Philips 32PFL9705 review

Direct LED and peerless picture quality make this the best 32-inch TV ever made

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Thanks to the sheer number of features and picture tweaks they carry, Philips' high end TVs are notoriously tricky to use if you want to get the best out of them. And in any ways this remains true of the 32PFL9705, but there a couple of touches that really do make your life easier.

The first, massive improvement is the remote control. As well as looking gorgeous with its unusual stretched oval shape and brushed metallic finish, it's a masterclass in button minimalism. When we first saw how few keys it carried we couldn't comprehend how it could provide an adequate interface with such a complex TV. But it streamlines the whole interface experience superbly well in conjunction with Philips' new menu structure.

The other handy improvement concerns the set-up guide that automatically kicks in the first time you turn the TV on. This uses a series of photos to help you choose your favourite picture settings, and then also helps you set up your sources. It further automatically guides you through setting up your Wi-Fi connection, and even takes you through setting up an SD card for storing your video downloads, so have a suitable card to hand, if you can.

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Final welcome touches find this initial setup menu helping you choose your preferred audio tone from the TV and even optimising Ambilight, including a new option that lets you tell the TV what colour your wall is, so Amiblight can adjust its tones to compensate.

As usual with Philips TVs, though, even after this installation process we'd still recommend regular visits to the TV's picture adjustment menus so that you can optimise the video processing for different source types.

In particular, you need to familiarise yourself with the HD Natural Motion, 200Hz, noise reduction and sharpness tools, so that you can reduce the potential for unwanted processing side effects with certain types of footage.

This makes the 32PFL9705 way more labour-intensive than your average TV if you really care about getting the best from it. Let's hope your efforts are amply rewarded.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family9000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand526 mm
Width with Stand767 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height490 mm
Width767 mm
Depth66 mm
ColourOnyx Black
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model32PFL9705H
Product Name32PFL9705H 32" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPCE32PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Response Time1 ms
Weight (Approximate)16 kg