Philips 42PFL9664H LCD TV review

Excellent web-ready 42" set with Perfect Pixel pyrotechnics

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Philips 42pfl9664h

This set occupies one of the upper echelons of Philips' current output and offers the kind of picture-tweaking depth that requires a clear afternoon, a soothing cup of tea and a very deep breath.

Fortunately, though, if the Dutch company has one eye on hardcore videophiles, the other is invariably on normal, functioning humans, and the latter are sure to be delighted by a foolproof installation assistant that enables you to fine-tune your picture to your preferred parameters by responding to a set of split-screen images.

It's surprisingly effective and, crucially, you don't at any point feel baffled, patronised or seized by the fear that you've done something irretrievably ghastly to your settings.

Philips 42pfl9664h remote control

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The actual user experience, meanwhile, is an ergonomics masterclass.

Philips has always been at the forefront of ergonomic innovation and the current operating system is one of its jazziest and best.

We love the spooky, blue-haloed graphics on a translucent dark background and the menu architecture is effortlessly intuitive.

The exemplary layout marries up seamlessly to one of the best remote controls in the business, a satisfyingly weighty, metal-jacketed zapper that sits in the palm as if it had been made with yours in mind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)21.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption208 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio80,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
ColourBrushed Aluminium
Brightness500 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Auto Program, Picture in Picture, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL9664H
Product Name42PFL9664H 42" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL9664H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Be captivated by the immersive power of ambilight in an ultra thin and slim design. Featuring the stunning perfect pixel HD engine and powerful sound, movies really come to life in your living room.

Package Contents
  • 42PFL9664H LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Net TV Brochure
Response Time1 ms
Weight (Approximate)18.30 kg