Philips has revealed its new flagship TV – this 65in OLED 9 sequence.
To not be confused with the prevailing 9002 OLED vary, the 9 sequence, or 9603, sits proper on the prime as Philips’s new flagship Extremely HD 4K tv.
We took a more in-depth take a look at this model new Philips OLED TV.
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The 65in 9603 (full mannequin title 65POS9603) has the triple whammy of 4K OLED, three-sided Ambilight and Philips’s new P5 image processing engine – a mix that proposes to ship Philips’s finest OLED display but.
Powered by the P5 processor, the 65in Philips OLED can ship a peak mild output of 900nits and 99 per cent of the DCI-P3 large color gamut. These numbers imply the TV has been given UHD Premium certification.
It helps Excessive Dynamic Vary (HDR) as properly, however solely the usual HDR10 format. Philips hasn’t felt the necessity to implement Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR, nor has it joined Samsung and Panasonic for the HDR10+ variant both.
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The 65in OLED comes with three-sided Ambilight, a Philips know-how that extends the on-screen colors past the display utilizing tiny LEDs behind the TV.
And whereas it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, we quite like its immersive impact. We’ve additionally discovered it seems extra participating and pure on Philips’ OLEDs in comparison with the corporate’s LCD screens.
The interface is powered by Android TV OS, so anticipate to see the same old complement of Google Play, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video apps, in addition to catch-up TV companies for the UK.
Subsequent yr’s Android Nougat replace (round mid-2018) may even carry Google Assistant voice management to the Philips TV.
Sound high quality
What seems like a big, fabric-covered TV stand is definitely a 6.1 sound system.
We all know Philips takes particular discover of how its top-of-the-range TVs sound – the 55POS901F comes with an built-in soundbar, as does the brand new 8602 quantum dot LCD TV – however this guarantees to be a much more substantial enhance.
It’s primarily a soundbase. Not too cumbersome however not too slim, the bottom spans almost the size of the TV, and homes six front-firing drivers and a back-firing ‘triple ring’ driver with a bass port and a claimed 60W output.
We sadly didn’t get to listen to it, however we will’t assist however have excessive hopes. It seems like a intelligent and chic answer to getting sturdy sound from slim screens, assuming you do not need to add a encompass sound system.
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The premium facet of this Philips 65POS9603 TV is additional emphasised by its design: the glossy aluminium housing, which can be lined in a fetching gray material from Danish textile institution Kvadrat. (Kvadrat, by the way, is identical premium cloth that Bang & Olufsen makes use of for its BeoSound Form tiles).
After all, the bottom nonetheless works as a TV stand. Simply ensure your TV rack is large sufficient to accommodate it. Alternatively, you possibly can wall-mount it.
Image high quality
A commerce present setting with its brilliant, showroom lights and lots of reflections (and other people) is not any respectable area to actually gauge a TV’s image high quality. However the 65in TV’s sturdy factors weren’t too arduous to discern.
The demo clips on present confirmed off deep blacks and wealthy colors – it is what we anticipate from an OLED display. Reds and blues regarded lush and subtly shaded, and pores and skin tones appeared pure.
The display’s 4K decision was crisp and clear, whereas threads of garments, water droplets and textured wooden all regarded finely detailed. Whites regarded clear however not overdone, and it appeared to have a very good deal with on movement, too.
Regardless of the setting, the set did an honest job of heading off all of the reflections and glare, and its sturdy distinction nonetheless shone by.
What stood out was that the TV did not appear to have its brightness or colors turned as much as 11 – which suggests the Philips got here throughout trying quite pure and pleasing to the attention.
The set’s Ambilight, however, was amped-up, however we will think about its immersive impact being much less distracting when on a extra delicate setting.
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OLEDs are properly on the rise this yr, and it seems like Philips has a robust contender within the 65POS9603.
Ambilight helps set this TV aside from the competitors and if that mild present isn’t your cup of tea, the 6.1 soundbase – assuming it sounds good – ought to offer you satisfying audio high quality to go along with that splendid 4K OLED image.
Whether or not it might probably higher Sony’s A1 vary – at present our favorite 4K OLED – in pure efficiency phrases, stays to be seen.
The Philips 65in OLED 9 sequence is due in January 2018, with pricing nonetheless to be confirmed. We’ll simply have to attend and see.
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