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Philips 47PFL9664H review

Philip's new high-end 47" LCD screen is packed with features

Our Verdict

This LCD TV offers quality pictures and good sound with some handy features for accessing the internet and media on home PCs

For

  • Excellent picture and sound quality
  • Network features
  • Stylish and slim

Against

  • Lofty price tag
  • Sluggish NetTV
  • No side connections

Philips' 47PFL9664H is one of the top dogs of the Dutch manufacturer's LCD TV range.

Strip out the Cinema 21:9 and LED Pro models and it's actually the most highly-specced TV it offers, boasting a plethora of picture enhancing tech alongside Wi-Fi, web and media-streaming DLNA capabilities – not to mention the iconic Ambilight rear lighting system.

If you're looking for a smaller set with all the features listed about, check out our review of the 42PFL9664H, the smaller brother of this quite mammoth LCD TV.

Haul the 47in beast out of its box and you'll find it's a solidly built set that's easy on the eye. The narrow frame sports a fetching brushed metal finish and the TV is a slim 50mm in depth – not as achingly skinny as some edge-lit LED models, but very thin all the same – and running down the right-hand side is an array of touch-sensitive controls.

Perhaps as a result of this slimline profile, there are no connections located on either side panel, and everything is clustered at the back, including five HDMI inputs. There are also USB and Ethernet ports, the former for playing back media files and the latter for connecting the 47PFL9664H to your home network – although thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi you don't need to use an actual cable.

Internet on the TV

Philips' NetTV feature allows you to view a variety of pre-picked websites (including YouTube), or alternatively log into a full-on web browser – although the sloth-like pace and need to key in URLs via the remote control means it's not the smoothest experience.

The TV's networking talents also allow you to stream media content via DLNA. So if you have a PC or a Mac running some sort of UPnP client, you can plonk yourself down on the sofa and enjoy videos, photos and music stored on your computer. Would you want to listen to music through your TV's speakers?

Well, the 47PFL9664H comes with a surprisingly good set of them. Despite the TV's thinness, its speakers are capable of belting out a substantial slice of bass, backed up by clear treble.

As for images, the company has brought its full arsenal of enhancement technology to the table here (besides the LED backlighting): Perfect Pixel HD Engine for boosting sharpness and detail while reducing noise; Perfect Natural Motion to remove judder from pictures; and 200Hz Clear LCD to counter motion blur, keeping moving images looking sharp.

It all works together, along with the strong dynamic contrast, to serve up a mightily impressive picture. Black levels are strong, but not at the expense of vibrancy and brightness. Colours are beautifully vivid, with smooth, contour-free gradation from light to dark.

There's a huge amount of detail on show, too, particularly with HD sources, and there's built-in sharpness enhancement if you want to upscale SD material.

Motion is smooth and moving images remain clear (even for fast-paced games), although the effect 200Hz tech creates might not appeal to all viewers – it can make things look too smooth, and introduce an occasional shimmer around a moving object. You can tone down the processing, or turn it off completely, should you wish.

Top notch, top price

The 47PFL9664H's excellent picture performance, fine array of features and stylish, high-end design make it a very impressive LCD TV.

Its price tag will put a lot of people off, but if you're looking for a top-notch largescreen and have the money, then add this one to your list.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)30 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption263 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio80,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
ColourAluminium
Brightness500 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model47PFL9664H
Product Name47PFL9664H 47" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47PFL9664H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be captivated by the immersive power of Ambilight in an ultra thin and slim design. Featuring the stunning Perfect Pixel HD engine and powerful sound, movies really come to life in your living room.

Package Contents
  • 47PFL9664H LED-LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Net TV Brochure
Response Time1 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20 kg