Philips has outed its spring HDTV line-up, and smart TV has infiltrated all but the most budget sets while the company pushes ahead with its colorful Ambilight mood lighting system. The Philips 7000 and 6000 Series sit at the top of the range, with active and passive 3D support respectively, support for two-player full-screen gaming, and streaming from services like YouTube and Netflix. Full details after the cut.
Philips may be producing some of the more curious HDTVs around at the moment - its Cinema 21:9 range of super-widescreen sets, such as the most recent Gold model, are particularly eye-catching - but it seems converting that curiosity to purchases continues to escape the company. According to Philips' latest financial release [pdf link], it will be spinning off TV production to a joint-business with existing partner display manufacturer TPV, leaving it with just 30-percent of the company.
Philips has outed the latest in its ridiculously wide Cinema 21:9 HDTV range, the new Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold Series TV. The first 21:9 aspect 3D capable TV, the new set has a 50-inch panel which uses passive 3D glasses, along with Smart TV functionality and real-time 2D-to-3D conversion. There's also a 3D gaming mode which allows two players to see a full-screen 2D view simultaneously.
Philips' Android PMP was eye-catching in its own special way, but it couldn't hold a candle to the company's latest 3D Cinema 21:9 Platinum LCD HDTV. As the name suggests, it's Philips' Cinema 21:9 HDTV with an added shot of 3D alongside Ambilight. Meanwhile there are also the new NetTV IP-connected sets, Blu-ray boxes and speaker systems.
When your HDTV is a one-of-a-kind ultrawide 56-inch display with a £4,500 ($7,318) price tag, you'd better hope it rates well in reviews. Thankfully Philips' indecently broad Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H does just that; according to TechRadar, the 1080p high-def set delivers "the best aspects of the finest sets" they've ever seen.
Couple weeks ago, Philips teased us with the world’s first ultra wide 21:9 cinema aspect 56-inch LCD, and launched a promote web site to prove its existence. Today, they have unveiled the much-secret display in UK, but once again, technical details were left out.
Most of your favorite HDTV programs are broadcasted at 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect, but some cinematic movies are formatted at anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Some projector users are known to have equipped anamorphic widescreen for such standard, then utilizing an anamorphic lens to convert 16:9 materials. Never before, a natively cinema widescreen resolution was featured on a flat screen; until now, Philips has took the initiative to launch the first 21:9 cinema-proportioned LCD TV.
Philips Ambilight is one of those "clever, but does it really work?" concepts that, surprisingly enough, has received generally great reviews. Put simply, it matches the predominant tones on-screen as an LED colourwash on the wall behind the TV, giving the appearance of a bigger, more harmonious picture.
Still, it's an expensive addition to an already pricey piece of home entertainment equipment, and of course only available on Philips' own sets. Far more useful, you might think, is an aftermarket system that could be used on any screen.
Ambient Reality Effects (A.R.E.), a Netherlands based company, believe they have just that system - up to four strips of coloured LEDs that, when hooked up to a Media Centre PC, flood the background wall with ambient light. Screen analysis software runs quietly in the background, monitoring what's being shown and mixing together the perfect blend of lighting to emphasise it.
The starter package - which includes the software, one LED strip, cables and power supply - costs 165 Euros ($211), with the SDK as a free download for people interested in integrating the technology in their programs.
Sony's new Xperia U may be the baby of the NXT Series bunch, but - with Sony's aesthetic almost universal across the line-up - you won't be instantly taunted if spotted with the cheapest model. It's also not the most inspiring designs, but it feels solid and reasonably responsive with its dual-core processor. More hands-on after the cut.