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Philips 47PFL9632D 47in LCD TV - Philips 47PFL9632D

So really our only concern about the 47PFL9632D's pictures is that you have to work pretty hard on them to achieve the glorious results we've just described. Leave a setting or two wrong, and things deteriorate markedly. The HD Natural Motion and various noise reduction circuits are particularly troublesome in this regard, as they have the potential to cause all kinds of unpleasantness (smearing, haloing, blocking) if set too high, or used on the wrong sort of source material. In fact, you may well find yourself revisiting some of the picture settings quite regularly to adjust certain things for particular kinds of source.
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While this might sound aggravating, at least you can console yourself with the thought that the rewards for your efforts are nothing short of spectacular.

The 47PFL9632D isn't as spectacular sonically as it is with its pictures. With a rated power output of just 2x8W, there just isn't enough oomph in the soundstage to deliver the sort of frequency range or sense of immersion that the best TVs manage. That said, vocals are always clear, trebles aren't harsh, and there's just about enough bass to add a little meat to Blade Runner's pistol shots.

Verdict

A fearsomely sophisticated TV capable of producing pictures to die for - so long as you're committed to spending a bit more time than usual fiddling around in the copious onscreen menus.

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