Sunday, September 04, 2011
Philips Introduces Latest Range Consumer Products at IFA
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At this year's Internationale Funk Ausstellung (IFA), Philips is
introducing new consumer products in lifestyle entertainment and
New Fidelio range of docking speakers
Philips Lifestyle Entertainment introduced the latest additions to
the Fidelio docking speaker range, including Philips'
first docking speakers for Android devices.
The Fidelio docking speakers for Android are based on the same
speaker systems as the Fidelio for Apple range. As the micro USB
connector on Android smartphones are placed in different positions
and orientations on each phone, Philips has developed a connector
that adjusts in three dimensions to hold any phone in both portrait
and landscape positions. This means you can dock and charge most
Android phones and your phone will always be positioned at the
centre of the speaker.
Philips has developed a dedicated Fidelio app for Android, which
will automatically pair your smartphone with the docking station via
Bluetooth. Using Philips Songbird media player, you can discover and
play all your media and sync it with the docking speaker. Its
features let you discover new artists and music styles through music
and media stores, services and websites. You can play your own
library and media straight from the web and sync all of it from your
PC to your Android devices.
The Fidelio for Android range includes three devices:
The Fidelio for Android (AS851) model comes with Philips Digital
sound processing for lifelike, distortion-less music and 30W RMS
total output power.
The slightly smaller Fidelio for Android (AS351) has option to
choose between battery and AC power, it offers Dynamic Bass Boost
and comes with 10W RMS total output power.
The third model in the range, the Fidelio for Android (AS111) comes
in a compact design. Its 360-degree design gives an omni-directional
sound whilst neodymium speakers deliver a balanced sound.
The company's Fidelio wireless speaker range also includes the
Fidelio SoundRing with AirPlay (DS3880W). Using Apple's AirPlay, the
Philips Fidelio wireless speakers give you sound and access to all
your iTunes music. You can stream music from iTunes on
your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over a home Wi-Fi network
to your Fidelio wireless speaker. AirPlay allows you to play your
music simultaneously on every speaker, in every room. If you want to
change tracks, you can use the remote control, which
complements the speaker design and finishing.
The visually impressive Fidelio SoundRing with AirPlay (DS3880W)
comprises a central bass sound pipe and four high definition drivers
- two front-firing and two side-firing.
Equally stylish, the Fidelio SoundRing with AirPlay (DS3800W)
reproduces music with the same precision, but without the
rechargeable battery function.
The Fidelio SoundCurve with AirPlay (DS8800W) promises to deliver an
exceptional sound performance. It features SoundCurve whilst
precisely tuned bass pipes for deep bass reproduction.
Philips introduced the Fidelio SoundSphere docking speakers with
AirPlay (DS9800W) in March. The sound quality of the Philips Fidelio
SoundSphere docking speaker lies in its design. The curve of the
separate speakers with their unique free-floating tweeters on top of
both speakers mean Philips Fidelio SoundSphere delivers sound in all
directions for a deeper audio impression with minimized
Philips 3D TVs
3D Max is the pinnacle of home-3D technology and is included in
Philips' 9000 series Smart LED TVs, 8000 series Smart LED TVs, and
Cinema 21:9 Platinum series Smart LED TV. Easy 3D is available in
the 7000 series Smart LED TV, the DesignLine Edge Smart LED TV and
the new Cinema 21:9 Gold series Smart LED TV.
The 3D of the 46" 9000 series Smart LED TV received an EISA award
for European 3D TV of the Year 2011-12. With its Full HD resolution, 180-degree viewing angle and minimal
crosstalk, 3D Max is available in the Philips 8000 and 9000 series
Smart LED TVs and Cinema 21:9 Platinum series, 3D Max builds on the
first 3D introduction by Philips and delivers 3D TVs which are fully
equipped and ready to display premium 3D movie releases in
high-definition 3D. The new TVs are using active 3D technology and
feature a high-powered integrated 3D transmitter, which
communicates with a range of 3D glasses.
Since last year, the Perfect Natural Motion's processing power has
doubled to two billion pixels per second. 3D Max also features 3D
depth adjustment controls.
