Philips 46PFL8008S review

A dark, brooding stainless steel design hides a home cinema sweetheart with convincing blacks

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The Philips 46PFL8008S is a simple TV with few pretenses. The user interface's carousel of colourful icons for various features - inputs, smart TV and TV guide - is easy and very quick to skip around, thanks largely to the use of a dual-core processor. Moving between sources and using the eight-day TV guide is a cinch, and everything looks great.

As well as replacing the TV remote entirely, the Philips MyRemote app for Android and iOS devices enables you to stream photos, music and video from the smartphone or tablet it's installed on, as well as from networked computers.

Philips 46PFL8008S review

The Wi-Fi smart screen feature clones the live TV channel you're watching and puts it on an Android or iOS device, but we weren't able to link the app to the TV in order to use it to inspect the TV's digital Guide features.

In theory it's possible, but the pairing code set-up information is wrong and it's not possible to generate a smartphone link code. We're surprised that nobody checked this.

Philips 46PFL8008S review

Stick a USB flash drive into the side and the Philips 46PFL8008S supports MP3, M4A, WAV and WMA music files (adding lossless OGG and APE if you stream) as well as JPEG photos and AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV, AVC HD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video.

Unfortunately MKV files can't be streamed. The media player software is also a bit fiddly, and needs streamlining.


Philips 46PFL8008S review

Is this the best-sounding TV around? The frame-like desktop stand is a departure from 2012's stand-with-built-in-speakers idea, but the Philips 46PFL8008S does have thoroughly decent audio.

It's equipped with two 15W-rated speakers and a couple of rear-mounted subwoofers, which together produce a wide soundstage filled with treble detail and rich, bassy undertones. Both the Music and Movie modes are excellent.


Philips 46PFL8008S review

It's always hard to judge value on a TV over £1,500, but the Philips 46PFL8008S makes a convincing case for its high price tag. Chief among our reasons are the unique Ambilight feature and those on-screen fireworks, though we're also conscious that few TVs even at this price-point are this well-made.

The remote control is also worth a mention - it's splendid - while the provision of two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses is pretty standard for this kind of 3D TV, whatever its price tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
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)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption83 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand678 mm
Width with Stand1042 mm
Depth with Stand225 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year115 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology1400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height616 mm
Width1042 mm
Depth32.5 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Teletext, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL8008S
Product Name46PFL8008S LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL8008S/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 46PFL8008S LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D active Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Tabletop swivel stand
  • Power cord
  • SCART Adapter
  • Component cable adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • Legal and safety brochure
  • Warranty Leaflet
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14 kg