Philips 46PFL6605D LCD TV - Pretty as a Picture


Design & Features

Design

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.  

Most parts are already pre-assembled, like its pedestal stand for instance. To complete the 6605's assembly, simply slide the back-plate into the panel and secure it with the bundled four mounting screws.

Looks like a regular HDTV, doesn't it? While the bezel remains terribly glossy, it's nice to know Philips has taken pains to reduce the screen's reflective surface. The Ambilight Dynamic feature kicks in when there is an active display source.

Sure, the 46-inch 6605 may look unassuming, but fire it up and watch the Ambilights transform this plain duckling into a sensuous spectacle. Philips has added a new "wall color" feature to cater for any possible color offsets. The Ambilight feature can be disabled if you so prefer.

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. 

Component and composite inlets are stashed behind the panel with different directional placements. On the digital side, the HDMI1 port comes future-proofed which is HDMI 1.4 compliant.

The side panel is slightly recessed, but shallow enough to make the connectors accessible. The USB and HDMI ports are strategically placed for peripherals such as flash drives, camcorders and gaming consoles.

Given its minimalistic design, its easy to mistake this for a Blu-ray player's remote instead of a HDTV's. Small as it may be, Philips has gotten their formulas right with a compact yet viable stick. Hit the "Home" button to reach the TV's main UI.

 

Features

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. 

The "Add Your Devices" tab allows you to plonk in an icon for connected AV devices, like the Blu-ray Disc player icon we've added for example. For the unfamiliar, the "Help" selection is mighty useful too since it offers informative explanations with graphical illustrations, like basic AV wiring, etc.

According to Philips, their Pixel Precise HD engine was geared for a cinematic experience. After running through its features, it isn't hard to see why. Question is, with so much processing involved, will the 6605 be able to reproduce a fluid yet convincing picture quality?

The calibration process is so easy even your kids might be able to pull it off. Essentially, the wizard would prompt you to make a selection depending on which visual representation you prefer. Yes, it's as simple as that.

9.0
Design
9
HD Performance
9
SD Performance
9
Features
8.5
Value
8.5
The Good
Vibrant Colors
Impressive HD & SD Visuals
Useful Ambilights
The Bad
Dependent on Manual Picture Adjustments