A Review Of The Philips 46PFL7605/12

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Published: 08th December 2010
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The Philips Ambilight 46PFL7605H is an HDTV with a 46 inch LED backlit screen. This set supports video up to 1080p, with a response time of two milliseconds and a refresh rate of 100Hz. Philips takes advantage of this fast display by using their Pixel Precise HD and HD Natural motion technologies to transition pixels in between frames to reduce juttering. Colors are displayed with a maximum 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

The 46PFL7605H/12 uses an edge mounted LED backlight which helps keep the sets size and electricity usage down. The set is only 5cm front to back and has a weight under seventeen kilos. Standby draws less than one-sixth of a watt, while eco mode draws 110 watts in use or 170 when in normal use. The backlight has a sensor which lets it adjust to room brightness automatically.

The Philips 46PFL7605 stands out from the crowd with its Ambilight Spectra 2, a pair of lights on the back of the set that shine light onto the surrounding wall that matches on-screen action, reducing eye fatigue. Adjustments have been added to help the lights match the screen regardless of the surrounding wall colour. The Ambilight can also be used as a solid coloured lamp when the set is off.

Fancy lighting aside, the 46PFL7605Hs standout feature is its easy to use design. Screen adjustments can be made by looking at photos representing different settings and picking which one looks best. Sound can likewise be adjusted by listening to sound samples and picking which one you prefer. Teletext support is included, eliminating the confusion of setting up text on all of your input devices when switching from SDTV to HDTV.

Connections are mounted on the back around a space intended for a 300 x 300 mm wall mount, allowing access to these plugs no matter where you put the TV. The back of this space has connectors for SCART, Ethernet, PC audio in, and component audio/video. On the bottom is space for three HDMI inputs, SCART, coax audio out, aerial in, and VGA in. There is an additional HDMI connector on the side as well as SD card and USB ports. Philips also sells a WiFi adapter that can be added to the set.

Internet support includes popular services like NetTV and Youtube, while DLNA support lets you stream files from your computer over a network connection. Unlike most TVs, the 46PFL7605 includes a web browser. Although not as powerful as a computer-based browser, its far more usable than the "walled garden" approach of most TVs. AVI, MPEG, MKV, and many other video formats are supported. Broadcast video also gets wide support with PAL, SECAM, and NTSC compatibility.

If you want a TV that does everything out of the box, the Ambilight 46PFL7605H should be a consideration. Setup is extremely simple, the wide support of formats means whatever you try to play on the set will probably work, and the sets design and light weight will let you put it anywhere.

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