It’s distinctly possible, too, that HD Natural Motion’s machinations will be massively helped out by another new Perfect Pixel element: 100Hz processing. This technology, now starting to appear regularly on LCD sets, doubles the normal PAL image scanning rate to try and reduce LCD’s common problem with motion blur.
The final key piece in the Perfect Pixel jigsaw is new 14-bit colour circuitry that should help the set deliver a wider, more natural and more subtly differentiated colour palette.
As if all this high-falutin’ processing wasn’t enough, the 32PFL9632D also carries the innovative Clear LCD system enjoyed on a couple of Philips’ previous LCD models. This replaces the usual single backlight with an array of Hot Cathode Fluorescent Lamps that can emit light in waves to approximate the scanning effect found with good old CRT technology. The point behind this is that it opens up the potential for deeper black levels than can be possible with a single, always-on backlight. Plus it does away with LCD’s ‘step and hold’ problem when showing motion resulting, hopefully, in sharper and smoother moving objects.
The 32PFL9632D’s aesthetics, meanwhile, are a high tech feature in themselves. For the cutely glossy black surround is joined by Ambilight: the Philips technology whereby coloured light is emitted from the TV’s rear sides to make the viewing experience more relaxing – as well as the TV more of a style talking point.
The 32PFL9632D’s Ambilight systems employs LED rather than fluorescent lighting for the first time too, resulting in noticeably richer but also more subtly varied colour output.
The shift to LED lighting means Ambilight uses less power than before as well, reducing any ‘green’ complaints that might be raised about it.
Before getting into whether or not all of Philips’ processing efforts deliver the picture quality goods, we really need to briefly cover the 32PFL9632D’s connections, for they’re prodigious.
Three HDMIs get the ball rolling, with other highlights including a component video feed, a PC jack, and a USB port able to playback a variety of multimedia formats, such as MP3s, .alb slideshows, JPEGs, plus MPEG1 and MPEG2 files. Other key specs you should know about are a native resolution of 1,366 x 768, and a seriously high – by LCD standards – claimed contrast ratio of 8000:1.