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Philips 42PFL9803

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Philips 42PFL9803. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the black level and tuner. The energy efficiency and design also get good feedback. There are some critical comments about the remote control and usability. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

image quality, design, energy, tuner, black level

price, usability, remote control

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Philips 42PFL9803 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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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 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

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Philips 42PFL9803 review


This high-end Philips LCD screen with LED backlighting is a technical tour de force, but its performance doesn't fully justify its high price

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

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

Jan, 2009

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Philips 42PFL9803 review


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

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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 : Jamie Carter (

Philips Ambilight 42PFL9803H LED Lux television


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

Fiddly, but worth it, the 42PFL9803H is a versatile beast offering cinematic brilliance across the spectrum. A whizz at upscaling DVDs and even Freeview pictures to fit its Full HD screen without any video nasties, the 42PFL9803H is also fitted with...

Nov, 2008

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

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Philips Cineos 42PFL9803H review


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

Apr, 2009

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

Expert review by : Rasmus Larsen (

Philips 42PFL9803H


Deep black with LED Lux; HD picture quality; Picture quality; 4 HDMI inputs

Default picture settings; Halo effect due to LED Lux; Navigation wheel on remote; HD Natural Motion has input lag

Mar, 2009