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Philips 65PFL9708 review

And so the price war begins with this stunning 4K TV from Philips

This isn't a particularly strong area for the 65PFL9708S. Things start quite well with a reasonably detailed and thoughtful initial installation process, but thereafter things can be a bit tortuous.

The main onscreen menus are rather bland and tend to present the huge amount of options on offer in long text lists, which can make them feel intimidating and long-winded to use.

With this in mind it doesn't help that you'll likely find yourself heading into the onscreen menus to make tweaks to picture settings more regularly than you would with most TVs.

There's room for improvement with Philips' Smart TV interface too. The main problem is that it doesn't make very efficient use of its available screen real estate, forcing you to have to scroll through multiple content screens despite the very limited amount of apps at your disposal.

It doesn't help that a large section of the screen is devoted to a window that's either used for promoting apps or presenting 'recommended' video choices that are rendered next to useless by the fact that the recommendations are only drawn from a couple of very limited content sources.

One good touch where using the set's Smart features is concerned is the provision of a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear side of the remote control. It's good to find, too, that the Smart menus operate more quickly and slickly than they do on Philips' cheaper TVs, thanks to the 65PFL9708S's use of a six-core processing engine.

Sound quality

Pictures as large and high resolution as those produced by the 65PFL9708S deserve to be joined by a large, high-quality soundstage. And that's exactly what Philips' set delivers.

The most pleasant surprise is that despite the 65PFL9708S being reasonably trim, woofer speakers on its rear manage to churn out much more powerful and refined bass than we're accustomed to hearing from flat TVs. This bass doesn't sound baggy or over-exposed either, thanks to the way the TV's mid-range is wide and open enough to expand down to meet the low-frequency stuff.

At the other end of the audio spectrum the 65PFL9708S delivers involving amounts of treble detail that bring out even the most subtle parts of a good audio mix without sounding harsh or over-dominant.

There's still not quite as much overall clarity in the 65PFL9708S's soundstage as you'd hear if the TV sported front-firing speakers like Sony's 65X9005A, but it remains a superior audio effort overall.

Value

This is the 65PFL9708S's trump card. For at £4,500, it's £500 cheaper than any 65-inch 4K rival, and a full grand cheaper than most. This fact is made all the more impressive, moreover, by the fact that it's still an excellent performer with a fulsome feature count.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-S2
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Analog TunerSECAM, PAL, NTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)39.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption139 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power27 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand925 mm
Width with Stand1467 mm
Depth with Stand281 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year193 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height855 mm
Width1467 mm
Depth45.5 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Teletext, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model65PFL9708S
Product Name65PFL9708S LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number65PFL9708S/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 65PFL9708S LED-LCD TV
  • 6 x Passive 3D Glasses
  • TV camera
  • 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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)37.50 kg