Philips 32PFL9604 review

There's no doubt that the '9604 is a hugely impressive set, but for £999 it can't quite pick up the full five-stars Tested at £999.00

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Our Verdict

The '9604 is one of the best 32in sets we've seen this year, but it doesn't push performance to a level that can justify its price

For

  • Huge aesthetic appeal
  • sophisticated menus
  • feature-packed
  • fantastic with Freeview and Blu-ray images

Against

  • Price, price, did we mention the price?

Following the demise of Pioneer TVs, it has fallen to manufacturers such as Philips to produce high-end flatscreens to fill the void.

With a price-tag only a few pennies short of a grand, the 32PFL9604 certainly falls into the top end of the 32in LCD TV pricing spectrum.

Its look and feel is undoubtedly that of a premium TV: the real aluminium, charcoal frame comes over all sultry and sophisticated, while the slick remote control simply adds to the allure.

Philips' funky new menu system looks great and uses bold, neon blue graphics to guide you around a mind-boggling number of picture settings.

All manner of features
The Philips' connectivity and feature count is also befitting of a premium TV and includes five HDMI inputs and wireless internet connectivity.

Pleasingly, picture performance is also of a high standard. Freeview images are exceptionally stable and clean.

The absence of any significant on-screen noise allows the TV to extract impressive levels of detail. The Blu-ray of Training Day is a notoriously difficult test disc, but the '9604 never panics and displays a balanced, detailed picture.

Black tones boast solidity while movement and detail are generally handled confidently.

But for all its strengths, class-leading sets costing several hundred pounds less can match this set when it comes to performance.

The Philips is very good, but not quite good enough to justify five stars at the price.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product Series9000
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number32PFL9604H
Product NamePhilips 32PFL9604
Product Model32PFL9604H

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • 32PFL9604H LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Net TV Brochure

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports5

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

Audio

RMS Output Power30 W
Sound SystemDolby

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight with Stand Approximate15.50 kg
Weight Approximate13.50 kg
ColourGlossy Black