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Philips 42PFL7432D LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
ImageThe Basics:
This 42-inch, 1080p LCD includes Philips’ popular Ambilight system, as well as Perfect Pixel HD processing and a USB port through which you can perform firmware updates and play JPEG/MP3 files. It does not offer the 120Hz technology found in the company’s higher-end 9732D Series.

Philips’ Settings Assistant automatically makes adjustments to picture controls by showing you a series of split-screen images; as you select which image you prefer, the TV adjusts the picture parameters accordingly. This TV offers a decent amount of image adjustments, including direct access to white-balance controls, but it lacks an adjustable backlight, offering only a light sensor that automatically adjusts image brightness based on your room’s lighting conditions.

The connection panel lacks a PC input, but includes three HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. In addition to a digital audio output (a common feature on many HDTVs), this TV offers a digital audio input so that you can connect a digital source component, like a DVD player. Aspect ratio options include an Unscaled mode that will display 1080i/1080p images with no overscan. The 47PFL9732D has a brushed-black cabinet, with a swiveling stand and a thin speaker bar that runs below the screen.

The Upside:
This HDTV offers good detail and processing, and calibrating the unit via the white-balance controls results in an even, accurate color temperature. It does not exhibit the blatant screen uniformity issues that plague many LCDs. The Settings Assistant is a great way to get consumers to make needed adjustments to their HDTVs.

The Downside:
This TV’s average black level and light output limit its overall contrast ratio, so the picture isn’t as rich and engaging as you’ll see from the best panels on the market. Its viewing angle is average at best, and it does exhibit some motion blur with faster-moving images.

The 42PFL7432D offers good performance and a nice assortment of features for a reasonable price. The addition of the USB port and digital audio input allows you to easily integrate other sources.

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