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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>> David: Hi there, David Katzmaier with the Philips PFL6704D Series; this is the 42 inch member of the series and there's a few other sizes but they all have very similar specs and we expect identical picture quality so this review does apply to everyone in the series. This is Philips basic 120 hertz 1080p LCD. It's relatively inexpensive and the styling on this TV is also pretty simple. We actually like it around the edge there's a pretty thin border and it's got these nice rounded off corners. Of course, glossy black styling and a matching black stand that does have a swivel which is often not found on the less expensive models, so that's a good thing. One of the things we did miss on this TV, however, was picture adjustments. You go into the menu there's really not much you can do to tweak the picture. There is this kind of automatic picture thing. You kind of step through a series of test patterns and choose which one you like best, but at the end that really didn't do much to improve the picture. We really would like to see some kind of color, temperature adjustments and things like that. Philips does offer 120 hertz setting, however, so you can turn that on and off but, again, not too much adjusting you can do. The back panel does have 3 HDMI inputs as well as 2 component video inputs but the only thing missing is a PC input so you can't connect an analog, a computer directly to this TV unlike most other LCD's on the market. The side panel does have a 4th HDMI input; however, so all told the HDMI connectivity at least is pretty good. We took the TV into the lab. We were less impressed by its picture quality than most of the other LCD's we've tested this year. Foremost was its relatively light black levels it wasn't able to get that nice deep inky black we've seen or even close to that kind of black. We did find there was one setting that fluctuated the back-light that did actually give slightly better black levels, but, again, we really didn't like that fluctuation so we decided to turn that off. The color accuracy on this set was not terrible, although, again, we'd love to have some adjustments to be able to bring it in a little bit closer to heel. We also found 120 hertz processing. Again, you can't really separate the dejutter and the anti-blurring technologies so the dejutter also produced a lot more artifacts than we've seen on some other 120 hertz displays. So all things considered we, again, chose to leave that off for most of the picture quality adjustments that we did. That's a quick look at the Philips PFL6704D Series and I'm David Katzmaier.
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