With lockdown restrictions easing, and the delayed Euro 2020 championship kicking off soon, now is the perfect time to invest in a new TV.
The best sets don't just enhance your viewing experience, they upgrade your lounge as much as an antique coffee table or bespoke sideboard. Just like these pieces, a great TV is not just functional – it makes a statement about you as a person and where your priorities lie. Of course, a great TV will also deliver a stunning audio-visual experience, marrying form and function into a perfect whole.
Philips has 130 years' experience making consumer goods, with its TVs regarded as some of the finest in the world. Here's why your next TV should be a Philips.
OLED: seeing is believing
Philips is one of the few companies in the world making OLED TVs at 48 inches in size. That's a huge deal – previously, the smallest OLED TVs available were 55 inches when measured diagonally, which is just too big for many lounges. A 48-inch size option means that anyone with a more modest lounge can still benefit from the finest screen tech currently available.
And OLED is certainly that. Because OLED screens don’t need a backlight, they can be ultra slim – Philips 48OLED935 (the 48-inch model, available at Currys PC World) measures just 5mm thick at its narrowest point. But there’s more to OLED than just slim dimensions. Because each pixel can be isolated and switched off individually, OLED TVs deliver the best black levels in the TV business. You will also be able to pick out more detail in dark scenes – essential for watching moody thrillers.
OLED is also more efficient and eco-friendly, meaning less power consumption and lower electricity bills.
But Philips' OLED TVs offer much more than just gorgeous screens. The company's Ambilight technology features intelligent LEDs around the edges of the TV – these cast the on-screen colours onto the wall behind the TV, creating a stunning effect. Not only is this emitted glow a real crowdpleaser, it also makes your TV seem bigger than its dimensions, making TV shows and films more immersive.
Ambilight features on Philips’ 48-inch OLED935, as well as 55- and 65-inch models (55OLED935 and 65OLED935, respectively).
As does the P5 Perfect Picture Engine. Combined with high dynamic range (HDR), this processor enhances every scene, creating a brilliantly vivid image. Finer details will be more obvious, skin tones more natural, and motion will be butter smooth, making it perfect for fast-moving sports and movies. You'll get a full sensory experience that captures all the original richness of your content.
The OLED935 models also feature enhanced sound. (Because when you're watching live sports like Euro 2020, a lot of the atmosphere is created by the sound.) Dolby Atmos comes as standard, creating a virtual surround sound effect without crowding your lounge with speakers. The 48OLED935 also has an exclusive built-in soundbar, which delivers stunning sound from the experts at Bowers & Wilkins. This delivers rich, punchy bass and clearer detail, so you'll hear every note, even if the volume is turned down low for late night viewing. And with a premium fabric cover, it looks as good as it sounds.
Philips LED: IMAX performance on an Odeon budget
Philips’ more affordable TVs offer many of the same features, so you don’t have to miss out. Its PUS9005 range of LED TVs is made up of three sizes: 50-inch (50PUS9005), 58-inch (58PUS9005) and 70-inch (70PUS9005). All three offer unrivalled, class-leading specs.
Philips' Ambilight tech comes as standard on all three models. On the 70-inch model, it will look truly stunning, making it an awesome centrepiece to any movie night.
The P5 processor also features on these LED TVs, enhancing colours and making movies more cinematic. And because these TVs support all four formats of HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma), you'll see the benefit on more content than ever.
These sets are smart TVs, too. Because they’re connected to the internet, they’re equipped for streaming on-demand and catch-up content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+ and BBC iPlayer. It puts a whole world of entertainment at your fingertips.