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Philips PF9830 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 50")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 375 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and tuner. The sound and design also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the remote control and value for money, and some have doubts about the black level and color.

image quality, design, sound, tuner, usability

color, black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF9830 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Philips 42PF9830A/37


Native Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels x pixels, Supported EDTV and HDTV Resolutions: 480i pixels, Aspect Ratio: 16:9...

Impressive color accuracy with component video. Integrated bias lighting system (Ambilight 2). Tabletop stand with motorized swivel mechanism. Comprehensive scaling options.

The Philips 42PF9830A/37 is a 42-inch LCD HDTV that offers innovative features and an attractive design, but its picture quality suffers greatly from an ineffective video processor that has little effect on common image artifacts.

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Amazon review summary for Philips PF9830 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 50")


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Philips PF9830 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 50") from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on

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50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips 50PF9830A 50-Inch Ambilight Widescreen Plasma HDTV with Pixel Plus 2 HD

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just so so


everything is average, nothing outstanding.

price is good, features are on the average, picture qualities are below average.

everything is average, nothing outstanding.


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Great Tv


Very good tv for the price.

Good picture for 42" LCD, easy settings. Cheap-$999 @ Fry's

Remote have nice designs but very basic looking.

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Never buy a Philips TV


UPDATE START ++++++++ After 13 months of fighting with Philips the 2 50" Philips were replaced with new units which have been working just fine. I just kept getting the run around from the Philips Channels I was supposed to be working with. So ...

Ambilight looks cool on the wall

Customer Support is appalling

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Never buy a Philips TV


Ambilight looks cool on the wall

Customer Support is appalling

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Philips 37PF9830 37 inch HD-Ready LCD TV with Pixel Plus 2 HD and Ambilight 2


Philips has given the 37PF9830 two advantages: a new Ambilight system and the new Pixel Plus 2 HD, designed to improve high-definition pictures.

Good range of connections, Works well with standard-definition

No digital TV tuner

While this Philips can be a challenge to set up, and won't tolerate weak sources, your patience will be rewarded by a top-class picture performance. The only downside is the lack of a digital TV tuner

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Philips 32PF9830 32 inch HD-Ready LCD TV with Pixel Plus II HD and Ambilight


This flagship flatscreen's claim to fame is the inclusion of Pixel Plus II HD, the picture processing mode suited to the demands of high-definition material, plus the superb Ambilight system. Let's see how this super-stylish set fares.

Design, features, connections

Unnatural' look of Pixel Plus II with movies, motion

All that electronic sorcery lurking under the hood sets up some high expectations; the 32PF9830 broadly lives up to them for the most part


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Philips 37PF9830 37in LCD TV


Philips has pushed the boat out with this 37in LCD TV, equiping it with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

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Philips 32PF9830 review


Philips' Ambilight technology produces a calming glow from the back of the TV, which looks cool and boosts the set's perceived contrast level. And while the 32PF9830 is expensive for its size, is includes plenty of premium features, including a...


Product Specifications

Enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with this Philips integrated HDTV with Pixel Plus 2 HD, Ambilight 2 and the latest Plasma technology. PRODUCT FEATURES: High Definition plasma WXGA display, 1366 x 768p; Integrated HDTV and CableCARD for unrivaled picture quality; Enjoy HDTV that's truer than anything you've seen before; Pixel Plus 2 HD improves details in standard TV and HDTV; 2-channel active Ambilight enhances the viewing experience.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers/3 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None


Country Kits:China
Product Line:Philips


Color:Pearl white silver

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Diagonal Size:42in/50in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm/127cm
Digital Television Certification:HD ready/HDTV/HDTV monitor
Display Format:720p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:3500:1
HDMI Ports Qty:2
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1/3500:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:Plasma (PDP)/TFT active matrix
Type:LCD TV/Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video/Component / Composite / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees/176 degrees

TV Tuner

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