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Philips PFL9803 Series LCD TV (42")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Philips PFL9803 Series LCD TV (42"). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People really like the connectivity and black level. The sound and design also get good comments, whereas reviews are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the reliability and remote control.

image quality, design, sound, black level, connectivity

price, remote control, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PFL9803 Series LCD TV (42") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 68 reviews)

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Philips 42 PFL 9803 H


High contrast-ratio., Low power consumption., Powerful speakers., Hybrid tuner for DVB-T/DVB-C

Automatic LED-adjustment introduces artifacts., Judder in 24p signals., User cannot change picture-format for HD signals., Lack of separate backlight setting

Philips takes a step forward with new “Local Dimming” LED-backlight technology, but the system produces artifacts more noticeably than competing models. Home-theater fans will grimace at the inaccurate 24p playback, which many other devices handle...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: John Archer (

Philips 42PFL9803H LED TV review


With LED backlighting, this is one of the best LCD TVs ever

Amazing black levels ; Stunning contrast ; Motion is smooth as silk


Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (

Philips Ambilight 42PFL9803H LED Lux television review


Philips has been making a name for itself recently with some of the finest flatscreen TVs around, and its latest ramps it up still further. Instead of an "always on" LCD panel that often makes pure black look grey or blue, its new 42-inch 42PFL9803H...

Unusual silver design, deep blacks, lively and blur-free images, detail, Ambilight lightshow

Must be set-up carefully, erratic click wheel on remote control

The finest LCD TV around? The 42PFL9803H's use of LED lights behind the screen bring a cinematic brilliance as good as any plasma

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Pocket Lint (

Philips Ambilight 42PFL9803H LED Lux television review


Unusual silver design, deep blacks, lively and blur-free images, detail, Ambilight lightshow

Must be set-up carefully, erratic click wheel on remote control

Nov, 2008

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Philips Cineos 42PFL9803H review


We've reviewed two Cineos HD TVs recently that use traditional fluorescent tube backlights.

Apr, 2009

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Stuff magazine


Philips' flagship ‘Lux' is one of the most expensive 42in TVs on the market. Luckily, it's also one of the most capable

A genuinely brilliant television let down only by some minor motion-handling issues and that price tag

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Ian Morris (

Philips 42PFL9803 review


We like the 42PFL903 a great deal. The styling alone makes us want to own one, and with the LED backlight, Ambilight and excellent picture processing modes it should be a real winner. For us, the price is too high for a TV that doesn't match the...

Styling ; Sound quality

Picture isn't as good as it could be ; Needs quite a bit of tweaking to get good results

There's much to like about the 42PFL9803 -- the LED backlight does a great job under most circumstances. That said, for this money, we'd expect something that is slightly nearer perfection and this isn't there yet

Dec, 2008


Expert review by: John Archer (

Philips 42PFL9803H 42in LED LCD TV


The 42PFL9803H is Philips' first LCD TV to use LED backlighting and boy do we like it!

The 42PFL9803H is very expensive for a 42in TV. It's also at times fussy as hell to use - so much so that it could well take you hours of experimentation before you fully understand what does what to different types of source material.

Nov, 2008

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Philips 42PFL9803


Undeniably high standard across the board, coupled with some advanced technology and a fine finish - but you have to pay for it

Unique style ; Ambilight and DNLA functionality ; solid, detailed black levels ; broad colour palette ; impressive Freeview tuner

Comparatively expensive ; not the three-dimensional feel to HD images you get with the very best TVs

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (

Philips 42PFL9803


The new 42PFL9803 with Perfect Pixel HD Engine solves two of the most critical challenges in current LCD TV technology: black level and motion blur. Thanks to its genius LED backlight, featuring 2D Dimming control over 128 individual areas, the...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications


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


CI Plus: No
DLNA certified: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Front AV Interface: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
PC Streaming:Audio/Video
S-Video: Yes
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 300 x 300


4K Upscaling: No
Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:100
Frequency:100 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight:Direct LED
LED Technology:Direct LED

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