Review Price £649.00
Philips 32PFL7605H - Performance and Verdict
Starting with standard def feeds from that non-HD Freeview tuner, for instance, it’s striking how detailed and sharp pictures tend to look, particularly if they are of a decent quality in the first place. The processing that delivers this sharpness can exaggerate noise a little with weak-quality digital standard def sources, but not to an even remotely unbearable extent.
The 32PFL7605H’s standard def colours are good too, largely avoiding the sort of oddball colour tones witnessed with standard def on a number of other relatively affordable LCD TVs.
HD pictures look extremely crisp as well, with the 32PFL7605H delivering an unusually strong sense of HD’s prowess in the clarity and detail departments. It doesn’t harm things in this regard, either, that the set’s combination of 100Hz processing and the Pixel Precise HD system helps it keep a lid on motion blur way better than your average affordable 32in TV.
Colours look even richer and more natural with HD, too, and the general air of dynamism and vibrancy is boosted by a pretty prodigious brightness output.
Where the 32PFL7605H falls down a bit is with its black level response. Dark scenes look rather cloudy, which additionally means that colours aren’t quite as accurate during dark scenes as they are bright ones, while dark corners of pictures look a little hollow/short of shadow detail.
We also noticed stripes of backlight inconsistency during very dark scenes. Thankfully the patches of extra brightness were restricted to narrow areas right at the edge of the picture, but they are still noticeable.
Finally, dark scenes definitely struggle if you’re viewing from quite a wide angle, thanks to the way contrast reduces with off-axis viewing. But then, this issue applies to the vast majority of other LCD TVs, too.
Overall, though, our response to the 32PFL7605H’spictures is definitely positive considering the set’s cost.
It actually sounds OK, too. Certainly it’s got enough power and range to avoid the cramped and muddy sound heard on all too many cheap LCD TVs, and even manages to throw in a little bass along the way. That said, if you’re really serious about audio, the 32PFL7605H doesn’t get close to the impressive sonic talents of Philips’ 9000 Series.
Although it’s not quite one of Philips’ classic TVs, the 32PFL7605H certainly is a more than solid all-rounder - and as such it represents strong value for money, especially if you fancy having some decent online capabilities on your next TV.