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Philips 46PFL9706H review

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

Philips 46pfl9706h

While building the Philips 46PFL9706's speakers into its stand is certainly a novel idea, it's not necessarily one that you'd expect to lead to brilliant sound.

But actually, while the Philips 46PFL9706's sound isn't quite as clear and refined as that of last year's 9000 series (which used rear-mounted bass woofers on the main TV chassis), it's still way more powerful, well-rounded and bass-heavy than that of the vast majority of its peers.

Value

Clearly £2,300 is a hefty amount to cough up for a 46-inch TV. But the Philips 46PFL9706 isn't just any 46-inch TV. It's the very definition of a flagship model, all the way from its sumptuous build quality through to its massive feature list and a fantastic innovation in the Moth Eye filter that has lead to it delivering the best 2D picture of this TV generation.

Gaming performance

Finishing up with the 46PFL9706's performance as a gaming monitor, it's pretty brilliant in most ways.

Its combination of sharpness, dynamism and terrific black levels gives HD games an almost unbelievable amount of 'snap', while the set's motion handling avoids the sort of blurring as you pan around that's common with LCD TVs.

The split-screen into full-screen two-player feature works well to some extent too (once you've tracked the feature down through the 'Adjust' button's menu).

The only catches are that you can see a faint representation of the other player's screen 'under' your own, and that during our tests the processing required to resize the top/bottom split-screen image to a full-screen one led to a couple of inches of the picture disappearing off the left side of the screen so that, for instance, you couldn't see much of a Call of Duty map.

The first 46PFL9706 review sample tested disappointingly registered a quite high input lag figure of 80ms. But a second set Philips sent over thankfully produced a vastly more satisfying result of around 30ms, which is easily low enough to 'keep up' with all but the most frenetic of twitch gamers.

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