Well this 47" baby arrived at the Digital Home today along with the Philips HTS8100 SoundBar, a two-piece home theatre unit that includes an upscaling DVD player, Faroudja video processing and eight speakers.
Features of the Philips 47PFL9732D include:
1920x1080p Native Resolution
120Hz Clear LCD
Ambilight 2 Channel
Based on DisplaySearch research I suspect the LCD Module is purchased from Sharp so it has a good pedigree.
I'll post my thoughts as I go along and any owners feel free to jump into the discussion.
I have the previous version, 47PFL7422D/37, to this screen and it's a Phillips own panel, so I'll imagine this one is too. Sharp only supplied the 42 & 52" panels hence people have been complaining about the banding issues that have plagued the Aquos LCD's.
It is an absolutely lovely LCD to watch and use and has come in under the radar of a lot of buyers out there who seemed obsessed with Toshiba, Samsung & Sony.
Hugh, I think you'll find that in collaboration with LG, Philips are one of the leaders in LCD & Plasma panel production. I stand to be corrected.
And it is a mighty fine panel to watch. I've been impressed with Philips ever since I got a CRT from them back in the 90's. I'd had Toshiba, Sharp & Sony beforehand, and Philips just blew them away. So, it was a no-brainer once it came over here.
I couldn't wait to see it when I saw the AD with $800 instant rebate, however, I was a bit worrying about the true contrast ratio. When I was in front of the TV, I was disappointed. In compare with others, it looks too dark. I got the staff to adjust it for me, and it didn't impress me.
True contrast ratio seems to be pretty important in terms of quality of picture.
I was watching the LSU Bowl game last night on it and I remain impressed. This is one of the nicest LCD's I have had the chance to watch. No motion tearing on football or when watching the world junior championship of hockey last week which has always been an issue for me with LCD panels.
I have only watched HD programming on it (no SD for me) and have been very satisfied. We watch this set primarily at night and in the dark so I can't believe I am saying this but the ambilight is truly amazing. I've know for a long time that back-lighting greatly reduces eye strain, improve apparent PQ etc but I have to admit that I have never delved that deeply into experimenting with it.
My wife and I have both commented in the last week that we really think the ambilight is an excellent addition and wonder why more manufacturers aren't offering it.
I saw a blurb about ambilight on Daily Planet a couple of months ago - and it even looked impressive on tv, so I've been wanting to see/hear more about it - as I've known the benefits of backlighting as well.
I'll have to keep an eye out for an Ontario dealer...