Philips 32pfl7605h

Put some effort into optimising the picture and the rewards can be considerable. Sharpness with HD sources is prodigious compared to many similarly priced rivals, thanks to a combination of raw clarity, and detail reproduction, while Pixel Precise all but entirely eradicates motion blur and judder.

The high processing settings needed to achieve this, though, result in a picture that looks a bit too smooth to be real, especially with film sources. Plus, the complete removal of motion artefacts require the HD Natural Motion and 100Hz systems to be set to their highest level, which can result in shimmering noise around moving objects.

Running the motion compensation circuitry on a low level seems to work best, though it is worth experimenting with pushing up higher for some material and turning it off altogether for others.

The processing also helps deliver a well above average standard-definition performance. All but the lowest-quality Freeview sources are rescaled to the full HD screen with good sharpness and without too much noise and there's little, if any, sign of any reduction in colour accuracy.

Tones, while certainly vigorous and bold, look a notch more believable at all times than they do on most comparable sets, enjoying a surprising degree of subtlety when portraying such tricky fare as skin tones and detailed landscapes.

While the 32PFL7605H's is often a potent, engaging force to behold, however, it fails to excel with black level response. Dark scenes are a little greyed over, arguably more so than with its TV's 40in sibling, the 40PFL7605, making dark scenes feel a little flatter and less richly detailed than brighter moments.

The 32PFL7605H also suffers slightly more noticeably from backlight inconsistencies than the larger version, with thin strips of extra brightness in a couple of places along its bottom edge and one along the top. Thankfully, these don't spread across much of the picture, but can still be a little distracting during very dark footage.

Pixel Precise HD doesn't upscale standard-definition material quite as cleanly as the newer Perfect Pixel processing engine and is more prone to leaving shimmering around moving objects if you've got the Natural Motion circuitry operating, but its strengths are still considerable for a £620 edge LED TV.

One final weakness that's pretty much a given with LCD is that the screen isn't particularly tolerant of wide viewing angles: contrast drops off and colours lose saturation from as little as 35º off-axis.

Sound

The 32PFL7605H is a decently accomplished audio performer with a mid-range wide enough to leave vocals sounding rounded and credible and trebles sounding clear without becoming harsh, sibilant or over dominant.
There's even a small amount of bass in the mix, though as usual with a very slim TV, this remains an area where things could be improved.

Value

Performance and features are both sufficiently high compared to Toshiba's ridiculously cheap 32SL738 model to justify the Philips' extra cost comfortably.