Philips 46PFL9707 review

Moth Eye returns on this rare direct LED TV

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The Philips 46PFL9707 is one of the nicest looking TVs around - and in more ways than one. With an awesome build quality that extends to unusually good quality speakers, too, Philips' flagship TV is something very special for 2D Blu-ray playback.

We liked

Spin a Blu-ray disc and the Philips 46PFL9707 is capable of producing the best-ever black levels, contrast and detail from an LED-backlit LCD TV. Mixed brightness sequences amaze, and rarely look processed.

Net TV is much improved, largely because of the new double-sided remote control - another slab of high quality hardware - and its clever cursor-style navigation.

We disliked

Though refreshed, Net TV remains relatively weak, with only BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Acetrax of much interest - and no sign of the likes of ITV Player, Netflix or Lovefilm.

If you're after a home cinema screen then that issue won't be important, but the Philips 46PFL9707's crosstalk-scared 3D very well might be.

Final verdict

Wrapped in both the finest brushed metallic build quality around and an Ambilight glow, and supplied with an innovative and powerful speaker system, the Philips 46PFL9707 is special in so many ways.

A new user interface proves flexible, and the TV's keyboard-backed pointer remote dazzles, though it's mixed brightness sequences and total black that are this Direct LED-backlit LCD TV's clear highlights.

It's just such a shame that Net TV offers few apps and, worse, that 3D is plagued by crosstalk. Still, there's no arguing about the Philips 46PFL9707's title as king of 2D Blu-ray.

Also consider

In terms of flagship TVs there are some awesome choices out there, from the uncompromising Samsung UE55ES8000 with voice control and a sci-fi design (and a super-slim bezel), the elegant (though with a very similar 3D crosstalk problem as this Philips) Sony KDL-46HX853 to two from Panasonic; the TX-L47WT50B and the fluid of movement, intense of black 'king of plasma', the Panasonic TX-P50VT50B.

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
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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