Philips 46PFL9705H review

Probably the best 3D LCD TV in the world today

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  • Stellar 2D pictures
  • Sumptuous design
  • Terrific sound quality
  • Massive feature list
  • Excellent multimedia tools


  • Complicated to use
  • Not cheap for a 46-inch TV
  • Crosstalk noise compared to plasma

After making a passable 3D debut Philips has set its sights on something rather more refined.

The 46PFL9705H is the largest screen in the Dutch brand's flagship 9000 TV series after the incredible 58-inch Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum and is bristling with technology designed to get really stuck into the crosstalk problem that's so far blighted 3D LCD.

The 3D capabilities represent only a small fraction of the 46PFL9705H's features: it's stuffed to bursting point with multimedia tools, including open internet browsing.

It's equipped with a version of Philips' all-conquering processing engine, Perfect Pixel HD that has been optimised for use with the set's locally dimmed direct LED backlight.

Philips' step-down 3D TVs, the PFL8605 series (including the 40PFL8605H), use edge LED lighting and feature a very different design approach. If you're not fussed about 3D, you can drop down one more rung to the (still LED-backlit) PFL7605H series.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176
Vertical Viewing Angle176
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Standby Power Consumption140 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand707 mm
Width with Stand1088 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height671 mm
Depth69 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Child Lock, Teletext, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL9705H
Product Name46PFL9705H 46" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Add a new dimension to your viewing experience with Ambilight Spectra 3. This patented Philips technology enlarges the screen further by projecting a glow of light from the back of the screen onto the surrounding wall. Ambilight adjusts automatically the colour and brightness of the light surrounding the TV to match with the picture, creating an immersive viewing experience. With Ambilight Spectra 3 movies truly come to life!

Response Time500 µs
Weight (Approximate)23 kg