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Philips 30PW850H 30" Widescreen HDTV-Ready TV

3.0 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • 30-inch widescreen Real Flat CRT with 2 component-video inputs; TV is 35 x 23.5 x 21.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • 1080i, 480p capable with Eye Fidelity line doubling for non-HD sources
  • Active Control analyzes incoming signals and optimizes color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction
  • 10 watts per channel, Incredible Surround simulated surround sound
  • Velocity-scan modulation improves the definition at picture edges
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model Number: 30PW850H
  • Display Technology: CRT
  • Display Size: 30 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

Product Description

With a flat invar picture tube and the best-available 3D digital comb filtering, this Philips 30" monitor vividly presents the future of television. Smart-looking and entirely equipped for HDTV, it features: a true 16:9 screen format with 6 widescreen viewing modes plus auto, eye fidelity, active control that continuously maintains the optimal specifications you've set, 20W audio with sound-expanding Incredible Surround, side stereo AV in with S-Video and headphone jack, rear stereo AV inputs/outputs with CVI and S-Video, Auto Picture, Scan Velocity Modulation and universal remote control. View larger image for cable hookup guidelines. $99.99 freight provides in-home truck delivery service ($200 value). Matching TV stand sold separately. Imported. 21-1/2Lx35Wx23-1/2H". Weight: 123 lbs.

The 30PW850H's 30-inch Real Flat, high-definition widescreen picture tube affords today's best home cinema viewing when used with a progressive-scan DVD player or an outboard digital set-top box for DTV reception. Picture enhancements include a sophisticated 3D Y/C digital comb filter, which improves quality of incoming interlaced video signals by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped t-shirt).

Eye Fidelity provides the choice between different line doubling and scanning techniques--progressive or interlaced--so you can reduce motion artifacts like jagged edges and stair stepping, viewing material in progressive scan (480p) or a line doubled (1050i) picture.

Velocity-scan modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas.

A shadow mask is a thin sheet of perforated metal behind the screen that restricts electron flow, each hole in the sheet corresponding to a single pixel. An Invar mask uses an alloy that's especially resistant to the high temperatures generated by the electron beam, allowing in a brighter, clearer picture. Further, a feature called Active Control continuously analyzes incoming signals and optimizes picture color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction 60 times per second.

The set offers stereo reception with 10 watts power per stereo speaker, and onboard Incredible Surround processing simulates surround sound from any two speakers.

Two sets of high-definition component-video inputs (1080i/480p) accommodate a set-top box/HD satellite receiver and a progressive-scan DVD player, while side and rear composite- and S-video inputs accommodate other hardware. Rear-panel audio/video outputs make it a cinch to hook the set up with your home theater surround receiver for a truly immersive AV experience. A 0.125-inch headphone jack lets you listen in private. The set includes an NTSC tuner for standard TV reception and comes with a universal remote control.

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TV, a universal remote control, remote batteries, operating instructions, and warranty information.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Philips
Item Weight 123 pounds
Product Dimensions 40 x 30 x 29 inches
Item model number 30PW850H
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Color Name silver

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3.0 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,190,560 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#9,834 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions
Shipping Weight 123 pounds
Date First Available June 25, 2003

