Philips Cinema 21:9 with 3D, full LED backlight and silly glasses
When Philips sent us the original 21:9 a year ago, we weren't expecting much from what seemed like an expensive gimmick. We were happily proved wrong -- it was a fantastic TV and we loved every moment we spent with it. Philips has now updated the TV, so we strapped on the old drool bib and snapped some close-up shots for your edification.
Philips has added two inches to the thing, making it 58 inches across. It's also swapped the old-fashioned CCFL backlight for a full LED array and has added 3D into the bargain. The price stays the same, and although £4,000 is a vast amount to spend on a telly, you get more for your money than you did last year.
Clearly a TV for people passionate about home cinema, it's reasonable to expect 3D as standard. Indeed, there are two pairs of 3D glasses included in the box -- Philips is one of only a few manufacturers to give glasses away, and we applaud it for doing so.
Philips' usual flair for style is extravagantly flaunted. The 21:9 is an incredible looking piece of kit, edged with real metal, and with a visual impact no standard 16:9 TV can approach, it's certain to dominate any room you plonk it in.
Like other Philips TVs, there's a great sound system, with forward-firing tweeters for clear high-end and speech, along with a pair of rear-firing woofers, which faithfully convey the rumble of bass and depth of music, or the deafening explosions if you're watching a Michael Bay film.
There's also an upgraded Ambilight system, the headline feature of which is you no longer need a white wall to get the best out of the immersive lighting system, which we've always loved.
We'll be reviewing the 21:9, in all its glory, very soon. Until then, check out some seductive shots of it in our photo gallery. Here, you can borrow our bib.
Squee! This delivery made battling to work through the cold-ravaged south-east of England worthwhile.
Excitement reaches epic levels as we break out the stand.
LOOK AT IT!
The TV is pretty amazing too. This aspect ratio impresses us to our home-cinema-loving cores.
Philips' 3D glasses are comfortable to wear, but they make you look like an idiot.
Fitting the TV to the stand is dead simple, and took us 3 minutes.
The remote control is the new simpler type. It's stylish, but the lack of buttons can sometimes be an issue.
Front-mounted controls are useful, and beautifully styled too.
The bezel is thin metal. There's no doubt Philips makes some of the prettiest TV hardware.
There's a side-mounted HDMI and pair of USB sockets here. Interestingly, this TV has 802.11n wireless built-in.
The rest of the sockets are rear-mounted.
The Philips has rear-mounted woofers and front-mounted tweeters, producing an excellent sound.
Thin, light and power-efficient, this is an impressive TV. Even if it does cost £4,000.
Flora carries the glasses off well, but Drew is still confused.
We love Ambilight as much as ever.
And there you have it. 3D, with Ambilight. A properly immersive experience.
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