years.

Next TV I buy will definitely be from JL, even if it is a hisense at least I know it will be covered!

Good price for a 4k false HDR set of this size ,it will accept a hdr signal but will only downscale it to SDR as the panel cant process a true HDR signal but of course you will have to spend a lot more than his if you want a 4k tv that can display true HDR ,it will play ps4 pro in full 4k but without any HDR features
Edited by: "kaiser051" 19th Oct 2016

Agree with above, HDR will make a bigger difference to the experience than going for a vanilla uhd set.

This is a very good and informative link for the very confusing HDR10/Dolbyvision/gamut/UHD/4k spec, worth a read for anyone considering a TV right now.

acousticfrontiers.com/uhd…v2/



Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 19th Oct 2016

I very nearly bought this last time it came up on here but there was a lot of talk of lag on the Xbox and not getting the TV to recognize the input to put it into gaming mode which reduces the lag.

Anyone got an opinion on the lag. I get my Xboxones on Friday so Im in no rush to upgrade.

Disco Dave

Just hope the Android smart side is better than my Sony



I've not found any faults with the current Sony Android firmware. Although do agree last year they where terrible and only from I think it was April did the firmware sort out most of the issues. I do take it you are running it on the latest firmware release? This is why everywhere took heavy returns on the 2015 sets and even afterwards as people did not update the firmware. Good news for myself anyhow as got a Amazon Warehouse one for £300 with nothing wrong except the firmware had not been updated.

Im in the exact same boat as you guys... i have a Samsung plasma 51" too! But its currently been sent in for repair as it intermitently starts displaying lines across the screen and the wifi has stopped working. Lucky as its covered for 5 years but its only 3 years old! Will wait and sed what the warranty guys say... but always looking for a good 55"!


Bizness

In exactly the same boat with a 51" Sammy plasma. If you find anything … In exactly the same boat with a 51" Sammy plasma. If you find anything that does the job let me know.


Is the 10% code finished now? I got this tv for £449 with the code just over a week ago at Argos.

Disco Dave

Just hope the Android smart side is better than my Sony



Love my sony, never understood the haters

Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set (granted I am a student and know very little about TVs). The HDR settings aren't obvious, they only activate when a HDR source is run on it, then all the settings are available and in the top right a HDR symbol will show. I tested it with a Life of Pi 4K trailer, and I was blown away by the difference between HDR and non-HDR, the colours are very vivid and pop and the lighting wasn't dark at all. It reminded me of those UHD TVs they demonstrate in shops.

The Android system it runs on can be a bit hit and miss, but on the whole works fine, not laggy but not ultra smooth like a Playstation 4's interface (more like an Xbox one as a comparison - I have both). I have to turn the TV off to restart the android OS once or twice a week when certain programs like youtube or iplayer don't work. I have Kodi installed on it, and it works like a charm.

Annoying thing is all the resolutions between 1080p and 2440p support/run only at 30Hz, so are pretty much made redundant, so difficult to scale for PC gaming - I have it hooked up by HDMI. So you're either at 1080p or 4K, nothing inbetween if your GFX card can't handle it.

Philips do regular OTA/Internet updates to the software and the firmware which have made it a better set since I got it, so I'm reassured that they are continuing supporting the set.

Overall, I have a Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One hooked up and they are all excellent at 1080p. 4K HDR with Forza Horzion 3 looks just like the Life of Pi Trailer, absolutely stunning and makes you a bit annoyed to go back to anything non-HDR really. My BT YouView Box showing SD tv on it looks pretty rubbish though tbh, pixellation, motion blur and all that, but I'm not surprised to be honest, all SD content tends to look crappy on modern HD TVs for some reason.

With regard to the comment about the HDR being downscaled to SDR, that doesn't appear to be the case on my set, as both the trailer and games (well only one atm) are shown to be running at 4K (the info button), and looking like they're running at 4K as well.

Just wanted to give a positive opinion to balance out some of the more negative ones (not that there's anything wrong with them), as I'm very glad I got mine.

*correction 2160p (no idea where 2440p came from sorry)

tkny200765

Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set … Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set (granted I am a student and know very little about TVs). The HDR settings aren't obvious, they only activate when a HDR source is run on it, then all the settings are available and in the top right a HDR symbol will show. I tested it with a Life of Pi 4K trailer, and I was blown away by the difference between HDR and non-HDR, the colours are very vivid and pop and the lighting wasn't dark at all. It reminded me of those UHD TVs they demonstrate in shops.The Android system it runs on can be a bit hit and miss, but on the whole works fine, not laggy but not ultra smooth like a Playstation 4's interface (more like an Xbox one as a comparison - I have both). I have to turn the TV off to restart the android OS once or twice a week when certain programs like youtube or iplayer don't work. I have Kodi installed on it, and it works like a charm.Annoying thing is all the resolutions between 1080p and 2440p support/run only at 30Hz, so are pretty much made redundant, so difficult to scale for PC gaming - I have it hooked up by HDMI. So you're either at 1080p or 4K, nothing inbetween if your GFX card can't handle it.Philips do regular OTA/Internet updates to the software and the firmware which have made it a better set since I got it, so I'm reassured that they are continuing supporting the set.Overall, I have a Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One hooked up and they are all excellent at 1080p. 4K HDR with Forza Horzion 3 looks just like the Life of Pi Trailer, absolutely stunning and makes you a bit annoyed to go back to anything non-HDR really. My BT YouView Box showing SD tv on it looks pretty rubbish though tbh, pixellation, motion blur and all that, but I'm not surprised to be honest, all SD content tends to look crappy on modern HD TVs for some reason.With regard to the comment about the HDR being downscaled to SDR, that doesn't appear to be the case on my set, as both the trailer and games (well only one atm) are shown to be running at 4K (the info button), and looking like they're running at 4K as well.Just wanted to give a positive opinion to balance out some of the more negative ones (not that there's anything wrong with them), as I'm very glad I got mine.


