Philips 42PFL5603D 42" Full HD 1080p LCD TV - 4xHDMi, 30000:1, Low Power Consumption - HotUKDeals
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I have been looking for this TV for a while. Pixmania and Dixons are doing this TV for £880-£899, and other places are just out of stock. It recently won the 'Best In Show' award at CES2008.

I haven't used Cheapest Electricals before, but I just ordered this TV and will report back!

Product Information
Glossy, super slim and eco-friendly, the Philips 42PFL5603D 42 LCD HD Ready digital television utilises Pixel Plus HD technology to produce breathtaking natural pictures.
Pixel Plus HD offers the unique combination of ultimate sharpness, natural detail, increased depth, vivid colours and smooth and natural motion from standard TV, high definition signals and multimedia sources. An ultra fast response time of 5ms and Digital Natural Motion also ensure images are smooth moving and not blurred.

The Philips 42PFL5603D also features a generous dynamic contrast ratio of 30000:1 ensuring deeper blacks and whiter whites. And thanks to full support for 1080p, when you connect a compatible Blu-ray DVD player the images this TV produces will continue to astound you time and time again.

With several power conserving features youll save money too. For example, a built-in sensor automatically measures the lighting in the room and adjusts the television's backlight for power efficiency, all without compromising the picture quality.

Youll also enjoy immersive Incredible surround sound, for a cinema-like audio experience. And you wont know where the sounds coming from either, thanks to the invisible integral loudspeakers!

Its integrated digital tuner means youll enjoy a wide selection of Freeview channels without the need of an additional receiver. And planning what you want to watch is easy with the electronic programme guide.

This television is high definition ready which means it will have the ability to display high definition signals with the addition of a separate HD receiver. High Definition Television will be the highest quality of digital television available. It increases the amount of scan lines to provide clearer and more detailed images than those available on regular digital or analogue televisions.

1080p
1080p is the purest form of high definition that a television can display. This leads to a smoother, more film-like image, which will satisfy sports and movie lovers alike. With a 1080p signal, the information that makes up an image is displayed progressively or all at once, rather than in an interlaced fashion.
Key Features

Audio qualityDifferent manufacturers use different sound systems to improve your audio experience Incredible Surround, BBE Digital

Auto setupAutomatically tunes in the channels that an aerial can receive .

Brand Philips

Brightness 500cd/m2

Contrast ratioThe difference between the darkest black and the brightest white; greater contast produces a richer colour 30000:1

Digital tunerDigital tuners give a better quality picture and let you receive extra channels without an additional Freeview box.

FastextUpdated version of Teletext that uses coloured keys on a remote as shortcuts to particular pages Yes

HD ReadyAbility to display high-definition pictures when connected to an HD compatible device Yes

HDMI inputsHigh Definition Multimedia Interface - carries video and audio signals in digital form 4

Headphone socket No

Model name / number 42PFL5603D

On-screen menusAccess various settings on the screen Yes

Remote control Yes

S-Video socketSeparate Video- only handles the video aspect of the signal but will give a better picture by using two separate conductors for colour and detail information.

2 SCART sockets for connecting audio-visual equipment together

Screen formatTraditional 4:3 is used on smaller TVs. Widescreen or 16:9 is a wider 'cinema-style' format Widescreen

Screen resolutionPicture quality defined by the number of individual dots (pixels) used to create an image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the image quality 1920 x 1080p

Screen size 42"

Speaker output (RMS)Measured in WATTS. The higher the number, the louder the sound! 25W

USB portsUniversal Serial Bus- socket for transferring data between electronic devices

Visible screen size (measured diagonally)Diagonal measurement across screen 107cm
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#1
Philips 42PFL5603D 42" HD ready 1080p With 5 year warranty (parts and labour)
Price: £869.00
Inclusive of VAT and Carriage (UK Mainland)
Available now
Philips 42PFL5603D 42" HD ready 1080p pixel plus digital freeview LCD TV


Am I missing something? £869 inclusive?

SORRY! remove the 5 year warranty and it's £769.
Sorry.
#2
Looks good. Does I don't have an HD service yet though so I would be using it mainly with a standard signal. Anyone know if it's any good with a standard signal?

Also does anyone know about the retailer. I've never heard of them before.

