When Philips announced its OLED 803 television back in February, it marked a notable turn away from the company’s high-end LCD range to the promise of OLED’s superior displays. It was surprising, sure, but the 803 wouldn’t be the only OLED from the European arm of Philips – we’d also be treated to the spectacular OLED+ 903, reviewed here.
While OLED still ain’t cheap, and there’s a price tag attached (£2,499 for the 55-inch model, and £3,499 for the 65-inch version), you get what you pay for with this Ambilight-imbued stunner: Not only is its screen great but, thanks to Bowers & Wilkins, it provides the perfect, well-rounded home audio, too.
Has Philips’ latest OLED stood out in a crowded market? We think so.
[Update: As Philips waits to roll out its new 2019 Philips TVs, the OLED+ 903 has got a tempting price drop: the 65-inch model is now £3,000 down from £3,500, while the 55-inch is only £2,000 down from £2,500. Not exactly bargain prices, but enough to make the 903 a contender for this year as well.]
Other panels to ponder…
The closest rival for the 65OLED+903 is the Panasonic 65FZ802. The Pana delivers a slightly more refined picture that’s arguably more focused on capturing the director’s intention. But the Philips set delivers a more aggressive ‘wow’ effect with its remarkable sharpness and aggressive HDR highlights.
If you already have a separate audio solution, you may well be better opting for Philips’ own 803 OLED series – it uses a less powerful integrated sound system, but essentially delivers the same picture quality as the OLED+903 for £500 less.
If you want the sort of brightness with HDR that LCD can offer, the current pick of the LCD crop is Samsung’s direct-lit QE65Q9FN.
The 65OLED+903 is a pretty remarkable achievement. It delivers the punchiest HDR pictures of any OLED TV we’ve tested so far, without compromising OLED’s natural advantages of gorgeous black levels and ultra-wide viewing angles. It also converts SDR to HDR exceptionally well if you want to do that.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the brilliant pictures are accompanied by one of the best sound systems ever built into a ‘mainstream’ TV.