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November 15, Last Updated: It also supports a full range of connectivity options and incorporates an extensive feature set. All this come at a somewhat higher price than that of comparable models from Samsung and Panasonic.

Philips 42PFA 42" plasma TV Overview - CNET

In this plasma TV review article, we take a detailed look to see if this set performance justifies its price tag. The reason is that it lacks the Real Black Pro panel of the F, and hence all of its picture performance benefits. But overall picture quality of the F is very good - delivering the best value plasma TV option from Samsung for the inexpensive price. Introducing the Philips 42PFA Interesting feature set and a unique lightning system makes this Philips plasma television Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV, but The Ambilight feature looks cool.

If you're the kind of person who goes for neon light effects under your car or on your PC, then this Philips Ambilight feature will surely fit into your world. Yet there is more Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV just a cool backlight Philips has also introduced the 2: This Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV the 42PFA's performance over that of previous models. Unfortunately, the unique style and extensive connectivity support found on this Philips plasma TV are not backed up by the desired image quality one would normally expect from plasmas within this set price tag.

In fact, black-level performance is a bit on sub-par with respect to comparable models from Panasonic and Samsung. The inch model has an identical feature set to the 42PFA except that it comes with a screen native resolution of x pixels.

Design The 42PFA inch Philips Plasma TV is quite attractive; its stylish high-tech look will surely appeal to the aesthetically conscious, and the overall design will blend in with most modern decors. Peculiar with this set design is the large black bezel that surrounds the plasma Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV this helps to enhance the overall picture perceived contrast ratio. The speakers are situated on the left and right sides of the screen; these are finished in silver and contribute to the set's ultra-wide feel.

Philips 42PF9630A-37 Plasma TV (42PF9630)

This Philips plasma TV comes complete with a inch wide silver tabletop stand, though you can still opt to hang the 42PFA from the wall using an Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV bracket more details on how to mount your plasma TV can be found in our article here. The 42PFA Philips plasma display panel is a bit deeper and wider than Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV, measuring about 49 by 27 by 4 inches without the stand. Like most other high-definition plasmas within the inch screen size, the 42PFA Philips plasma TV has a screen native resolution of x pixels. This means that it will practically display p HDTV with minimal re-scaling.

In practice, this plasma will scale all incoming content - irrespective of the video format, to fit the available display pixel resolution. Quoting excessively high contrast ratios does not add anything to the end image quality.


It seems that some manufactures are struggling to be the ones quoting the highest contrast ratio figures possible - without ever specifying the standard adopted in the measurement. This is unfortunate as after all, there are various ways to measure contrast - all of which give different results for the same display. At the same time, it is also important to remember that the perceived contrast ratio depends also on the ambient light present. The presence of just one Lux equivalent to the light emitted by one candleis enough to make it impossible for the eye to perceive any difference in contrast ratio between The simple truth is that for cinema purposes, the eye can see an average of only This set Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV Philips' exclusive Pixel Plus 2 HD video processor, which provides improved sharpness and picture detail, vivid colors and smooth and natural motion irrespective of the video source.

The process works by enhancing each pixel of the incoming picture to better match the surrounding pixels, for a more natural picture.

Philips Plasma TV Reviews: The 42PFA HDTV with Pixel Plus 2HD and Ambilight

This also helps to reduce artifacts in compressed video content - including video noise. This set uses 3D-comb filtering to separate brightness and color signals. It performs field-by-field comparisons of the television image to better separate the color from the black-and-white information and remove both horizontally and vertically hanging dots, as well as dot crawl. The Philips 42PFA's set of picture adjustments include a number Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV preset color-temperature settings, with Normal approaching closest to the NTSC broadcast standard.


This Philips plasma TV also features an Active Control function that is supposed to intelligently optimizes picture quality by measuring and analyzing the incoming signal to automatically adjust picture quality settings. Active Control with Light Sensor uses a sensor to adjust the picture brightness depending on the room light conditions. Picture Active control can be de-activated if desired. Unfortunately, when it comes to picture control, this plasma lacks the independent memory presets per input normally found on Philips 42PF9630A37 Plasma TV other HD plasmas. This handy feature automatically associates a separate picture memory slot - which usually includes contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, tint, and color temperature - with each input.

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This greatly simplifies optimization of picture parameters specifically for different devices. Philips Ambilight Backlighting System: This is a Philips proprietary feature that projects soft light onto the wall behind the TV.

42PF9630A HD Philips Plasma TV

You can choose from six preset colors and white tones, or the tones can be personalized using the custom settings. It is also possible to allow Ambilight to adjust the backlight color automatically based on the image content on the screen. View the highlights and technical specifications of the flat HDTV 42PFA/ Supported Display Resolution.

Computer formats. x60Hz. x 42PFA/37 Find similar products. Unfortunately this product is no longer High-definition plasma WXGA display, xp. This state-of-the-art plasma.


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