Philips 47PFL9664 review

This is a first-rate TV from Philips, but it struggles to justify the extra cost over another Philips model, the £1200 47PFL7404 Tested at £1800.00

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Our Verdict

This a premium product, for sure, but the cheaper Philips 47PFL7404 offers a performance that's too close for comfort

For

  • Excellent picture
  • one of the best flatscreen audio performances available
  • luxurious build and styling

Against

  • Exceptional competition, not least from within Philips itself

Although this range-topping Philips didn't win an Award this year, it did receive a five star verdict in its First Test. You'll have spotted that it's already down to four stars.

Philips is likely to be a bit upset by that, but in fairness, the company's really done it to itself by offering a cheaper TV with a similar level of performance – the Philips 47PFL7404 at £1200.

The use of the word 'similar', rather than 'identical', is important, though, because the 47PFL9664 is undoubtedly the more accomplished set.

Play X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Blu-ray, and although there's only a touch more punch here, blacks are significantly deeper, creating more exciting levels of contrast and more realistic and thrilling action scenes.

Superb three-dimensional image
There's just a touch more detail here, too, and considering how accomplished the '7404 is in this regard, that adds up to brilliantly insightful pictures.

Add sharp edges and depth-enhancing Ambilight and you've got a superbly three-dimensional image. The extra detail and punch is more evident when playing a DVD, with Hugh Jackman's checked shirts appearing more textured and realistic on the Australia disc.

It's more subtle and convincing all-round , even if the margin still isn't huge.

Where the '9664 does significantly trump its '7404 sibling, and in fact virtually all its rivals, is in its audio performance. The Philips' speakers project sound really impressively, producing a direct, immediate performance.

Balance is good, with surprising bass extension, snappy treble and clear midrange. It's surprisingly punchy and controlled for a telly.

Only slight improvements for the money
Yet, we can't help but be disappointed by the slightness of the majority of improvements over its sibling.

Detail levels are only a little higher; motion is remarkably similar considering the refresh rate has been doubled to 200Hz. The Freeview picture is only slightly better, too.

Of course, there are lots of specs to take into consideration: there's Ambilight, built-in wi-fi for accessing your network and Philips' Net TV widget system.

These features may be enough to sway some people to fork out the extra cash, but for most we suspect the 47PFL7404 will do enough.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product Series9000
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number47PFL9664H/12
Product NamePhilips 47PFL9664
Product Model47PFL9664H

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • 47PFL9664H LED-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
DLNA CertifiedYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports5

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Operating Power Consumption263 W

Audio

RMS Output Power30 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight with Stand Approximate30 kg
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Weight Approximate20 kg
ColourAluminium