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Philips 46PFL9707 review

Moth Eye returns on this rare direct LED TV

In our often gloomy Blu-ray test disc War Horse we immediately discovered that the Moth Eye and Micro Dimming Premium technologies are indeed an advance on last year's flagship attempt. Areas of black during sequences of Joey galloping through no-man's land are utterly profound, while shadow detail in the shirt of a farmer in a gloomy stable also impresses.

However, peak whites are just as pure, with mixed brightness images the most impressive; the farmer's stable is dark, but bright light streams in from a series of small windows - and still there's profound black on either side.

We noticed only a small amount of haloing and glare around the brightest of white segments within an image that boasts luscious, subtle colouring as well as excellent contrast and black levels.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

This is direct LED local dimming - a tech that's virtually died out among other brands - at its unbeatable best, though arguably it's still not as fluid a picture as, say, a top-end Panasonic plasma TV.

In War Horse, as Albert runs out of the farm, arms flailing behind him, there's a distinct flicker, and when he arrives in the village there's an uncomfortable shimmer around him as he swivels and stops.

This is down to some frame interpolation tech called Perfect Natural Motion (PNM) being on its highest setting; for most films it's best left on its lowest setting - or de-activated, as it is on our preset picture mode of choice, ISF Night.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

We found that War Horse was smoother with PNM on its minimum power, though in some sequences it worked well even on full power. A jerky, high-paced sequence involving a calvary invasion of an army camp is made watchable by PNM, while watching the same scenes jerk and judder without it activated seems a step backwards.

That's not to say that PNM doesn't introduce some flicker around moving objects. It definitely does, but it's worth auditioning to see whether its smother, video-like imagery is to your taste.

Reflections, too, are kept to an absolute minimum in daylight, though the Philips 46PFL9707's impressive images are still best viewed in dingy light with ISF Night mode, and with both Perfect Contrast and the Dynamic Backlight disengaged; the latter tends to introduce crushed blacks and a loss of shadow detail.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

Granted, it does take some experimenting and the odd tweak here and there, but the best aspect about this potentially complicated TV is that its images rarely look processed. And that, as anyone who's encountered Pixel Plus through the ages, is a rare feat.

Put all of this together and we'd judge the Philips 46PFL9707 as having the finest 2D Blu-ray performance of any LCD-based TV on the planet.

Unfortunately that doesn't extend to 3D. Turning to a 3D Blu-ray disc of Hugo, we tinkered with two key settings beyond the '3D Experience' tab; Max Clarity and Flicker Free - and it's a straight choice between the two.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

In whatever conditions we tried, Flicker Free introduced crosstalk, where images meant for one eye can be seen by the other, and vice versa. Yuck.

The opening panoramic sequence to Hugo is impressive in either mode, but as soon as actors and close-ups are introduced, it's got to be Max Clarity - and even then we noticed some image echos. Oddly we didn't get distracted by flicker on Max Clarity, anyway.

Either way, a quick blast of PNM on its medium setting makes 3D more fluid and watchable, though it can't do much about that crosstalk.

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