Philips 32PFL7605H review

Excellent value edge LED TV lacking only an HD TV tuner

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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.


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.


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

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 300
Operating Power Consumption71 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand540 mm
Width with Stand777 mm
Depth with Stand221 mm
Component VideoYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height472 mm
Width777 mm
Depth42 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext, Ambient Lighting
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model32PFL7605H
Product Name32PFL7605H LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number32PFL7605H/05
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Like a painting on your wall, experience the latest in ultra thin TVs from Philips. Combining powerful LED picture performance and the immersion of Ambilight, be assured you are always part of the action.

Package Contents
  • 32PFL7605H LED-LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Registration Card
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Safety/Legal Instructions
  • Software Declaration
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg