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

The original 21:9 was so nearly a brilliant TV, but was let down by a somewhat plasticky design and bog-standard CCFL lighting system. Philips has addressed those issues and brought full HD 3D into the mix. The result? A brilliant TV.

We liked

The three-sided Ambilight and the 21:9 format combine to make watching widescreen movies a real immersive experience. 3D movies are presented with visual pop and little in the way of crosstalk.

It's neatly designed and full of features. Even the remote control and the TV's audio performance deserve plaudits.

We disliked

The absence of a Freeview HD tuner takes some getting used to, and the TV is also a little bit chunkier than some of its rivals. Ambilight doesn't suit 3D playback. There's no 2D-3D conversion technology on board.

Final verdict

Philips' Cinema 21:9 platinum is undoubtedly the most technologically advanced screen you can buy and challenges Samsung's UE55C9000 as the most desirable. It takes superb pictures, boasts solid audio and extensive features and wraps them in a gorgeous, uniquely-shaped frame.

Really, the only thing wrong with it is its lack of a Freeview HD tuner – but that doesn't stop it bagging full marks. It's not a question of should you buy one, it's just whether or not you can afford to.

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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