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Philips 42PFL7662D Setup & Operation

by Vincent Teoh
6 July 2007

The Philips 42PFL7662D is one of the heavier 42-inch LCD TVs I've handled... and that's not including the separate glass stand (assembly required) weighing 6 kg. While the stand provides sturdy base support for the panel, it makes setting up the television on one's own that much tougher. I've managed it alone, but it could so easily have ended in disaster – help from another person is definitely advised.

Not wanting to give up on the current craze in flat panel design, a high-gloss black bezel is affixed onto the panel to surround the matte LCD screen. I'm not entirely sure what material constitutes the bezel, but fingerprints seemed to stick in a steadfast manner – it took me significantly longer to restore the bezel to its original untainted state than any other HDTVs in memory.

Beneath the bottom border of the bezel, the speaker grille is subtly compartmentalised, and the whole section raked backwards fashionably. At the bottom left of the panel, a small red/ blue LED indicator adds a touch of understated class to the whole setup.

That said, overall build quality and finish of the 42PFL7662D is not up to par with higher end models from Philips, such as the 42PF9831D we reviewed a few months ago. Then again, at a price of £500 cheaper, I probably shouldn't expect it to be.

Connections

Rear Connections
Connections facing downwards: 2 HDMI, 1 component, aerial coaxial & CI slot

Scarts
Rear connections: 2 Scarts

Side Connections Control Buttons
Side: S-video, composite & headphone
Side: control buttons

Philips did not include a VGA port on the 42PFL7662D, a decision that may put off some Xbox 360 owners. Should you wish to connect the television to a HTPC, you'll have to do it through DVI-HDMI, which means that a HDMI switcher is needed if you own more than one HDMI devices.

Also observed was the omission of analogue and digital audio output. If it's any consolation a 3.5mm stereo jack headphone output was supplied on the side compartment.

On-Screen Menu

Although there aren't many options to navigate around (the absence of backlight control was duly noted), the on-screen menu on Philips 42PFL7662D is one of the most responsive I've encountered, allowing you to zip in and out of submenus in no time at all. The background of the menu is semi-transparent so you get at least a hint of what's going on underneath. Here are the submenus:

Picture Sound
Picture submenu
Sound submenu

Features Display
Features submenu
Native 1080 = 1:1 pixel mapping

Adjust any option in the [Picture] and [Sound] submenus, and the value will be stored in what is known as the "Personal" settings (independent across inputs). 4 preset picture ("Rich", "Natural", "Soft" and "Multimedia") and 3 preset sound ("Movie", "Music" and "Voice") settings are also available, but these cannot be selected from the user menu.

Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)

The Philips 42PFL7662D's EPG adopts a colour scheme that is easy on the eyes. When summoned, the EPG defaults to the "Now and Next" mode, displaying the name and time of the current programmes and the next. You can also choose to receive the information in 15-minute, half-hourly or hourly blocks... or preview the list of programmes up to 1 week in advance.

EPG

Changing channels can be done as speedily as navigating the on-screen menu, but there can be a couple of seconds lag time as the channel initialises and the picture comes on.

Infrared Remote Control

Remote Control

The infrared remote control for Philips 42PFL7662D is smaller than most other clickers that come bundled with recent HDTVs. It sports what appears to be translucent buttons but is sadly not backlit. This, together with the individual buttons' relatively dimunitive size, may mean some fumbling around in the dark.

There's an important point I'd like to touch on. The Philips 42PFL7662D's 4 preset picture settings and 3 sound presets can only be activated through 2 buttons (dubbed [Smart Picture] and [Smart Sound] respectively) located at the bottom right of the remote. Be careful... altering any value (e.g. [Brightness], [Equalizer]) while you're in a preset will transfer it to the "Personal" mode, overwriting ALL your original saved settings (for that particular input) in the process.


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