Sleek Philips TV light on adjustments, black levels

The Philips PFL6704D series falls short of the competition's performance, but it does have a cool design and relatively accurate color.

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Having the option to input the correct settings can go a long way toward improving the picture on an HDTV. Some TVs, such as the Philips PFL6704D series, have fewer settings than others, and despite relatively accurate picture quality after choosing the right presets, this TV could really use more manual settings.

Meanwhile, automatic settings on the Philips abound, and while they don't improve picture quality--quite the opposite--they do have a major impact on energy consumption, and are largely responsible for its energy efficiency in default mode.

But regardless of how much power it consumes, the PFL6704D's middling overall picture quality and black level performance makes many other LCDs look more appealing in comparison.

Read the full review of the Philips PFL6704D series.

About the author

Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."

 

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