Philips has presented some relevant novelties in the audiovisual field. We mean the two TVs OLED + 986 and OLED + 936, which come with an enhancement of Philips artificial intelligence technology. In addition, they include a soundbar developed in conjunction with Bowers & Wilkins, which promises to take, together with the OLED + panels, the experience to the next level. It is still too early to say that Philips has succeeded. However, what we can do is review all the specifications of these models.
Specs Of The New Philips OLED + 986 AND OLED + 936
|Philips OLED + 986 and OLED + 936|
|Diagonal||48, 55, 65 inches|
|Resolution and technology||4K. HDR10 + Adaptive, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision|
|Panel type||OLED +|
|Processor||5th Generation P5 AI Intelligent Dual Picture Engine Processor|
|Sound||Bowers & Wilkins multi-speaker with enhanced sound systems. Custom Tweeter-on-Top technology, Continuum cones, and Dolby Atmos ‘elevation’ drivers|
|Others||Fast Motion Clarity, HDMI 2.1 with VRR and low latency|
|Release date||From October 2021|
|Price||From 2200 euros|
Philips OLED + 986 AND OLED + 936, Technology In Common
The two new models presented by Philips under the TP Vision brand share a long list of technologies that is interesting to review. In both cases, the latest high-performance OLED panels are included that increase the light peak by 20%. In addition, they come with the same processor, the fifth-generation P5 AI Intelligent Dual Picture Engine. Thanks to artificial intelligence, it tries to improve image performance, increasing sharpness and colors. Skin tones are also more accurate, and contrast is enhanced across all image sources. And if the content is optimized for Dolby Vision, a special mode called Dolby Bright is used.
The Philips OLED + 986 and OLED + 936 also make Ambient Intelligence technology available to the user, which, through the use of a sensor, adjusts the contrast taking into account the ambient light. This is possible on SDR and HDR content. And speaking of the latter, Philips has given compatibility to its new televisions with a multitude of formats. Specifically, they support HLG, HDR10 and HDR10 + and HDR10 + Adaptive, the latter being a fundamental technology to take advantage of Ambient Intelligence.
The company has not forgotten those users who like to play with the television. Ambilight perfects the experience to the maximum by emitting light from four sides. Likewise, there are two models that incorporate HDMI 2.1 with VRR, in addition to being compatible with Freesync Premium and G-Sync. Those looking for low latency will find it in the OLED + 986 and OLED + 936.
User Experience Is Nothing Without Audio
Little by little, it seems that brands are striving to improve on a crucial aspect of any television: the audio system. In this case, the alliance between Philips and Bowers & Wilkins leaves a fantastic result on paper. The speakers have been redesigned and improved so that the TV offers great sound quality. Both the OLED + 986 and OLED + 936 come with the enhanced Dolby Multistream decoder and an HDMI eARC that provides more efficient audio transfer.
In the specific case of the Philips OLED + 986, it includes Continuum cones, which are owned by Bowers & Wilkins. This technology is used in the firm’s high-end loudspeakers, such as the 800 Diamond series. According to TP Vision, these are the preferred speakers at Abbey Road Studios.
OLED + 986, The Top-Of-The-Range Option
So far we have talked about the characteristics that both models share. It is true that the two Philips televisions are in the high range. However, it is the OLED + 986 that is located in the most premium area. In the previous section, we have already revealed one of its exclusives, the Continuum cones from Bowers & Wilkins. This turns the television into a true stereo, regardless of the reproduction of movies and series.
The speakers have a rigid housing that sits under the TV. The tweeter driver now has a new frame and uses the brand’s popular metal tube, called the Nautilus. With it, it is possible to improve heat dissipation in the face of the higher power output of the new amplifiers.
The OLED + 986 makes use of state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos decoding and an Atmos Virtualizer to provide spatial audio. Interestingly, the firm combines audio with the four-sided Ambilight system to create a more inclusive viewing experience. All this audiovisual technology will be available in our country from October with a price of 5000 euros. This model is only available in 65 inches.
OLED + 936, Standing Out Thanks To Dobly Atmos
The OLED + 936 is capable of playing Dolby Atmos content and delivering the best results. At the same time, the relocated new profile ‘lift controllers’ offer better integration with on-screen content. The user can choose between several modes. As soon as the movie, game, or personal mode is activated, the television takes over activating the elevation controllers. This delivers the same exceptional immersion of the full Dolby Atmos experience, even when the content is not optimized for Atmos.
Four-sided Ambilight technology is also included in this model. Philips combines it perfectly with state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound performance. As with the OLED 986+, the idea is for the user to enjoy an inclusive experience, feeling that it is part of the content they are viewing.
The price of the OLED + 936 varies depending on the chosen diagonal. In this case, the consumer has at his disposal three variants: 48, 55, and 65 inches. The first two will arrive in October and are priced at 2,200 euros and 2,700 euros respectively. The 65-inch model, meanwhile, will be launched in November 2021 at a price of 3,800 euros.