Philips 32PFL9603D review

This TV takes some tweaking to get it performing well, but once you do, it’s capable of producing pictures to rival even the most stellar of TVs in it Tested at £800.00

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Our Verdict

This TV takes some tweaking to get it performing well, but once you do, it’s stunning


  • Stylish design
  • good build
  • excellent performance – eventually


  • Remote control isn’t the best
  • takes longer than other sets to get it performing well

Some flatscreen TVs try to blend into the background, lurking quietly in your lounge ready to spring to entertaining life. Others – like this Philips – reason that if a television can't be invisible then it should at least be very, very stylish.

The 32PFL9603D, then, is something of a looker, but it's much more than that if Philips is to be believed. It comes boasting a veritable smorgasbord of processing technologies and picture-enhancement facilities.

‘Perfect Pixel HD' technology is complemented by Philips' latest Ambilight Spectra 2 ambient light design. A claimed contrast of 55,000:1, four HDMI inputs and a DLNA PC network connection also contribute to a pretty impressive specification sheet.

Getting it into action, the Philips tells its own story. And it is a long story, so be warned – this is not the most delightful set to use, nor is it the quickest to optimise.

It could have been a three-star verdict
In fact, our first impressions of this set were not great, and at one point it looked like it would limp towards a three-star review.

But after an inordinate amount of time spent tweaking the picture settings, the 'PFL9603D began to display a picture to rival even the most stellar of TVs in its class.

Fierce contrast, excellent detail and truly rich and vivid colours all contribute to a stunning picture. Sound quality, too, is well-rounded and above average.

Philips tends to load its TVs with picture processing technologies, so we repeat: spend time experimenting to get the best results. If you do, you'll find this stylish Philips set to be a match for the class leaders


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NamePhilips
Product Series9000
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product LineCineos
Manufacturer Part Number32PFL9603D
Product NamePhilips 32PFL9603D
Product Model32PFL9603D


Package Contents
  • 32PFL9603D LCD TV
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control


Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext, Picture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC


RMS Output Power30 W
Sound SystemDolby


Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate16.30 kg
ColourGlossy Black