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Philips 42PF9831D 42-Inch LCD HDTV with Ambilight

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  • Hgh-definition LCD WXGA display- 1366 x 768p
  • Integrated HDTV and CableCARD for unrivalled picture quality
  • Pixel Plus 3 HD for most vivid and sharp HDTV images
  • Clear LCD for sharp- fast and vibrant images
  • Ambilight Full Surround for immersive viewing
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Technical Details
Brand NamePhilips
Item Weight136 pounds
Product Dimensions53.3 x 47.7 x 13.3 inches
Item model number42PF9831D/37
  
Additional Information
ASINB000IMSMVY
Best Sellers Rank #603,101 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight156.3 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2006
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model: 42PF9831D/37
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

This state-of-the-art LCD screen gives you widescreen HD resolution producing 42 inches of brilliant flicker-free progressive scan pictures. HD ready offers picture quality beyond that of progressive scan. It conforms to strict standards to offer an HD screen that displays the picture quality of a High Definition TV signal. It can display 720p and 1080i signals at 50 and 60Hz while Pixel Plus 3 HD offers each pixel of the incoming picture enhanced to match the surrounding pixels better. Ambilight 4 complements the overall viewing experience and produces a fully surrounding glow of light that complements the colors and light intensity on all four sides of the image creating a floating display. The PC-link provides access to your personal digital media files and multimedia content through Ethernet (LAN) and WiFi with an optional wireless connection. Instantly view and share your movies, photos and music with the Memory Card slot that accept cards of various types. 176 Degrees Horizontal and Vertical Viewing Angle 5 Built-in Loudspeakers - Integrated subwoofer, Dome tweeter Multimedia connections - Ethernet-UTP5, UPnP, WiFi with optional Ethernet-bridge, 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader, USB streaming video capable Compatible Memory Card Types - Compact Flash type I, Compact flash type II, Memory stick, Micro drive, Multi-Media Card (MMC), Secure Digital Card (SD), Smart Media Card Playback formats - MP3, Slideshow files (.alb), JPEG still pictures, DivX 3.11, DivX 5, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, XviD Video playback - NTSC, PAL, SECAM Picture in Picture ( PIP ) - Full dual screen ( 2 tuners ), Text dual screen Screen format adjustments - 4 - 3, 6 widescreen modes, Auto format, Movie expand 14 - 9, Movie expand 16 - 9, Subtitle and heading shift, Super Zoom, Widescreen Unit Dimensions - Approximately Width 50.35 x Height 34.33 x Depth 4.48 inch (without stand) Unit Dimensions - Approximately Width 50.35 x H

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Do your self a favor and buy this tv!
D. Siders
For an LCD TV<the color and blacks are amazing, the options with Picture and Ambilight control are numerous and the sound is great.
L. Parker
Compared against my other 2 HDTV TV's (32 and 55), this is the best so far.
KAS of Sacramento

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Parker on May 5, 2007
With all the hoopla about whether or not the ambilight is a good thing, I have to rate it top-notch. I do not find it distracting as some have written and I think it is a big addition to the overall viewing experience. This is a beautiful TV which looks like a piece of artwork on the wall. Floating with the ambilight background around it reflecting off of the surrounding white pallette, this TV looks almost surreal. For an LCD TV<the color and blacks are amazing, the options with Picture and Ambilight control are numerous and the sound is great. For the price, I am astonished at what a great set this is. My experience with Philips has been very positive including follow up with customer service when problems arise. I highly recommend this TV to anyone who prefers something stylish and unique.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Kattalia on July 12, 2007
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I purchased this through Amazon/TigerDirect. Great price, less than half of what Best Buy calls for.

The TV is enormous. Much larger than the 42" description would imply. At first, I didn't think it would fit.

The picture with Ambilight is amazing. Much better than the two other HD sets I own. The tuner on this TV caught much more than the Sony tuners on the other HD sets, probably a hundred more channels. It found over 400 channels including analog on my Comcast cable.

The remote needs to be aimed directly at the TV to work. The interface connectors on the bottom of the set would have been better with a diagram of them on the back. The side buttons aren't labeled too well either.

It did accept all of the media I used, including USB thumb drives and such. The manual is a trip and a thick one too. I'm still not sure what everything does.

I like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ghostwood on June 9, 2007
Philips have come up trumps with this set. Big and beautiful, this is one fine piece of equipment. The picture quality is just amazing - admittedly there are many tweaks and settings to get it looking absolutely perfect - but don't let that put you off.

My very first plasma had the original Pixel Plus processing system - for the time that was very impressive, but this model has the finest detail of any TV I've looked at.

It took an age to finally decide on this as my purchase, and I looked at Sony, Pioneer and other high-end manufacturers - none of them compared to this one. Once calibrated, black levels are excellent. Skin tones are natural and colours just right, without being too vivid.

The sound is rich and full of bass, with no evidence of clipping even when cranked up on MTV. As for Ambilight, you'll either love it or hate it. I tend to turn it off during the day and when just watching television. For movies though it's well worth it. I watched 'Jaws' for the first time in years just last week - it looked beautiful, casting blues and greens onto the wall. As a gimmick, you can even have the screen completely off and just have the frame glowing ambiently.

Future-proofing anything these days is impossible, but with twin HDMI sockets, media card reader and Ethernet connectivity you'll not want for much.

Philips will always seems to have more than its fair share of detractors, but I would argue that some of the reviews elsewhere on the web expect things to work right out-of-the-box, without taking the time to tweak and perfect.

Technology like this doesn't work like that. In my own opinion you will not be disappointed with this beauty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Solano on June 14, 2007
Let me start by saying this TV completely spoiled regular tv that we are all used to. As my buddies and I watched our first HD movie with the ambilight full surround, within 10 minutes we all agreed watching tv without ambilight will never be the same again! The ambilight brought the tv to life, it's a whole new world. Picture quality is great, and I love the picture auto-format option. One cool feature is the demos you can view on live television. The philips tv sort of splits the screen and shows you what your picture looks like with and without Clear LCD and Pixel Plus 3. The difference is extremely noticable.

Sound is good, its loud, clear, and nice base.

Although the screen is 42 inches diagonal, the tv is approximately 50 inches wide. This is due to the black border of the tv and the white background that was added to reflect the ambilight. It's a brilliant looking tv, very luxurious.

One thing I was dissappointed about was the memorycard/media option. I like to edit and create videos and convert them to DivX, Avi, MPEG files. I thought I would be able to play those types of media files right off my of SD card. Turns out you cant. Just pictures, music, and .alb files.

The remote is very nice looking, and the back of the tv has multiple inputs.

Overall, your tv/viewing experience will never be the same once you get used to ambilight. It really makes a world of difference and you will love it... especially with the different modes of ambilight. You will fall in love with the tv, bottom line.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KAS of Sacramento on May 8, 2007
With out dwelling too much about its sharp and vivid image reproduction, I am enjoying every bit of its ambilight features. I can adjust it base on what type of movie I am watching or the mood that we are in. Compared against my other 2 HDTV TV's (32 and 55), this is the best so far. It's just so sad that the demo systems of these TV series are done on a fully lighted showroom. If you see one in a darker show room, you will likely agree with my comments.
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