Philips 46PFL9707 review

Moth Eye returns on this rare direct LED TV

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We realise that smart TV is largely about convenience and catch-up TV that's most important in the living room, but anyone prepared to spend £2,500 (around AU$3,833/US$4,029) on a TV will probably expect a more polished smart TV platform than the Philips 46PFL9707 provides.

Called Net TV and Smart TV depending on where you look, the Philips 46PFL9707' app platform is accessed either from the TV's central carousel of icons, or via a shortcut on the remote.

Pleasingly it now includes a 'Now on TV' thumbnail with audio that's about 1/6 of the size of the screen, though the effect is tempered by the inclusion of an advert for one of the available apps.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

The home screen also includes the date, time, outside temperature and a basic icon representing the weather. There's even a Twitter icon in the top-right of the live TV thumbnail, though when we selected it the Philips 46PFL9707 showed us a pop-up blank screen. We didn't Tweet that.

Apps, arranged along the bottom of the screen, are in two chunks; the first contains icons for an App Gallery, Social TV, BBC iPlayer, a web browser, Facebook, Acetrax, Absolute Radio, YouTube, Napster, Aupeo radio and CNBC Real-Time.

The second panel, which needs navigating to, comprises Picasa, Viewster, Euronews, Meteonews, iConcerts, Screendreams, Funspot and CineTrailer. Luckily there are Fasttext commands to move, lock and remove apps, so it's easy to customize Net TV.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

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However, the best is yet to come; select the blue Fasttext button and the remote magically turns into a Nintendo Wii-style pointer. It works really well; it's fast, accurate and responsive - but it sadly only works on this apps screen, and not with the TV's core user interface.

With this in mind the double-sided remote control - which sports a full QWERTY keyboard on one side - might seem like overkill. It's primarily for operating the open web browser found on Net TV, though that's still not as slick as on the smartphone most of us have in our pockets.

One 'missing' app, Skype, is found on the Philips 46PFL9707's core user interface away from Net TV. Powered by an optional add-on TV camera, Skype sits on the end of a slick new interface that's built around a simple carousel of icons for all main TV functions.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

There's also a new My Remote app for (iOS and Android) smartphones.

Ambilight we've already explained, but what's Moth Eye? It's a contrast-boosting filter deep down in the panel's construction, a nanostructure that takes its inspiration from the way insects' eyes are constructed so as to avoid giving away their location to predators. By blocking out light, says Philips, the filter deepens black tones and boosts peak whites without the usual side-effect of haloing.

Expect to see this tech used on other brand's TVs very soon - as well as on TVs lower down in Philips' ranges in 2013.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

Meanwhile, endemic to this direct LED panel's skills at creating both black and brightness are two slabs of technology; Bright Pro and Micro Dimming Premium.

Elsewhere the Philips 46PFL9707 is similarly advanced, with its Pixel Perfect HD suite of picture processing tech including Clear LCD to remove blur from fast-moving images. An 'ISF expert settings' menu is also available for ambitious tweakers, with options to alter gamma, video contrast, and colour temperature.

It's no surprise that the Philips 46PFL9707 uses what Philips calls 3D Max, an active shutter array, though unusually there's a choice between Flicker Free and Maximum Clarity. More about that later.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

Our sample arrived with two pairs of Philips PTA507 3D specs, which recharge using a USB cable.

Ins and outs are plentiful. Along the bottom on the TV set's connectivity panel is a 15-pin D-sub input for hooking up a PC, a Scart (via an adaptor), RF in, a USB port and three HDMI inputs, while just above that line-up is a LAN port and three adaptor points for composite video, component video and phonos.

On the side, though still comfortably withdrawn from the edge of the TV, are two more HDMI inputs - taking the total count to an unbeatable five - alongside two more USB slots, a digital optical audio output, headphones slot, and a Common Interface sot.

Philips 46PFL9707 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio150,000,000:1
RMS Output Power40 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand691 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand241 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year111 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology1200Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height629 mm
Width1070 mm
Depth46 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Flicker-free, Web Browser, Sound Leveler, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL9707S
Product Name9000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra XL and Perfect Pixel HD
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL9707S/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Award winning performance

Enjoy Smart TV in the best picture quality

Powered by Micro Dimming Premium and Moth Eye, the 46PFL9707 3D Smart LED TV gives you the best picture quality and best in class contrast performance for any content - 2D or 3D. Experience Smart TV Premium and 3D in the most stunning way!

Package Contents
  • 9000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra XL and Perfect Pixel HD
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cord
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Moth Eye Cleaning Cloth
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg