Philips has announced its 2010 line up of products, with 3D-ready TVs dominating its entire 9000 series and all but the 32-inch model in the 8000 series.
Philips has also confirmed that there will be a 3D-ready version of the ‘cinema proportioned’ Philips Cinema 21:9 TV later this year.
Philips will be selling 3D upgrade packs to owners of their 3D models, which will contain two pairs of 3D active shutter glasses. Individual 3D glasses will also be available to buy.
Find out more about the Philips Cinema 21:9 TV here
Philips 3D-ready LED TVs
Philips says its 400Hz 9000 series TVs will feature LED backlighting technology, where the LEDs that light up the display are directly behind the screen. Philips is calling this system LED Pro.
The picture on the 200Hz 8000 series and the 100Hz 7000 series of Philips TVs will be illuminated by edge-lit LED technology, where the LEDs are positioned around the edge of the screen. This technology makes the TVs slimmer, and usually more energy efficient than backlit LED TVs.
We had some image quality concerns when edge-lit LED TVs first came out, but generally quality has now improved. We’ll give full test results of these models once we have put them through our stringent lab tests.
For hundreds of reviews of LCD, plasma and LED TVs, check out our TV report
High-end Philips TVs have featured Ambilight technology in recent years, and Philips has now extended this feature across a wider range of models.
Philips Ambilight technology projects a light out of the rear of the TV and on to the wall behind. According to Philips, this creates a more enjoyable viewing experience.
The entire Philips 9000 series will feature Ambilight along the top and sides of the TVs, while the 8000 and 7000 series TVs will feature Ambilight on their two sides, but not along their tops.
All of the 9000, 8000 and 7000 TVs will be internet enabled. The 9000 series will be Wi-Fi capable, and dongles will be available to allow owners of the 8000 and 7000 Series models to connect to the internet wirelessly.
We will be testing the new line up of Philips TVs in our labs when they launch later this year.
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