Philips 32PFL9705 review

Direct LED and peerless picture quality make this the best 32-inch TV ever made

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Philips 32pfl9705 5

With a price tag of £1,300 for a 32-inch TV, the 32PFL9705 was always going to have to try harder than most to justify its cost. But it succeeds in pretty emphatic fashion.

For starters, its feature count is absolutely enormous, including unprecedented multimedia support and the most powerful picture processing engine in the business. Plus it just so happens to produce the best picture we've seen on a 32-inch flat TV, accompanied for a change by superb sound.

We liked:

The 32PFL9705 starts to win your heart as soon as you look at it, thanks to its sleek metallic chassis and ingenious Ambilight system.

Then, after a brief bout of brain battering, you also grow to love its huge multimedia support, especially the full internet access.

And finally you regularly find your jaw gaping open in amazement at just how astonishingly good for a 32in set its picture and sound quality are.

We disliked:

Only the well-heeled need apply. It's not a set for the technically faint-hearted, either, for getting the best from it requires regular revisits to some of the countless picture adjustments. Finally, you can see haloing if you have to watch from much of an angle and the omission of a Freeview HD tuner is a bizarre oversight.


Philips likes to push boundaries with its flagship 9000 Series TVs and it's done this again in grandstanding style with the 32PFL9705. What's more, it's done it on two fronts.

In feature terms, its expanded its multimedia support with the unique MediaConnect system, offering a really great way of getting your TV and PC to work together for people not comfortable with the usual more inscrutable TV file streaming approaches.

The other area where the 32PFL9705 breaks new ground is with its picture quality. The use of direct LED lighting with local dimming really does make the set the best picture performer the 32-inch world has ever produced. And you can't ask for much more than that.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand526 mm
Width with Stand767 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height490 mm
Width767 mm
Depth66 mm
ColourOnyx Black
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model32PFL9705H
Product Name32PFL9705H 32" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPCE32PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Response Time1 ms
Weight (Approximate)16 kg