large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Philips 60PFL6008 Review - 3D, Sound Quality and Verdict Review


Philips 60PFL6008 – 3D

Popping on one of the four pairs of passive 3D glasses reveals a mostly engaging 3D performance. Philips has long made a better fist of passive 3D than most, and the Philips 60PFL6008 exhibits the brand’s trademark combination of no crosstalk (so long as you keep your vertical viewing angle under 13 degrees), rich colours, a well-delineated sense of space, high brightness levels, decent sharpness (despite passive’s usual unavoidable reduction in resolution), and best of all really credible motion handling.

However, the screen’s average black levels and disappointing backlight inconsistencies continue to be visible in 3D mode, and if anything when you see a patch of clouding it’s even more distracting in 3D than it is in 2D, as the flaw appears as a flat 2D one lying across the surface of the deep 3D image.

Philips 60PFL6008

Other things to consider

There’s one more picture disappointment to report, too, for our lab tests measured an input lag figure of more than 60ms, even using the TV’s Game/Computer picture presets and turning off as much image processing as we could find. This is at least double what we’d hope to find, and will do your gaming skills no favours.

The Philips 60PFL6008 gets back into much more positive territory with its sound. The provision of a fairly meaty woofer on the set’s rear helps inject markedly more bass into action scenes than you’d expect to hear from such a slim TV, as well as enabling the main speakers to sound louder, cleaner and more dynamic than they would if they were having to handle more bass.

Should I buy a Philips 60FL6008?

The short answer to this for most people will have to be no, sadly. Looking at the set on its own merits, the way you simply can’t fail to be distracted by backlight flaws while watching dark scenes makes it an instant no-go for film fans. And its input lag makes it a problematic option for game fans.

We guess at a push that its brightness and colour richness make it a decent option for people who mostly only watch bright, colourful ‘daytime TV’ type stuff – but will anyone spending two grand on a TV ever only watch that sort of content?

The Philips 60PFL6008 also struggles to appeal if considered against its competition. You can get the Samsung UE55F8000 for around the same money, which may be five inches smaller but delivers vastly superior pictures and a much more advanced smart TV system. Or how about the gorgeous 55-inch Sony 55W905? Or the Panasonic P55VT65, which is in a different universe to the Philips where contrast and black levels are concerned.

Such comparisons say it all.


It’s conceivable that the backlighting issues are limited to the 60-inch version of this TV, but until we can verify that fact it’s hard to recommend this or its stablemates. There’s the makings of a decent TV here, but a few problems need fixing first.

We test every TV we review thoroughly over an extended period of time. We use industry standard tests to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever, accept money to review a product.

Find out more about how we test in our ethics policy.

Used as the main TV for the review period

Tested for more than a week

Tested using industry calibrated tools, discs and with real world use

Tested with broadcast content (HD/SD), video streams and demo discs

Trusted Score

rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star rating-star

Score in detail

  • Features 8
  • 3D Quality 7
  • Value 6
  • Design 9
  • 2D Quality 6
  • Sound Quality 8

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.