As the prices of LCD televisions continue to erode, it's now possible to pick yourself up a decent television for under a grand. While spending more will get you better quality, televisions like Vizio's M3D470 and Philips' 46PFL5907 demonstrate that you can get a good TV for a Grover Cleveland and still have change for a Blu-ray player and a few movies.
The Philips' strengths are excellent blacks for its price while retaining shadow detail, natural-looking scenes, excellent picture processing, good mix of features, and good price. But its bad points mean that it's not as good a deal as the Vizio M3D470, namely poorly saturated and inaccurate red and blues, and no 3D!
When you throw in improvements like greater picture control, better blacks, and an improved apps suite, the PFL5907 is a welcome evolution of last year's TV, and a decent value. While you're looking at a second-tier brand like Philips you may want to also consider looking at the better value and picture available from the Vizio. Or, you know, get any of the Panasonic plasmas (bar the X5).
October 5, 2012 4:20 PM PDT
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