Philips OLED+935 TV Review: Stunning Bowers & Wilkins sound and Accurate SDR & HDR images



The Philips OLED+935 is the flagship OLED TV for 2020 and a replacement for last year’s OLED+934. It features the proprietary Philips Ambilight system and for the first time, this is on all four sides of the TV. This is a premium luxury TV and as such the design has a European flair with the use of exotic materials, like the Scottish leather on the back of the newly designed remote control or, the Kvadrat material which is used as speaker cloth over the Bowers & Wilkins speaker bar. The speaker bar has been redesigned this year to feature a chrome-covered tweeter-on-top design, which will be familiar to Bowers & Wilkins fans, as well as making it a 3.1.2 system. There are 19mm titanium-dome tweeters for the LCR channels with the centre in the tweeter-on-top separate enclosure. All three are decoupled from the enclosure for the best possible audio reproduction. There are also four 50mm midrange drivers with two located centrally and the other two placed for left and right channels in a front-firing configuration, with a further two units used as upward-firing Dolby Atmos ‘Elevation’ units. Bass is provided by a rear-ported 100mm x 65mm subwoofer unit which is used as the LFE channel for discrete multichannel playback. The OLED+935 also features HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ high dynamic range systems along with DTS and Dolby Atmos sound, so it is well equipped to playback most well-used formats. Changes this year include the introduction of Filmmaker Mode (FMM) which is available under the Movie picture preset. This switches off all unnecessary picture processing such as motion interpolation and noise reduction, as well as other image manipulation features while putting the TV in the correct aspect ratio, Rec.709 or BT.2020 colour spaces, D65 white point and either BT.1886 or ST.2084 for SDR or HDR content. This means that in the Movie mode you are seeing content as it was mastered and intended to be seen by matching the industry standards. Philips is also well known for its picture processing technologies and the OLED+935 features the 4th Generation P5 chip with AI+ features. New features include an anti-burn-in feature for logos and other static items where the panel will intelligently dim down such items to reduce the possibility of image retention. You also have what Philips call the five pillars (hence P5) which are Motion, Contrast, Colour, Sharpness and Source and processing is designed to help improve the image quality in those categories, with AI a new feature this year for on the fly adjustments. Obviously, if you are an image purist most of these features will remain switched off as they fundamentally change the content away from the creator's intent. But there are also benefits for items such as motion, with two new additions to the motion menu. The Pure Cinema mode introduces 5:5 pulldown for 24fps playback in a 120Hz signal without any induced judder and Movie adds a small amount of de-judder to counter blur sometimes caused by the sample and hold technology of OLED panels without adding any soap opera effect. The OS and Smart TV system on the Philips OLED+935 is Android TV 9 (Pie) backed up with a decent dual-core processing chip and 3Gb of RAM, so it is fast and stable in use. There is a good choice of apps available on the platform including Disney+, Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and the Google Store. There is also support for Alexa and Google Assistant voice control as well as DTS Play-Fi for use with compatible devices to create a multi-room system. Read the full review: https://www.avforums.com/reviews/philips-oled-935-tv-review.18144 Support us with regular donations via our Patreon campaign at https://www.patreon.com/avforums. Or make a one-off donation at https://www.streamlabs.com/avforums.
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