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Philips F9966 Ambilight

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The best thing about the Philips 42PF9966 Ambilight is that it produces bright images, rich colors, and offers detail. Infact these are the very features that helped the 42PF9966 earn the second-highest overall score in the C-NET jury tests.

Although the 42PF9966 produces a high performance display yet there are small inefficiencies in its overall performance. The first problem is that there are issues with the input formats. We used both the 1080i and 480p input over HDMI, and yet found that the 42P…

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The best thing about the Philips 42PF9966 Ambilight is that it produces bright images, rich colors, and offers detail. Infact these are the very features that helped the 42PF9966 earn the second-highest overall score in the C-NET jury tests.

Although the 42PF9966 produces a high performance display yet there are small inefficiencies in its overall performance. The first problem is that there are issues with the input formats. We used both the 1080i and 480p input over HDMI, and yet found that the 42PF9966 was struggling with the display of multi-burst patterns. The multi-bursts have six swaths of parallel vertical lines, which turn progressively finer from the left to the right of the screen. Most televisions can resolve all the groups or all but the far-right group but in the 42PF9966 the image quality broke down at the first group itself. In some of our tests, we also found an artificial shimmering effect, which strains the eye. Apart from this the overall performance is quite decent.

The audio system of the 42PF9966 includes twin 15-watt speaker units, with a five-band equalizer that allows meaningful adjustments where bass and treble is concerned. In addition to this, the 42PF9966 has four preset audio modes. The unusual feature of the Philips 42PF9966 is its Ambilight system. The Ambilight illuminates the wall behind the TV and throws “bias lighting” behind the set, which is good for reducing eyestrain. The Ambilight experience is one of the really pleasant experiences you will encounter while watching movies. Some of the other features incorporates in the 42PF9966 include an integrated NTSC tuner for standard-definition analog broadcasts and only one HDMI input. One of the most appealing features is not its inputs or color or image quality, it is the price. It has a price tag of $7000 MSRP although many retailers sell it for as low as $3400.

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