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Philips 55PFL7008 review - 3D and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Philips 55PFL7008 - 3D

Right, 3D next. And the Philips 55PFL7008 picks up where Philips’ 2012 models left off by handling the third dimension extremely well. Pictures look phenomenally bright using Philips’ 3D preset, exploding off the screen in a way you just don’t get with the vast majority of TVs that use the rival active 3D format.

The Philips 55PFL7008 also delivers in full on passive 3D’s promise of minimal crosstalk ghosting noise, which in turn helps pictures look crisp, clean and full of depth. And of course, the large-scale of 55-inch screen is just the job when it comes to filling plenty of your field of view with the 3D image.

Philips 55PFL7008

The typical passive 3D caveats apply, too: you can see traces of horizontal line structure over the image; edges and curved lines can look slightly jagged; and images don’t look quite as detailed as their active 3D counterparts. But for many people – especially families – these caveats will be perfectly tolerable in return for the ease (and affordability) of the passive 3D experience.

There are a couple of other minor 3D issues worth mentioning, though. First, every now and then, when a 3D image jumps very quickly from a dark to a very bright shot, there’s a noticeable backlight ‘pulse’ or flicker. We saw the same thing on 2012’s Philips 3D TVs.

The second niggle is that you’ll probably find you have to use the Perfect Natural Motion system with 3D, as otherwise 3D images can suffer with quite noticeable judder. Yet using Perfect Natural Motion – even on its lowest power level - causes the occasional shimmering and twitching artefacts noted in the 2D section.

None of the little 3D niggles are sufficiently overbearing, though, to make 3D viewing ever less than a real pleasure to watch.

Philips 55PFL7008 - Sound Quality

The Philips 55PFL7008’s audio is very good by skinny TV standards too, achieving greater volume and separation than most thanks to the inclusion of a couple of large woofer speakers on the set’s rear.

Philips 55PFL7008

Things can start a bit forced during really dense audio sequences, and the TV seems slightly more prone to lip-synch errors than most. But at least the Philips 55PFL7008 is always game for having a go at delivering a big soundstage; it never slips into that horrible skinny sound so common with thin TVs.

As a gaming monitor the Philips 55PFL7008 comes up a little short, on account of suffering more input lag than serious gamers will feel comfortable with - around 65ms on average. This was measured with the 55PFL7008 switched to its Computer preset, and with as many bits of processing turned off as we could find - including Ambilight.


Knowing what we do about the rest of Philips’ upcoming range, we can’t quite shake the thought that the 55PFL7008 sits uncomfortably between the potentially better value PFL6008 series and the potentially spectacular pictures of the PFL8008 series. It's a very good TV, but not quite a great one.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 8
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 7


April 13, 2013, 10:28 pm

Price seems a bit high, correct retail price set by Philips is 1800£. At this Point i Think this set is totally correct. Why dont you mention that the tv can be accessed via app, you can start recording tv shows where ever you are. You can start the TV from where ever you are too. Another feature is sharing TV channels with other Philips TV's. You can go to your kitchen TV and Watch all the channels you have on the main TV like the 55". Why no more detailed mention of the fabulous RF remote and LG type of controll. Picture is great but if you are comparing tv's on their features then please take them all, some features are really great. If you add up all the features + ambilight + great 3D and great price i wonder if you really would give 8/10 or more 10/10 for what you get at the price. Sure pau 1000$ more you get a bit better for the purist but not many will pay for this. Philips aims at the larger mass and gives them a perfect allround tv and great smart tv features that gives more than apps.


April 14, 2013, 9:24 am

All I can say is Philips gave us that price. It's down to them.

As mentioned in the review, we will be doing an in-depth review of the Philips Smart TV features in a separate article. Fundamentally, however, the poor support popular video services is a major factor. If it were better I'm sure it would have scored higher.


April 15, 2013, 10:17 am

Isn't Philips supposed to be pulling out of the AV market? When is that supposed to be happening? Should we have concerns about buying a TV from a manufacturer who is not committed to the market (and by implication, updates to the firmware and the connected aspects)?


April 15, 2013, 12:42 pm

It pulled out of the US a long while ago and there was a period of hiatus, but it's back now. So far as we can tell it's for the long haul, but there are no guarantees in this life.

Gabor Husak

April 21, 2013, 11:16 am



August 10, 2013, 8:12 am

Andy, saw your review nearly 4 months ago and this TV still seems hard to find to buy online or see in a store. Any idea on timescales from Philips?


August 12, 2013, 8:01 am

I've found an independent that's selling it: http://www.purewell.co.uk/p...


October 16, 2013, 6:33 pm

Thanks for the link, but having continued to look out for this TV in the last few weeks, this seems to be pretty much the only retailer you can buy this TV from in the UK right now, and I can't really justify a 200 mile trip just to view it.

I'm not entirely sure why Philips supplied you this model to review if they had no intention to supply the UK market with this model. I have tried many local and national retailers, several of whom have indicated they don't expect to stock ANY of the Philips 2013 model range, let alone this specific model. As someone who has bought their products in the past, it is a shame Philips seem to have stepped back from the UK market. Lots of nice technology and marketing, but not much substance to back it up.


October 20, 2013, 6:42 pm

Is everyone seeing the same slow menu on Philips PFL7008? Or there options to fix/tune it via the settings?


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