Philips 40PFL9704 LCD TV review

Pricey 40-inch LED screen that pulverises plasma

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Philips 40pfl9704 lcd tv

With subwoofers strapped to its rear, the 40PFL9704 projects the most energetic sounds we've heard on a 40-inch TV this side of a Loewe screen.

Bass is slightly detached from the overall soundstage, but dialogue is always clear and far fuller than on most TVs.

A quasi 'surround' mode doesn't add much to what is already a great performance, but it does create even more depth and the occasional illusion of rear effects.

Easily worth the extra hulk it adds to the TV's chassis, the 40PFL9704's speakers are a runaway success and easily able to take the place of a separate home cinema system in a small living room.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyPreliminary
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Brightness60 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL9704H
Product NamePreliminary 40PFL9704H 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LinePreliminary
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL9704H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • Preliminary 40PFL9704H LED-LCD TV
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control
  • Net TV Brochure
  • Quick Start Guide
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Batteries for Remote Control
Response Time1 ms