Philips 42" Class Full-HD 1080p LCD HDTV, 42PFL3603D/F7

Philips 42" Class Full-HD 1080p LCD HDTV, 42PFL3603D/F7

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  • ENERGY STAR-qualified
  • 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • 29,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 500 cd/m2 brightness
  • 3 HDMI inputs
  • Built-in digital/analog tuner
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    About This Item

  • ENERGY STAR-qualified
  • 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • 29,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 500 cd/m2 brightness
  • 3 HDMI inputs
  • Built-in digital/analog tuner
  • Customer Reviews
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    Great TV for the LOW Price!

    I purchased this tv 1-30-09 At walmart. I had been shopping around for the past month looking at several tvs. This one was by far the best! Im Very pleased with it. I was going to go for a 32" But im SO glad i went with a 42" It makes any room look wonderful!! The picture it amazing, Although i do not have HD, it still looks great! The only thing is the Sound, Some channels or commercials you hear a buzz sound, you can minimize it with the volume control. But i recommend a surround sound, Im am looking around for a good deal for one now. But yet something small that can be fixed. OVERALL A GREAT DEAL!!! MUST GET FOR THE PRICE!!!
    The stand was also purchased at Walmart

    Great picture for the money

    Owned the Philips for several weeks and have enjoyed the product without any problems. Picture quality rivals that of the best from Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, and Visio for black and color rendition. The high contrast ratio on this Philips accounts for the deep blacks and colors that it can produce. Easy to set up with its built-in set up guide. Can be fine tuned easily by the user as well. But if you are a fast action sports fan, then probably the Philips is not for you or any LCD TV for that matter. Even though the refresh rate is 5ms, fast sports action still has that pixelated, blurred effect that you just don't see on a plasma or DLP TV. Performance at the 1080p level is superb. Colors are rich, details are sharp and you can easily see the fine details on the actor's face during their closeups. This TV consumes very little electricity when in power saver mode, only 60-65 watts when measured with my Kill-A-Watt meter. Compared to similar sized plasma TVs, I measured a 42" Samsung plasma which consumed 375 watts for comparison. As others have noted, the sound is probably the weakest point on this TV. That is due to the default settings it uses on Standard mode with the Incredible Surround turned on. Once this surround mode is turned off, then dialog can be easily heard over the background sound. Another area to watch out for is that the connectors are all on the back of the TV. If you decide to wall mount, plan to provide enough room for you to get to the connectors in the back. One nice feature of the Philips is the USB connector to display pictures in a slideshow presentation. One glaring omission is the lack of a VGA connector for you to plug your computer into to display images and documents with the Philips. Overall, I have been very pleased with the picture quality, features and performance of the Philips. You will be hard pressed to find a better LCD TV at this price that will match the picture and features that this Philips LCD offers. Highly recommended for those looking to spend well less than $1000 on a new HDTV.
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    great television

    well a couple of days after new years of 09 i purchased this same exact t.v. but smaller. i purchased a 19inch t.v. set. it is now about 2 months after i've made my purchase and im verey happy about it . i payed a little over $300. about $317 or $320. i have not had any problems with my television set. in fact every1 in my family asks if they can watch t.v. in my room. the picture is amazing i have a old t.v. and then the new 1 i pulged them both in and you can see the difference and the volume is amzaing crystal clear.!!! now the image that i've uploaded might look bad but its because i took a picture with my cell phone camera but trust me the image quality is amazing and same with the volume and how it looks its also very thin not thick.. now im 12 but this t.v. is somethin 2 save 4 i used all of my birthday and christmas money and other moneyas well !!! this t.v. is somethin 2 save 4 its worth it .!!!
    now the image that i've uploaded might look bad but its because i took a picture with my cell phone camera but trust me the image quality is amazing a

    Just Buy It

    I did extensive research for months. I saw every TV on the planet. I know all the tech stuff on LCDs and plasmas now. This TV, for the price, blew me away. The picture, if set up correctly at the store, looks as good as sony. There is nothing better for the price. If you see something for a little less, pay a bit more for this one. Philips measures their contrast ratio differently so you cannot compare that with other LCDs. However, that is the real difference. Black blacks and white whites. You can see it. I'm looking at it right now (DirecTV) and I am still, after 5 months, in awe of the picture quality. My friends all have LCDs but my house has become the place to be on Saturdays (for football and the TV, not me). Good sound, not great. Easy, easy setup (my 10 year old did it, I just watched and I didn't have to correct him once). Don't hesitate, buy it.

    Nice TV!

