Philips OLED+ 903 TV | Treat your eyes. Amaze your ears

Everyman's television should be the pillar of his community. His community being a comfy sofa, a doting pet and the HD Sky Sports package. Last week I was cordially invited to Abbey Road Studios for an immersive experience for my eyes and ears.

Introducing the new Philips OLED+ 903 TV

It combines the best in picture and sound quality and is the first result of the partnership between Philips TV and the premium British loudspeaker company, Bowers & Wilkins. Working in partnership with Philips TV, Bowers & Wilkins has created an elegant, discreetly integrated speaker system along the bottom and rear of the screen that delivers superb performance.

Why do I need the Philips OLED+ 903 TV in my life?

You might be able to afford tickets to the footy every weekend. Or indeed any weekend if you're  Londoner. Did you know the top 5 most expensive season tickets on the market are all London clubs? Tottenham topping the list charging £2,200 for their most expensive season ticket in a stadium not even finished.

Fusing the Philips P5 Perfect Processing Engine and a unique three-sided Ambilight system, this picture and sound depth is the next best thing to being there.

The Philips OLED+ 903 TV also brings space economy to your environment. With the special integrated system built in, the concept of high fidelity minus the additional clutter allows you to dispense with additional external paraphernalia such as amps and sound bars.

Your Personal Assistant

For those tech-savvy fans the OLED+ 903 (available in a 55 inch- and a 65 inch-version) comes equipped with Google Assistant which is immediately available and can even connect to your smart phone.

Conclusions and prices

A very comprehensive package, a perfect bridge for those looking to upgrade their home entertainment without the unwanted fuss of add-ons and oversubscribed audio additions.

At the time of writing I've seen the OLED+ 903  fetch £2,499 for the 55-inch model, and £3,499 for the 65-inch version.

Can anyone visit Abbey Road Studios? 

This event went beyond the quotidian of immersion. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Abbey Road studios. Perhaps the studio is largely synonymous with the titular Beatles album, and the infamous zebra crossing

Radiohead also recorded The Bends here, John Williams recorded amongst many, the theme to Indiana Jones. And Cliff Richard was a permanent resident here during the 60's. 

Naturally the lure of one of London's most heralded musical landmarks drew in influencers from all around the world. Whilst you can loiter with intent around the entrance, peruse the gift shop, even capture your crossing on CCTV, there are no guided tours of Abbey Road Studios. 

There really couldn't be a better, congruent environment in which to parade the capabilities of the Philips OLED+ 903 as Abbey Road have been using Bowers & Wilkins in their studios since the 80's

It is often said “The music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins speakers”. John Bowers - Founder of Bowers & Wilkins

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The people behind Philips 

One of the driving forces behind the development, manufacturing and marketing of Philips branded TV sets is consumer electronics brand TP Vision. 

Using the design heritage of Philips and the operational excellence, flexibility and speed of TPV Technology, TP Vision are able to engender high-quality TV sets to market; smart and easy to use with sophisticated styling.

TP Vision is the exclusive brand licensee of Philips TVs and employs close to 2,000 people in several locations around the globe and is 100% owned by TPV, one of the world’s leading monitor and LCD TV manufacturers, selling and marketing Philips branded TVs in China.

 

 

Experience sound you can feel with the LG SJ9 soundbar

This week I managed to get my hands on the LG's SJ9 soundbar. Sounds wonderfully futuristic doesn't it? Well it kind of is. This slim-line speaker system is specifically designed to deliver three-dimensional spatial depth to the audio of whatever you're watching or listening to. 

The visuals

It has a sleek aesthetic and cosmetically it's just tailor-made to sit beneath a 55-inch TV – I tested mine with an LG OLED 4K TV. There's no ugly cables between components and having an LG TV made it a breeze to pair, I did so both on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth option. I actually love the look of this thin soundbar. 

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The sound

This 5.1.2 channel system boasts total audio power of 500W so you won't be short of volume. It's almost magical how the separate wireless subwoofer takes care of the bass frequencies and you can certainly feel it reverberate. I'd love to hear what films you like to test your sound system on. Here's my list of films I like to use for testing audio. 

  • Bass: The intro to Top Gun as the F-14 Tomcats ignite and launch from the Navy Vessel. 
  • Mid-Range: The intro to Blade, club scene. 
  • Surround: Action scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Action coming in from all angles of your room.

How does it recreate surround sound? 

As well as the five speakers in the bar, two upward firing drivers bounce Dolby Atmos encoded signals off the ceiling to place sounds above and even behind you. Pretty neat eh? Certainly makes for an immersive experience, which was never more evident than when watching the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on my LG UP970 4K blu-ray player.  Throughout the film, Dolby Atmos bounced sound off the ceiling for totally cinematic and true-to-life sound that had me ducking for cover. And there’s even more good news: you actually get the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DVD when purchasing the LG SJ9 soundbar online or in-store before 31st December, so you can experience the power of Dolby Atmos for yourselves.

Power? 

500w of music power was plenty enough for me. Imagining how dramatic those goals will sound with Dolby Atmos, I'm even planning ahead for sports experiences such as next year’s World Cup. (Not too soon to start picking my team is it?) The built-in Chromecast enables me to stream music whilst pairing up my smartphone through the Bluetooth, meaning I can switch over to my playlist and get the tunes on the go. Call me DJ Smart Phone. 

Final thoughts? 

I haven't really got a bad thing to say about this LG soundbar. It looks elegant, there's nothing superfluous on the settings, it's non-invasive and you don't have to ergonomically design your room to accommodate extra speakers.

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Extra tips: 

  • When setting up the LG Soundbar use the LG Music Flow app on your phone to connect it to the Wi-Fi and update it.
  • If gaming, set to movie mode and put the volume to 12 or higher. This will deliver crisp effects such as gunshots in Halo. 
  • The volume on the subwoofer ranges from -15 to +6. Your setting will come down to personal preference and the size of your room. But for a medium sized room keep it set to +3 or 4.

For more information on the LG SJ9 soundbar, make sure you visit: http://www.lg.com/uk/speakers-sound-systems/lg-SJ9.