The backlight makes for an extremely svelte TV and a distinctive metallic silver livery and rounded corners complete an extremely pleasing picture.

Ambilight Spectra 2 ranges rows of LED lights down the set's left and right sides to cast pools of coloured light onto whatever is behind the set, changing the hue and intensity to suit whatever is onscreen, usually uncannily accurately.

It might sound gimmicky, but the feature is now so sophisticated that is can even compensate for the colour of your walls and repeated tests of the system suggest that it makes long-term viewing less tiring and more engaging.

The surprisingly generous connections kick off with four HDMIs, one of which is built to the v1.4 spec, enabling it to offer an audio return channel to your AV receiver. If you're a multimedia type of person, you will also doubtlessly get plenty of use out of the provided USB and Ethernet ports, both of which enable playback of most of the main photo, music or video format types from USB storage and DLNA PC devices.

The Ethernet also provides the portal to Philips' part weird, part wonderful online service, NetTV. The weird part is the section devoted to ring-fenced content controlled by Philips and is designed to work well with a TV operating system. There is plenty of video content, but sadly most of it is subscription only and it doesn't help that much of it is foreign (ie, non English) language.

The wonderful, currently unique aspect of NetTV is that is enables you to surf the web at large via a built-in Opera browser. This has limitations (it doesn't work with plug ins, for instance) and having to input lots of text and navigating web pages using a TV remote isn't ideal, but having more or less unfettered access to the internet feels genuinely liberating.

The last really important feature of the 32PFL7605H is its picture processing. Pixel Precise HD might only be half as powerful as the top-end Perfect Pixel HD engine, but it is still extremely potent and outperforms most if its rivals in such important areas as colour, contrast and motion handling and gets an added boost from 100Hz scanning.

If it isn't to your taste, every individual facet of the processing is adjustable via the onscreen menus.