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  # 2311659 6-Sep-2019 11:28
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Here is an article on Philips "Premium" OLED TV's to be released probably late 2019. These include Bowers & Wilkins speaker systems, and three sided Ambilight technology.


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  # 2311722 6-Sep-2019 13:02
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Provided that these Philips OLED TVs are of decent quality, that they have Amblight shouldn't be a reason not to get them (given one can just leave it turned off).

I'm certainly keen on seeing the 65" 804 model when (if?) it arrives here - here's a review of the 55" version. Given the 803 is currently $4k at PB Tech -making it (AFAIK) currently the cheapest 65" OLED - I'm hoping the 804 will be available here at a similar price at some point in the next 6-10 months. The 804 addresses the 803's lack of support for some of the HDR standards - apparently supports HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDR - which makes it much more of an all-rounded set.

In the end I'm not wealthy enough and/or too much of a cheapskate to spend an extra thousand or few to get the last few percentage of performance from a TV, and with OLEDs I imagine the differences between models are less than with LCD, given the common panels (and less variability than with LCDs - eg, variations in backlighting technology).

Actually, I'd rather put that money I saved towards a new receiver and Atmos speakers... That's also why I can't be bothered worrying about the new trend of providing or pairing up with fancy speakers - complete waste of money for those of us who use an external sound system.



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  # 2311780 6-Sep-2019 14:23
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Here's another more affordable Philips OLED. Just announced to everyone's surprise, as it hadn't been mentioned earlier in the year. It supports Dolby Vision/HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos just like the other models. Also has Ambilight. This may be the one to grab, instead of the more feature rich models.


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  # 2311797 6-Sep-2019 14:48
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Interesting to read; that said, I note these two cheaper models come with Philip's own 'smarts' rather than Android - would that potentially make its support (in terms of updates/improvements) shorter-lived than with an Android-based set?


Which reminds me I have a dumb question in relation to TVs running Android - does their built-in Google Assistant work in NZ? Or is it like the recent LGs, the WebOS of which ostensibly supports GA but is disabled in the settings?

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  # 2311835 6-Sep-2019 15:39
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10 years or so ago we had an ambilight tv.


It was amazing! 100% would buy again. There are third party solutions you can buy - dreamscreen and another whose name escapes me that have an hdmi passthrough and replicate the effect.


I'd buy again, and was actually a bit annoyed as we bought a lg oled in 2016, and I think it was the year after phillips came back. Would have bought one based on previous experience.




Ambilight - recommended. Makes your tv feel twice the size, and watching it in the dark way more immersive.

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