Philips 55POS9002 4K OLED TV Review

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It's all about the five pillars of image processing

by Steve Withers Oct 25, 2017 at 7:48 AM

  • SRP: £1,999.00

    What is the Philips 9002?

    The 9002 is the latest 4K OLED TV from Philips and, like their previous 901F, it incorporates a 4K 10-bit panel, High Dynamic Range support, an Android smart platform and 3-sided Ambilight. When we reviewed the 55POS901F it suffered slightly from unfortunate timing because, despite being excellent, it arrived at the end of 2016 and thus appeared rather expensive compared to the heavily discounted competition. The 901F was also rather unfairly criticised at the time because it didn't support 3D but, as we soon found out, all the manufacturers would be dropping that particular format in 2017.

    Whilst the 55POS9002 also arrives rather late in the year, this time it's more competitively priced at £1,999 as at the time of writing (October 2017). It also has all the same features as the other manufacturers, with the exception of Dolby Vision, plus a few that are unique to Philips. So, along with HDR, Android and Ambilight, the 9002 also includes Philips's new P5 Perfect Picture Engine, which brings a whole new suite of image processing features to OLED. So is the POS9002 as good as its predecessor and can it do enough to stand out in a very crowded OLED market place? Let's find out...

    Design

    Philips 55POS9002 Design
    The 9002 has a rather simpler design compared to its more expensive predecessor but it remains an attractive looking TV with an elegant minimalism. As with the majority of TVs these days, there's no bezel, just a 6mm black border around the image and a dark metal trim around the outer edge. At the bottom centre of the screen there is a clear perspex block with an illuminated 'Philips' in it, although you can turn this off. Around the back there is a combination of brushed metal where the panel is only 5mm deep and glossy black plastic where it widens out to 48mm. The wider section is where the electronics, speakers, amplification and connections are housed, along with the LEDs that are the basis of the Ambilight feature.
    Philips 55POS9002 Design
    The 9002 sits on a more traditional stand compared to the wide apart feet used for the 901F and, as such, you can place the new TV on a surface that is 650mm wide by 228mm deep. The stand itself is metal and has a brushed silver finish that compliments the overall design. The stand provides solid support but obviously it can't be swivelled and, if you're thinking of using a soundbar, there is 80mm of clearance under the screen. If you would rather wall mount the 9002 there are 300 x 300 VESA fixings to use with a compatible bracket. The 55POS9002 measures 1230 x 715 x 48mm (WxHxD) and weighs 16.81kg without the stand and it measures 1230 x 789 x 228mm and weighs 17.21kg with the stand attached.

    The design is simple but effective, drawing attention to the screen rather than elsewhere

    Connections & Control

    Philips 55POS9002 Connections & Control
    All the connections are at the rear left as you face the screen and are comprised of a combination of downwards and sideways facing inputs, with the latter only 165mm from the edge of the screen. There are four HDMI inputs with two facing downwards and two facing sideways, all of which support ARC (Audio Return Channel) and one of which supports MHL (Mobile High-definition Link). Surprisingly only inputs 1 and 2 are HDMI 2.0 with support for 4K/60p, HDR and HDCP 2.2, which means inputs 3 and 4 are only 1.4 and thus restricted to HDCP 1.4, 4K/30p and SDR. This is rather disappointing for a 2017 OLED TV, although Sony did something similar on the considerably more expensive A1.

    There are also two USB ports, both facing sideways, one of which is USB 2.0 and one of which is USB 3.0, with the latter intended for use with an HDD for recording and time shifting TV programmes. The 9002 also has a Freeview HD tuner and a satellite tuner, which is generic rather than Freesat, both of which face downwards. There's also a downwards facing digital audio output, a component video input and an analogue audio input that both use included mini-jack adapters and a LAN Ethernet port for a wired connection, although the Philips includes dual band WiFi 11ac 2x2 integrated wireless capability. Finally, facing sideways you will also find a headphone socket and a Common Interface Plus (CI+) socket.


