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Philips 32PFL7605H - Performance and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer
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Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

Review Price £649.00

Starting with standard def feeds from that non-HD Freeview tuner, for instance, it’s striking how detailed and sharp pictures tend to look, particularly if they are of a decent quality in the first place. The processing that delivers this sharpness can exaggerate noise a little with weak-quality digital standard def sources, but not to an even remotely unbearable extent.

The 32PFL7605H’s standard def colours are good too, largely avoiding the sort of oddball colour tones witnessed with standard def on a number of other relatively affordable LCD TVs.

HD pictures look extremely crisp as well, with the 32PFL7605H delivering an unusually strong sense of HD’s prowess in the clarity and detail departments. It doesn’t harm things in this regard, either, that the set’s combination of 100Hz processing and the Pixel Precise HD system helps it keep a lid on motion blur way better than your average affordable 32in TV.

Colours look even richer and more natural with HD, too, and the general air of dynamism and vibrancy is boosted by a pretty prodigious brightness output.

Where the 32PFL7605H falls down a bit is with its black level response. Dark scenes look rather cloudy, which additionally means that colours aren’t quite as accurate during dark scenes as they are bright ones, while dark corners of pictures look a little hollow/short of shadow detail.

We also noticed stripes of backlight inconsistency during very dark scenes. Thankfully the patches of extra brightness were restricted to narrow areas right at the edge of the picture, but they are still noticeable.

Finally, dark scenes definitely struggle if you’re viewing from quite a wide angle, thanks to the way contrast reduces with off-axis viewing. But then, this issue applies to the vast majority of other LCD TVs, too.

Overall, though, our response to the 32PFL7605H’spictures is definitely positive considering the set’s cost.

It actually sounds OK, too. Certainly it’s got enough power and range to avoid the cramped and muddy sound heard on all too many cheap LCD TVs, and even manages to throw in a little bass along the way. That said, if you’re really serious about audio, the 32PFL7605H doesn’t get close to the impressive sonic talents of Philips’ 9000 Series.

Verdict

Although it’s not quite one of Philips’ classic TVs, the 32PFL7605H certainly is a more than solid all-rounder - and as such it represents strong value for money, especially if you fancy having some decent online capabilities on your next TV.

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Epic

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.

AJ

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).

Metalex

January 11, 2011, 5:03 pm

Did you bother to test input lag on this TV?

Stewart

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.


http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/brav...

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.

Lamboy

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.

Epic

January 11, 2011, 10:28 pm

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

ruthless

January 12, 2011, 3:24 am

@brian - me too. Amazing things, Christmas lights

clemenzina

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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