Philips 40PFL9705 review

A bit small for 3D, but nothing touches this TV for image quality

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Philips 40pfl9705

Forget Freeview HD and 3D for a while; the most important feature on the 40PFL9705 is its Perfect Pixel HD picture processing suite. Designed to help it combat the dreaded crosstalk problem while displaying 3D video, the 400Hz feature deserves some explaining.

It is a 200Hz panel plus a 200Hz scanning backlight that, Philips claims, only illuminates the pixels once the LCD crystals have had a chance to settle on the new image, rather than in the transition period (which causes the echoes and artefacts on almost all 3D LED LCD TVs). In this way it achieves a stunning (again, claimed) response time of 0.5 milliseconds.

Perfect Natural Motion is a frame interpolation engine that's worth investigating, though it can introduce artefacts to moving objects as it goes about its job removing judder from Blu-ray discs.

Classy on the outside, too, this 40-incher has a brushed aluminium frame and is among the most solidly built TVs you'll see. Weighing a hefty 20kg, it is a relatively portly 69mm deep.

Ambilight is here in its Spectra 3 guise. Three strips of LED lights on the set's rear adjust in colour and brightness to match the onscreen picture, creating a dynamic light show that's arguably more immersive than 3D video.

Away from the lights are plenty of in and outputs, all of which are housed in an extraordinarily compact design that crams almost everything into the TV's rear left-hand corner. Three HDMI inputs – one featuring an audio return channel – sit alongside a couple of Scarts, component video, a PC input, optical audio output and Ethernet LAN.

Although as a basic Freeview set it doesn't require Ethernet connectivity, it's included here to power its DLNA networking and Net TV functions – though there's also a built-in Wi-Fi module.

A side panel adds a fourth HDMI input, a Common Interface slot (for Top-Up TV viewing cards), an SD Card slot (for the possibility of future movie downloads via Net TV, but not capable of playing back digital media files of any sort) and two USB 2.0 ports, though the latter are squashed rather too close together; attaching external USB hard-disk drives is possible, but two USB sticks can clash.

Net TV now includes widgets for Box Office 365 alongside YouTube, Picasa, Dailymotion, Screen Dreams, radiotime, funspot, MeteoConsult, France 24 and an open Opera web browser. Box Office 365 contains some old comedy and drama from ITV alongside Audiolounge's small selection of films and MOR live music largely from the 1970s and 1980s.

On-demand IPTV may be the future, but for now there's nowhere near enough content to threaten the likes of Virgin, iPlayer, Sky or the Xbox.

Lastly, don't underestimate the usefulness of the 40PFL9705's 30W speakers that are about three times more powerful than most flat TVs.


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 Family9000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
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)22 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 300
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand632 mm
Width with Stand955 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height596 mm
Width955 mm
Depth69 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL9705H
Product Name40PFL9705H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Be enthralled by the immersive power of Ambilight. Featuring the stunning Perfect Pixel HD engine, LED Pro and powerful sound, movies really come to life in your living room. Experience a rich selection of online services with Net TV.

Package Contents
  • 40PFL9705H LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time500 µs
Weight (Approximate)20 kg