Thanks
#3
anyone know the difference between this model and the Philips 42PFL7603D?
#4
The 42PFL7603D is the Ambilight version of this TV. I personally would find the changing colours a bit annoying, and can't justify spending £200 more for a couple of lights!
#5
All I can say is good luck with Philips. I repair all makes of Plasma and LCD consumer TV's all day long and wouldn't dream of buying a Philips. Software bugs and reliability issues and picture quality of non HD signals are prevelant with them. OK not all models are the same but from experience I would rather have a Panasonic or Sony. As for ambilight - dont get me started !
#6
@ Wongo are toshiba lcd's ok? seen the Toshiba 42XV505 have you had any issues with that lcd?
#7
No, had no issues with that one. Avoid small cheap Toshiba models as they are generaly made by Vestel and rebadged.
#8
is the power consumption of this lower than similar sized LCD TVs?

The light sensor is not exclusive to this TV. I've seen it on many others.
#9
ok thanks
#10
jameyp
is the power consumption of this lower than similar sized LCD TVs?

The light sensor is not exclusive to this TV. I've seen it on many others.



Ambilights are very thin flourescent tubes and require very little current to drive them. As for power consumption they all vary on a model for model basis. The light sensor feature does not help that much with power consumption but to keep the brightness in keeping with ambient light levels.
#11
I think the power consumption is about 1/2 of what other similar sized LCD tv's use.
#12
Power consumption for the Philips is 200W. The Toshiba 42XV505 is 210W so not far off.
#13
i think the power consumption can dip to as low as 75w, on this particular model.

Can't understand all the cold votes, this TV blows all its rivals out of the water with its spec, price, and performance!
1 Like #14
Wongo
All I can say is good luck with Philips. I repair all makes of Plasma and LCD consumer TV's all day long and wouldn't dream of buying a Philips. Software bugs and reliability issues and picture quality of non HD signals are prevelant with them. OK not all models are the same but from experience I would rather have a Panasonic or Sony. As for ambilight - dont get me started !


Thanks Wongo for the tip, will be handy when i look for buying one in near future ...
#15
im looking to buy a full hd tv right now can you recommend a decent one ive been advised to look at Samsung or Panasonic - any advice would be helpful thanks
#16
Something about this one i really i like!
#17
go for the Samsung LN40A650, check out reviews http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-ln52a650/4505-6482_7-32887597.html
cant seem to find any LN models in the uk WTF why we stuck with LE ****.
#18
Margox;2046831
im looking to buy a full hd tv right now can you recommend a decent one ive been advised to look at Samsung or Panasonic - any advice would be helpful thanks

I'd recommend Pioneer or Panasonic. Some of the top Sony models are worthy of consideration too.

Samsung make good cheap and cheerful sets. They have gained in popularity over the last few years because of good styling and low pricing. However, they are not in the same league as the brands I've mentioned above. Samsung do have a reputation for the deepest blacks but this usually is at the expense of lack of detail within that colour band.

Most Samsung sets are fine in isolation but if you get the chance to do a side by side comparison you'll see the difference. Their panels are often used by the major brands but never forget a panel is only one part of many that make up a TV. Samsung sets simply don't process signals as well as most of the major brands and we've had quite a few back for repair.

If you're on a tight budget try and stretch for a Panny as the extra will buy you so much more. If funds aren't an issue, look at the Pioneer Kuro.
#19
Well I've gone for this deal on the Philips 42PFL5603D. It appears to be getting good press and apparently has decent SD performance as well.

Fingers crossed it's more reliable than Philips TV's of the past :-)
#20
Amen to that!
#21
retropolis
I'd recommend Pioneer or Panasonic. Some of the top Sony models are worthy of consideration too.

Samsung make good cheap and cheerful sets. They have gained in popularity over the last few years because of good styling and low pricing. However, they are not in the same league as the brands I've mentioned above. Samsung do have a reputation for the deepest blacks but this usually is at the expense of lack of detail within that colour band.

Most Samsung sets are fine in isolation but if you get the chance to do a side by side comparison you'll see the difference. Their panels are often used by the major brands but never forget a panel is only one part of many that make up a TV. Samsung sets simply don't process signals as well as most of the major brands and we've had quite a few back for repair.

If you're on a tight budget try and stretch for a Panny as the extra will buy you so much more. If funds aren't an issue, look at the Pioneer Kuro.




Thanks all for the advice given, Im really glad i asked because I was swaying towards a Samsung. But taking into consideration what you said I think I maybe reconsider my options. Anyone with GOOD DEAL on a Pioneer Kuro then LOL :-D
#22
Can anyone find a review of this tv?

I've looked around but nothing :?
#23
they had this tv on the gadget show this week

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