    This is a great TV so far, and I am very happy with it. The picture quality is AWESOME when using it as intended (1080p / Blu-Ray etc.). Warning! - If this is your first HDTV, don't be surprised if the picture looks awful when viewing non-HD content; all HDTVs are like that. The problem is the source/video, and not the TV. Regular cable only broadcasts about a 1/3 of the pixels required to fill the screen. Plus, the bigger the screen the more emphasis there is on each pixel - making it appear snowy. Be prepared to want Hi-Def from either your cable provider or satellite company when buying an HDTV. Another trick is to buy a DVD/Blu-ray player with an up-converter. This will make regular DVDs look much better. It does this by digitally converting their resolution up to 1080p by filling in the missing pixels, making for a much cleaner picture - simulated 1080p. The sound system is like most stereo TVs; the quality is good enough for everyday watching, but there is nothing mind blowing about it. But, no matter what TV you buy you will need a sound system to go with it if you want the full experience. The only thing I'm disappointed about are some of the on-screen programmable options. Probably the biggest thing is the channel info. It takes up half the screen when clicking though channels, and you apparently cannot disable it. Nothing major, I just rather see video content when I'm flipping through channels instead of channel info. This TV is also fully upgradable - meaning they can add new features or change settings with new software. Hint...hint....option to turn off channel info screen please! There is also 120hz (2ms) version of this TV for about $400 more. Not really worth it, unless you have money to burn. I have not seen any bleeding, ripping or tearing to warrant spending the extra cash on a reduction in response time. 5ms seems to be plenty fast enough when rendering pretty much any picture.

    Good Value/Transaction

    I have been very pleased with this LCD TV. I have a 32" 720p that is in my bedroom that I had purchased about 6 months ago and wanted to purchase a bigger screen for our family room. The picture quality is excellent. It is pretty easy to set custom settings for picture, sound and some features using the remote control. I have the TV connected to my external source (Dish Network Hi-Def Receiver) via HMDI cable. Other reviews indicate that you should not be able to tell a lot of difference in picture clarity between the 720p and the 1080p with a 42" picture size. In my estimation, however, I believe the picture is about 15% to 20 % better than my smaller set, a noticable improvement. The sound, while not bad, is not as full as it could be from the set speakers. This could be remedied by running the sound thru a home theater system. In summary, this is a solid choice at a solid price. It was handled via Wal-Mart's "Store to Store" shipping and pick up which went without a hitch. Thanks, Wal-Mart.

    Pillips 42 LCD Rocks!!

    My wife and I just bought this LCD for our living room and it is out of this world, even without HDMI hooked up yet, the picture is very good. We hooked it to our PS3 HDMI and it's mind-blowing, the games and Blue Ray movies feel like their coming out of the screen. We think it had a better picture than the Sony in the store. Walmart is selling alot of these, because we had to call 9 differnt store before we found one that wasn't sold out! We almost bought the Sylvania 42 and were looking at the RCA 42 for less money but we are so glad we spent alittle more money and got the Phillps, there is no comparison, 5ms response rate and 29000:1 contrast you can't go wrong!

    Love it!

    I was skeptical to buy this without any reviews. But a friend from work also suggested it without even knowing I was looking at it, so I went with it. Setting it up, from 1st opening the box to watching tv, maybe took 10 minutes. The hardest part? Deciding which picture quality I preferred. This tv was well worth the money and I'm so glad I bought it. Now I have something else to keep me from sleeping. If you want a perfect picture and perfect sound...here's your investment! The only downsides? When changing channels, the Info screen pops up for a few seconds. Just hit Info 2x, right above the Channel Up, and it's gone. Also I would like to see a clock with the channel info. Other than that--- NO COMPLAINTS!

    Hard to find

    I researched a lot of TVs. I also went in store and compared. When I saw the picture on this one I couldn't believe the difference. I calld 8 different stores and none of them had it in stock. I finally spoke with someone at a smaller non Supercenter who offered to sell me the display. Unfortunately not at a discount. So far everything has been great except for the sound. Our surround system is a couple of years old and there are no RCA connections for it on the TV. It needs an SPDIF cable which I have only been able to find on-line. I did however find out from the Q&A section that you can connect with an RCA to mini cord. It's the cord that is actually for an IPod. It sounds pretty good. HD through the XBox 360 is awesome. Non HD channels are not so great. But, I understand that is the norm. Overall it's a good deal I think. But, the sound situation is not so great. You'll love the picture though. Good TV if you can find it.

    Great TV So Far

    I searched for several weeks for a 42 inch Flat-Panel and the Phillips 1080p LCD was the best deal. The initial set up was much easier than my first Sanyo HDTV. The Philips has you compare a series of pictures and choose the best one, and then adjusts your settings for you. The picture with the Blue-Ray player on my daughter's PS3 is incredible. The first scene on the BR "Dark Knight" was breathtaking. The sound is pretty good at 20 watts. You have to go and adjust the equalizer however, because the factory sound settings are horrible. I wonder if all the negative reviews on the sound have tried this adjustment. If this is your first HDTV, don't forget to get a couple of HDMI cables. And don't go to Best Buy for your HDMI cables, as the cheapest one there is $60. I bought a couple of Philips 1080p HDMI cables at Wal-Mart for $35 each. They work great. Overall, I am completely pleased with this TV. Great buy at $798.
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