Philips 42PFL6008 review

Floating LED TV puts detailed images ahead of smart stuff

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Anyone who's ever seen a Philips TV will know that their pictures usually have their own 'look', but while that used to be a slightly over-processed image that wasn't to everyone's taste, the Philips 42PFL6008's natural-looking picture is proof that those days are long gone.

The Philips 42PFL6008 is all about detail. With our test disc Hugo in 2D mode, fine flakes of dust are visible outside Papa George's shop, while the beautifully-lit sequences around the train station are exquisitely brought to life.

Philips 42PFL6008 review

A close-up of Gustav as he puts on his best smile, and again in the flower stall, shows some serious detail while most of the colour palette is utterly convincing, if hardly eye-popping. This we like - too many LCD TV makers veer towards eye-searing brightness and overcooked colours.

Peak whites are well handled, though larger areas of black do take on a slight cloudiness above emptiness; they're black enough, but there's not much detail within the darkest areas.

Philips 42PFL6008 review

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Switch to more mixed material, such as the combination of both stunning visuals and archive footage of NASA's Greatest Missions on Blu-ray and the Philips 42PFL6008 does well, nicely upscaling the latter. Images from BBC2 excel, too, with standard definition snooker detailed, pristine and clean, with only a slight sheen of very fine picture noise interrupting.

Perfect Natural Motion (PNM) - a lynchpin of Pixel Precise HD - isn't new to Philips TVs, but here the 100Hz screen gets some more backlight scanning trickery to create a new 500Hz figure. That's immaterial, though - instead, know that the Philips 42PFL6008 handles motion quite well.

Philips 42PFL6008 review

However, left on its maximum setting PNM wreaks havoc around any moving object, with even a quick turn of a head producing artefacts. But on minimum power it creates a smooth, judder-free image that's preferable to the untreated Blu-ray image. Clear LCD, meanwhile, completely gets rid of blur.

As well as a simple depth adjuster, 3D pictures also get the Pixel Precise HD treatment, with PNM arguably more important. Again on its lowest setting (any higher and everything just looks fake), PNM helps mould an almost perfectly judged rendition of the tricky opening sweeping panoramic sequence of Hugo.

Philips 42PFL6008 review

The depth is entrancing, and the smoothness beguiling, though during a later panorama of Paris by night the horizontal lines endemic to passive 3D tech are not only visible, but very obviously blocking some of the detail the Philips 42PFL6008 excels with on 2D.

And all this with Ambilight in tow, which adds something truly unique. A touch of shadow detailing aside, judged on image quality the Philips 42PFL6008 is a tempting screen indeed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate60 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption54 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Electronic Program Guide TypeTV Guide
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand633 mm
Width with Stand953 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year75 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology500Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height562 mm
Width953 mm
Depth32.5 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series6000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Teletext, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL6008S
Product Name42PFL6008S LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL6008S/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 42PFL6008S LED-LCD TV
  • Power cord
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Tabletop swivel stand
  • Quick start guide
  • Legal and safety brochure
  • SCART Adapter
  • Component cable adapter
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • 4 x Passive 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg