In what is possibly the biggest development in TVs since widescreen, the Philips 56PFL9954 is the first commercially available TV with a genuine, cinema scale TV screen. The 21:9 aspect is, for the first time on a TV, to the exact scale of a cinema screen. This doesn't just mean an engaging wide picture but also the complete absence of those annoying black bars that blight most films. OK, so the screen isn't quite as big as most cinemas, but 56 inches is certainly big enough to give a genuine cinema experience in most living rooms. With all the excitement about the screen size and shape it would have been easy to have forgotten about the quality. Fortunately, that's not what Philips has done.
Key to the fantastic picture quality is Philips's Ambilight Spectra 3. This advanced ambient lightening system draws you in to the picture and makes it more comfortable to watch TV. In addition to 1080p HD Ready and 200Hz technology, this Philips 56 inch LCD TV also boasts the unique Philips technology of Perfect Pixel HD. Building on Philips's award-winning Pixel Plus, Perfect Pixel HD creates super-sharp definition and ultra-low noise. Perfect Natural Motion makes film replay a smooth, fluid process. Furthermore, with a, class-leading, response time of just 1ms, the Philips 56PFL9954 is one of the fastest responding TVs in its class. Factor in the astonishing contrast ratio of 80,000:1 and its clear to see that this 21:9 Philips TV is something very special indeed.
With a cinema sized screen you really need a cinema sized sound system to go with it. As ever, we'd always recommend using a TV of this size and quality with a separate home-cinema system. Having said that, considering the super-slim frame, this Philips 56 inch Ambilight TV is impressive. BBE sound enhancement and a powerful 2x15 watts amp give a more spacious sound with greater depth and width than is sometimes the case with large TVs.
Just when you think the Philips can't possibly offer any more, it responds with Net TV. As the name suggests, Net TV gives you access to a range of entertainment on the web: simply connect the 56PFL9945 to your home network via a LAN connection. NET TV also allows you to stream videos and pictures from your PC to TV. As you'd expect from this luxury TV, all the sockets you could possibly need are included. No fewer than five (one side-mounted) HDMI sockets cater for your High Definition sources. A USB socket lets you play back photos and music through the TV from memory storage devices. For other sources the twin SCART sockets, PC input, S-Video and component sockets prove comprehensive enough for any system. An added benefit is the coaxial digital output; perfect for connecting the TV to your home cinema system. The Philips 56PFL9954 television can be bought from Richersounds from £1000.