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Brighter Than Before, Philips' 3D 21:9 TV Does Films Justice

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The 21:9 has an advantage with its letterbox aspect ratio. Unlike other TVs, films fit the screen without those annoying black bars. With Toy Story 3D, you're drawn into a more engaging 3D image than the 55-inch 3D sets manage.

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It's also brighter than a lot of the rival 3D sets. Sure, there's a big hit in brightness when you put on the 3D glasses, but the direct LED backlighting gives the whites and colors a big push.

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Philips has spent time solving the other common problem with 3D images too. Crosstalk, where you see two images overlapping, is kept in check by the panel's prompt response time, so double images are rare on this set.

Philips' other unique technology is the Ambilight. In it's latest incarnation, this provides a pool of colored light that closely matches the on-screen action. The idea is that it improves the perceived contrast of the panel. It works too. It also means you get a free light show that'll impress your friends when there's actually nothing on TV.

Well, there had to be an upside with a TV that only works well...if you don't watch TV.

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platypus222
Platypus Man

According to my math (which could have easily been wrong), old 4:3 TV shows would be the equivalent of a 36" 4:3 TV and newer 16:9 stuff would be the equivalent of a current 44" 16:9 TV. Sure, your movies are 55", but consider what you're probably watching most of the time.

I mean, if you buy this, you probably watch a lot of movies, and almost all of your movies are on Blu-Ray, and most of those are in 3D. Or at least I'd hope so because this is an expensive TV and I'd hate for it to not get used.