The Philips OLED706 arrived at the editorial desk in a 55-inch version, ideal for most classic living rooms. We discovered the fact that this TV can conquer any space you put it in, even after it’s empty.
This model looks excellent, even when turned off, especially thanks to the slim chassis and fuzzy metal legs, as the TV sits so low that it visually floats above the surface from the viewer’s viewpoint. However, if you plan to connect the speakers to your TV, you will spoil this effect. You will need to raise the legs using the speed reducers included in the package.
Honestly, with speakers, you don’t have to worry at all about Philips’ new OLED TV series. Coincidentally, I had one on hand at the time of testing this model, and I must say I only ran it to test its connection to this TV.
A pair of 10W mid-range speakers and a 30W subwoofer work perfectly as they lack Dolby Atmos support. But if you don’t need more consistent surround sound, your TV also supports DTS Play-Fi, which lets you sync it to compatible wireless speakers in your home.
Of course, instead of sound, you will be interested in the image, which is literally a feast for the eyes. Using an OLED panel is a guarantee that you can look forward to perfect blacks, high contrast, and brilliant colours. If you’ve switched to this or another OLED model of an older TV, you definitely won’t want to part with it for the first few days.
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Philips is proud to sign the image processing on its TVs with the advanced P5 Perfect Picture Engine, which aims to render a realistic rendering of any scene using artificial intelligence. It also works in practice, 4K UHD content as well as HDR10+ format looks amazing on it. If you have the option, be sure to get a streaming service or Blu-ray player (or console) for your new TV that allows you to watch Dolby Vision content. Believe me, you do not regret it.
If I have to complain about the image of this model, it is special settings in the default image modes. Since I for example wanted to test the full capabilities of the OLED panel, I often chose the “Clear” mode in the quick settings. However, in this mode, the TV increases not only the brightness, but also the saturation of colors that were far from reality. Later, I preferred to adjust the image settings to my liking.
The unique backlight of Ambilight, about which we have already written a lot in reviews of other models, takes care of the overall great experience of watching movies and series on Philips TVs. I will just repeat that once you try Ambilight, there is no step back to ‘normal TV’.
But what really stayed silent during testing the Philips 55OLED706/12 were gaming. why you? Since, compared to its predecessors, this model also offers support for HDMI 2.1 connectivity, which in combination with a 120Hz panel also means support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and FreeSync Premium technology.
When we launched the particularly dynamic and colorful game It Takes Two on half of this TV, we were left in a silent stupor. By combining all the above parameters and technologies, Philips can literally draw you into the game even before the story itself. When it came time for action titles, the high refresh rate of the image appeared, with which FPS titles in particular take it to a whole different level.
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The big advantage of this TV for me was the fact that Philips did not speculate and did not build on the popular Android 10 operating system. Without an external player, I had no problem downloading additional applications to watch IPTV broadcasts and other streaming services.
Another advantage is the built-in voice control via the Google Assistant function, thanks to which you will be able to search for content without “typing” long names. The voice control button is available directly on the remote control, which is exactly the same as the button on the most expensive OLED models from Philips, but is not wrapped in leather or metal. The plastic handle didn’t interfere with me, but I would welcome it if it were smaller and wouldn’t interfere at all if some buttons (like the call and multimedia buttons) were gone from it.
You may already have some of the parameters and features described above in our other articles and reviews on Philips OLED TVs. However, what stands out from the Philips 55OLED706 / 12 in particular is its price.
In the 55 “version we tested, you can buy this model for 1199 euros, which is more than half the price compared to the premium OLED models of this brand with similar parameters. This is also why the Philips 55OLED706 / 12 in our review received the EDITORIAL TIP award.
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