    Philips 55POS9002
    Philips 55POS9002

    The 9002 comes with Philips's proprietary dual-sided controller, which uses infra-red and has all the controls on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other. Thanks to built-in gyroscopes the remote can establish the correct configuration when using one side or the other. The buttons themselves are sensibly laid out and responsive, with easy to understand icons and the name of the control written beneath in case they aren't so easy to understand. The remote is reasonably comfortable to hold and easy to use with one hand, although it is quite large and heavy, so people with smaller hands might find this more difficult.

    We would still like to see a backlight added but thankfully Philips have ditched the overly responsive touch sensitive central navigation control, making it much easier to use the remote. There is voice control as well, which interacts with the Android Smart TV platform, but we generally found it was just quicker and easier to simply press a button on the remote. The inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse side is a nice touch and certainly makes typing anything into the Android Smart TV platform easier and quicker. If you would rather use your smart device as a controller there is also a free app for both iOS and Android.

    The double-side remote remains handy but only two of the HDMI inputs support HDCP 2.2

    Features & Specs

    Philips 55POS9002 Features & Specs
    The 55POS9002 uses a 55-inch flat native 4K (3840 x 2160) 10-bit OLED panel and it supports both Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range, specifically HDR 10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG). The 9002 also meets all requirements needed for an OLED TV to be certified as Ultra HD Premium by the UHD Alliance. As with all TVs these days there's no support for 3D but there is also no support for Dolby Vision, which puts the 9002 at a slight disadvantage because all the other OLED TV manufacturers, apart from Panasonic, do offer support for Dolby's version of HDR.

    The 9002 includes 3-Sided Ambilight, which means there are LED lights along the top and the sides but not along the bottom. These tiny LEDs are built into the rear of the panel and illuminate the wall behind the TV thus creating its own bias lighting. There are numerous different settings that allow the Ambilight feature to respond with colours that match the image, create mood lighting, change in time to any music you're listening to via the TV or provide dynamic lighting whilst gaming. Of greater interest to the video purist is the ISF Warm White Ambilight mode which creates a static and neutral bias light behind the TV that can make for a very comfortable viewing experience at night.

    One of Philips's biggest innovations this year has been their new P5 Perfect Picture Engine image processor which was developed to address what they refer too as the five pillars of picture perfection. According to Philips these five pillars are source, colour, contrast, sharpness and motion, with the P5 image processor addressing each of the pillars in that specific order. The processor begins by applying advanced digital noise reduction and MPEG artefact reduction to the source signal before applying smart bit enhancement to eliminate banding in the signal. In the second step the P5 processor then applies Ultra Resolution Upscaling to upscale lower resolutions to 4K before applying a detail enhancer to that upscaled image. The third step involves the processor then boosting the colours to give images a more vivid gamut but also using a skin tone detector to ensure that flesh tones remain natural despite the more saturated colours. The fourth step in this process involves the P5 processor enhancing the contrast by bringing out details in shadows whilst still retaining deep blacks – this can be applied to both SDR and HDR/HLG content. The P5 processor can also apply HDR Upscaling to non-HDR sources to create a faux-HDR image. Finally the P5 processor applies frame interpolation using 4 billion pixel processing power to deliver smoother and more detailed motion.
    Philips 55POS9002 Features & Specs
    The 9002 includes downward-firing speakers in a 2.1-channel configuration, with the subwoofer at the rear of the panel. There's 30W of built-in amplification and the subwoofer uses Philips's Triple Ring technology to ensure better movement and thus deeper bass. The onboard decoder can handle both Dolby and DTS sound formats, and there are a number of sound processing features such as Clear Sound and Smart Sound. The 9002 supports DLNA and is compatible with a number of different file types including AVI, MKV, H264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9/VC1, HEVC and VP9 for video; along with AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA (v2 up to v9.2) and WMA-PRO (v9 and v10) for audio; and JPEG for photos.

