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Philips 47PFL9732D LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
ImageThe Basics:
This 47-inch, 1080p model hails from Philips’ high-end 2007 line and includes 120Hz technology, which doubles the TV’s frame rate from 60 to 120Hz to reduce the appearance of judder and render smoother motion. This TV also includes Philips’ Ambilight system, Perfect Pixel HD processing and a USB port through which you can perform firmware updates and play JPEG/MP3 files.

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, solid processing and a fairly accurate color temperature across most of the range. Philips’ 120Hz technology is subtler than others on the market, but it effectively lessens motion blur. 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. It also produces an oversaturated green, and the viewing angle is only average.

The 47PFL9732D is a solid everyday performer with a nice assortment of features. It lacks the advanced image adjustments and higher contrasts of the best panels on the market, but it offers pleasing color and good detail. Also, it costs a bit less than other 120Hz LCDs on the market.

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