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Philips 46PFL6605/98 LCD TV review

Philips 46PFL6605D LCD TV - Pretty as a Picture

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Overall rating 9/10
HD Performance:
SD Performance:
Vibrant Colors
Impressive HD & SD Visuals
Useful Ambilights
Dependent on Manual Picture Adjustments

Design & Features


The 6605 shouldn't take long to assemble, and it's even possible to set ii up on your own. Slot the back plate into the panel, secure it with the four mounting screws provided, and you are ready to party. Looks-wise, the Full-HD panel is fairly thick with a depth of 87mm. Its bulk is understandable, however, given its accommodation of full LED units and Ambilight strips. The 46-inch screen is also less reflective than most LED contenders we have reviewed, credit to a layer of anti-reflection coat applied onto the panel. Framed by a black bezel with clear plastic trimmings, the 6605 sports a humble demeanor although the colorful Ambilight illumination does compensate for the lackluster dress code. The artificial mood lighting is also useful when you'd like to watch TV without the room lights on. By the way, swiveling is possible on this TV.  

At the connectivity end, expect three HDMI ports on the 6005; two at the rear and one at the side. Note that the "HDMI1" port is HDMI 1.4-ready with Audio Return enabled. This should reduce a decent amount of wire clutter if you'd like to downstream the TV's audio to your receiver as well. One obvious omission is an Ethernet inlet, since the 6605 does not house an online entertainment platform like premium offerings from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and LG. Apart from the HDMI slot, the TV's side panel also stocks a USB 2.0 port for multimedia playback with basic support for JPEG, MP3, WMA, H.264, and MPEG4 formats. No issues were faced with AVI and MKV containers simultaneously. On the contrary, it failed to read our portable HDD but had no difficulty detecting a Flash drive. Unlike long and unwieldy remotes, Philips has gone with a compact and elliptical design to accompany the 6605. It might not offer a plethora of buttons, but the handy stick has just enough inputs to get the job done. 



We discovered a horde of features despite the TV's lack of Internet content. First thing we spotted on the stylish GUI is the "Add Your Devices" selection. With it, you may add an icon to the main screen for your connected AV devices. You can also power on the player if it's compatible over the HDMI-CEC link. We paired it with a Samsung BD-C6900 Blu-ray player, and it worked. Note that the "Easylink" feature needs to be enabled for this to tick. However, while the HDTV recognizes your devices, there is no option to toggle through its AV inputs. Interestingly, Philips has also taken a page out of LG's books with a basic calibration tool. Similar to the Koreans' "Picture Wizard" application, you are just five steps away from calibrating your TV based on your visual preferences. Lastly, Philips' emphasis on motion processing is most obvious with the Pixel Precise HD engine. Look under its tab and you'll find a string of available tweaks, ranging from "HD Natural Motion" and its motion interpolation techniques, to "Dynamic Contrast" and "Dynamic Backlight" to exploit the TV's local dimming aspect. By the way, the 6605 offers nine whopping picture presets, including a "Cinema" and "Energy Saving" mode.