Sorry to tell you but theres no way your playing forza in 4k HDR its impossible on that panel,your tv is playing it in 4k and simulating the colours as close as it can to HDR it will look good of course but it definitely isnt HDR as that panel cannot process HDR
Edited by: "kaiser051" 19th Oct 2016

tkny200765

Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set … Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set (granted I am a student and know very little about TVs). The HDR settings aren't obvious, they only activate when a HDR source is run on it, then all the settings are available and in the top right a HDR symbol will show. I tested it with a Life of Pi 4K trailer, and I was blown away by the difference between HDR and non-HDR, the colours are very vivid and pop and the lighting wasn't dark at all. It reminded me of those UHD TVs they demonstrate in shops.The Android system it runs on can be a bit hit and miss, but on the whole works fine, not laggy but not ultra smooth like a Playstation 4's interface (more like an Xbox one as a comparison - I have both). I have to turn the TV off to restart the android OS once or twice a week when certain programs like youtube or iplayer don't work. I have Kodi installed on it, and it works like a charm.Annoying thing is all the resolutions between 1080p and 2440p support/run only at 30Hz, so are pretty much made redundant, so difficult to scale for PC gaming - I have it hooked up by HDMI. So you're either at 1080p or 4K, nothing inbetween if your GFX card can't handle it.Philips do regular OTA/Internet updates to the software and the firmware which have made it a better set since I got it, so I'm reassured that they are continuing supporting the set.Overall, I have a Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One hooked up and they are all excellent at 1080p. 4K HDR with Forza Horzion 3 looks just like the Life of Pi Trailer, absolutely stunning and makes you a bit annoyed to go back to anything non-HDR really. My BT YouView Box showing SD tv on it looks pretty rubbish though tbh, pixellation, motion blur and all that, but I'm not surprised to be honest, all SD content tends to look crappy on modern HD TVs for some reason.With regard to the comment about the HDR being downscaled to SDR, that doesn't appear to be the case on my set, as both the trailer and games (well only one atm) are shown to be running at 4K (the info button), and looking like they're running at 4K as well.Just wanted to give a positive opinion to balance out some of the more negative ones (not that there's anything wrong with them), as I'm very glad I got mine.




With regard to the comment about the HDR being downscaled to SDR, that doesn't appear to be the case on my set, as both the trailer and games (well only one atm) are shown to be running at 4K (the info button), and looking like they're running at 4K as well.

4k and HDR are two different things yes your getting 4k but not HDR

What are the other Ambilight systems that I can plug into my Panasonic?
It looks like it would add to the atmosphere.

gamblor

I would also like to sign up to your "search for an affordable 4K HDR … I would also like to sign up to your "search for an affordable 4K HDR set" newsletter.



​me too please. hope Black Friday finds me something

jaydeeuk1

Agree with above, HDR will make a bigger difference to the experience … Agree with above, HDR will make a bigger difference to the experience than going for a vanilla uhd set.This is a very good and informative link for the very confusing HDR10/Dolbyvision/gamut/UHD/4k spec, worth a read for anyone considering a TV right now.http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/uhd-101-v2/

cheers for the info because, i am, like a lot of people, confused by the latest jargon accompying tv sales. will have a good read through article

great!! cheers!!

I just wish you could get the high end Philips TVs in this country. They have some superb sets. In fact I don't know what's happened with Philips in the UK. You can get hardly any of their stuff here now.

Yeah I got the Hisense HDR update that everyone was going on about for months and it sucks.

It just puts a slight yellow tint to the screen and that's it, completely fake and useless. HDR on an 8 bit panel is pointless.

Edited by: "sweeten16" 19th Oct 2016

gap30

Love my sony, never understood the haters



My Sony is perfect, incredibly fast and responsive android experience. My Philips Ambilight with android is a DISASTER!! Literally the only good thing about it is the lights, ever software update that hits fixes one thing and breaks another (before the remote stopped working and now the to won't connect to the internet) Do not but a Philips if you want any form of smart functionality whatsoever!

gamblor

I would also like to sign up to your "search for an affordable 4K HDR … I would also like to sign up to your "search for an affordable 4K HDR set" newsletter.



Me to

deeky

I just wish you could get the high end Philips TVs in this country. They … I just wish you could get the high end Philips TVs in this country. They have some superb sets. In fact I don't know what's happened with Philips in the UK. You can get hardly any of their stuff here now.


