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Philips PFL6704D series overview

Philips PFL6704D series corner detail

Philips PFL6704D series stand detail

Philips PFL6704D series remote

Philips PFL6704D series back panel connections

Philips PFL6704D series side panel connections

Philips PFL6704D series Settings Assistant

Philips PFL6704D series main picture menu

Philips PFL6704D series Digital Natural Motion setting

Philips PFL6704D series picture quality

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 makes many other LCDs look more appealing in comparison.
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The Philips achieves a sleek, attractive look thanks to rounded corners and a slim frame around the screen.
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The matching stand allows some swivel action.
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In the past we've chided Philips for concentrating too much on the style of its remotes and too little on the ergonomics, but the clicker included with this TV is easier to use. The buttons around the central cursor are arranged logically and placement is used well to allow you to find keys without having to look, once you get used to it. We also liked the feel of the rubberized buttons and the smooth underside of the wand.
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Philips' back panel includes three HDMI and two component video inputs, along with a coaxial (not optical) digital audio output. There's no analog PC input however.
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On the side nestles another HDMI input, an AV input, a headphone jack, and a USB port for digital photos, music, and videos.
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A Settings Assistant lets you choose between a series of test picture pairs to adjust the image.
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The actual picture settings available in the menu system are overly basic.
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Two dejudder settings are on-tap in the Digital Natural Motion menu, but there's no way to separate the antiblur and dejudder functions.
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All things considered the Philips PFL6704D series delivered below-average picture quality, beginning with its light black levels and poor off-angle viewing. Color accuracy was pretty good, but lack of controls prevented it from being better, especially in dark scenes.
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