In the 2021 Philips TV lines, from the Smart TV segment, in addition to conventional LED devices, models with Mini LED and OLED technologies stand out. Such models, as a rule, receive the largest screen diagonals. They occupy the best places on store shelves and always attract the attention of customers.
Let’s talk about the Philips Mini LED 2021 range and in particular take a look at the Philips 65PML9506 Mini LED 4K UHD Smart TV review. In a few words, this is a great TV full of new features and connectivity. The picture will delight users looking for the highest quality and fans of the LED 4-way Ambilight, with HDMI 2.1 ports and a reasonable price.
Philips PML9506 review
The European lineup is represented by two options. These are Philips 65 PML9506/12 and 75 PML9506/12. If someone is wondering about TVs with Mini LED backlighting from other manufacturers, then this technology has already been implemented in the models of the Korean brand Samsung. A clear example would be Neo QLED TVs such as the QN95A , QN90A and QN85A in 4K or the QN900A and QN800A with VA LCDs with 8K resolution.
A logical question: “Is Philips really late with the mini LED novelty?” No, this is the start of a great technology that will spread to other brands and, perhaps, Sony TVs will soon embody it in their models. But back to the Philips PML9506 / 12 series under review with 1000-zone miniLED FALD technology.
The Philips PML9506 / 12 TV series is very beautiful. We can say that at first glance there is a desire, by all means, to get such a model in the living room. The bezel is made of premium metal. This brushed aluminum frame makes the Philips 65PML9506 very attractive. The stand is also metal and in the same color scheme.
The legs of the stand are very thin and elegant. Thanks to them, the TV can be raised to different heights. You can fix the panel as low as possible, literally at the height of the legs. Or mount the 65 PML9506/12 so that there is room under the screen for a professional soundbar. Everything is thought out here.
Ambilight on four sides
The first thing that catches the eye on the Philips PML9506 is the Ambilight on all 4 sides of the TV. It gives an unprecedented sensation of continuation of the image. There is more backlighting, and the transition from panel to wall creates an incredible effect, which manifests itself to the fullest when installing the model through a VESA bracket.
Signature Ambilight technology features intelligent LEDs on all four sides. It meets a need that users have been asking for for a long time. Namely, the ability to turn on (or off) the LEDs on the underside of the 65PML9506 TV.
Another feature of the Philips 65PML9506 is the brightness of the picture with cinematic quality. Supported standards: HDR, HDR10, HDR10 +, HDR10 + Adaptive, HLG. The Dolby Vision high dynamic range format was also not missed . Thanks to the full spectrum of HDR technologies, very realistic colors and, of course, very deep blacks are achieved. Although blacks still cannot reach the level of OLED TVs, they are very close.
The panel in the Philips PML9506 series TV is VA type with a native frequency of 120 Hz. These panels have over 1000 FALD lighting zones. One has only to imagine that the TV screen 65PML9506 / 12 is divided into 1000 zones. All of them will light up independently, as it is possible with FALD technology.
This backlighting attenuates or brightens different areas, offering perfect contrast with “bumpy” vibrant colors where HDR is required. The maximum peak brightness in the Philips 65 PML9506 mini LED TV can reach 1500 nits, which is sufficient for operation of this model in rooms with a lot of natural light or bright artificial sources.
The Philips PLM9506 series has three-dimensional sound. We can say that these TVs have just a brutal sound system compatible with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos . The sound is great, and the combination of Ambilight and 3D sound will make you feel part of the scene, or at least enjoy the director’s intentions. Everything is as in the original content.
Another advantage is the DTS Play-Fi “multi-room” sound . With this technology, you can connect compatible external speakers to any room and keep listening to content streamed on the Philips PLM9506 without missing out. Despite the 2.1 CH circuit with a total output of 50W, the bass is not the best, but it is effective. So you won’t have to regret the purchase. For those who find the sound system weak, the manufacturer can offer the Philips PUS9636 series of mini-ice with 3.1.2 CH sound from Bowers & Wilkins.
In 2021, the Philips P5 Gen5 processor with AI artificial intelligence is able to display almost all real images on the VA panel. This is a very exciting experience. The image processing capability is to get vibrant colors on the screen and above all to process the motion that happens very smoothly.
If we say that the Philips 65PML9506 has very good power thanks to the P5 processor, then that would be only partly. With the Philips P5 Gen5 and HDMI 2.1 connectivity , discerning gamers are redefining the model.
Now players will be able to take full advantage of all the resources of their game consoles. Game on the latest generation consoles such as PlayStation 5 and XBOX X series , with low latency and smooth display combined with Ambilight, VRR and Freesync. Thus, the Philips PML9506 becomes an almost professional Gamer TV.
In this subsection, we will not go into many technical details of the interface part. These can be seen in the full spec table below. Overall, the 65PML9506’s various connections to the TV are USB connections, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity, and high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
As noted earlier, the materials on the 65 PML9506/12 TV are of high quality and its remote control keeps up with this trend. The remote comes with polished metal edges and a polished aluminum bezel. To match the TV itself. There are direct access buttons for streaming content like Netflix , Rakuten TV, and Prime Video (varies by region). These buttons are located at the top of the remote control. Voice control is compatible with Alexa and Google assistants.
The Philips PML9506 / 12 TV is extraordinary, beautiful and elegant with stunning picture quality. The picture will look great in brightly lit rooms thanks to the brightness of 1500 nits. HDMI 2.1 and all the technologies you may need in the future are already on hand.
Someone wants more? Well, if good sound at 50 W is not the limit for someone, then you can look closely at the Philips PUS9636 series. Comparing all the pros and cons, it seems that the novelty is not too expensive. On the contrary, it is a cheap TV with a good set of specifications and features that you can buy as a gift for your loved one for the New Year 2022, and you will not regret it.