Philips Highlights LCD Products
One of the most remarkable statements heard all night was when Muller said that “a 1080p panel does nothing for the consumer if they don’t have the processing power and technology to handle it.” One the one hand, it’s an admission that many early generation 1080p TVs could not properly handle the signal, on the other, it was meant to highlight Philips’ new Pixel Perfect HD Engine which processes and scales income signals. Muller also claimed that Philips offeres the most future proof TVs on the market by supporting more scan and refresh rates than competitor products. Philips sets now accept 24Hz (which some of the new Blu-ray players support) “which we believe will become the new standard for HD pre-packaged content,” 30Hz for PC applications, 60Hz for high def gaming as well as a 120Hz mode on 47- and 52-inch LCD panels to smooth out video.
As another enhancement of the Ambilight technology, Philips flat panels can now run Ambilight even when the TV is turned off. Also a 65 Kelvin backlight option can be set to reduce eyes strain when watching TV in a dark room.
The company has also added more iPod compatible products, partly from the acquisition of DLO earlier this year--which Philips tells us will be run essentially as it had been prior to the acquisition. Philips Ambisound bar and Ambisound 5.1 gaming surround sound system both include iPod docks , as do a portable DVD player, an under counter kitchen LCD/DVD player and an alarm clock. Another system adds Bluetooth to allow playback of music from compatible cell phones .