Philips Reveals Ultimate TVs, Blu-ray Player
A slew of sleek LCDs with faster refresh rates and Profile 1.1 BD player are unveiled by Philips.
Philips LCD 42PFL5603
The new 5000 Series features cabinetry of glossy, black casing with rounded, acrylic edges and a compatible, dark stand.
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June 17, 2008 by Dennis P. Barker
The 7000 Series features the addition of 120Hz ClearLCD technology, which improves the shadow detail and black levels in dark scenes while greatly diminishing motion artifacts. Philips’ 120Hz ClearLCD technology, which doubles the refresh rate from the standards 60Hz, looks to provide razor-sharp moving images with an ultra-fast motion response time of two milliseconds for swift, streak-free action images clarity.

Philips has also refined the 7000 Series LCD HDTVs with HD Digital Natural Motion™ technology (HD DNM), and Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology that estimates motion in the picture and inserts compensated frames. The result is a smoother, more natural picture and sharper images.

The 7000 Series Ultimate TVs further feature a unique invisible speaker system that delivers a powerful audio experience from a slim cabinet. Philips Invisible Sound System looks to improve low frequency performance while concealing the speakers in a subtle, efficient design. Connections include 4 HDMI 1.3a inputs with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC).

Models in the 7000 Series include:
Model Display Type Invisible Sound 120 Hz ClearLCD Perfect Pixel HD MSRP Availability
42TA648BX LCD Yes Yes Yes $1,699 Now
42PFL3603 LCD Yes Yes Yes $1,999 Now
42PFL5603 LCD Yes Yes Yes $2,699 July

Blu-ray
Building on their first-generation model -- the BDP9000, the BDP7200 is Philips’ first Profile 1.1 compliant BD player, optimizing the complete HD experience and allowing viewers to enjoy the latest movie applications and features. The new player adds a stylish design with improved sound and picture quality that takes BD interactivity to a new dimension.

New features include Deep Color that helps create vivid images with more than a claimed billion colors and also eliminates on-screen color banding. The new model supports 1080p at native 24 frames per second (fps) cinematic resolution input via HDMI, which is the same format used in movies. It is also compatible with BD-Java technology that makes access to sophisticated interactive features possible. The BDP7200 also includes Picture in Picture (PiP) graphical enhancements and multi-languages for on-screen displays. The multilayered displays enable users to interact with on-disc content (pop-up menus, graphics, and director’s commentary). Like some other BD players, this model also includes upconverting circuitry via HDMI that upscales standard DVDs to 1080p (or near HD quality). And, lastly, the player includes EasyLink that allows easy control of connected devices via HDMI with CEC functionality using one remote. Of course, to utilize CEC, all components must have CEC control built-in.

The BDP7200 is available now at $399.
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Dennis P. Barker - Contributing Writer
Dennis has been involved with Consumer Electronics forever it seems. His 25+-year career includes a 12-year tour of duty at Consumer Reports magazine, as well as stints as a product reviewer, market analyst, technical editor, and consultant for the electronics industry. He lives in Ossining, NY with his two children, one demanding cat and piles of A/V equipment.

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