Philips goes all LED with 9000, 8000 & 7000 TVs
Philips has taken its top TVs up a well aimed notch with an all LED look to the 2010 9000, 8000 and 7000 ranges.
At the top of the stack sits the all 3D Ready 9000 series which feature 400Hz technology and boast a 0.5 ms response time both of which will be welcome speed improvements for the alternate frame 3D system.
There's also been upgrades to the TVs engine with the 2010 Pixel Perfect processor offering 500 million pixels per second power and a better Ambilight system with Spectra 3, which now brings more sections of wall-bouncing light for a more accurate atmospheric halo effect.
The LED Pro system promises dynamic contrasts of 10,000,000:1 as well a 2250 trillion colour palate and 50% more energy efficiency than before. The sound is supplied by 30W tweeters and a base unit in the back of the set. The 9000 series is available in 32-, 40- and 46-inch sizes and supports DLNA, Wi-Fi and Net TV (limited to mainland Europe).
All three sizes are 3D Ready but require the purchase of an additional 3D pack which consists of two pairs of LCD shutter glasses and a wireless adaptor.
Next down is the 8000 series which are 3D ready in the 37-, 40-, 46- and 52-inch sizes - again with the addition of the 3D packs. Like the 9000s, they feature the 2010 Pixel Perfect HD Engine but this time 200Hz technology, 1ms response times, a Spectra 2 Ambilight and 2 x 10W speakers.
Last of all is the Philips 7000 series which, unlike the others, is not described as backlit by LEDs and is touted as ultra slim. So, presumably it's edge-lit. It does feature the Ambilight and speakers of the 8000s but, again, there's a drop in speed to 100Hz technology and a 2ms response - no surprise then that none of them are available as 3D Ready.
There's no apparent DLNA support either, but the 7000s do retain access to Net TV, which will launch in April and are still Wi-Fi enabled.
Prices and dates on all as we get them.