What’s more, as we’ve pointed out enthusiastically before, in Philips’ case, the Internet really does mean The Internet. For a full Web browser has been built into the 47PFL9664, complete with decent text input interface and clearly much-needed parental controls.
I still maintain that Philips ought to reverse its current decision not to launch an optional keyboard and mouse package to accompany its 9000 Series TVs. But as far as remote control Internet navigation systems go, the one on the 47PFL9664 seems about as good as it ever could be.
If you do find the Internet surfing system too fiddly, though, Philips has also included a really quite strong package of content providers - including YouTube, Myalbum.com, the Funspot online game service, and the tunin.fm Internet radio service - who’ve set up streamlined versions of their services especially to be easily accessed via a TV remote.
Going back to the point where I said that you used the Ethernet jack to get your 47PFL9664 online, you don’t actually have to use the Ethernet jack. For excellently, the set also features a stable and easy to set up built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi system. Excellent.
As you may be starting to expect from all the up-front feature extravagance I’ve already uncovered, exploring the 47PFL9664’s onscreen menus is a daunting experience. For they’re stuffed to bursting point with fundamental tweaks, fine tuners and most significantly of all, multi-level processing adjustments.
Why are these processing adjustments so important? Because they provide you with a really quite sophisticated tool kit for 'taming' the extremely powerful Perfect Pixel HD video processing engine that drives the 47PFL9664’s pictures along like a Dodge Viper’s V10.
For brilliant though some of the 47PFL9664’s immodestly named processing tricks are - especially Perfect Natural Motion, Perfect Colours, and the set’s standard def upscaling - they still have to be manually tweaked every now and then in order to ensure they’re always working at their best with different types of source material.
For instance, you certainly won’t want to be running Perfect Natural Motion on its highest setting - or even its middle one - when watching sport or action films if you don’t want the processing to generate all sorts of unwanted side effects. Or there’s the way the 200Hz engine can cause a little flickery effect over very fine details, so that you might occasionally want to turn that off too.
Crucially, though, while the raw power of the latest Perfect Pixel HD engine makes the 47PFL9664 a bit more labour-intensive than your average TV, it also has the refinement to ensure that the 47PFL9664’s pictures are nothing short of mesmerising when they’re at their best.