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Philips PF9631 Series Plasma TV (26", 32", 37", 42", 50", 63")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 286 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and color. The sound and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the reliability, while many are less positive about the energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF9631 Series Plasma TV (26", 32", 37", 42", 50", 63") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Philips Ambilight 42PF9631D Plasma TV

 

Is that the Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this latitude? Localized entirely in my living room? No wait; it's just the ethereal glow of this 42-inch

Crisp 1024 x768-pixel resolution. Responsive light sensor dimming. Picture-in-picture is a snap. Intuitive remote. Plenty of resizing options. MP3 and slideshow compatible via USB. Color tweaking out the wazoo. Ambilight effect + HD Content = orgasmic...

Confusing menus. Included stand is nerve-wrackingly flimsy. Only composite cables included. Light on A/V inputs. Smart Picture Control too fidgety. Poor quality speakers. Ambilight heft + stairs = hernia

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

With its wide black bezel, silvery speakers, and semitransparent stand, the Philips 42PF9631D 42-inch plasma HDTV is a graceful and imposing presence. If you walk around the unit, you'll find more to admire: well-chosen, easy-to-reach inputs and...

Good screen; Ambilight adds interest Responsive, intuitive remote

No CableCard slot

It's worth reiterating that this price of $2399 is list; the 42PF9631D wasn't available for sale on our pricing date of 6/6/06. Street prices are often lower--sometimes substantially lower--than list prices. If you're interested in the 42PF9631 but are...

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

NEVER buy Philips televisions. Trust me. They are good for life of warranty, but the second warranty expires, you will be left with an oversized paperweight. Do not believe me? Punch in any Philips model television in the last 5 years and you will...

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

I bought this TV and it is wonderful. Picture is great, was very easy to set up and the ambilight looks fantastic. Philips has created an amazing TV. I would highly recommend.

Ambilight, Great Picture

Only 764 pixels vertically, compared to 1080 on some others

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

I purchased a Philips plasma tv aug 18, 2005 model number 42pf9630/37 . The tv lost its picture may 4th 2006. As it was under warrantee, Philips took the unit, and decided to replace the unit Oct 4, 2006. Philips authorized repair service had the unit...

NONE

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

We just bought the TV in Nov of 2006, and watch 2~3 hours everyday afterwork. Now we cannot turn on the TV anymore after 2 months video board already burnt out. When we call technical support, they knew the problem immediately. Obviously it is a...

Ambint Light looks fancy but useless

AWARE OVERHEAT ISSUE - the problem should be caught in MTBF life test in engineering stage before the Phillips put the TV on the market

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

I LOVE THIS TV AND HAVE RECOMMENDED IT TO EVERYONE LOOKING. JUST WISH I COULD AFFORD THE 50" MODEL THE SET HAS PIP AS WELL AND COLORS ARE VERY VERY SHARP. ALL FAST ACTION SPORTS ARE SHARP .

VERY , VERY SHARP PICTURE AND VIBRANT COLORS. EASY TO SETUP AND OPERATE, EASY TO UPDATE WITH USB CONNECTION ON SIDE

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

We purchased this for Christmas and it has been great. It was a little heavier than we thought almost 100 pounds.The ambient light is a great addition. This makes it easier on your eyes and adds to the overall video experience

Easy set up. affordable price and ambient light

sound is not great but certainly acceptable

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Philips 42PF9631D

 

I took many trips to CircuitCity and Bestbuy trying to find the TV with the best picture quality. I chose plasma over LCD simply because of its lower price and better black level. 42in plasma has the best value for the money. A year ago it cost almost...

Best HD and SD picture quality. Ambilight is great. Plenty of connectivities and features. Great looking case

No SD slot. USB slot does not work with my memory card reader. Remote not programmable

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Amazon review summary for Philips PF9631 Series Plasma TV (26", 32", 37", 42", 50", 63")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 user reviews of Philips PF9631 Series Plasma TV (26", 32", 37", 42", 50", 63") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Amazon.com.

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65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips 37PF9631D 37-Inch LCD HDTV with AmbilightPhilips 42PF9631D 42-Inch Plasma HDTV with AmbilightPhilips 42PF9631D 42" Plasma HDTV with Ambilight

Product Specifications

Enjoy the ultimate viewing experience of this Philips Cineos Flat TV with Pixel Plus 2 HD, Ambilight 2, the latest PDP technology and tabletop stand. The Digital Media Reader via USB gives you full access to multimedia content. PRODUCT FEATURES: High Definition plasma WXGA display, 1366 x 768p; Integrated Digital Tuner for DVB-T reception; HD ready for the highest quality display of HDTV signals; Pixel Plus 2 HD improves details in standard TV and HDTV; 2-channel active Ambilight enhances the viewing experience; Virtual Dolby Digital for a true life audio experience; Matching stand with elegant design included; USB Connector for easy, instant multimedia playing; Dual HDMI input for full digital High Definition connection.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.4in/12.6in/4.1in
Height:24.3in/33.9in/38.3in
Weight:125.2lbs/24.3lbs/97lbs
Width:44.1in/44.9in/52.4in

DVD

Type: None

Header

Manufacturer:Philips
Model:37PF9631D/42PF9631D/50PF9631D
Product Line:Philips

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Black / Silver

Television

Brightness:1500cd/m2/500cd/m2
Diagonal Size:37in/42in/50in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm/127cm/94cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:720p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:6000:1
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:1/2
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1024 x 768/1366 x 768
Technology:Plasma (PDP)/TFT active matrix
Type:LCD TV/Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees/176 degrees
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC/ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
MPEG Decoder:MPEG-2
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP)
Teletext: Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes
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