Philips 50PFL7956T review

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Philips 50pfl7956t review

One of the key features of the Philips 50PFL7956T is its stretching and cropping of various video inputs. While 2.39:1-shaped Blu-ray movies are simply cropped top and bottom to present their full screen, an Auto Fill mode ensures that everything else fits. Sort of.

We tried it with a range of TV broadcasts and DVDs, and found that some background actors lost their heads, while other footage, such as sports and movies, generally didn't suffer. In fact it often looked amazing. Auto fill isn't perfect, but there's never any nasty stretching involved.

While Net TV, along with many of the Philips 50PFL7956T's core functions, is easy to use, Multi View turns out to be a let-down. Despite the screen being so wide, the provision of a main screen and a thumbnail beside ought to work. One of those windows must be Net TV, and unless you're watching something on BBC iPlayer, there's not a lot of point to Multi View.

Philips 50pfl7956t review

That goes double because the web browser option in Web TV is slow and hard to navigate. Reach for your smartphone is you want to surf the web.

The remote control is nicely designed, with an oval shape, although this time the metallic finish is merely painted plastic. One thing we did notice was the remote's lack of a dedicated 3D button. If you're using a 3D Blu-ray player, this makes no difference - the TV automatically prompts you to choose 3D mode. But if you're watching from a Sky or Virgin Media box, as we were, it's necessary to dive into a long series of on-screen menus to find the side-by-side 3D format option. It's not a problem as such, but the TV doesn't make it easy, and as a consequence the instant 3D effect is lost.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyCinema Gold
3D Type3D
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio21:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption114 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power34 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand633 mm
Width with Stand1242 mm
Depth with Stand253 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height580 mm
Width1242 mm
Depth32 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesGold
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model50PFL7956T
Product NameCinema 21:9 Gold Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Multi-View
Product LineCinema
Manufacturer Part Number50PFL7956T/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

World's first cinema-proportion Smart TV with Ambilight and Multiview
Be blown away as you watch Blu-ray movies or HDTV on this spectacular 127 cm (50") ultra-wide TV. The Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold series LED TV offers a true cinematic widescreen experience that perfectly matches the original 21:9 movie format.

Package Contents
  • Cinema 21:9 Gold Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Multi-View
  • Safety/Legal Instructions
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Wall Mounting Bracket
  • Smart TV Quick Guide
  • Wi-Fi MediaConnect Voucher
Response Time2 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)22 kg