Home Cinema, April-2012 (Part 2) - Philips 7000 series Smart LED TV & Toshiba Regza 46WL863B

5/3/2012 3:36:06 PM

Philips 7000 series Smart LED TV

Description: Philips 7000 series Smart LED TV

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Price: $1400

Philips’s new 7000 Series is a big improvement with the old 7000 model by adding a Freeview HD tuner and supporting for 3D video. We tested at 42in version (23PFL7666T) but it’s also available 37in model (37PFL7666T) and 47in (47PFL7666T) for $1300 and $1700.

TV has two USB ports on the back so you can connect flash drive to record TV programs or playing multimedia files. We can see all the test footage except for DivX. SD card reader allows you to play slide show and if you have a networked media player or PC, you can transfer files directly by using DLNA  - TV with integrated Wi-Fi.

Once the TV is online, NetTV function provides access to social networks, video streaming from YouTube and Daily Motion and other catch-up services from the BBC iPlayer. The system is quite fast in our tests, allows us to transfer HD content without any stutter from the menus.

Although we have proposed a dedicated surround system for watching films, two 14W speakers of the 7000 series coped well with television programs. At half volume, we could  hear the test file clearly from across the room. Bass response was not impressive, but mid-range and high-end were both strong.

The picture quality is quite erratic. Many low-bandwidth Freeview channels lack of detail, with many visible compression artifacts and almost no definition of the face, even with the enabled adjustment image settings PixelPrecise HD. However, it is another story when we switch to a Blu-ray film for inspection. Images are extremely bright and vibrant, and with the smooth motion at the lowest setting, chasing scene in Royale Casino is smooth, with very few motion artifacts.

Quite vivid colors in the default settings though optional menu did not provide much control on colors. However, after some changes, we had vivid pictures. With background working Ambilight, the scenes with strong bright colors make the movies more impressive.

Philips is one of the few manufacturers that use passive 3D technology instead of active, which in theory is to reduce the resolution to each eye. However, polarized 3D glasses do not not shake completely, you can view 3D content with opening lights. Active system often shakes under fluorescent lights. More vibrant colors than the active 3D systems we've watched, and the impressive depth effect, especially with added Ambilight lights.

7000 series is very well equipped and is benefited by the addition of Ambilight. HD performance is wonderful and 3D video is very spectacular, but standard-definition scene is not impressed. However, those who prefer passive 3D glasses should find no further.


Comment. Outstanding image quality and excellent 3D but it's too expensive for a 42in TV.

TV LED 42in. 1920x1080 resolution, 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness, 4 HDMI inputs, 1 SCART, 1 VGA, 1 component, 1 composite, Freeview HD, analogue tuner, 2 year RTB warranty .

Energy Consumption: 1W stand by, 75W active.


Toshiba Regza 46WL863B

Description: Toshiba Regza 46WL863B

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Price: $2000

With a long list of features and the thin bezel, of course 46WL863B of Toshiba looks like a top TV. It has 3 sizes, so if you do not want 46in model is rated here, you can select the 42in model (42WL863, $1271) or 55in (55WL863, $2015).

Beside Freeview HD tuner, it has full internet TV service allows you to watch YouTube videos and catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer. It also provides access to multiple social networking portal. The menu system is one of the fastest system we've ever tried – high text and image resolution, fast response time and a simple layout make it very interesting to use. Integrated Wi-Fi means you do not need to run cables around the house, and you can transfer media from DLNA devices.

TV has 2 USB ports to record TV programs or playing multimedia files. 46WL863B handles well our video tests, including DivX and XviD. It even presents a preview video for each file. TV works as well as a basic PVR when you plug the flash drive. With only 1 tuner, you can only record one program each time and can not record this program while watching another program.

Elite HD Landscape, and playing in reasonable standard definition but there are noticeable interferences and lack of detail in the low-bandwidth channel. However, Freeview HD looks great and Blu-ray is incredibly sharp. LED generated images and did not leak light.

Colors are quite accurate by using Hollywood image preset, but the setting menu offers many things to modify. Adjustments are also brought to 3D, so you can get benefit from accurate color, brighter even when wearing active glasses FPT -AG01 of Toshiba (it includes a pair, if you buy more, the price is $107/pair from We still lack the brightness and vibratory phenomena by light system, but outstanding depth effect.

Unfortunately, sound quality does not match with the picture quality. Even at the highest volume level, there is little change between bass voice and explosive action scenes. Bass lacks though high-end and mid-range are quite clear.

With $2015, of course 46WL863B has the price of a high-end TV. Fortunately, it has worthy features and performance though the price was near the price of the elite plasma television. If you watch movies a lot and need the best image quality, a plasma TV like the Panasonic Viera TX-P46GT30B is a better choice, but if you consider how it have coped well with everything we threw at it, Toshiba 46WL863B still should be in your shortlist.


Comments. A proud Advanced TV - Toshiba almost do the right things with 46WL863B.

TV LCD 46in. Resolution 1920x1080, contrast ratio 7.000.000:1, 450cd/m2 brightness, 4 HDMI inputs, 1 SCART, 1 VGA, 1 component, 1 composite, analogue, Freeview HD, Freesat HD tuner, RTB warranty 1 year.

Energy consumption: 1W stand by, 148W active.

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