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Philips 42PFL9803H Reviewed

The 42-inch Philips 42PFL9803H is Philip’s most highly anticipated HDTV of 2008. Also known as the Philips 42PFL9803 and 42PFL9803D. Firstly, I will describe the confusing product names. The Philips 42PFL9803 is available in two models, looking at the last letter, the D = Digital tuner only, while the “H” model looked at here is the Hybrid, meaning it contains both an analog and digital tuner. If you still wish to received analog channels, you should look at the H model, but with the analog shut off coming soon, it would only be short lived. Most stores only stock one version of the set so don’t worry too much, unless you have very specific needs.

So why is the Philips 42PFL9803H so highly anticipated? It’s Philips’ very first HDTV which features LED backlighting, rather than standard tube lighting, which means the 42PFL9803H can dim or even turn off certain areas of the screen, while leaving other on. This “LED Lux Display” produces very impressive black levels, with a very high dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, for an amazing image.

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The Philips 42PFL9803H has a 42-inch 1080p LCD screen with LED Lux backlighting, 100Hz Clear LCD high frame rate technology with 2ms response time for reducing motion blur and image judder. Philips’ Perfect Pixel HD Engine and Perfect Natural Motion, enhance the image quality in many ways to get the very best image quality.

Also featured on the Philips 42PFL9803H is the very latest Ambilight Spectra 2 technology which creates an immersive lighting effect around the HDTV, which make viewing more enjoyable and also reduces eye strain. Connectivity is very good with four HDMI 1.3 inputs. TrustedReviews look at the 42PFL9803H, gave it 10/10 for image quality and said, the Philips 42PFL9803H’s LED lighting helps it produce pictures that not only make it the finest performing LCD TV I’ve seen, but also raise it to a level where it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Pioneer’s KURO plasmas.