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Philips PF9986 Series LCD TV (32",37",42")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews of Philips PF9986 Series LCD TV (32",37",42"). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Views about the reliability and black level are overall positive. The design and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the sound and price. Opinions are divided on the color.

image quality, design, black level, reliability

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF9986 Series LCD TV (32",37",42") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 35 reviews)

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Philips 42PF9986


With the 36in muzzle all but removed from the LCD market, even mainstream brands are stretching out and pushing 40in and over. Prices are currently high, but the picture performance of LCD has improved exponentially, largely due to the introduction of...

Black level, Digital video quality, Ambilight

No component video input, No individual source memories

This may be great for the latest DVD players, but it's not helpful for those who use high-def Xbox and D-Theater sources. Three Scarts are welcome, but I'd gladly have dropped one for the inclusion of component, particularly when you consider that this...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (

Philips 32PF9986 review


This expensive LCD has a head-turning backlight, but it also performs surprisingly well

Decent black-level performance for an LCD ; Full 720p resolution ; Good out-of-box colour temperature ; Attractive styling ; Ambilight looks cool

Expensive ; Nondefeatable edge enhancement ; No 2:3 pull-down ; Limited input flexibility ; 720p sources don't fill the screen ; Ambilight adversely affects onscreen colour perception

The 32PF9986's performance is clearly a step above this year's crop of budget LCDs. The premium price is nothing to take lightly, but neither is the quality. Sharp's LC32GA5E offers slightly better picture quality and superior features, but it does...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (

Philips 42PF9986 review


This extremely expensive set includes a unique backlight, but its picture quality was the most pleasant surprise

Attractive high-tech look ; Accurate colour decoding ; Solid black-level performance for an LCD flat panel ; Ambilight looks cool

Extremely expensive ; No independent memory per input ; Ambilight adversely affects onscreen colour perception ; Scales 720p sources incorrectly

HD from a media PC looked quite good, and the panel's high resolution really let details come out. Happily, black level and colour were close to where they should be with the settings we used for the DVD input. However, that doesn't mean that would...

Oct, 2004

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (

Philips 37PF9986


Watching television is a new experience with this 95 cm (37 inch) LCD from Philips. Picture quality has been improved with the second generation of digital image processing, Pixel Plus 2. This technology optimizes a wide range of picture parameters, incre

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Philips 32PF9986


great picture quality

speaker components dreadful very poor sound quality

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications


2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
HbbTV: No
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player: No
PC Streaming: No
Picture and Picture (PAP): Yes
Picture and Text (PAT): Yes
Picture in Picture (PIP):2 Tuner PIP
USB Recording: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No


CI Plus: No
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface:No / Yes
Ethernet: No
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
Secure Digital Card: No
VGA / D-Sub Interface:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No


4K Upscaling: No
Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:50
Frequency:50 Hertz
Full HD: No
HD ready:No / Yes
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:LCD
Screen Format:16:9
Type of Monitor:LCD