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Philips 42PF9831D Setup & Design

setup manual

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arrived in a very large package, much to large to fit into a station wagon. After unpacking it, we realized how big and stunning the panel was. At 1279x872mm, it was the largest 42 inch we have seen. The high gloss black bezel is surrounded by a pearl white 3.5 inch border, which gives it a unique styling. The set is accompanied by an elegant non-swivel, metal-on-glass stand. The speakers are located below the lower bezel with a front minimalist grille outline. In summary, the design and construction of the set is very impressive.  I note that Philips has a design philosophy that is not shared by other companies, and I thought that this was a good opportunity to emphasize this point, as we know of real-life examples of companies' fortunes changing because of this.

knob groove
The hard plastic knob...
...slides into the groove behind the TV

We took some time to figure out the over-simplistic instructions on the setup sheet for stand and tv assembly. This was more difficult with the lack of proper holding bars, or grooves on the set, which makes lifting an unpleasant experience. The hard plastic knobs are meant to slip inside the metal groove in the stand (see above). I don’t know if you’re aware that commercial Panasonic plasmas have handle bars at the upper corners of the TV, making transport and setup a whole lot easier. This is something they should consider on all TV screens, especially on this one weighing at 38 kg. You will definitely need some help to put together this giant; in fact get a third person to help align the knobs into the groove.

Standard manual and accessories are provided:

  1. Instruction manual
  2. An advertising booklet on Ambilight technology
  3. Philips Media Manager installation disc
  4. A power cable
  5. RF cable
  6. Wall-mounting brackets

Philips does not include any AV cables, which is a shame; you would have thought after splashing out a premium, the least they could do was to supply a HDMI cable. The manual has 47 pages in English, but is not a very instructive one. You get the feeling you are going to discover more with a hands-on approach. Fortunately, the Philips menu system has onscreen navigation help to guide you along this process. I would have loved a detailed explanation of the various technologies and settings in the manual instead. The generic power, volume, menu and programme controls are located by the side of the TV but is really made redundant by the remote control.

back component
Backview Of Connection Panel
Component + Analogue Audio
hdmi multimedia
HDMI & Other Connections
Multimedia Interface

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comes in the standard video and audio connections:

  • 2 HDMI
  • 1 Component
  • 1 PC VGA  HD-15
  • 2 SCART
  • 1 S-Video
  • 1 Composite CVBS
  • Ethernet connection
  • Headphone
  • Coaxial digital in/out
  • Analogue R/L in/out

The component inputs are located at the back and are fairly easy to get to but the rest of the main inputs are faced vertically down at the lower part of the panel, making them not very accessible (see picture). On the other side lie the multi-card reader and 2 USB ports. I enjoyed the flexibility it gave me in upgrading the firmware on the Philips set (something I always check) and so this was welcome surprise. With the addition of separate WIFI Ethernet card (not included), the TV can be integrated into your wireless network, with the potential for streaming content directly from your PC from the other room.


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