Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum (58PFL9955H) review

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

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Philips cinema 21 9 platinum 58pfl9955h

Reading the features list for the Cinema 21:9 Platinum can be a bit exhausting. Philips has crammed its flagship screen with so many processing tricks and pixel-tweaking algorithms that it's a wonder it doesn't topple over.

First, though, the connections, of which there should be enough for all but the most gadget-obsessed buyers. They include four HDMIs (including one HDMI v1.4 for your 3D Blu-ray player), component, Scart and composite video inputs, PC D-Sub, Ethernet and a couple of USBs. Some of these are side-mounted for easier access. Not bad, then, although the original 21:9 TV carried five HDMI jacks, an extra Scart socket and an S-video input.

The Ethernet port gives you the options of both DLNA home networking, and hookup to Philips' impressive Net TV content portal. There's also built-in Wi-Fi for the cable-phobic.

A three-sided version of Philips' Ambilight system emits pools of coloured light corresponding to whatever is on screen from the left, right and top sides of the bezel to create a more immersive effect and subjectively improve contrast.

This familiar feature is now able to adjust its light output to compensate for the colour of your walls.
Also new to Philips' top-end TVs (including the regular 16:9 9705 series models) are some additional picture processing features to the Pixel Perfect HD engine, including 400HZ Clear LCD, Bright Pro and Super Resolution. Respectively, these claim to lower the TV's response time to just 0.5ms, improve brightness without affecting black levels and sharpen even HD sources.

These join forces with Perfect Natural Motion smoothing technology, Perfect Contrast (which aims to deliver a 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio) and LED Pro backlighting. This last feature describes the 1,000-plus LEDs that sit behind the LCD screen in more than 200 individually controllable sectors, an arrangement that should greatly improve contrast.

Other features worth noting are the TV's MultiView split screen function; music, video and photo playback from USB and surround sound hookup via the HDMI audio return channel.

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
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand735 mm
Width with Stand1459 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
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
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 Address
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
Weight (Approximate)26 kg