Philips 34PW9817 review: Philips 34PW9817

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The Good Sleek design; excellent picture performance; 3:2 pull-down in the line-doubler; decent color decoder.

The Bad Pricey; only one high-definition component-video input.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a wide-screen direct-view set and don't mind spending big bucks, this TV should make your shortlist.

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8.0 Overall

If there is a company that can go head to head with Sony in the style department, it's Philips. The company's 34-inch, 16:9, direct-view, HDTV-capable set--dubbed the 34PW9817--is a pretty stunning piece of equipment that produces an excellent picture. Unfortunately, like Sony's high-end direct-view sets, the 34PW9817 comes at a rather lofty price.

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