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Just got this television and for under 1K, it does a bang up job. It has an input for you progressive scan DVD player and an input for your 108i HD reviever, plus two more inputs for you VCR and whatever else you might have. The picutre on this thing is awesome!! Even old tapes look good with the line doubling, which lets you pick progressive or interlaced, I find interlaced helps with analog stuff, it takes the jaggies off. Again, for under 1K, an awesome tv.
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I purchased this TV in the beginning of March. The picture was great, and watching DVD's in widescreen is fantastic. The HDTV quality is truly stunning. All of this for under $800.
But, if something goes wrong with your Philips unit, good luck.
My TV stopped taking any signal but the digital cable 39 days after I bought it. I could watch cable, but no DVD's or videos. I called Philips with my problem, and after speaking to somebody in another country for an hour, they had no idea what was wrong and I had to have it serviced.
The servicer came to my house under warranty and couldn't find the problem, so two weeks later they picked it up. Three weeks have gone by, and its still not fixed. I tried to call Philips to complain, but was again serviced by their customer service in Jamaica. They cannot do anything except say that the warranty is in effect, and that I can get it serviced. Good luck talking to them through their accents and the delay.
I asked to speak to somebody in the US, and they just gave me an address to write a letter to. It took them over two weeks to respond to my letter.
So after almost two months of being without a properly working television, two afternoons off work to meet service people and a third for when the tv is derlivered back, hours on the phone with their offshore customer "service" people, and a letter to PhilipsUSA headquarters, their total solution was to expedite the repair.
When I finally got someone in the USA to talk to me in response to the letter, they really didn't seem to care much about all of the steps that I had to take to get a problem resolved. I did everything they asked of me, yet Philips was unable to get me a working TV.
What did I do to deserve an malfuctioning TV and all the inconveniences?
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I have had this set for about a week. I gave a Samsung similar model back in exchange for this one. It is a stunning set with lots of features and an absolutely high-value performance.
The picture is rock-solid and has an assortment of modes to view it in...i.e. - movie, custom, etc. It doesn't bloom when the picture suddenly gets brighter and the set offers several ways to view the picture, 16:9, 4:3 and various modes in between.
I have always been a fan of Philips' sound. That goes right back to their Philetta table radio from 1954 that I still listen to once in a while. Their speakers are always very clear and pleasant to listen to at any volume. The set offers several sound selections to go with the type of program that's being watched. This is true particularly when one activates the "Incredible Surround Sound" feature that the set has.
The TV holds the aspect ratio setting that the user selects. That means if I watch a standard broadcast show with a 4:3 setting and I turn off the set, when I turn it on again, the setting remains at 4:3 until I choose to change it. The settings I find very thoughtfully placed in the menu. The most common or frequently used ones are right at the top level.
All-in-all, I find this set a great buy. I only question why they put the volume and channel select control (yes, it is combined) on the top of the TV. However, the remote is convenient and I just thought I'd question that item.
From the past, I assume that should I need Philips technical support for this HDTV, I know I can get it.
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Bought this HDTV Monitor at Costco last week..for a steal $599 after a $100 coupon.

I have been researching lots of HDTV's for some time now, and i havent seen any in this price range .. closest competitor is ranged around $800-$900 range. So i used that extra money to get a Progressive scan DVD+VCR combo from costco ($99.. another steal at that price..after a coupon this week.).. nice component cables (will need those to see best quality video).. And a stand..around $150 .. Surely Need that stand as this TV weighs a ton (125 lbs.).. Dont use wooden tv stands...coz u never know.

Works OK out of the box.. hooking up to regular cable.. You can improve video quality by selecting the "weak-signal" video option .. (one of the nice features in new TV's).

Digital cable looks much better..and HDTV Digital cable looks fantastic.. just like you see in showrooms. Has option to select 4:3, 14:9 , 16:9 , subtitle Zoom & wide screen ..for video. Audio is nice.. with auto vol. level.. for those loud Ads. in TV.


Manual is OK.. could be better... Remote says it is universal.. but not true.. only few models of dvd,vcr, cable box work with that remote.. Also keys are not positioned ideally for a Uni remote..

Its a 30" wide screen.. so it looks as big as a 27" regular unit only.. just a bit wider .. for someone who are comparing the units side by side. (So it will look smaller compared to a reg. 30" flat tv)

Remember..Its an HDTV monitor..! and not an hdtv tv .which means you will need extra equipment if you plan to use it with outdoor hdtv antenna. Most of the new cable & satellite tv provide HDTV cable boxes.. which dosent need any new equipments.. except some cables..!
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