Philips 40PFL9705 review

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

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Philips 40pfl9705

When it comes to 3D, plasma sets from the likes of Samsung and Panasonic have the lead – and the 40PFL9705 does nothing to change that. What it does do is offer one of the most comfortable 3D viewing experiences – thanks to some incredibly lightweight glasses – while mustering a cleaner picture than you'll find on any other 3D ready LCD TV.

What those glasses also do is increase the perceived contrast on the screen to a level that is roughly on a par with plasma, but crosstalk still lurks; even in a still 3D image it's still possible to spot double images and echoes.

A moving truck in Open Season on 3D Blu-ray swings into a car park, causing a stepped image that's uncomfortable to watch. In another sequence a background of fir trees is a messy mix of left and right-eye images that looks totally unreal, while a solitary large red truck in the foreground of another shot appears to have a lot of company.

Back in the 2D world, the 40PFL9705 does a sterling job. Philips aptly named processing engine, Perfect Pixel HD, is here equipped not only with a 400Hz mode, but also a Super Resolution mode.

The most controversial effect is given by Perfect Natural Motion, which is available in three strengths and seeks to add some fluidity to Blu-ray discs. Neither setting is particularly subtle, with even the weakest setting introducing a shimmer around fast (and even some slow) moving objects during Open Season, though whether it's worth the trade-off with judder-free images will be up to the individual.

Super Resolution adds an extra few percent to both the still and moving image's full HD detail, while that 400Hz setting virtually obliterates any motion blur. Having said that, exceptional colour and contrast – thanks to than LED backlighting – are the key traits of the 40PFL9705's hi-def 2D picture.

Switch to Freeview and it's obvious that there's some powerful upscaling going on, though it's a shame there aren't any HD channels to gawp at on this highly capable set.

Across all sources the viewing angle doesn't appear to be a huge issue, though if you do watch the 40PFL9705 from the wings you will notice some colour drain.

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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand632 mm
Width with Stand955 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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 Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

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