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Philips 7605 TVs Brings LED Backlighting to Mid-Range


Philips 7605 TVs Brings LED Backlighting to Mid-Range

Philips has announced a new collection of LCD TVs, its first mid-range sets to offer LED backlighting.

The 7605s are 1080p across the range and feature multi-die edge-lit LEDs across the top and bottom edges. Philips said this provides a dynamic contrast ratio of 500,000:1, while offering consistent brightness across the screen and consuming 40 per cent less power than its standard CCFL LCD TVs.

Picture sharpness is boosted by the Pixel Precise HD processing engine, while judder free images are promised thanks to the HD Natural Motion system and the use of a 100Hz panel.

Ambilight has always been one of Philips TV’s distinguishing features, creating ambiance by shining lights behind and to the sides of the TV. However, it only ever worked well on white backgrounds. The 2010 version of the system addresses the problem by enabling the user to compensate for different colours by adjusting performance using an on-screen colour chart.

NetTV will provide access to games, weather, pictures and video, and is also a new addition to its mid-range TVs. There’s also a wireless dongle available for ease of hook up.

Philips claims the 7605 range offers a sophisticated and stylish design thanks to a light grey brushed metal finish and its thin 42mm depth.

The TVs are available now in 32, 37, 40 and 46in sizes, and will retail for £849, £999, £1,199, and £1,499 respectively.

Link: Philips TVs.


August 5, 2010, 8:51 pm

Can someone confirm Freeview HD in these because maybe I'm blind, but I'm looking at the tuner specs and I'm not seeing it. Very startling omission once you get into £800+.


August 5, 2010, 10:52 pm

No HD tuner built in. Strange decision indeed given the RRP. Not an issue for those using Sky/Virgin but for the other 50% of TV buyers... I'd also suggest that USB PVR (also absent) is also becoming a near 'essential' feature of TV's at this end of the market too.


August 6, 2010, 9:23 am

Echoing the above, I'd read the article title with some excitement. However no playback via USB and no built in HD tuner are huge omissions. And with prices starting at over £800 for just a mere 32" set, it can be argued that these aren't mid-range at all, especially compared to the Samsung 8000 series which has been available for some time now.


August 6, 2010, 4:43 pm

I was about to go buy one after seeing this article, until it transpired theres no Freeview HD. Ridiculous omission, quite annoying in fact and means Ill now be looking elsewhere.


August 6, 2010, 6:29 pm

Looking at the spec sheet for Philips' new flagship 9705 series, even that doesn't have a DVB-T2 tuner. I'm not too surprised by this, a few manufacturers won't have Freeview HD tuners in their sets as the UK is the only place broadcasting DVB-T2 at the moment.


August 6, 2010, 7:59 pm

In that case Chris theres not much point Philips trying to sell any tvs in the Uk because anyone with £800+ to spend is definitely going to want Freeview HD, and will look to other manufacturers who are being more accomodating.


August 6, 2010, 9:56 pm

@james1000: I'm pumping Sky into my TV, so it could come without any tuner or PVR features for all I care. I'm also using an external AV receiver, so I could do without speakers as well...

Point is, everyone's needs are different. Everyone has different priorities. Philips TVs tend to be good performers and they're the only sets with Ambilight, so they have that going for them.


August 6, 2010, 10:00 pm

much like the commenters above I find the ommision of freeview HD a total deal breaker,

I wonder if TV manufactures are deliberately waithing until the last second to impliment it inorder to squeze the maximum amout of profit

just like the car market are doing with DAB (I mean why do no cars come with DAB as standard?)


August 6, 2010, 11:15 pm

@Jay: "I mean why do no cars come with DAB as standard?"

For much the same reason I think - DAB adoption varies wildly around the world, with the UK broadcasting by far the largest number of stations.


It seems that iPod interfaces are more common than DAB radios in cars, which is just hilarious...


August 7, 2010, 8:33 pm

I hear ya Chris, but most people would want to know it was there if needed. Also youre leaving all your eggs in one basket there. What happens when you upgrade the tv and want to use it in another room, or even maybe sell it?I imagine alot of people only use 1 or 2 hdmis but would expect 3 or 4 for the same reason. Futureproofing.

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