    The 9002 uses the Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) smart operating system and includes quad-core processing, along with 16GB of built-in storage that can be increased using additional USB storage. There is a well designed Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and we found the built-in Freeview HD tuner to be quite effective, whilst there's also the option of adding an HDD and using the 9002 as a PVR. The Android TV platform itself uses a series of selectable cards that are grouped into five main sections – Recommendations, Philips Collection, Apps, Games and Settings. You can scroll down through these sections and then scroll across to access something that interests you.

    The Recommendations section offers recommendations for various content based upon your viewing habits, whilst the Philips Collection is a selection of apps provided specifically by Philips themselves. The Apps section is more generic and here you'll find Google Play Store, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music and Google Play Games. There is a good selection of video streaming apps including Netflix, YouTube and BBC iPlayer, with Amazon to be added soon. The Games section provides access to gaming providers like Gamefly, whilst the final section provides access to the settings menu. In testing we were pleased to discover that the Android platform was both responsive and stable, and we had no problems with software glitches or crashes, as has been the case in the past.

    The Android smart platform is improving, whilst the 3-side Ambilight is effective

    Philips 55POS9002 Recommended Picture Settings

    Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box

    The 9002 includes a number of different picture styles but the ISF modes proved the most accurate out of the box. However we were disappointed to find that even the ISF modes default to HDR Upscaler on, which means that you'll need to turn it off if you want content to be displayed as the content creators intended. All our measurements were taken with a Klein K-10A colour meter, a Murideo Fresco Six-G pattern generator and CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. If you'd like to set your new TV up correctly, then you can follow the steps in our PicturePerfect Guide or take a look at the video above.
    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
    Once we had performed a basic setup on the ISF Night setting, the results were actually extremely good with the greyscale tracking all three primary colours very well. There was a slight excess of green, which did give whites a very slight green tinge but we doubt most people would notice and the DeltaE (errors) were only just above the visible threshold of three. In addition the gamma curve was tracking our target of 2.4 very closely, so overall this was a good out-of-the-box performance.
    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
    The out-of-the-box colour performance was just as impressive and any errors were the result of the greyscale more than the colour gamut itself. As you can see the colour of white is skewed slightly towards green, rather than its target of D65 (the square in the middle of the triangle). However the colours themselves are all within the Rec. 709 colour space (the triangle itself) and they all track their respective saturation targets quite closely, whilst the luminance measurements (not shown on this graph) were also excellent. The 9002 includes a two-point white balance control and a colour management system, so it should be easy to achieve an even more accurate performance after calibration.

    The out-of-the-box accuracy was good aside from a slight excess of green in the greyscale

    Picture Settings – Calibrated

    The 9002 includes the standard calibration controls found on all Philips TVs with a two-point white balance control (Colour Temperature) for adjusting the greyscale and a colour management system (Colour Control) that provides hue and saturation controls over the primary (red, green and blue) and secondary (cyan, yellow and magenta) colours. Although both these calibration controls work fine, we really do feel it's about time that Philips introduced a 10-point white balance control, as all of their competitors have done, and that the Colour Control should be expanded to allow for calibration of saturation, hue and luminance.

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    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – Calibrated
    Although the Warm colour temperature setting delivered an accurate greyscale out of the box, when you select the Custom setting the system doesn't use the already accurate Warm mode as a starting point. Instead you have a wildly inaccurate starting point that requires extensive use of the two-point white balance control to get an accurate greyscale. This doesn't make a lot of sense because anyone calibrating the Custom setting will obviously be using the industry standards. However despite this annoyance and the potential limitation of only having a two-point white balance control, we were able to get a very accurate greyscale and gamma performance, with all the errors below one.
    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – Calibrated
    Once we had calibrated the greyscale and gamma, the colour gamut fell almost precisely into line with its saturation targets. Although it would be nice to have hue, saturation and luminance controls, the luminance performance was excellent so we only needed to tweak the hue settings of yellow, green and magenta and the result was a very accurate colour gamut, with both the primary and secondary colours all hitting their saturation targets precisely.