Philips is also offering the Easy 3D series of passive 3D TVs. An
integrated 3D polarizer allows you to enjoy that cinema experience
straight from the box. The Easy 3D experience is further enhanced by
Philips Ambilight, which projects harmonized ambient lighting onto
the walls behind your TV. Easy 3D is available in the 7000 series
Smart LED TV, the DesignLine Edge Smart LED TV and the new Cinema
21:9 Gold series Smart LED TV.
This year, Philips is also introducing real-time 2D-to-3D conversion
on all 3D Max TVs.
3D Max and Easy 3D are also designed to support Two Player Full
Screen Gaming. In 2D two-player games, each gamer usually sees their
game on half the screen. Using 3D technology, Philips expands the
functionality of 3D TVs to enable gamers to enjoy their two-player
games in full screen at the same time. By wearing the 3D glasses,
each gamer will only see their game in full screen so two gamers can
sit together and play on the same TV.
Philips 21:9 range
Philips has further strengthened both the performance and
connectivity of the Cinema 21:9 Platinum and Gold series of Smart
As we previously mentioned, the Cinema 21:9 Platinum is equipped
with 3D Max, new 2D to 3D conversion, 180-degree viewing angle,
minimal crosstalk and Active 3D technology.
With Perfect Natural Motion, processing power has doubled to two
billion pixels per second. In addition, with new advances in Super
Resolution for even more brightness, contrast and detail.
Updated for a more powerful performance, the Cinema 21:9 Platinum
now boasts 1200Hz Perfect Motion Rate with a 0.5 millisecond
response time and LED Pro technology, which can render 2,250
trillion colors, complimented by Ambilight Spectra 3 technology
which enlarges the viewing experience using projected light.
The Cinema 21:9 Gold series offers a comfortable 3D viewing
experience with sharp images and low crosstalk. The Gold series also
features real-time 2D to 3D conversion and 3D depth adjustment
controls. Using lightweight passive 3D glasses in combination with
the Cinema 21:9 Gold series' 3D polarized screen, Easy 3D brings 3D
realism into the home at a more attractive price.
The Cinema 21:9 Gold series TV is packaged in a 50" Full HD screen
in 21:9 aspect ratio. It includes edge Full HD
LED, 400Hz PMR with response time of 2 milliseconds and Philips'
Pixel Precise HD picture processing engine.
With Wi-Fi internet built into the Cinema 21:9 Gold series, access
to online services through Philips Net TV.
The Cinema 21:9 Gold series also offers smart USB recording so if you are
unexpectedly interrupted when watching your favorite program, you
don't have to miss a thing as it lets you pause live TV.
In 2D mode, the Cinema 21:9 Platinum and Gold series display
standard dual-player games on a split-screen: player one gets the
top half and player two gets the bottom half. When you activate this
mode with Easy 3D and put on your Philips 3D gaming kit (PTA436/00),
each player simultaneously sees his or her view expand to fill the
entire TV screen.
Both the Cinema 21:9 Platinum and Gold series accesses the
superconnected media portal that hooks you up with online content;
streams music, photos and videos from your tablet, smart phone or
laptop, and stores programs and movies on your hard drive. Built on
the four pillars of SimplyShare (connect with all your WiFi-enabled
gadgets), Control (use your smart phone or tablet for navigation),
Net TV (an interactive online platform for programs and apps) and
Program (find out what's on and record and pause live TV), Philips'
Smart TV provides easy access to a gallery of online apps.
Philips, LG and Sharp to work on Common Smart TV platform
Philips, LG and Sharp have taken the initiative to investigate the
specification of common technical requirements for their Smart TV
offerings (i.e. Philips Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Sharp Aquos Net+),
based upon open standards such as HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV. As a
first step, they will introduce the first beta version of a common
Software Development Kit (SDK), which would allow content
application developers to create a single application that can run
on the Smart TV's from Philips, LG and Sharp Aquos Net+.
This cooperation, for which Philips and LG signed a letter of
intent, aims to simplify the way applications are developed.
The beta version of the common SDK will be released by early