"Don't get me wrong it's good..."3.5 starson by truthseeker6636
Pros: Great color representation with tweaking of the color, brightness, contrast and automated settigns. renders analog video nicely compared to others. Little to no screen reflection
Cons: I had to update the software to fix a few issues, which were fixed by the update. Dont use any automated settings they lend a strange effect to the picture...barely noticeable, but there.
Summary: Overall I really like this TV. I've had a few qualms with it though in regards to the picture quality when watching things move very quickly and abruptly against a background or another object on screen, but I've also noticed it on other name brand panels as well, which must be inherent to the LCD technology at this point. I don't really care for BLACK blacks because I've noticed a loss in detail in dark scenes with really high black. SO this TV is perfect in that regard. Howevert the black levels are sufficient. It took alot of tweaking, though, to get the colors and brightness/contrast right. All the presets stink and all but the color enhancement feature need be turned on since the sampling rate for the others cause a slight, but noticeable flutter effect on screen when viewing programs that change brightness and colors alot and especielly when playing video games. It is great for the money and comming from philips, who I'm partial to anyway. One major thing I found when I recieved the TV is that it didn't work...upon further inspection there was a connector half off the signal board going to the panel causing it to power up and display a blank screen. My point is, is that I fixed it being a field service engineer I knew what to look for, but anyone could have done it. The back panel is held on securely by torx screws and comes off easily. Once inside the parts are straightforward and easily accessible. This thing can be serviced quite easily, which is a plus. 4 HDMI inputs are great with USB and two component inputs, S-video and an output, down firing speakers and two small woofers firing to the rear make a decent sounding TV out of the box. It is attractive and doesn't have 1080P stickers all over the place. It can be wall mounted easily and comes with a sturdy stand that can swivel about 45deg in either direction. Unfortunately picture settings are only programmable in the memory for the HDMI spread and the component video spread...in other words each output is not individually saveable, what works for one works for all.I was reading my review and I noticed that all the automated enhancements need to be turned OFF except for the color enhancement...sorry
Updated on Sep 2, 2008