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Philips 32PFL7605H - Features and Fine-Tuning

John Archer

By John Archer



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Having covered NetTV in some depth in a couple of recent features about online TV services, we won’t go into full details on Philips’ online system here. What we will say, however, is that NetTV’s standout trick is its built-in Opera browser, permitting open Web browsing.

This browser isn’t compatible with every site and doesn’t handle many plug-ins, but we still appreciate the freedom it offers beyond the usual ‘walled garden’ approach of most current online TV systems. In fact, it comes as no surprise to find at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that most of the other big TV brands are going to add open Web browsing to their 2011 online TV services.

The downside to NetTV is that its controlled walled garden part isn’t particularly great. There’s lots of video content to be found in there, which is good, but a bit too much of this is available via subscription only. Still, as we’re seeing with increasing regularity now, NetTV’s content offering is liable to get improved without warning at any time.

A Philips TV would hardly be a Philips TV, meanwhile, if it didn’t come packing some pretty serious picture processing heat. And so while the 32PFL7605H’s mid-range status means it doesn’t enjoy Philips most powerful Perfect Pixel HD engine, it does get the generation or so older Pixel Precise HD.

This isn’t as canny as the newer engine when it comes to boosting colour subtleties, adding detail and suppressing noise, and can cause the occasional motion artefact. But it’s still more powerful and effective than many video processors at the sub-£650 level, especially when it comes to adding detail to standard definition sources.

The only catch is a familiar one with Philips TVs, namely that you need to learn your way around the 32PFL7605H’s many adjustable processing options, and not be afraid to revisit these options regularly with different footage types. Only by committing to this and adapting settings to suit different source types will you consistently get the best from the TV. As a general rule, if it helps, we’d advise seldom if ever setting any of the processing options higher than their ‘low’ level, and never using noise reduction at all with any HD sources.

Provided you commit to the above effort, though, the 32PFL7605H can reward you with some very likeable pictures for its price point.


January 11, 2011, 12:41 pm

Ok design is subjective but 9 is a bit strong. Personally I find the rounded corners a bit dated. Also the bezels on all current Philips models look too wide in relation to the screen on these smaller screen models. Samsung and some Sonys are better in this respect.


January 11, 2011, 2:12 pm

Nothing regarding this TV, but as there are no forums there is nowhere else really to post.

At CES were there no TV's ? I've been waiting for all the latest and greatest news on the slimmest, best looking, stunning panels for this year and so far there seems to be nothing it all (bar a 70" Goliath).


January 11, 2011, 5:03 pm

Did you bother to test input lag on this TV?


January 11, 2011, 6:02 pm

@AJ - There new TVs at CES - nothing really groundbreaking though - larger & more OLED prototypes (will these ever reach the market place?), improved 3D etc.. but nothing to really scream about.

As far as 2011 model ranges go, enhancements look incremental of the same - improved 3D and interactive services seemed to be the biggest theme, plus now expected improvements in picture technology, etc... Nothing stand out sexy though.

You're right though - not much being reported on TVs from CES. You can find a bit reported on on other sites - e.g. TechRadar, What HiFi, but not much..

Other places you may find news is on the manufacture's own sites e.g.


Brian ONeill

January 11, 2011, 7:12 pm

I done the ambilight effect on the cheap, by sticking some coloured led christmas lights on the back on my TV with blue tack. Looks pretty good, sure it does not change to match whats happening on screen but its £300 cheaper ;-)

Also if you want to do a bit fancier you can get led strips from ikea or ebay.


January 11, 2011, 7:29 pm

@brian. LOL you are joking right??

Brian ONeill

January 11, 2011, 9:32 pm

@lamboy not at all i am serious. Will try to take a photo of it later.

Honestly if anyone is taking down the christmas tree give it a try. You can stick the lights to the back of the tv. The lights are not visible but the different colours shine on to the wall behind the tv a la ambilight.


January 11, 2011, 10:28 pm

@brian that would be bambilight then would it (after rudolphs 1st born) ?


January 12, 2011, 3:24 am

@brian - me too. Amazing things, Christmas lights


January 16, 2011, 2:15 am

@Epic - you're right, 'design is subjective'. I loathe the sharp, black, shiny rectangles we're nowadays lumbered with - presumably to fit with the soulless homes that are in fashion. This Philips is much friendlier, IMO.

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