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Philips 46PFL9705H review

Probably the best 3D LCD TV in the world today

Our Verdict

For

  • Stellar 2D pictures
  • Sumptuous design
  • Terrific sound quality
  • Massive feature list
  • Excellent multimedia tools

Against

  • Complicated to use
  • Not cheap for a 46-inch TV
  • Crosstalk noise compared to plasma

Philips 46pfl9705

In what turns out to be a stroke of genius, Philips has separated the tweeters from the woofers, with the former under the bezel and the latter on the set's rear. This arrangement produces a much more dynamic, powerful, bass-rich and detailed soundstage than the vast majority of slim TVs.

In fact, you'd probably have to step up to a set from B&O or Loewe to get a sound as good as or better than that produced by the 46PFL9705H – and sets from either of those brands would, of course, cost significantly more.

Ease of use

The 46PFL9705 is a real mixed bag when it comes to accessibility. Its biggest achievement has to be its brilliant remote control, which combines sleek looks with a remarkably simple layout and, despite the extremely complex nature of the TV, manages to achieve one of the lowest button counts you'll see without resorting to lots of confusing double-function keys.

Also useful is the way the TV guides you through a simple picture preference calibration procedure when you first switch on for the first time. The onscreen menus, meanwhile, are reasonably well presented, especially the first Home screen that enables you to leap off into the TV's various functions.

The only problem is one common to all high-spec Philips sets: you need to familiarise yourself reasonably thoroughly with the intricacies of the various processing options contained within the TV's onscreen menus.

For if you don't, and don't revisit the processing menus reasonably regularly, you'll find that some of the settings – especially those related to motion and sharpness – can make some types of picture source look worse, rather than better.

Value

There is, of course, no denying that £2,300 is a pretty hefty sum for a 46-inch TV. Especially when you consider that Samsung's 50-inch P50C6900 3D plasma TV can be had for a whole £1,000 less.

But the Philips has prodigious picture processing power on its side, along with exceptional multimedia talents, superb audio, a great design boosted by Philips' Ambilight system and the small matter of 3D pictures much brighter and more colourful than those of any plasma rivals, even if they do also suffer from more crosstalk noise.

So all in all, despite the missing Freeview HD tuner, the price seems just about fair, especially now the 3D kit is included as standard.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176
Vertical Viewing Angle176
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Standby Power Consumption140 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand707 mm
Width with Stand1088 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height671 mm
Depth69 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Child Lock, Teletext, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL9705H
Product Name46PFL9705H 46" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Add a new dimension to your viewing experience with Ambilight Spectra 3. This patented Philips technology enlarges the screen further by projecting a glow of light from the back of the screen onto the surrounding wall. Ambilight adjusts automatically the colour and brightness of the light surrounding the TV to match with the picture, creating an immersive viewing experience. With Ambilight Spectra 3 movies truly come to life!

Response Time500 µs
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)23 kg