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Philips 46PFL9706H review

Is this the greatest LCD TV ever built? This moth eye filter says it is

Our Verdict

For

  • Lovely design
  • Outstanding 2D picture
  • Decent sound quality
  • Huge array of features
  • Multimedia support
  • Ambilight

Against

  • Expensive
  • Tricky to set-up
  • Crosstalk with 3D

As well as being the long-awaited first TV from Philips' 2011 (just!) range, the 46-inch 46PFL9706H also happens to be the only TV from that range - indeed, the only set in the world, as far as we know - that uses a Moth Eye filter.

This being a flagship Philips TV, though, the 46PFL9706 certainly doesn't rely exclusively on its Moth Eye filter innovation.

It's also distinguished by direct (where the lights sit directly behind the screen) rather than edge LED lighting, and looks a million dollars in its brushed aluminium bodywork.

You also get Philips' unique Ambilight technology where the TV casts coloured light out of the TV's sides and top, as well as one of the most comprehensive multimedia support systems in the business - complete with a much-improved online service.

And then, of course, the 46PFL9706 carries the second generation of Philips' active 3D technology (called '3D Max').

The Philips 46PFL9706 is joined in the 9000 series range by the 52-inch 52PFL9706H - though this model doesn't get the Moth Eye filter.

If the 46PFL9706's £2,300 price is too rich for your blood, then you could shift down to the 8000 series, comprising the 52-inch 52PFL8605H, the 46-inch 46PFL8605H and the 40-inch 40PFL8606H. This series is cheaper because it uses edge LED lighting, and a less powerful processing engine.

For now, though, let's get back to finding out if Philips' new flagship TV lives up to is phenomenal promise.

Moth eye introduction

In many ways the 46PFL9706H is the most feature-heavy TV ever. The headliner, of course, is the Moth Eye filter. This carries tiny nodules on it that mimic similar structures found on moth's eyes and are used to eliminate reflections on the screen, resulting in a greatly enhanced perceived contrast range.

Certainly the presence of this filter seemed to help the 46PFL9706 produce stand-out performance quality at all of the technology shows it's been featured at this year, where any screen that can 'defend itself' from the high light levels of a typical show floor is going to look special.

If you're the sort of person who likes to put numbers on things, then consider this: whereas the 52PFL9706H without the Moth Eye filter boasts a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, the 46PFL9706H claims, incredibly, 50,000,000:1.

Or if you're struggling to get your head round all those zeros, the Moth Eye filter potentially delivers 10 times the contrast of a non-Moth Eye TV.

Obviously all these sorts of numbers have to be treated with an enormous pinch of salt, but nonetheless it's impossible not to get at least a bit excited at the thought of what the filter might do.

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 Interfaces1
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED Pro
VESA Mount Standard300 x 200
Operating Power Consumption75 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio150,000,000:1
RMS Output Power40 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand718 mm
Width with Stand1083 mm
Depth with Stand274 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation Technology1200Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height660 mm
Width1083 mm
Depth43 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL9706H
Product Name46PFL9706H LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL9706H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Award winning performance 3 sided Ambilight and best picture quality
Awarded Best LCD TV by EISA for the last 10 years, the 9000 series brings innovation in picture and connectivity. Perfect Pixel HD Engine and LED Pro give you the most true to life images. Ambilight and 3D Max bring movies to life.

Package Contents
  • 46PFL9706H LED-LCD TV
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Battery
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Wi-Fi MediaConnect CD
  • Wall Mounting Bracket
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)16 kg