Excerpt: I was quite sore that I missed out on the launch of this TV, but sure enough, it landed on our AV room’s doorstep a short while after. I was amazed at the sheer size of the package, and was even more amazed when I actually got the monster out of its box. This 58-inch TV is definitely one of the biggest TVs I’ve ever seen. But will it live up to the massive hype?
Summary: If movies are your life this is the TV for you. Not only can it do pretty much everything a “normal” HDTV does, it also presents films in a totally unique way that really brings them to the fore. The design, build quality and features are also top drawer – aside from the missing Freeview HD tuner.
Excerpt: Just as Spinal Tap’s amps go to 11, then Philips’ 58PFL9955H goes to 21. Or 21:9, to be precise. This is the much-anticipated sequel to the brand’s original, ground-breaking and seriously movie-friendly Cinema 21:9 – a TV which laughed in the piffling face of your usual 16:9-ratio TVs and stretched to embrace the extra girth of the ultra-wide CinemaScope aspect ratio still used on the majority of cinematically released films.
Excerpt: IFA 2010 and following the announcement yesterday of the Philips 3D Cinema 21:9 Platinum T3 was lucky enough to have a look. With this set the Dutch company adds 3D to it's 21:9 flatpanel offering to create the first 21:9 3D display.
Excerpt: Philips doesn't do things by halves. Designed primarily to rid Blu-ray movie transfers of those pesky black bars top and bottom, this uniquely (for now – LG demoed a very similar product behind closed doors at the recent CES) shaped TV increases the screen real estate on offer by about a quarter when compared to a “normal” widescreen plasma or LCD TV.
Pros: Full-screen CinemaScope movies, HD detail, contrast, black levels, colour, Ambilight, speakers, remote control
Cons: No Freeview HD, messy 3D, distorts some sources
Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum 3D (58PFL9955) review Review
17 December 2010
Summary: Philips' upgraded Cinema 21:9 TV adds full LED backlighting and 3D compatibility to a movie-friendly aspect ratio. Its 3D performance isn't great, but otherwise it'll be well worth a look for home-cinema fanatics.
Pros: Great 2D picture quality, Awesome design
Cons: No Freeview HD tuner, Expensive, Poor 3D performance
Excerpt: Philips' first cinemascope (21:9) ratio TV sent shockwaves through the home entertainment universe when it launched in 2009. A TV that delivered widescreen movies without black bars at the bottom and top of the image was a daring step that helped separate the Dutch brand from its Far Eastern rivals and earned it numerous plaudits.