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Philips PFL7403 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 47", 52", 87")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 557 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the usability and design are on the whole positive. The sound and value for money are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency. The connectivity and remote control get less positive opinions.

image quality, value for money, sound, design, usability

remote control, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PFL7403 Series LCD TV (32", 37", 42", 47", 52", 87") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 557 reviews)

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42PFL7403D/F7

 

There's a lot to like about the Philips 42PFL7403D/F7. For a street price of $1100 (as of March 10, 2009), you get a 42-inch HDTV with USB-based multimedia capabilities. The only lower-priced 42-inch HDTV we've looked at recently, the Honeywell Altura...

Very good sound Multimedia playback via USB port

Disappointing picture quality Clumsy switching between inputs

Though the remote lacks backlighting and programming capabilities, it's quite good--small, light, and comfortable to hold. The buttons are well laid out, too. The remote includes picture-in-picture buttons, but the TV lacks picture-in-picture

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Philips 42PFL7403D/F7 HDTV Review

 

Very good sound ; Multimedia playback via USB port

Disappointing picture quality ; Clumsy switching between inputs

The Philips 42PFL7403D/F7 has some nice touches for a low-cost HDTV, but it suffers in a crucial area: image quality.

Consumer review by:

Unreliable product.

 

This is a significant disappointment for a long-time fan of Philips products. I am giving it a 2-star simply because of good image quality, albeit short-lived.

This television delivered an excellent image quality. It is a pleasure to watch HD content on this LCD

Unfortunately, the power supply board burned up after 2 years and 8 months of casual use. After researching the issue and having an experienced tech look into my dilemma, it seems that the board contains components designed to handle a lighter load of el

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Only lasted two years

 

Buy something else.

None poor customer service

IR went bad remote won't work. No help from Philips

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Outstanding

 

I bought this set over a year ago and I can't be more pleased. I love the picture, the sound and the convenience of hooking up all my components.

I love the ease of use for this tv. It has plenty of hookups and they are conveniently located. The picture color is outstanding and the sound is great. It has a stylish frame and you can watch from almost anywhere in the room

The menu setup screens aren't as user friendly as I would like but with a little effort you can find what you need

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Flaky video settings and awful HDMI 3 (DVI) sound

 

$999 on two-day sale. Worth about half that. Looks great in store, but is really a piece of junk. The more I use it, the less I like it. Really a piece of junk...did I mention that?

Not broken on delivery. At times, movies look like I'm in the studio. Great sound for TV

No pass-through video...doesn't know how to autoswitch between HD and non-HD. Lousy sound from computer...like 25 percent of TV volume, even with PC volume at 100% (and I mean SoundBlaster). Auto video keeps adjusting

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Great LCD Wide Screen and a good value.

 

As soon as you plug in & turn on, accurate step by step instructions to tune TV colors and tones to your preference. The colors are vibrant and has an impressive deep tone to black portions of the picture for an LCD. Movies, shows & sports all react...

Sharp picture, good color tones, deep blacks for an LCD, easy setup

Not as many output jacks as I would like, especially for audio

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I found LCD TV to be one of the best that I have seen'

 

The price was very reasonable compared to other in the size. I RECOMMEND TO BUY IT IF YOU FIND ONE.

The picture quality, sound, and set were easy to setup. Right out of the box it worked perfectly. The picture from my Sony Blue Ray player looks like three D when used with the Philips 42PFL7403D

I have not found any cons after using the set for two weeks

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No regrets on this purchase

 

I would recommend this TV, esp. for around $1200. I've had it for 4 months without any problems whatsoever.

Color and sound are amazing. Watching blu-ray discs on it is breath-taking. Pre-sets are great. Setting it up is very simple

You can only adjust one of the video settings (personal), but the other pre-sets are well set up

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OUTSTANDING, COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE! VERY HAPPY!

 

I highly recommend this unit. I couldn't be happier with a new HDTV. I looked at the Samsung, Sony, VISIO, JVC, but fell in love with Phiilips. The picture is awesome, it is energy star and I found it at Costco.com for $899 plus shipping and they even...

120hz, HDTV 1080p, 29,000:1 Contrast Ratio, Picture enhancement, Pixel Plus 3 HD, Outstanding Color, Outstanding Clarity on even old non-digital signals - This unit makes all movies even old I Love Lucy ones look Awesome! HDTV looks better than real

Remote control looks kind of cheap, so I just added to my universal remote control and it looks much better. Rear speakers, cause some shows to need your volume turned up loud

Product Specifications

Model Brand PHILIPS Model 42PFL7403D Cabinet Color Black Display Screen Size 42" Recommended Resolution 1920 x 1080 Panel 120Hz LCD Aspect Ratio 16:9 Viewing Angle 178°(H) / 178°(V) Brightness 500 cd/m2 Dynamic Contrast Ratio 29000:1 Response Time 2ms Connectivity Input Video Compatibility NTSC/ATSC/QAM 1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p HDTV Capability HDTV Tuner Inside Connectors AV 1: Audio L/R in, YPbPr AV 2: Audio L/R in, YPbPr AV 3: CVBS in, S-Video in Front / Side connections: Audio L/R in, CVBS in, Headphone out, S-video in, USB, HDMI v1.3 Audio Output - Digital: Coaxial (cinch) HDMI 1: HDMI v1.3 HDMI 2: HDMI v1.3 HDMI 3: Analog audio L/R in, HDMI v1.3 HDMI-control (CEC features): One touch play, Power status, System info (menu language), System standby HDMI 4 Power Power Supply 110-240V, 50-60Hz Power Consumption 270 W Convenience Built in Speakers Output power (RMS): 30W Built-in speakers: 4 Features Picture enhancement: Pixel Plus 3 HD, 3/2 - 2/2 motion pull down, 3D Combfilter, Active Control + Light sensor, Dynamic contrast enhancement, Progressive Scan, 120Hz LCD, HD Natural Motion Equalizer: 5-bands Sound Enhancement: Incredible Surround Sound System: Dolby Digital (AC-3), BBE Child Protection: Child Lock + Parental Control Clock: On main display, Sleep Timer Ease of Installation: Autostore Ease of Use: 4 favorite lists, Auto Volume Leveller (AVL), Channel list, Settings assistant Wizard Remote Control: TV Screen Format Adjustments: 4:3, Auto Format, Movie expand 14:9, Movie expand 16:9, Super Zoom, Widescreen, unscaled (1080p dot by dot) Multimedia connections: USB memory class device Playback Formats: MP3, Slideshow files (.alb), JPEG Still pictures Dimensions Dimensions (WÃHÃD) 41.19" x 25.39" x 3.48" without stand 41.19" x 28.19" x 10.31" with stand Weight 44.09 lbs. without stand 56.22 lbs. with stand

Configuration

2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified:No / Yes
DVB-C:DVB-C (MPEG4) / No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2) / DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HbbTV: No
HDTV:No / Yes
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player:Audio / Audio/Video / No
PC Streaming: No
Picture and Text (PAT): Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No

Connectivity

CI Plus: No
DLNA certified:No / Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Front AV Interface: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
S-Video: Yes
Secure Digital Card: No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 200 x 300 / VESA 300 x 300 / VESA 400 x 400

Display

Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:100
Frequency:100 Hertz
Full HD:No / Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: 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:LCD
Type of Monitor:LCD
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