    The accuracy was near-reference post calibration but the controls do need updating

    Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range

    The P9002 did an excellent job in terms of tracking the PQ EOTF used for HDR and the measurements shown below are for an out-of-the-box performance using the HDR Movie mode and based upon a simple setup. As you can see the panel is tracking the EOTF very closely and rolling off at around 70IRE. The greyscale is tracking very well, aside from a slight excess of blue at the higher end of the scale and overall the errors were at or below three, except where the curve rolls off at 70IRE, where it goes up to just over four.
    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
    We measured black at 0.000nits and peak brightness at just over 700nits on a 10% window in the least accurate HDR Vivid mode but the 9002 was also able to reach an accurate peak brightness of around 670nits in the HDR Movie mode. Using a full-field peak white test pattern the 9002 measured 142nits, thanks to the ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) and we were pleased to see that the tone mapping could handle content graded at 4000 nits correctly.
    Philips 55POS9002 Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
    The 9002 was able to deliver 95% of DCI-P3 using xy and 97% using uv coordinates, which equates to 70% of Rec.2020. The latter standard is the container that delivers the Ultra HD content, even though the original source content used DCI-P3, which was developed for professional cinema use and is not a recognised colour space for domestic displays. As the graph above shows, the Philips tracked the Rec. 2020 targets reasonably closely within the limitations of the panel's native colour gamut.

    Philips 55POS9002
    The second graph above shows how the 9002 actually tracks the DCI-P3 saturation points within the Rec.2020 container and in this test the Philips does a pretty good job, with the primary and secondary colours tracking their targets very closely. The only colours where there was an issue were green and yellow, where both struggled at higher saturation points. However overall this was a good HDR performance in terms of measurements for the greyscale, PQ EOTF and wide colour gamut.

    All these factors came into play when we measured the Perceptual Colour Volume, which uses the PQ EOTF out to 10,000nits and the Rec. 2020 colour gamut represented using the ICtCp colour graph which takes into account human visual perception. This measurement uses 393 data points and delivers a number expressed in Millions of Distinguishable Colours (MDC), with the 9002 producing an MDC number of 331 which is comparable with the competition.

    The HDR performance was impressive with excellent tracking and colour accuracy

    Picture Quality

    Black Levels and Contrast Ratios

    Since the 9002 uses an OLED panel it shouldn't come as a surprise to discover that the black levels measured zero nits but the panel was also bright, easily hitting our target of 120 nits for a nighttime SDR mode. The result was a superb dynamic range and an infinite on/off contrast ratio, along with an ANSI contrast ratio of 240,000:1 which, whilst still a huge number, is probably a more useful figure than infinity and reflects real world viewing. When Philips released their 901F it was the first OLED TV to improve the above black performance and the 9002 continues that excellent work, delivering incredibly deep blacks without crushing shadow detail. The 9002 was also free of any of the macro-blocking that had plagued near black images on previous OLED TVs and the resulting overall performance was excellent.

    Screen Uniformity

    The latest generation of OLED panels appear to have eliminated the problem of vignetting or dark edges that plagued earlier models or at least we haven't seen the problem on any of the OLED TVs that we have reviewed this year. We checked for vignetting using a full field grey pattern and we also used a full field white pattern to check for any dirty screen effect (DSE) or any discolouration. The latter wasn't an issue and the 9002 handled ambient light and reflections very well, although we would always recommend keeping light sources away from the screen.

    The 9002 also performed well in terms of banding just above black and using a 5% grey pattern there were no obvious large bands. There was minor banding just above black, but we see this on every OLED panel and they weren't visible with normal viewing content, nor were there any issues with banding on football. We had no problems with image retention on the 9002 during testing, although we would recommend being careful and avoid leaving static images up for too long. Finally, as with all OLED TVs, the viewing angles were very impressive with no drop-off in contrast or colour in our tests, even at extreme angles.

