Philips knocks plasma TV into shape

You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from Philips’ new HD-ready TV – the 42PF9631D will be Philips’ first plasma to host a 1024x1080i ALis panel,

You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from Philips’ new HD-ready TV – the 42PF9631D will be Philips’ first plasma to host a 1024x1080i ALis panel, all the better for viewing those 1080-line high-def pictures.

In fact it’s Philips’ best effort to date, being the first plasma set to offer a guest appearance from Philips’ Pixel Plus 2 HD engine. The engine makes everything super sharp by adjusting interpolated pixels to ‘fuse’ with surrounding ones, and also boasts noise reduction for MPEGs, making the 1080i images even more clean shaven.

All this and Philips is still the only telly maker that has a motion system to compensate for judder during 24fps movies.

It’s a considerate goggle box too: ambient backlighting reduces eye-strain, and four preset viewing models (which you can adjust to your individual preferences) will give you more to scrap about during TV dinners.

The 42PF9631D comes with a pair of HDMI and a couple of RGB Scart sockets, component video input and USB functionality – all of which is a definite improvement on previous efforts and, for over £2K, no more than you’d jolly well expect.

You can get your hands on one now for £2300. For more info click here.

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