While it may be hard to believe, I only have one television. Shocking, I know, and yes, I do love TV just as much as the next guy, but with a small house and similar interests in TV shows, my family never needed more than one TV. That being said, it would take a lot to get me into an electronics store to buy another one. But lo and behold, Phillips has recently been putting out some decently priced TVs, so I couldn’t pass up on a sale for their 32PFL4505D HDTV.
I’ve been considering buying a name-brand TV ever since my 5 year old TV died, and being able to use my old universal remote would be nice. For months now, I was looking for LED TVs around 32 inches that were under $600. That’s when I stumbled across the Phillips 32PFL4505D (long name, I know) LED/LCD HDTV. It seemed to be just what I was looking for. It has a nice design, and, while it’s not as thin as other LED options out there, it’s very light weight compared to my old LCD TV.
I can go into the difference between conventional LCD and LED lighting systems, but I’ll spare you the details and cut to the chase. Basically, LED offers a more dynamic lighting system with lower power and better contrast. On the other hand, LED allows for increased sharpness by better directions of light (and lack thereof), so the blacks are darker and the colors are brighter. I have listed a few specifications below, and you can find the rest on the official Philips product page.
- 2 A/V ports with audio L/R in, CVBS in, and S-Video
- 3 HDMI ports (1 with analog audio in)
- Audio output – digital: coaxial (cinch)
- Analog audio left/right out 1 USB port
- Aspect ratio: Widescreen
- Display screen type: LED Full HD Display
- Panel resolution: 1920x1080p
- Brightness: 450 cd/m²
- Response time (typical): 8 ms
- Contrast ratio (typical): 4000:1
- Dynamic screen contrast: 25,000:1
- Diagonal screen size (inch): 32 inch
- Visible screen diagonal (inch): 31.5 inch
- Viewing angle: 170º (H) / 170º (V)
- Computer formats: 640 x 480, 720 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 768, 1360 x 768, 1920 x 1080
- Video formats: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
When I first brought the 32PFL4505D home, I knew of its connectivity options, but was puzzled over Philips’ rational of having two S-video connections and only one component. My DVD player and Nintendo Wii only have component for HD options (but who uses DVD players anyway?). While my PVR does have HDMI connections, it doesn’t work very well. This forced me to a connection setup that works, but is not optimum. So, one s-video and one more component in would have been nice. Also, while I do have HDMI cables for my computer, a VGA (which is s-video in general) would have been well-received.
After connecting it all up to my devices it was pretty easy to set up. The menus are clean and simple, and give you a variety of picture and sound options. Sure, there aren’t an abundance of options in the menus, but it works well.
When I first researched this unit there were a few reviews about tinny sound. I found that when you actually go into the sound options it’s quite customizable. I was able to get decent sound out of the speakers through the equalizer settings. An attached sound bar at the bottom would of been better like on some higher end model HDTVs, but the sound quality is nice for the price.
The USB connections recognizes keys, drives, cellphones, or cameras and can play certain media from them all. Unfortunately, it won’t play video files. For that you will have to hook up your computer using the HDMI inputs. With its multiple resolutions settings it does look very nice. The only draw back is no VGA or DVI support, but I just used HDMI. If your HDMI adapter does not support audio transfer, the HDMI port 1 has analog audio ports below it.
Overall, I am impressed by this Philips LED television. Sure it has limited connectivity, but three HDMI inputs should be good enough for those of you who have newer devices. For those of us with older equipment, it does present a challenge but these LED units are thin and usually sacrifice some of the larger connection types. The picture quality is on par with other LED HDTVs and competes well with its more expensive counterparts.
I bought the Philips 32PFL4505D for around $350, which is a good deal. You could even find it listed for less than that at different retailers. With its nice picture quality, its low power consumption, and decent price I would (and have) recommended this product to my family and friends.
Are you currently in the market for a new HDTV? Which ones do you have your eye on? Have you bought this or any other Philips LED televisions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!