Stuff (UK) - - FIRST TEST PHILIPS 55POS9002 -

ot so long ago, the tele­vi­sion was prob­a­bly the most bor­ing gad­get in your home. Un­less you hap­pened to own one of those bat­tery-pow­ered waste bins. But thanks to the holy trin­ity of Net­flix, 4K and OLED screens, TV has been rev­o­lu­tionised all over again. So what could Philips’ new set pos­si­bly bring to this al­ready rag­ing party? A light show of its very own, of course.

You see, the 55POS9002 is the first OLED telly ever to fea­ture Philips’ ex­clu­sive Am­bi­light tech, which uses strips of LEDS around the TV’S rear edge to project an ar­ray of colours onto the wall around it. Sounds like a gim­mick, doesn’t it? Just wait un­til you’ve sat through Blade Run­ner 2049 in the com­pany of this thing. Your peep­ers won’t set­tle for any­thing less af­ter­wards.

What’s re­ally re­mark­able about this Philips, though, is that if you took Am­bi­light away it would still be one of the very best tel­lies around. And the main rea­son for that is that it’s as fine a pur­veyor of HDR as you’re ever likely to see. It does an even more spec­tac­u­lar job of it than the Sony KD-55A1, which is very high praise in­deed.

So is this the telly to de­throne our cur­rent No1 and crown prince? Avert yours eyes from its glo­ri­ous glow and turn the page to find out.

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