Philips 21:9 Cinema HDTV
It’s perhaps the most radical development in home television since High Definition and Widescreen, Philips’ ground breaking 21:9 ‘Cinema’ promises to bring true cinema aspect ratios to our living rooms. Yet amongst all this excitement what are the reasons to be cautious?
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Just the Bad Points Review: Philips 21:9 Cinema
- While pixel mapping does support 16:9, 4:3 content inevitably has very thick vertical bars
- 21:9 name is mathematical approximation which may just further confuse public
- Will the industry support it? Currently only 60 per cent of DVDs and Blu-rays have a 21:9 mode
- At 20cm deep it’s not particularly slim
- Not LED backlit, it’s limited to CCFL
- 56in is only size on offer for now
- Ambilight Spectra implementation is sadly only three sided, not four
- Asking Price (4,000 euros)
- Launch not until June (time to save up?!)
- Rivals are expected to follow suit with 21:9 models of their own, so is it better to wait?
- Is it rarely wise to buy the first generation of anything…
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