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Philips 46PFL9707 review

Moth Eye returns on this rare direct LED TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Deep black levels
  • Precise 2D images
  • Mixed brightness
  • Cursor-keyboard remote

Against

  • Hugely expensive
  • Smart TV disappoints
  • 3D dogged by crosstalk

The annual winter release of Philips' flagship TV has become a bit of an occasion at TechRadar, with the Dutch brand's 9000 Series regularly at the forefront of LED TV tech - and the arrival of this 46-inch TV doesn't change that.

We are slightly confused as to why Philips puts its top TV tech on a 46-inch TV rather than something huger, but the luscious-looking Philips 46PFL9707 is nevertheless welcome.

Its brushed metallic bezel measures 17mm (0.67 inches), which may not be the slimmest around (its depth of 46mm (1.81 inches) isn't class-leading at this price, either), but the Philips 46PFL9707 has plenty of cutting edge quality elsewhere.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

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The Philips 46PFL9707 receives the most comprehensive, three-sided Ambilight Spectra XL, whereby strips of LED lights line the sides and top of the TV's rear; during TV and/or video, dynamically changing coloured lights inspired by what's showing on the screen create a light show in the area of the wall behind the TV.

Adaptable to the colour of the wall, it's a feature that's said to reduce eye strain, but it's also got to be said that Ambilight is one of the few TV features left that's truly unique - and a real show-off feature.

It can also be set to an ISF (Imaging Science Foundation)-approved 'ISF Warm White', the science being that a soft white light behind the area of viewing helps create the illusion of deeper contrast.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

The Philips 46PFL9707 has no truck with reflections, and nor does it need help with contrast, since the use of that Moth Eye tech helps create a spec that boasts of the highest figures we're yet seen; a staggering 150,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Blimey.

There is other tech at work in this department on the Philips 46PFL9707, though it's Philips' use of a 'direct' LED Pro Full HD panel - one of the few left in the flatscreen TV market - that helps the TV accurately display mixed brightness images. It has 240 separate segments each lit by an LED.

Net TV sees a refresh, as does the core user interface, while Zeitgest features such as Wi-Fi and digital file playback from USB flash drives and networked computers, as well as recordings from the Philips 46PFL9707's Freeview HD tuner, also feature.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

Lastly, the Philips 46PFL9707 includes 3D Max, an active shutter-based 3D system whose extra dollop of detail (compared to passive 3D systems) is a no-brainer on a flagship TV destined for home cinemas.

The 9000 Series is always an exclusive collection, with our review sample, the Philips 46PFL9707, playing the starring role and being priced at £2,500 (around AU$3,833/US$4,029).

For the first time the Philips 9000 Series doesn't feature a 40-inch option, though there is a 60-inch version, the Philips 60PFL9707, which may also be coming to the UK. Sadly, it doesn't use a Moth Eye filter, though - the Philips 46PFL9707 is a true one-off.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio150,000,000:1
RMS Output Power40 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand691 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand241 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year111 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology1200Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height629 mm
Width1070 mm
Depth46 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Flicker-free, Web Browser, Sound Leveler, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL9707S
Product Name9000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra XL and Perfect Pixel HD
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL9707S/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Award winning performance

Enjoy Smart TV in the best picture quality

Powered by Micro Dimming Premium and Moth Eye, the 46PFL9707 3D Smart LED TV gives you the best picture quality and best in class contrast performance for any content - 2D or 3D. Experience Smart TV Premium and 3D in the most stunning way!

Package Contents
  • 9000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra XL and Perfect Pixel HD
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cord
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Moth Eye Cleaning Cloth
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg