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Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum (58PFL9955H) review

Philips second-generation 21:9 TV adds 3D and LED backlighting

Our Verdict

For

  • 2D and 3D hi-def pictures
  • Punchy, crisp audio
  • Design
  • Easy to use remote control
  • Multimedia capabilities

Against

  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Ambilight not suited to 3D
  • Aspect ratio choices can confuse
  • No 2D-3D conversion

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.

Now it's revisited the concept, but added 3D playback and direct LED backlighting to create an even more cutting-edge product, dubbed the Cinema 21:9 Platinum.

At 58-inches it is two inches larger than its predecessor and replaces the latter's cheap-looking plastic bezel with an alluring black brushed aluminium frame with rounded edges. And where the earlier model sported a low-slung speaker bar, this one now hides its drivers out of sight.

Its £4,000 price tag slots it into the upper echelons of the flatscreen market alongside the likes of Samsung's UE55C8000, Panasonic's P65VT20 and Sony's 60LX903.

Of course, not everyone will hanker for an ultra-wide TV; those after a similarly specified conventional set should look instead to Philips' 9705 series (46, 40 and 32inches), which offer pretty much the same picture processing and features but in a regular 16:9 size.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyCinema
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size147.3 cm (58")
Aspect Ratio21:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 300
Operating Power Consumption147 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand735 mm
Width with Stand1459 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height668 mm
Width1459 mm
Depth71 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext, Auto-off
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model58PFL9955H
Product NameCinema 58PFL9955H LED-LCD TV
Product LineCinema
Manufacturer Part Number58PFL9955H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be blown away by movies the way they're meant to be seen on the Philips 58PFL9955 LED TV. The ultra-wide TV with Perfect Pixel HD engine and LED Pro matches the 21:9 movie format perfectly and comes to life with immersive Ambilight and 3D.

Response Time500 µs
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)26 kg