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Philips PF9831 Series LCD HDTV (37", 42")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and size. The sound and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the resolution and remote control. Many are less positive about the tuner and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF9831 Series LCD HDTV (37", 42") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Philips PF9831 Series LCD HDTV (37", 42")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Philips PF9831 Series LCD HDTV (37", 42") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Amazon.com.

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips 42PF9831D 42-Inch LCD HDTV with Ambilight

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Get Your Super HDTVs for the Super Bowl

 

The 42-inch Philips Flat HDTV (42PF9831D/37) commands the viewer's attention with an adaptive lighting system that surrounds the on-screen action with colors to complement the picture. Dubbed "Ambilight Full Surround," this integrated "bias lighting"...

Audio and image file support. Surround lighting system. Minimal image smearing with video containing fast motion

No backlight control. Weak video-noise reduction. Banding (posterization) noted in fine gradients. Video inputs lack discrete picture settings ; Watch the Philips Flat HDTV (42PF9831D/37) Video Review

The Philips Flat HDTV (42PF9831D/37) grabs the viewer's attention with its colorful surround lighting system, but this HDTV's image quality was mediocre compared with other similarly sized displays I've seen.

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Philips 42PF9831D

 

Good picture quality; lots of features; stylish remote; full ambilight

Quirky auto-picture settings; no 1080p support ; only one coaxial input

We believe that Philips is truly starting to up the ante, and the Philips 42PF9831D is probably one of their best TV

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Philips 42PF9831D LCD HDTV

 

The battle of flat-screen technology is heating up, and LCD makers are fighting each other for technological superiority. As we reach the end of 2006, the production of 40-to-42-inch LCDs has grown, while pricing has reached parity with plasma displays...

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Philips 42PF9831D LCD HDTV

 

The battle of flat-screen technology is heating up, and LCD makers are fighting each other for technological superiority. As we reach the end of 2006, the production of 40-to-42-inch LCDs has grown, while pricing has reached parity with plasma displays...

Philips succeeds in their goal of fast response, as the 42PF9831D is currently the largest LCD on the market without motion lag. Despite its shortcomings-some of which are inherent to LCD technology-it's an ideal choice for someone who wants a flat...

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Philips 42 PF 9831

 

Clean and bright picture; good picture presets., First class features and manufacturing., Integrated "Ambilight" technology makes TV viewing more fun

The contrast is only average., The picture from the analog video inputs is not very sharp., The casing of the 42 PF 9831 is a bit cumbersome

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Philips 42PF9831D 42inch HD Ready LCD TV with Pixel Plus 2 HD and Ambilight

 

The 42PF9831D will look great in your living room

Original and outstanding appearance, Speedy reaction times

Expensive

While the 42PF9831D might be expensive, but the money gets you a sumptuous LCD TV that you'll be proud to have as the centrepiece of your lounge

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Philips 42PF9831D review

 

Turn your living room into the Tate with Philips' stunner

p>Original and outstanding appearance Speedy reaction times</p

p>Expensive</p

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Philips 42PF9831D 42-inch LCD TV review

 

Philips flagship model 42PF9831D 42-inch LCD TV is something a bit different for home cinema fanatics. Arriving in a box easily big enough for a 50-inch plasma screen is exciting enough, but not as surprising as opening it and not feeling let down to...

It looks fantastic, HD performance is excellent, a massive range of connectivity including HDMI, USB and Ethernet ports, HD up to 1080i

You really need HD to get the most from this LCD, it is quite, no 1080p support, expensive, fairly bulky

Image quality, a massive range of connections and the magnificent full surround Ambilight make for breathtaking performance

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Philips 42PF9831

 

Philips is an interesting technology company. Their innovations seem geared toward making technology more accessible while also attaining a high stand...

Excellent picture quality in SD and HD, Innovative picture enhancement technologies

Mediocre PC performance, Bulky unit

While fairly bulky, the 42PF9831 is an excellent panel with high performance in SD and HD.

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Philips42PF9831D

 

A super screen at a super price, but don't be put off by the overall size

Fantastic picture quality ; Ambilight technology is easy on the eye ; fairly cheap considering its size

It is a bit of a heffer, though

Product Specifications

Enjoy the ultimate viewing experience of this Philips Cineos Flat TV with Pixel Plus 3 HD, Ambilight Full Surround and Clear LCD technology. The Digital Media Reader with PC link gives you full access to multi-media content.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers / Subwoofer

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:34.3in
Width:51.2in

DVD

Type: None

Header

Manufacturer:Philips
Model:42PF9831D
Product Line:Philips

Miscellaneous

Color:Brilliant pearl / High-gloss black

Television

Brightness:550cd/m2
Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:720p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:4500:1
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:2
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:176 degrees
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC
HDTV Tuner: Yes
MPEG Decoder:MPEG-4
Teletext: Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes
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