What is the Philips 55PFL6008?
Design and Connections
There’s no ISF Expert Settings, as per the higher-end models, but you can at least perform a 2 point white balance calibration by choosing the Custom Colour Temperature setting. In Advanced we also have some gamma pre-set choices and an option to enable the Light Sensor to change picture level in accordance with ambient room conditions so we turned that off. The Pixel Precision HD sub menu has some very exotic sounding options including Perfect Natural Motion, Clear LCD and Advanced Sharpness we’ll look at later on but you’ll probably not be surprised to learn we disabled all of them after testing.
Without putting the 55PFL6008 in to either Game or PC Mode in the Picture Menus, it returned quite horrific lag times in the 130-135 millisecond range. Minimising the background processing resulted in latency dropping to the mid 50 milliseconds, which is far more acceptable if quite a bit higher than some competing displays.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode (Ambilight On): 73W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode (Ambilight Off): 66W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode (Ambilight On): 125W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode (Ambilight Off): 115W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 165W
Philips 55PFL6008 Picture Quality - 2D
Despite the fairly average black levels, the PFL6008 is still capable of serving up some delicious pictures, particularly once calibrated. Colours were extremely convincing with flesh-tones entirely natural looking and the lack of any noxious screen uniformity problems was another bonus. Detailing in the shadows was also a lot better than some IPS panels we’ve seen and whilst motion handling could be better, we’ve no serious complaints in that direction. A large(ish) screen like this will always highlight any issues with poor processing and/or content more than something more modest but the 6008 was even capable of making some standard definition content look entirely acceptable; the currently running documentary seriesRome: A History of the Eternal City on BBC 4 was a good example of this and we felt no need to move the recliner further back in horror.
In terms of overall picture quality and compared to many of the LED panels we get in for a review, and in particular the IPS variants – of which there are many – we’d put the Philips 55PFL6008 in the top-tier with size and pricing considered. In other words we’ve seen smaller more costly televisions with inferior images and if they could sort out a decent dimming mechanism, Philips would have a truly excellent performer on their hands. Other plus points included a good resistance to bright room lighting and generous viewing angles, although we’d have expected both in any case.
There were a couple of unexpected items, however, in the form of software glitches; where the Perfect Natural Motion processing would sometimes engage, when it shouldn’t, and switching on from standby to a HDMI input with a TiVo plugged in caused a colour space issue with everything given a shocking pink tinge. Both were rectifiable easily; the former by toggling on and off and the latter by switching into standby and back but it would nice if Philips could address them and we’ll be feeding the information back to them in the hope that they can.
UPDATE 08/07/2013: Philips is to very shortly issue a software update to all Series 6 and above TVs to fix the bugs mentioned above.
Philips 55PFL6008 Picture Quality - 3D
- Very accurate colours
- Attractive price
- Lovely design
- Clever cable tidy system
- Ambilight can work very well
- Decent feature set
- Dual sided remote is good
- Comfortable 3D
- Average black levels and contrast in low light
- Dimming system is flawed
- Some software glitches
- Menus are cumbersome
- Not as many apps as some
Philips 55PFL6008 TV Review
The calibration controls contained in the difficult to reach Picture Menus aren’t the most comprehensive but allowed us to extract a very accurate image from the 55PFL6008 nonetheless. Colour fidelity was particularly satisfying and helped the 6008 deliver some truly engrossing images, whether high or standard definition. Video processing was also generally impressive although all of those ‘extras’ under the Pixel Precise HD banner had their various flaws and shortcomings. Particularly frustrating was the lack of an effective local dimming system; the one that is there causes too many brightness fluctuations to be considered usable. As a result, black levels and contrast never really impressed that much but the Philips can certainly hold its own in the average living room and the inclusion of Ambilight provides a welcome boost to perceived dynamic range. The 55PFL6008 performed typically for a polarised panel in its 3D mode, producing bright, crosstalk free pictures that are very easy on the eye but the limitations of the technology could be seen from 7ft and under.
The Philips 55PFL6008 delivers a lot of screen real estate, more than a touch of design panache and a splash of Smart TV fun for a very reasonable asking price. In terms of outright picture quality, it can’t touch its more expensive stable-mates but would make a good choice as a family TV with its solid all-round abilities.
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