Philips sold out to TPV years ago now TPV make and sell the sets under the philips brand. I bought one of the last excellent philips sets bought in 2011 still have it now. digitaltrends.com/hom…ss/
Edited by: "waterloo" 19th Oct 2016

I've arrived to the conclusion that the majority of people on this site have a 51" Samsung plasma telly

waterloo

Philips sold out to TPV years ago now TPV make and sell the sets under … Philips sold out to TPV years ago now TPV make and sell the sets under the philips brand. I bought one of the last excellent philips sets bought in 2011 still have it now. http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/philips-gets-out-of-the-television-business/



Well I never knew that That's a major disappointment. I have a 42PFL9603 from 2009 which is a superb set and had never missed a beat. I was hoping to upgrade to their latest flagship but it looks like I'm gonna have to reconsider.

SamboBambo

I've arrived to the conclusion that the majority of people on this site … I've arrived to the conclusion that the majority of people on this site have a 51" Samsung plasma telly



​Mines 50" and LG, and I'm now suffering from little man syndrome thanks to this thread

Banned

code TVS10 still works on all tvs over £350 at argos

t002236

Just to add to the 51" plasma.... mine sadly died a couple of weeks ago. … Just to add to the 51" plasma.... mine sadly died a couple of weeks ago. Luckily it was from JL who gave me a full refund of the price paid.... after having had it for 4 years.Next TV I buy will definitely be from JL, even if it is a hisense at least I know it will be covered!


What's JL? Did you have a cover with them to get full refund after 4 years?

t002236

Just to add to the 51" plasma.... mine sadly died a couple of weeks ago. … Just to add to the 51" plasma.... mine sadly died a couple of weeks ago. Luckily it was from JL who gave me a full refund of the price paid.... after having had it for 4 years.Next TV I buy will definitely be from JL, even if it is a hisense at least I know it will be covered!



Christ are they really that good? Did you take out extra cover or is that just standard JL service?

Hah, just seen that someone asked the exact same question an hour earlier. That'll teach me to post before reading the whole thread.
Edited by: "Rob_1304" 20th Oct 2016

mastercruzer

What's JL? Did you have a cover with them to get full refund after 4 … What's JL? Did you have a cover with them to get full refund after 4 years?


John Lewis, they have legendary customer service round these parts.

I have the 51' Samsung 1080i plasma too

Had it for 10 years and it still works

I'd be all over this, had I not bought a new tele about 5 months ago! Cheers for the post anyway OP.

tkny200765

Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set … Bought the 43PUS6401 for £399 in August and have found it a very good set (granted I am a student and know very little about TVs). The HDR settings aren't obvious, they only activate when a HDR source is run on it, then all the settings are available and in the top right a HDR symbol will show. I tested it with a Life of Pi 4K trailer, and I was blown away by the difference between HDR and non-HDR, the colours are very vivid and pop and the lighting wasn't dark at all. It reminded me of those UHD TVs they demonstrate in shops.The Android system it runs on can be a bit hit and miss, but on the whole works fine, not laggy but not ultra smooth like a Playstation 4's interface (more like an Xbox one as a comparison - I have both). I have to turn the TV off to restart the android OS once or twice a week when certain programs like youtube or iplayer don't work. I have Kodi installed on it, and it works like a charm.Annoying thing is all the resolutions between 1080p and 2440p support/run only at 30Hz, so are pretty much made redundant, so difficult to scale for PC gaming - I have it hooked up by HDMI. So you're either at 1080p or 4K, nothing inbetween if your GFX card can't handle it.Philips do regular OTA/Internet updates to the software and the firmware which have made it a better set since I got it, so I'm reassured that they are continuing supporting the set.Overall, I have a Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One hooked up and they are all excellent at 1080p. 4K HDR with Forza Horzion 3 looks just like the Life of Pi Trailer, absolutely stunning and makes you a bit annoyed to go back to anything non-HDR really. My BT YouView Box showing SD tv on it looks pretty rubbish though tbh, pixellation, motion blur and all that, but I'm not surprised to be honest, all SD content tends to look crappy on modern HD TVs for some reason.With regard to the comment about the HDR being downscaled to SDR, that doesn't appear to be the case on my set, as both the trailer and games (well only one atm) are shown to be running at 4K (the info button), and looking like they're running at 4K as well.Just wanted to give a positive opinion to balance out some of the more negative ones (not that there's anything wrong with them), as I'm very glad I got mine.


And who says students have no money.

Deanhg

I had this set and I had to return it due to backlighting issues and poor … I had this set and I had to return it due to backlighting issues and poor black levels. Pity really as it's a great looking set and Ambilight is amazing.This is a HDR set but it's only rated at 350 nits.My search for an affordable 4k HDR set will continue and I will stick with my 51" Samsung plasma for now.


You should have waited they done a hardware update and its now 550 Nits

SamboBambo

I've arrived to the conclusion that the majority of people on this site … I've arrived to the conclusion that the majority of people on this site have a 51" Samsung plasma telly


Yep they are all still living back in 2003

So to summarise... the more head lice the better when it comes to TV's nowadays.
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