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Philips 56PFL9954 / Cinema 21:9

We have collected and analyzed 93 expert reviews and 58 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 82/100 and users rate it 91/100. The average review date is Jun 2, 2010. We have compared these reviews to 1569372 reviews from other TVs. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Expert review by : Chris Michaels (

Philips Cinema 21:9 56in LCD TV Review


In today's abundant Television market, finding a unique product is almost impossible, with the exception of the Philips Cinema 21:9 LCD television

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Vincent Chang & Andy Sim (

Bringing the Cinema Home - Philips' Cinema 21:9 Launch -


Philips has established another "world's first" with the launch of the Cinema 21:9, a Full-HD LCD TV carved to cinematic proportions. Besides this 56-inch mega widescreen TV, Philips refreshed several product lineups from LCD TVs, SoundBars and AV...

Jun, 2009

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Philips Cinema 21:9 - 56 PFL 9954 H


Exclusive - currently the only TV in CinemaScope format., Rich connectivity with five HDMI inputs., Powerful sound., Heaps of multimedia functions, including YouTube access., Low power-consumption given the size of the screen

Screen format dictates a loss of sharpness for HDTV pictures wider than 16:9., Confusing aspect-ratio switching., Some obvious trailing effects., Relatively low contrast-ratio., Imperfect colors (even after calibration)., Optimal picture only when...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : AskMen Editors (

Philips Cinema 21:9 LCD TV


With the Cinema 21:9 LCD TV, Philips is bringing the theater's true aspect ratio into your home.

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Philips’ latest LCD TV announcement, the Cinema 21:9, and with good reason. This brand new flat-panel set is the world's first truly cinema-proportioned HDTV, offering the very best movie-watching widescreen experience...

Expert review by : John Archer (

New Philips Cinema 21:9 and Eco LCD TVs - First Look - TrustedReviews


We report from an exclusive preview of Philips' latest wide aspect ratio television, and an eco-friendly one too.

Sep, 2010


Expert review by : John Archer (

Philips Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H 56in LCD TV


Find out why John thinks the Philips Cinema 21:9 LCD TV has to be seen to be believed.

I have to say I was pretty sceptical about the Cinema 21:9. My distaste for resizing HD sources, my dislike of distracting video processing artefacts, the current lack of any 'true' 21:9 sources and my suspicion that standard def programmes would look...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Hannah Bouckley (

Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold review: first look


First look: First impressions of Philips widescreen TV with passive 3D

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Philips Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H review


This Cinema 21:9 set looks absolutely stunning, but it's hard for it to justify its hefty price tag

Looks amazing ; packed with features ; huge picture ; detailed, colourful images ; handles motion well ; sounds above average

Misgivings over how the TV handles incoming signals ; cost

One of the coolest TVs we've come across for some time but it has some frustrating flaws

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Paul Lamkin (

Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold hands-on - Pocket-lint


Philips' 21:9 revolution rumbles on with the introduction of the more budget-friendly (although it still won't confirm the bloomin' price so we'll have

Mar, 2011

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Philips Cinema 21:9 review


The world's first Cinemascope-shaped TV looks extraordinary and is ideal for watching many movies at their best. But it's not flawless...

Looks great with cinemascope movies, but has too many flaws for the price

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio system:BBE
Auto volume leveler: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:24 / 30


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black
Product colour:Black
VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:400 x 400


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:21:9
Comb Filter:3D
Contrast ratio (dynamic):80000:1
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:56
Display Diagonal (metric):55.9
Display Resolution:2560 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
Progressive Scan: Yes
Response Time:1
Screen format adjustments:4:3, 16:9 / 4:3, 16:9, Auto, Zoom
Supported graphics resolutions:1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p
Viewing angle, horizontal:176
Viewing angle, vertical:176

Energy Management

AC (power) in: Yes
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy efficiency compliance:Unspecified
Power consumption (standby):0.15
Power consumption (typical):240


VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:400 x 400


Product Type:Power adapter - car
Subcategory (AG):Power adapters


Manufacturer:Intermec Technologies
Model:Vehicle Power Adapter
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Intermec

Management Features

Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): Yes
Firmware upgradeable: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Remote Control Type:RC4495
Smart modes:Cinema, Energy saving, Game, Personal, Standard, Vivid


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11g

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Other Features

Aerial input:75 Ohm (IEC75)
Box dimensions (W x D x H):61 x 14.3 x 39.1
Display:LCD Full HD UW-UXGA Act.matrix
Ext 1 Scart:Audio L/R, CVBS in, RGB
Ext 2 Scart:Audio L/R, CVBS in, RGB
Ext 3:YPbPr, Audio L/R in, VGA PC-in
HDMI 1:HDMI v1.3
HDMI 2:HDMI v1.3
HDMI 3:HDMI v1.3
Multimedia connections:UTP5, USB, Wi-Fi 802.11g
Power Requirements:AC 220-240 V +/- 10%
Set width:55.8
Stand width:21.7

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:14.3
Package height:39.1
Package weight:110.2
Package width:61


Audio formats supported:MP3, WMA
Child lock: Yes
Display sRGB: Yes
Game mode: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Local dimming: Yes
Parental Control: Yes
Teletext function: Yes
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV9 / AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV9 / AVI,MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Audio (L,R) out:1
Common interface (CI): Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):EasyLink
Digital audio coaxial out:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:5
HDMI version:1.3
Headphone outputs:1
PC Audio in: Yes
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC (power) in:Y
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy efficiency class:Unspecified
Power consumption (standby):0.15
Power consumption (typical):240

Power Device

Form Factor (AG):External

Smart TV

Internet TV: Yes

TV Tuner

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Supported TV bands:Hyperband, S Band, UHF, VHF / Hyperband, UHF
Tuner Type:Digital

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (with stand):12.8
Height (with stand):29.3
Package depth:14.3
Package height:39.1
Package weight:110.2
Package width:61
Stand width:21.7
Weight with stand:82.5
Width (with stand):55.8