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Philips 42PFL7666H review

Edge LED TV with Wi-Fi makes the case for Passive 3D

Our Verdict

For

  • Full HD detail
  • Ambilight
  • Bushed metallic design & build quality
  • Powerful audio
  • MyRemote app's photo streaming

Against

  • Passive 3D lacks detail
  • Visible pixel grid during 3D
  • Lacks must-have apps
  • Contrast

Phillips has taken its sweet time in delivering its 2011 line-up of LED TVs, but this 7000 Series screen was worth the wait.

Sticking to the brushed aluminium look that has served the brand well in the last few years, this 42-inch Edge LED TV screen's headline act is Easy 3D.

It's perhaps the best, simplest name yet for the passive 3D system (LG calls in Cinema 3D), although we're slightly confused as to why Phillips has chosen it over active shutter 3D for the 42PFL7666.

It's a company obsessed with picture quality, debuting all manner of new processing goodies every year, so why opt for this less detailed, and often less impressive, flavour of 3D?

The obvious answer is that the use of passive 3D technology means Phillips can include multiple pairs of the much cheaper 3D glasses in the box. The problem with this theory is that only two pairs are provided with the Philips 42PFL7666.

Philips 42pfl7666

True to form, this 3D TV comes with a host of advanced features, some of which are unique to the brand. We're talking mainly about Ambilight, a Philips-only technology that sees the 42PFL7666 put on a stunning lightshow in time to content on the screen.

Ambilight is here in its stripped-down stereo two-sided version, and it's accompanied by a host of extra features, including Pixel Precise HD processing, 400Hz Perfect Motion Rate, DLNA networking, built-in Wi-Fi, Net TV apps and, best of all for movie fans, 28W speakers.

How Philips has managed to pack all that into a TV that measures just 37.8 mm in depth is quite something.

Elsewhere in the 7000 Series is the 37-inch Philips 37PFL7666 and 47-inch Philips 47PFL7666, while the step-up 8000 contains the 40-inch Philips 40PFL8606 and 46-inch Philips 46PFL8606.

The 8000 and even richer 9000 Series TV screens all use 3D Max - an active shutter 3D system - although the brand's best is saved for its ultra widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio TVs. The 'Gold' 50-inch Philips 50PFL7956 and 'Platinum' 58-inch Philips 58PFL9956 use Easy 3D and 3D Max, respectively.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC, RoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption59 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power28 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand660 mm
Width with Stand992 mm
Depth with Stand254 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year86 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height586 mm
Width992 mm
Depth37.8 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Sound Leveler, Web Browser, Teletext, Auto-off
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL7666H
Product Name7000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL7666H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be part of the action! with Ambilight and 3D TV

Experience cinema at home with a Philips 7000 series 107 cm/42" 42PFL7666 3D TV. It combines powerful LED pictures and the immersion of Ambilight to deliver an immersive 3D movie experience. Be assured you will always be part of the action.

Power SwitchYes
Response Time2 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)13 kg