    Motion Handling

    The 9002 includes Philips's new P5 image engine that is designed to deliver superior picture processing in a number of key areas, one of which is motion. The 9002 delivered a fairly standard performance in terms of motion resolution with the motion enhancements turned off and, as we would expect from an OLED panel using 'sample and hold' the 9002 delivered around 300 lines of motion resolution in our tests. However there are also five motion styles that you can use – Movie, Sports, Standard, Smooth and Personal. The differences between each style seem fairly subtle and they all increased the motion resolution to 1080 lines using frame interpolation to deliver smoother and more detailed motion. As aways we wouldn't recommend using any of these styles with film-based content, even the Movie mode which still uses frame interpolation, and the ISF picture styles default to Movie mode on, so you'll need to ensure that is turned off for film-based content.

    However if you struggle with the motion resolution of films, you could try using the Personal style, which allows you to customise the motion enhancement features using the Perfect Natural Motion and Perfect Clear Motion controls. You can then experiment with different settings in order to improve the motion without introducing excessive smoothing on films and TV dramas. However when it comes to sports, which is shot on video cameras, the various motion modes can be extremely useful and we found using the Sports style did deliver smoother motion and improved detail, without introducing unwanted artefacts. We did discover a slight software bug when testing the 9002 and sometimes, when switching inputs, frame interpolation was clearly being applied, even though the Motion setting was off. We could fix the issue by simply selecting one of the Motion settings and then selecting off again but clearly the TV shouldn't be doing this. We have reported the issue to Philips and it should be easy to fix with a firmware update.

    Standard Dynamic Range Content

    The 9002 proved to be an excellent performer when it came to standard dynamic range content, delivering images that were both detailed and natural looking. The key to this impressive performance is the way that the 9002 handles the fundamentals, with the deep blacks and superb contrast numbers creating an image that had depth and impact. The accurate greyscale, gamma and colour gamut, along with the excellent motion handling, also play their part and the result was a lovely overall image, regardless of the resolution of the source material. Of course when the content is lower resolution than 4K, and most of what we watch is still high definition and even standard definition in some cases, then the excellent image processing has its part to play as well. Thanks to the P5 processor, the 9002 can clean up poor quality sources and upscale lower resolution images to deliver a better viewing experience. We certainly found that standard definition broadcasts and DVDs could look very watchable, despite their inherent limitations, and the 9002 handled them both with skill.

    Of course the better the source the better the image and once we moved on to high definition content, the improvements in image quality were immediately apparent. The 9002 handled high resolution broadcasts extremely well and the P5 processor was able to address issues such as compression artefacts and banding on less capable broadcasts. When it came to documentaries on the BBC, the 9002 was able to deliver some gorgeous images, whilst new shows like Gunpowder also looked very impressive. When it came to football the 9002 again impressed, with natural colours, great dynamic range, excellent motion handling and no apparent banding to ruin your enjoyment of the game. Naturally the superior quality of Blu-ray took the performance of the 9002 up to another level and favourite test discs like Jurassic World and Moana looked particularly impressive on the OLED panel, with deep blacks, vibrant colours and plenty of detail. Even with these high quality sources the P5 processor was able to add value, perfectly upscaling the 1080p images to the native resolution of the 4K panel.

    High Dynamic Range Content

    The 9002 proved equally as adept when it came to high dynamic range content, despite the inherent limitations in its peak brightness. Thanks to the pixel level nature of an OLED panel, specular highlights were delivered with exacting precision and the incredibly deep blacks meant that whilst those highlights might be limited to 600 to 700nits, they still had plenty of impact. The tone mapping was also excellent as long as you set the Video Contrast control correctly – you'll need to bring it down or the highlights are clipped – and the 9002 could correctly display a 4000nits image, as evidenced by the 'Arriving in Neverland' scene in Pan where the circle of the sun is defined as it sets behind the mountain. The 9002 also handled the Ultra HD images extremely well, taking full advantage of a native 4K production like The Revenant to deliver all the detail in the incredible photography. The same was true of Passengers, where the opening star field was rendered in breathtaking clarity and the highlights were delivered with impressive precision. The use of 10-bit video depth eliminated unwanted banding, whilst the wider colour gamut delivered richer and more vivid colours that had a greater sense of realism.

