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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

Philips 46pfl9706h

As always with a high-end Philips TV, there are two sides to this part of the 46PFL9706's story. On the one hand, the design of its on-screen menus and especially its remote control is really very good.

The menus are clear and mostly straightforward to navigate, despite having to handle a vast amount of features and adjustments, and the remote control does a mostly sublime job of helping you do everything from getting around the menus, to typing text into the web browser and surfing channels from remarkably few buttons.

The button layout is inspired too, aside from the positioning of the 'Back/return' button directly under the 'Navigate down' button. It's all too easy to hit 'Back' when you meant to hit 'Down'.

While the actual interface for the Philips 46PFL9706 might be remarkably straightforward for such a sophisticated TV, though, getting the best from the TV is made trickier than some people might like by the amount of effort you need to put into tinkering with the set's myriad processing options.

Because different source types seem to benefit from different settings, and for all its processing brainpower, the Philips 46PFL9706 isn't as clever as it ideally would be at figuring out for itself the best settings to use with different types of source material.

Instructions

The Philips 46PFL9706 ships with its instructions manual built into its on-screen menus, under a 'Help' icon. This is fair enough in some ways, although tracking down specific features (such as the two player gaming option) through these menus is much harder than it would be with a paper manual.

A system like that found on Samsung's TVs, where you're told what a feature does when you select it on the menus, would have helped, too.

There are additionally a couple of issues surrounding the TV's design that require a little extra care. First, attaching the stand to the TV is a really very fiddly process, actually made rather scary by the amount of warnings that Philips gives you about how much you need to take care of the screen on account of the delicacy of the Moth Eye filter.

The other issue is also to do with the Moth Eye filter, as it turns out that if you manage to get your fingers on it, is causes a startling amount of mess. So much so that at first you might think you've actually broken the screen.

With this in mind, Philips is shipping a special cleaning fluid and cloth with every 46PFL9706; and you certainly shouldn't try to clean a finger mark with anything else!

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