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Philips Announces 42PFL9803H LED-Backlit TV

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Andy already caught a glimpse of Philips' LED-Backlit TV at IFA this year, but now it's official. Most importantly, that means we have release and pricing information for the 42PFL9803H as it is to be called.
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So, what will your £2,299 estimated selling price get you once the TV hits the retail channel later this month? For a start the 42PFL9803H's use of LED backlighting allows it to claim a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Normally we'd scorn on such claims, but the 128-region local dimming system Philips uses should put up a better show than traditional across-the-board backlight adjustment.

As would be expected the 42in set packs a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, Philips' latest and greatest Perfect Pixel HD image processor as well as Perfect Natural Motion backing up 100Hz and 24Hz display modes.

Unsurprisingly for a Philips TV, Ambilight (in this case of the Spectra 2 variety) makes an appearance enhancing the TVs output yet further. Connectivity is fantastic, too, with a quadruplet of HDMI 1.3 ports and an Ethernet connection enabling the 42PFL9803H to stream media over a network.

Frankly, given the Philips Aurea 42PFL9903H, a non LED-backlit TV costs somewhere in the region of £2,500, it's amazing to see Philips' LED-backlit set launching at such a low price. Plasma, watch your back!

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