Philips 46PFL9705H review

Probably the best 3D LCD TV in the world today

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Philips 46pfl9705

The 46PFL9705H's 3D performance is the cleanest from an LCD TV to date.

Impressive suppression of crosstalk noise immediately reduces the eye and brain fatigue, making it just about possible to watch a full-length film without getting a headache. It hasn't been completely eradicated, though and is noticeably more recurrent than on Panasonic and Samsung's plasma 3D TVs.

Before 3D fans write the 46PFL9705H off and head out to bag a plasma TV, though, this liquid crystal set does hold a couple of significant advantages over its gas rival.

Its three-dimensional pictures are much more vibrant and colour-rich than those of any 3D plasma screen, enabling it to push the sharpness of full HD 3D pictures more strongly.

It's likely that different people will have different feelings about whether they prefer plasma's reduced crosstalk or the 46PFL9705H's extra 3D brightness and colour richness, so if you can, try to arrange a side-by-side comparison between it and, say, Panasonic's P50VT20 before making your decision.

Whipping off Philips' comfortable and effective 3D glasses reveals sensational 2D performance, provided that you keep on top of the processing issues with different source types mentioned earlier.
Colour response is breathtaking, with a huge, dynamic, yet also subtle and finely delineated palette.

Also playing a big part in this is the set's outstanding contrast. Philips' grasp of direct LED technology with local dimming enables almost miraculously inky blackness to occupy the same frame as blisteringly bright content, with scarcely a trace of the usual 'haloing' around the bright object.

Another palpable hit with the 46PFL9705H's pictures is their exceptional sharpness. This is due at least in part to the screen's almost total freedom from all traces of LCD's usual issue with motion blur.

You can remove all judder from the picture too using the set's HD Natural Motion processing, though be warned that you shouldn't use this processing set too high if you don't want the picture to start looking unnatural and suffer with artefacts such as shimmering around moving objects.

The 46PFL9705H is also capable of upscaling standard-definition pictures from its Freeview tuner remarkably well, again thanks to the efforts of its Perfect Pixel HD system. Once more you need to be careful not to overcook any of the set's processing here; too much noise reduction can soften and blur standard-def pictures, while too much sharpness and contrast can make them look noisy.

But it doesn't take a great deal of time to get a processing balance that leaves standard-definition pictures looking nearer to HD at times than you'd probably believe possible.

Another processing concern is the way the local dimming technology can become too extreme on its most aggressive setting, causing obvious discrepancies in areas containing varying degrees of brightness. Once again, though, on the rare occasion that you're watching something that generates this issue, you can get round it reasonably easily via the set's picture setting options.

The only significant unavoidable problem detected with the 46PFL9705H's pictures – aside from the effort required to keep them looking their best – is that they degrade quite markedly if viewed from a wide angle. This is because the direct LED 'haloing' effect around bright objects that's so hard to spot when viewing the screen straight on suddenly becomes distractingly apparent when viewing the TV from the side.

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

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Response Time500 µs
Weight (Approximate)23 kg