Rated 5 out of
Cinema @ Home
We ordered the 21:9 on Friday and it was delivered the following Tuesday – an excellent start!. The box was huge, but as it was mid-week I thought we would leave it in the garage till the weekend, so we could enjoy the Grand Opening – not a bit of it: we had it out of the box and on the wall by Tuesday afternoon!!. What’s the rush I thought? – wanting to savour every moment of packaging and instruction
– then I remembered; the Open Golf was on, and Wimbledon was about to start!!.
The TV went straight onto the old bracket, which we had purchased for our 37”and bought the best we could afford in the hope of upscaling one day – well that investment certainly paid off!. Buying this TV was no easy decision, as
the size and scale was bigger than we had ever considered. We would not have had room for a standard 56” – but with it only being the aspect of a 42”,it made it all the more of an option.
The real purchase decision was made when we hung the Colour Template on the wall so we could get a true impression. What a result!!.
The setup itself was a doddle, all computer graphics which were very user friendly, and no tome of literature to read…!. The only problem was the Soundbar which was set to a 1080i resolution and when I attached the 21:9 we couldn’t get the DVD Blue screen. Reading through the Soundbar Troubleshooting information it mentioned on P51 that if we pressed and held down the SELECT/PROGRAM button on the Soundbar remote for 3 seconds it would toggle through the various screenmodes. On the second attempt, we were able to connect and had the Blue DVD Screen on the 21:9.
This could be worth putting on the Philips website as an instruction.
The V+ Cable box was also easily connected and worked first time.
The ethernet connection from the home network was next. We were expecting a real struggle with this, as the perception of hooking-up PC to TV is always regarded as difficult. We didn’thave to worry – the TV searched and found the home network without us having to do anything!.
Again, we had wired up the wall for the 37” expecting to upscale to full PC capability and this was it – working first time!.
Better still was that we could access all the Help pages on the TV, so there is no vast tome of information to read!.
The picture quality of the 21:9 is excellent. We watched Wimbledon on BBC HD, and you could see the individual holes in the net. We felt as if we were sitting on the Centre Court, the action was almost happening in the room. The Golf is also fantastic, as you feel you are standing on the fairway, as each blade of grass is visible.
Regarding Picture Format, we set most TV channels to AutoFormat, and it is only when watching News24 with the ticker on screen that we have to change to “Cinema 21:9 with Subtitles” as we like to follow the News as it happens.
As the TV format is “stretched”, there are instances where the top of a person’s head may disappear when watching in full screen mode. This is not a personal issue for me as I understand the technology behind
the picture format, and I can accept that the picture has been stretched to accommodate the full screen and I have gotten used to this happening.
However, this may be a note to make in the literature for purists who may see this negatively.
All in all we are delighted with our new TV and it has certainly made the phrase “Home Cinema” a reality in our home!!
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 5 out of
Delighted with the service & the product
Cannot praise both the service from Philips and the product it's self enough.
The picture is excellent, delighted with the Ambilight effect (We think it looks better against a dark wall)
Good with a PS3, however the Wii only goes to 16.9 (not the TV's fault it's the Wii set-up)
The wall bracket is simple and effective.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 4 out of
Amazing for movies but basic Freeview functionality disappointing
As a movie fan this TV is amazing especially when combined with my Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray player and Samsung Freesat HD PVR. As this is the main purpose of this TV I can forgive the weaknesses in other areas. I loved the reaction of family and friends seeing it in action for the first time. The Ambilight is a brilliant feature and really sucks you into to what you're watching. The sound is a million times better than most flat screen TVs with the built in subwoofers.
The contrast ratio could be better and picture quality is best with most if not all of the active features disabled. The Freeview side of things is quite poor, not the picture quality, but the interface. When changing channels there is no 'Now/Next' window that pops up to tell you what's on and what's coming up. This seems like a basic thing but I find it frustrating that it's missing even if it is only one button press away (am I being pedantic...probably). The whole area relating to the freeview TV guide could have been done better IMHO.
Mine developed a fault after two months that required both the system board and power supply to be replaced but has been trouble free in the time since repair.
I look forward to the price of the 3D and LED 58PFL9955 dropping into my price range and I will definitely be upgrading. Once you've had a taste of 21:9, you can't go back!
Date published: 2011-10-03
Rated 5 out of
All TV borde ha samma format som bio-duken. Philips är de enda som har förstått det vilket gör att ytan används fullt ut på ett korrekt sätt när man ser moderna filmer. Var en mycket tidig kund på detta och jag har aldrig ångrat mig. Ska bli intressant att pröva LED uppföljaren så småningom!
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 4 out of
I love this (I fell like a celebrity).
Owned for six month, I only watch BluRay via PS3/HD Media player and play games via Xbox 360. Wifi works ok but the net TV is disappointing.
21.9 is fanstastic (all screens should be this format).
Ambilight Spectra 3 is another fantastic feature even when the TV is not in use it can still fill your living area with ambience at the touch of a button - great for those with interior design in mind (Spectra 3 is an amazing attribute to any home).
Connectivity is in abundance with plenty of places to plug your peripherals including an usb connection for updating the TVs software (MKV container not supported which is a negative here).
Sound is fantastic with realy good spatial sound and base is solid (best sound I have personaly heard from a TV yet).
Remote isn't that responsive and you need to point it straight at the TV but it is well built and you can tell that by the weight of it and the TV menu is pretty easily navigated for your basic TV settings like picture etc.. .
Not a big fan of LCD but it does perform pretty well considering its an extra wide.. widescreen... LCD TV and their is a little ghosting and horizontal panning/scanning is a little gerky, but only noticable to the purest viewer.
I would not recommend this TV if you are going to watch Standard Definition only, you realy need HD player/decoder to get the best performance out of it.
This TV is fantastic but not perfect but I dont care cause as a whole it is 'the coolest TV with the most fantastic attributes that is hanging in/on anybody's home/wall at the moment.
I have one dead pixel so far, it is one third from the bottom centre of the screen and I realy only notice it during credits.
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 4 out of
Superb movie watching experience!
Especially designed to portray movies as they were meant to be seen! Design is very good and looks great either wall hung or on the stand (which unfortunately is a quite expensive extra). One of my favourite features is the ambilight which really does enhance the picture. As for the picture it really is on a par with the best LED screens we looked at,the colours are amazing with very bright whites and deep blacks. There are down sides to the set, I would have loved to be able to customise my picture size at times and was told instore that this was possible but it's not,was hoping this would be sorted out by a software update maybe but it hasn't! Also the internet tv feature is not very good at all and playing different media through the many connections (one of the reasons I purchased!) is almost impossible and very frustrating!!! But I do still think it's a great set and have not regretted the purchase.
Date published: 2011-10-09
Rated 5 out of
Riktigt bra TV
Älskar film På denna TV. Ambilight ger ett härligt ljus i rummet. Lättanvänd och kvalitet.
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 4 out of
This is a wonderful design. The back-lit screen is fantastic, making other tv screens dull in comparison. The size of this tv is great, perfect for viewing not just films but the Rugby World Cup too! Seriously, this tv is good for viewing anything.
A small bug bear vor me is that it can't play BBC Iplayer as that is a must now on any smart enabled/internet enabled tv. It can be linked to Twonky Media (from your pc) and you can view movies or photos direct from your pc link (via wireless) but the fact that there's no Iplayer is not good. You can view You Tube videos with ease. Haven't tried any of the other catch up tv but I would imagine that as most use flash player and this tv hasn't got that, that it's not possible.
Date published: 2011-10-06