Philips 42PFL7666H review

Edge LED TV with Wi-Fi makes the case for Passive 3D

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Philips 42pfl7666


Clear Sound does a reasonable job at increasing the clarity of dialogue, and Incredible Surround is worth considering while watching movies, though both of these modes' success is down to the sheer power behind the Philips 42PFL7666's speakers.

Rated at 14W each, they are among the best in the business despite the removal of woofers from the rear of the TV (as was the case with Phillips' 2010 crop of TVs). Still, it's worth playing around with the individual treble and bass controls in the home screen's Settings menu. Though it's hard to resist pushing the base up to its maximum level, we'd advise leaving it a tad below.


The Philips 42PFL7666 is great value; nicely styled and boasting tremendous build quality, the likes of which are so, so rare in the flatscreen TV market, the provision of a solid, stable desktop stand and those impressive speakers make this a standout product if judged purely on hardware.

Inside it's a different story, however, with a rather dated-looking user interface and a smart TV dimension that is really only justified by the presence of the BBC iPlayer.

There are better such platforms available, but the Philips 42PFL7666 is relatively media savvy in other areas and the sheer versatility and quality of the HD TV make this a great choice for movie buffs after something a little different. And don't underestimate Ambilight - it adds something special that's not easy to live without once experienced.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC, RoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption59 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power28 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand660 mm
Width with Stand992 mm
Depth with Stand254 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year86 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height586 mm
Width992 mm
Depth37.8 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Sound Leveler, Web Browser, Teletext, Auto-off
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL7666H
Product Name7000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL7666H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Be part of the action! with Ambilight and 3D TV

Experience cinema at home with a Philips 7000 series 107 cm/42" 42PFL7666 3D TV. It combines powerful LED pictures and the immersion of Ambilight to deliver an immersive 3D movie experience. Be assured you will always be part of the action.

Power SwitchYes
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)13 kg