    The Planet Earth II disc demonstrated all these benefits, with staggering levels of detail in some shots, vibrant colours and incredibly bright highlights. The hyenas at night sequence also allowed the 9002 to demonstrate the other strength of OLED, with deep blacks and well defined detail in the shadows. Thanks to the effective tone mapping the Philips was also able to handle HDR10 content without images appearing too dark, even in a room with ambient light. This can sometimes be an issue when dealing with a single maximum brightness number for an entire film, where scenes will vary with some brighter than others but the content is fixed to a specific peak brightness number (1000 or 4000 nits). The lower brightness of an OLED panel on a full field image can sometimes be an issue here but didn't appear to affect the 9002 adversely. The Philips was also impressive with HDR streaming content such as Star Trek Discovery and Mindhunter, both of which looked superb on the OLED panel. Overall the 9002 proved to be an excellent performer when it came to HDR and proved that peak brightness isn't everything and that the overall dynamic range, the precision of the highlights, the image detail, the video bit depth and the accuracy also play their part in delivering a superior HDR performance.

    The 9002 delivered a superb performance with both SDR and HDR content

    Philips 55POS9002 Video Review

    Sound Quality

    The 901F had a built-in soundbar but to keep the costs down the 9002 uses a cheaper approach, with hidden downward-firing speakers built into the bottom of the panel. The new model has a 2.1-channel configuration, with a subwoofer at the rear of the panel that uses Philips's Triple Ring technology to ensure better movement and thus deeper bass. The use of 30W of amplification also helped, as did the DTS Premium Sound, Clear Sound and Smart Sound enhancement features. The overall audio performance was surprisingly good, considering the depth of the chassis and there was a reasonable amount of stereo separation, with a decent front soundstage. Dialogue remained clear and focused on the screen during news broadcasts, entertainment programmes and documentaries. The audio was nicely defined with a decent mid-range and high-end, although the bass was rather lacking compared to a decent soundbar. However the 9002 handled the more complex soundtracks of TV dramas and movies quite well, considering its limitations, and could go reasonably loud without distorting, thanks to the 30W of amplification. Overall the Philips delivered a decent audio performance for a slim OLED TV but it's never going to compete with a soundbar or other outboard audio solution.

    The sound quality was reasonable and the input lag was below the important 40ms barrier

    Input Lag & Energy Usage

    The earlier 901F rather disappointed when it came to the input lag tests, with a measurement of 55ms in game mode, so we were pleased with the performance of the 9002 in this area. Using our Leo Bodnar tester we measured the input lag at 38.6ms in both the SDR and HDR game modes, regardless of whether the signal was 1080p or 4K. Although this isn't as low as some of the competition, Samsung and LG are delivering lags of between 17 and 21ms this year, it is below the key threshold of 40ms, so it should be low enough for even the most demanding gamers. We certainly found gaming on Star Wars: Battlefront and Horizon Zero Dawn to be an enjoyable experience, with plenty of detail, smooth motion handling and great HDR on Horizon Zero Dawn.

    In terms of energy consumption the 55POS9002 was reasonably efficient and using a full window 50% white pattern we measured the Standard picture style at 132W and our calibrated ISF Night style at 95W. Of course, once we moved on to HDR the level of energy consumption increased, but even then the Philips was only drawing 154W in our optimal settings.

    How future-proof is this TV?

    4K Ultra HD Resolution
    HDR Support
    Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best) 70%
    10-bit Panel
    HDMI 2.0a Inputs
    HDCP 2.2 Support
    HEVC Decoding
    4K Streaming Services
    Smart TV Platform
    Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10) 8
    What do these mean?

    Conclusion

    8
    AVForumsSCORE
    OUT OF
    10

    Pros

    • Superb blacks and contrast ratio
    • Fantastic dynamic range
    • Improved detail just above black
    • Excellent picture accuracy
    • Impressive image processing
    • Wide viewing angles
    • Ambilight

    Cons

    • Minor software bug
    • No Dolby Vision support
    You own this Total 5
    You want this Total 6
    You had this Total 0

    Philips 55POS9002 4K OLED TV Review

    Should I buy one?

    The new Philips 9002 builds on the excellent performance of their earlier 901F to deliver an impressive 4K OLED TV at a more competitive price point. A lot more manufacturers have joined the OLED market since the release of the 901F but, although they all use the same panel, other features can help differentiate one from the other. In the case of the 9002 it includes many of the features we have come to expect from Philips, including their dual-sided remote control and 3-Side Ambilight. There's also the Android Smart TV platform and Philips's new P5 image engine that adds cutting-edge picture processing designed to enhance both lower resolution and poor quality sources, as well as boost the overall performance. We're pleased to see that Philips have reduced the input lag, compared to the earlier OLED, and although there's no built-in soundbar this time, the audio performance remains decent.

    In terms of its performance the 9002 impressed with accurate out-of-the-box measurements and a near-reference performance after calibration – although it's about time Philips brought their calibration controls in line with the competition and added a ten-point white balance control. Thanks to the OLED panel the blacks were deep, the contrast ratios huge and the viewing angles were wide, whilst the panel handled reflections well. The performance above black was also impressive and the upscaling and motion handling were excellent. The 9002 impressed with both SDR and HDR content, delivering detailed and natural-looking images. The specular highlights in HDR content were delivered with precision and the tone mapping didn't clip. As is the case with all OLED panels there was slight banding just above black, although this wasn't visible with normal viewing content, but there were no problems with screen uniformity, vignetting or tinting.

    Overall this was an excellent OLED 4K TV and our only complaints are the lack of Dolby Vision support and a slight software bug that turns on frame interpolation when it's supposed to be off. Philips have yet to take a position on Dolby Vision, or HDR10+ for that matter, but we have reported the software bug to them and that should be addressed with a firmware update soon. However the Philips 55POS9002 certainly delivers where it counts and is definitely worthy of recommendation.

    What are my alternatives?

    There are a lot of alternatives these days when it comes to OLED TVs and not just from LG, with models now available from Panasonic, Sony, Loewe and Bang & Olufsen, and Toshiba due to join the market soon. If you like the idea of a built-in soundbar and you're happy to pay an extra £200 you could get the 901F, however at the £2,000 price point the main alternatives are the Panasonic EZ952 and the LG B7 and C7. In the case of the Panasonic TX-55EZ952 you can pick it up for £1,999 and, like the 9002, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, although Panasonic have declared their support for HDR10+. In most other respects the two are quite similar, which means that the choice is between unique Philips features such as Ambilight and P5 processing or the superior image accuracy of the Panasonic with its comprehensive calibration controls.

    However in terms of features, performance and price both the 9002 and the EZ952 struggle to compete with LG's 55B7 and 55C7 – both of which are identical apart from their stand and can currently be picked up for £1,799. That's an incredible price for an OLED TV that includes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, the WebOS Smart TV platform, comprehensive picture controls and a superb level of accuracy and performance. LG have even recently added Technicolor picture modes and the ability to accept Dolby Atmos via HDMI, adding to an already impressive feature set. The B7 and C7 are attractively designed, well made, include LG's magic motion remote and tick every box imaginable, making them tough acts to beat and the fact that they're also the cheapest OLED TVs on the market simply adds to their appeal.

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    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £1,999.00

    The Rundown

    Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level

    9

    Screen Uniformity

    9

    Colour Accuracy

    9

    Greyscale Accuracy

    9

    Video Processing

    9

    SDR Picture Quality

    9

    HDR Picture Quality

    8

    Picture Quality Out-of-the-Box

    8

    Picture Quality Calibrated

    9

    Sound Quality

    7

    Smart Features

    8

    Build Quality

    8

    Ease of Use

    8

    Value for Money

    8

    Verdict

    8

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