Philips 40PFL9705 review

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

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It's lacking slightly in the mid-range, but there's no denying that the 40PFL9705 has the finest speakers you'll find on a 40-inch TV. With plenty of room to play with, Philips has put a subwoofer at the centre of the back of the TV and reserved the underslung space for the tweeters.

A sound field high on low frequency and treble detail proves just about right for movies, and music doesn't sound too bad, either – a motley collection of MP3 files on a USB stick get a decent treatment. Meanwhile, the Surround mode on the 40PFL9705 proves a little disappointing, with no noticeable widening of the stage.


Few TVs enjoy the serious build quality of Philips' high-end sets, and the 40PFL9705 maintains that tradition. Direct LED technology is expensive and it's certainly possible to bag a much bigger plasma TV for less cash.

The lack of Freeview – or even a built-in 3D transmitter – might also put some off, but the 40PFL9705 does have some unique talents. Net TV still isn't up to much, despite the open web browser, but Ambilight is as impressive as ever, and the remote control is something else: you won't find anything nearly as slinky partnering a cheaper.

Add some cutting-edge 2D images and acceptable 3D pictures and the 40PFL9705 seems well positioned.


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