Philips Increases Price Of 56-inch Cinema 21:9 TV to £4500

Philips incredibly sexy Ultrawide 21:9 56-inch LCD TV was announced back in January 2009 and was billed as the screen that lets you enjoy movies as you would in the cinema and as the director intended.

The device was expected to cost around £3500 when more details were released in February but it seems that its price has been hiked up to £4500 but that includes a five year warranty.

The television will go on sale on the 18th of October and will include "smart levelling bracket" which will ease the process of wall mounting and adjusting the television's position. There's also an optional swivel stand that might add another £170 to the price.

The Cinema 21:9 will come with an impressive set of features including five HDMI and a USB port, WiFi connectivity, built in NetTV (which is Philips own internet access solution), DLNA certified and a full resolution of 2560x1080 pixels (which incidentally is roughly having two 1280x1024 screens glued together).

Philips has also packed in its Perfect Pixel HD Engine which offers a 200Hz frame rate and allows response times of under 1ms - apparently - as well as a contrast ratio of 80,000:1 - which puts it on par with the best on the market.

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Bargain or not? Sharp's fabulously beautiful LC52X20E 52" Aquos HD Ready LCD TV costs around a fifth at £958 but the Sony KDL-55X4500 55" BRAVIA LCD TV 100Hz widescreen 1080p will set you back a whopping £3900. So both the Sony and the Sharp appear to be better value.

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