Just when you thought the Koreans and the Japanese had the high-end TV market all sewn up, here comes a new player into the fray. TP Vision, a joint venture between TPV Technology and Philips Electronics that has just taken over the latter companyâ€™s television arm, has signaled its intention to compete with the best with the launch of its new Philips 46PFL9707 LED LCD TV at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin.
The new flat-screen TV is the latest in Philipsâ€™ 9000 Series lineup, boasting the Dutch companyâ€™s three-sided Ambilight Spectra XL technology alongside an exciting new feature â€“ Philipsâ€™ Moth Eye Filter that helps to reduce on-screen reflection.
TP Vision unveiled two models at IFA: the 46-inch 46PFL9707T which will be equipped with Moth-Eye filter; and the 60-inch 60PFL9607 which wonâ€™t. Both will be bursting with a range of cutting-edge technologies that promise to up your viewing pleasure to the next level.
These include the firmâ€™s Micro Dimming Premium full-array local-dimming LED backlighting, giving viewers the control they need to establish the most vivid colors and superb contrast; 1200Hz PMR motion picture enhancement to maintain clarity during motion; and Flicker Free 3D, which promises a totally â€˜flicker-freeâ€™ experience in Full HD 3D for the first time.
By far and away the most exciting of these technologies is TP Visionâ€™s new and improved Moth Eye Filter, which promises to do away with one of our biggest pet hates â€“ those annoying on-screen reflections that bedevil even the most expensive of high-end HDTV sets.
According to TP Vision: â€œThe Moth Eye Filter is bionic technology that basically mimics the nanostructure of the mothâ€™s eye, acting as the most efficient, anti-reflective screen surface yet seen.â€
But while itâ€™s attempting to reduce light interference in one place, the Philips 9000 Series is also trying to increase it in another, with its three-sided Ambilight Spectra XL technology, which projects a beam of light onto the surrounding wall from the back of the screen, enabling the TV to perfectly adapt the brightness and color to match the content shown on screen.
And just like Sonyâ€™s much vaunted SimuView Technology, the Philips 46PFL9707T/12 â€“ which will be available to buy from selected UK retailers this autumn at a price of Â£2,500 â€“ uses its 3D capabilities to allow gamers to view two screens at once whilst theyâ€™re playing 2D games.
Last but not least, the 9000 series comes with a full range of internet-connected services via Philipsâ€™ Premium Smart TV home screen, including access to online video stores, catch-up TV, apps, web browsing, USB recording and more. All users need to do to be able to record digital content or pause their television programmes to watch later is to connect a USB drive to the device and theyâ€™re ready to go.