Philips 32PFL6007T Picture Quality
Turning to the technology behind the Philips 32PFL6007T’s pictures, the first point is that it uses an edge LED lighting system. It’s also got a full HD resolution, while picture processing comes courtesy of Philips’ Pixel Precise HD system, complete with aspects focussing on colours, sharpness, motion reproduction, contrast and noise suppression.
The tools are provided within the TV’s rather sluggish and intimidating onscreen menus to adjust the degree to which the processing works on pretty much all the elements of a TV picture, and we strongly suggest you make the effort to familiarise yourself with them, for some can be more harmful than helpful, especially at their most powerful settings.
While on the subject of the Philips 32PFL6007T’s picture processing, we need to point out that Pixel Precise HD is nowhere near as powerful as the Perfect Pixel HD system found on Philips’ top-end TVs. But it’s still more powerful than the processing systems found on most mid-range TVs.
Philips claims a 400Hz ‘Perfect Motion Rate’ for the Philips 32PFL6007T thanks to a combination of a blinking backlight and motion interpolation processing. This should hopefully help it reduce the motion blurring that’s so common with relatively affordable LCD TVs.
Turning finally on our feature hunt to the Philips 32PFL6007T’s 3D playback, we’re actually surprised it’s there at all on such an affordable and small TV. After all, we’ve long argued that 3D’s impact is directly proportional to the size of screen it’s appearing on. Still, if Philips wants to give us 3D on the 32PFL6007 without seemingly charging us much at all for it, who are we to complain?! Especially as it’s included a couple of pairs of glasses for free with the TV.
In most ways the Philips 32PFL6007T continues the Philips 2012 ‘theme’ of leaving us largely impressed by what it can do. It certainly avoids most if not quite all of the pitfalls generally associated with the mid-to-low part of the 32-inch TV world.
Particularly impressive is its motion clarity. Even without using any of Philips’ motion processing there’s less resolution loss over moving objects than might have been expected. And if you do apply the HD Natural Motion system, blurring almost completely disappears, along with judder.
Some may find the motion processing makes pictures look a touch too video-like for their tastes, and we’d certainly only recommend using the very lowest power setting for the motion processing circuitry. But for us, being able to see motion looking so polished at the Philips 32PFL6007’s price level is more than enough compensation for movies maybe looking a bit more like video from time to time.
The crispness of the Philips 32PFL6007T’s motion helps pictures generally look markedly sharper than they often do on sub-£600 32-inch LCD TVs, with bags of detail and texture with HD sources that’s clearly visible despite the screen’s relatively small size.
More quality can be seen in the Philips 32PFL6007T’s colour reproduction. The palette on show is impressively nuanced, thanks to the way a wide tonal range is backed up by enough colour processing power to produce blends without the striping or patchiness you often get with cheaper 32-inch TVs.
Pictures aren’t as punchily dynamic as those of Philips’ higher-end TVs, but we’d take the accuracy on show here over the less subtle gaudiness of many similarly priced rivals any day.