Philips 42PFL9664H LCD TV review

Excellent web-ready 42" set with Perfect Pixel pyrotechnics

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Philips 42pfl9664h

We've become so resigned to rubbish flatscreen audio that finding a set able to do movie soundtracks some semblance of justice is scarcely less than a revelation.

The Philips 42PFL96664 carries four drivers in total, but it's the two rear-firing bass units that grab your attention. These provide a solid, muscular foundation to proceedings, investing the audio image with the kind of presence almost invariably absent from LCD sets, particularly wafer-thin ones.

Broadcast programmes are handled effortlessly and the performance with film is sufficiently impressive to make anyone considering investing in a small home cinema system to accompany the set think twice about parting with their cash.

The audio image is expansive and airy and, while not strictly 'surround' in nature, does at least conjure an approximation of three dimensions.

The bass drivers, while necessarily limited in scope by their compact size, manage to produce enough low-end rumble to give a convincing amount of heft to 'big' scenes involving, say, explosions and invest the overall experience with the sort of visceral impact and depth that few other equivalent LCD screens can match.

Despite all this, it would feel somewhat remiss if we didn't urge you to do those lovely, cinematic pictures the audio service they so richly deserve by pairing this set up with a top-class home movie audio system.

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