Philips announces 9704 LED Pro TVs40- And 46-inch models to launch in December

23 November 2009

Philips 9704 LED Pro

Philips has unveiled two new models in a new range of LED TVs, the 40- and 46-inch 9704 LED Pros.

Both models will go on sale in the UK in December, with the Philips 40PFL9704 costing around £1,799 and the Philips 46PFL9704 costing around £2,499.

Philips LED Pro

The new 1080p range is described by Philips as being the first to include the company's LED Pro technology. According to Philips, the LEDs that are dotted around behind the screen have been split in to more segments than on previous Philips LED models.

Philips says that this has lead to more localised dimming and brightening of the screen, resulting in a higher contrast ratio and a superior picture quality.

200Hz processing

The two new TVs both feature 200Hz processing capabilities, NetTV and Philips' signature Ambilight technology.

The 200Hz processor is said to improve the smoothness of a fast-action motion scenes, while the NetTV feature allows users to connect to the internet over a Wi-Fi connection and browse by using the TV's remote control.

Philips Ambilight

The Ambilight, is made up of three lights that stretch along the top and two sides of the TV and project light backwards on to the wall, which the TV is positioned up against. Philips describes this feature as creating a more immersive TV watching experience.

Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said: 'We've tested 17 Philips TVs in the past year or so, with results being a bit hit-and-miss, ranging between 36% and 65%. Larger LCDs in recent tests have scored a few more hits than misses, however, so we'll be looking forward to seeing how these models fare in our lab-testing'.

TV reviews

To find full reviews of Philips TVs and models from other brands, such as Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp and Samsung, check out our in-depth, lab-based LCD and plasma TV reviews.

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