Philips 42PFL9664H LCD TV review

Excellent web-ready 42" set with Perfect Pixel pyrotechnics

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Philips 42pfl9664h
The Philips 42PFL9664H LCD TV isn't the cheapest 42-inch set on the market by a long chalk, with some perfectly respectable alternatives from big-name brands such as Toshiba coming in at less than half the price.

The Philips isn't aimed at the budget buyer, however, and with that in mind is easily one of the best sets in its class, with a performance and features list that leaves anything significantly cheaper choking on its dust.

If you are after a set that offers all the spec you could conceivably need, a performance that equals (and frequently surpasses) the very best flatscreens currently available and, as an added boon, looks extremely pretty in your front room, then the 42PFL9664 is worth that grand and a half asking price.

We liked:

This is an immensely capable set, with near-reference quality pictures that are a cut or two above most of its immediate peers.

The features list is also extremely impressive, from the class-leading image engine through to the five HDMI inputs via one of the few genuinely useful web-browsing setups in circulation. We also adore the effortlessly chic styling and the nigh-on flawless operating system.

We disliked:

The narrowish viewing angle is a slight niggle and Ambilight might be seen by some as a piece of unnecessary, cost-nudging frivolity. Standard-def isn't always to its rather refined taste, either.


A beautifully conceived and executed set for the serious (and better-heeled) AV fan.

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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