Using this TV was a bit of a pain. It’s not really intuitive, and I had to set up everything from scratch. It took a while for the TV to realise that I’d plugged in a Blu-ray player, as I had to go to the menu and actually tell it which HDMI port I’d plugged the device into. While this was a breeze for me, it might not be for others. However, there also is a wizard that tells you exactly what to do if you get too confused. I also found the menu to be a little slow.
The colours on this TV are beyond incredible. I have never seen better colours on any other TV – ever. Everything from the shadow detail and black levels to the skin tone were absolutely stellar. Philips had graciously provided us with a 3D test disc, and it had some pretty nice clips on it. I must have watched some of those clips at least 10 times. It really was that good.
A mega-sized TV deserves a mega-sized stand
As for 3D performance, this is definitely the best I’ve seen so far, triumphing even over my now dethroned favourite, the LG Infinia 55LX9500. The depth is really good, and the images are a lot less blurry than the other 3D TVs I’ve seen so far. Of course, the 3D viewing is not perfect, and there is some amount of crosstalk. However, I did notice that the entire viewing experience is a lot better when you’re sitting further away. I tried watching 3D content at various distances, and found that 10-12 feet yielded the best experience.
When it came to gaming, the Alienware rig came to our rescue once again. Playing Left for Dead and Crysis was a real treat on this TV for the visuals and details, but there was a lot of lag in movements for some reason. This was a total downer, as I expected a lot more.
One of the awesome speakers that makes this TV sound so good
As for audio performance, this TV has really got it covered. The Cinema 21:9 definitely has the best audio I’ve heard from internal speakers. This is probably because of the double woofers and twin dome couple with a 30W amplifier. The dialogues are crisp and clear, and the bass is tight and thumpy.
I really like the Cinema 21:9 and it is definitely one of the better TVs I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. It has great picture reproduction capabilities, awesome sound and some nice features. However, there are these tiny things that Philips should’ve paid attention to like the 3D glasses, the slow and unintuitive menu and the crosstalk when it comes to 3D. Oh, and did I mention that it costs Rs. 4,50,000?
The Joker says buy this TV, but only if you have that kind of money
I give this TV 3 ½ stars, as it is way too expensive, and has some issues that definitely need to be sorted out. But it is a great TV, and is definitely one of the better ones available. If only they’d shave off the price a little. Well, I’d still not be able to afford it, but it would definitely tempt a lot of other buyers to go in for it.