Wide Load: Philips Cinema 21:9

March 26, 2009

philips-21-9-cinemascope-lcd-tvWhile browsing the booths at CEDIA 2007 a friend and I were blown away at the number of 2.35:1 front projection set-ups on display; it was actually harder to find a 16:9 demo than a “scope” screen. I told my friend, this is all well and good but if we ever see a scope flat-panel then we’ll know this is moving beyond the front projection/hobbyist market. Well Philips has met the challenge but I’m not sure I still believe it’s a sign of things to come.

Touted as the “world’s first cinema-proportioned LCD television”, the 56″ Philips Cinema 21:9 would seemingly cater to wide (really wide) screen aficionados who want the maximum amount of screen real estate possible for their movie watching experience. Oddly enough those who are simply looking to eliminate those “pesky black bars” would just find them moved to the sides (or worse yet, stretched) with traditional 16:9 programming.

Speaking of stretching, the fact that the displays native resolution is 2560 x 1080 requires the use of scaling to display 1920 x 1080p (Blu-ray) content without black bars. Now Philips is perfectly capable of sourcing or building a scaler with the ability to handle this job quite nicely. What the actual performance of said scaler would be in real-world use is another story altogether.

The 56″ Philips Cinema 21:9 features a native resolution of 2560 x 1080, 1ms response time, 200Hz Clear LCD technology, 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Philips Spectra Ambilight and built-in Net TV integration. The Cinema 21:9 should be available “Spring 2009”.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under High Definition Televisions


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    Hey blue888 I agree, the 65″ plasma would be a better value. I think they’re trying to temp cinemascope purists and those looking for a unique conversation piece.

  • B.Greenway

    Hey blue888 I agree, the 65″ plasma would be a better value. I think they’re trying to temp cinemascope purists and those looking for a unique conversation piece.

  • blued888

    Interesting product, but given the price (I’m pretty sure it’ll be pricey since Philips will be the only one offering it)… I would rather go for a 65-inch plasma. With this 21:9 TV, you’d have black bars on the sides if you watch anything other than 2.35:1 and 2.40:1 content.

  • blued888

    Interesting product, but given the price (I’m pretty sure it’ll be pricey since Philips will be the only one offering it)… I would rather go for a 65-inch plasma. With this 21:9 TV, you’d have black bars on the sides if you watch anything other than 2.35:1 and 2.40:1 content.