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Philips PF9956 Series Plasma TV (23", 26", 32", 42", 50")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Philips PF9956 Series Plasma TV (23", 26", 32", 42", 50"). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People are impressed by the size. The design also gets good feedback, whereas many are critical about the remote control and tuner.

image quality, design, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF9956 Series Plasma TV (23", 26", 32", 42", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Philips PF9956 Series Plasma TV (23", 26", 32", 42", 50") from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on There are some less positive comments about the price.


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This summary is based on the products: Philips 50PF9956 50-Inch Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel Plasma TVPhilips 50PF9956 50-Inch Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel Plasma TV

Apr, 2018

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Amazing picture!!!!

Aug, 2005

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Picture is real life.


I bought this TV from Sam's club who had it on display for $1900 so it was working around the clock instore for 6 months, or that's what they told me, Still under warranty Philips had a rep take the plasma to inspect a do a complete cleaning free of...

Picture quality is life like. The case for the plasma TV is very attractive. HDTV is great recommend a signal conditioner.

Takes about 5 sec. to turn on? This maybe standard with all plasmas? Not sure. It is hard to dust under the stand. Need a long duster or to hang on wall.

Dec, 2005

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Amazing tv..HDtv never looked better! A++++++++++++++


I've had the Phillips 42pf99563 plasma HDTV for 2 weeks now and i could not be happier!! The picture is amazing.

1- Amazing HD picture- almost life-like! 2- SD programs look almost as good as they do on a regular tv. 3- DVD's look amazing when coupled with a progressive scan dvd player. 4- The sounds is crisp and clear. 5- The tv looks beautiful on the wall or on a

CONS: 1- No PIP( maybe falsely advertised). 2- Only 1 HDMI port. 3- Games don't look so good(that's ok. I don't want any burn-in anyway). 4- The volume control can't be seen on the tv. 5- For some reason i can't get 720p(Direct tv HD) to be seen on t

Aug, 2005

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Awesome TV


Incredible pictureSuperb black levelEasy PC hookupFree stand wall mount HDMI cable

Little ExpensiveUser menuAnalog TV tuner Makes noise

Mar, 2005

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Awesome TV


I was looking for a HDTV TV quite a long time. Read numerous reviews about variety technologies and their corresponding pros and cons. Then purchased a Sony 55 inch Grand Wega LCD projection TV from Best Buy. In store it looked awesome in full HD ...

Incredible pictureSuperb black levelEasy PC hookupFree stand wall mount HDMI cable

Little ExpensiveUser menuAnalog TV tuner Makes noise

Mar, 2005

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Review: Philips 42PF9956/37 42" Plasma TV

Feb, 2005

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Philips 42PF9956/37 42" Plasma TV





Feb, 2005

Product Specifications

The ultimate Flat TV that offers Digital Natural Motion picture quality with latest Plasma technology, packed into a stunning design that enhances your interior. This Flat TV is the ideal centerpiece for any home entertainment set up.


Audio system:Mono, Nicam Stereo, Virtual Dolby Surround / Virtual Dolby Surround
Auto volume leveler: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
FM radio:No / Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:20
Sound output mode:Stereo

Audio System

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


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:N
DLNA Certified: No
Plug and Play: Yes


Color of product:Black / Brown, Silver
Desktop stand: Yes
On/Off switch: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 5:3
Comb Filter:2D / Digital
Contrast ratio (typical):3000:1 / 400:1 / 800:1
Display brightness:450 / 700
Display Diagonal:23 / 26 / 32 / 42
Display Diagonal (metric):22.8 / 25.6 / 26
Display Resolution:1280 x 768 / 1366 x 768 / 852 x 480
HD type:HD / Not supported
High frequency rate:60
Monitor display area:800
Noise reduction: Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes
Response Time:12 / 16
Screen format adjustments:14:9, 16:9, Zoom / 4:3, 14:9, 16:9, Zoom
Supported graphics resolutions:640 x 350, 640 x 480 (VGA), 720 x 400, 800 x 600 (SVGA), 832 x 624, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA) / 720 x 576, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA) / 720 x 576, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 576i, 576p, 720p / 576i, 576p
Viewable size diagonal:22.8
Viewing angle, horizontal:170 / 176
Viewing angle, vertical:170 / 176


Type: None

Energy Management

AC input voltage:90 - 240
Energy efficiency compliance:Unspecified
Power consumption (standby):1 / 2
Power consumption (typical):110 / 165 / 450 / 96


VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:100 x 100


Country Kits:Canada / United States
Product Line:Philips

Management Features

Electronic Program Guide (EPG):N
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): No
Handheld remote control: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On/Off timer: No
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Sleep Timer: Yes


Audio system:Virtual Dolby Digital


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40 / 5 - 45
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40 / 5 - 45

Other Features

Package dimensions (WxDxH):30.1 x 22.6 x 10.3
Power Requirements:AC 220 - 240 V +/- 10% / AC 90-240
Security Features:Child lock & parental control
Speakers:2 x 10W
Speakers and microphone:4 x Integrated woofers with wOOx, Dome tweeter
Visible diagonal screen size:25.6
Zoom capability:4:3, Zoom 14:9, Zoom 16:9, Super wide, Widescreen, Full Screen

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Desktop stand:Y
Quick start guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Cables included:AC, Component / AC, Component, RCA
Manual: Yes


Card reader integrated: No
Child lock: Yes
Favorite pages quantity:4
Favourite pages quantity:4
Parental Control: Yes
Picture processing technology:Philips Pixel Plus HD
Teletext function: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Common interface (CI): No
Common interface Plus (CI+): No
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
Connection to PC: Yes
DVI port: Yes
DVI-D ports quantity:1
HDCP:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Ext 1 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in / out, RGB; \n1 x Ext 2 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in / out, Y/C, S video in; \n1 x Audio in;\n1 x CVBS in;\n1 x Headphone out;\n1 x S video in; \n1 x Audio constant level out;\n1 x PC in VGA & audio L/R in;\n1 x Antenna IEC75;\n1 x DVI-D;\n1 x FM antenna. / 1 x Ext 1 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in / out, RGB;\n1 x Ext 2 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in / out, RGB, Y/C;\n1 x Ext 3 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in;\n1 x Analogue audio left / right out;\n1 x Centre speaker connection in;\n1 x SP-DIF in (coaxial);\n1 x SP-DIF out (coaxial);\n1 x Subwoofer out;\n1 x CVBS in\n1 x Headphones out;\n1 x S video Y/C; / Audio L/R\nCVBS in/out\nRGB\nCVBS in/out\nY/C\nSP-DIF in\nSP-DIF out\nSubwoofer out\nCVBS in\nHeadphones out\n1 x S video Y/C; / Ext1 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in/out, RGB\nExt2 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in/out, S video in, Y/C\nAerial input (75 Ohm) coaxial\nAudio constant level out\nDVI-D\nFM antenna\nPC in VGA & audio L/R in\nAudio in\nCVBS in\nHeadphone out\nS-video in / S-video Y/C in\nVideo CVBS in\nAudio L/R in\nHeadphones out (3.5 mm jack)\nAudio out L/R\nDVI-i\nCentre Channel in\nEXT 1: CVBS in/out, RGB, audio L/R (scart)\nEXT 2: CVBS in/out, Y/C, RGB, audio L/R (scart)\nEXT 3: CVBS in, audio L/R (scart)\nSubwoofer out
Number of AV connections:3
PC Audio in: Yes
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
RF ports quantity:1
S-Video in:1 / 2
S-Video inputs quantity:1 / 2
SCART ports quantity:2


AC input voltage:90 - 240
Energy efficiency class:Unspecified
Power consumption (standby):1 / 2
Power consumption (typical):110 / 165 / 450 / 96

Smart TV

Internet TV: No
Smart TV: No

Technical Details

Color of product:Silver
S-Video port: Yes
Special Features:Pixel Plus\nDigital Natural Motion\nFull Active Control\nVirtual Dolby Surround\n1200 pages HuperText+wordsearch
Viewing Angle:160


Diagonal Size:42in/50in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm/127cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV monitor
Display Format:1080i/720p
HDMI Ports Qty:1
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1/3000:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1024 x 1024/1366 x 768
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees

TV Tuner

Channels quantity:100
Supported TV bands:Hyperband, S Band, UHF, VHF / Hyperband, UHF, VHF
Tuner Type:Analog
TV Tuner Presence: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.6 / 3.43 / 3.86 / 4 / 4.21 / 9.45
Depth (with stand):9.45
Depth (without stand):3.43
Height:14.5 / 17 / 19.8 / 26 / 26.4 / 30.5
Height (with stand):17
Weight:24.7 / 33.1 / 44 / 44.1 / 92.6
Width:27.2 / 31 / 34.4 / 35 / 43.5
Width (with stand):27.2
Width (without stand):27.2