� The Philips' build quality, despite being an affordable HDTV, is first rate and features some design cues that make it appear far more upscale than it actually is.�
� The Philips' feature set is nice for the price and it possesses enough inputs, especially HDMI, for this reviewer to be satisfied.�
� In terms of its overall picture quality the Philips practically defines the term "sum of its parts," for when viewed as a whole the Philips' performance is better than average; however if you focus too long on any one particular area you can begin to pick it apart, which is why I recommend it for casual viewing and not reference or dedicated theater use.
� Philips has been in and out of favor with enthusiasts over the years and as such has been a player and then not a player in the US market, making them a shaky investment at best. Thankfully the Philips in question here is cheap enough that should Philips "disappear," you're not going to be out house and home.�
� The Philips does not support nor will it playback 3D content of any kind.
Competition and Comparison
There's a lot of competition among budget HDTVs, even a few featuring LED backlighting. A few notable HDTVs that deserve a look along with the Philips are LG's 42-inch 42LK450, Vizio's E3D470VX 47-inch HDTV and Panasonic's TC-L37E3 LED HDTV.
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The sub $1,000 HDTV market is hotter than ever these days with virtually every manufacturer offering some kind of affordable solution. While there are a few sub $1,000 HDTVs out there that pack more, in terms of features, than the Philips reviewed here, few pack the same all-round performance it does. Not to mention possess LED backlighting like the Philips does. If you're looking for an affordable, LED based HDTV that will produce an enjoyable two-dimensional image be it in SD or HD the Philips 46PFL7505D/F7 is worth a look.
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