What is the Philips 46PFL8008?
Design and Connections
The 46PFL8008 has a more traditional open stand that provides stable support, looks attractive and can be swivelled. It's a shame that the 46PFL8008 doesn't include the 'speaker stand' currently found on the 9000 Series because the sound was incredible but according to Philips, it wasn't that popular. Instead they have installed stereo speakers at the rear of the chassis, on the bottom left and right. These speakers are quite large and were capable of producing a surprisingly high quality level of audio performance considering the relative slimness of the 46PFL8008. Overall we found the sound to be quite good, with decent stereo separation and clear dialogue.
The provided remote control uses the same gun metal finish and is well built, with enough weight to suggest quality, whilst remaining comfortable to hold. The layout is suitably ergonomic and the choice of buttons is comprehensive without appearing crowded. Best of all on the back is a full QWERTY keyboard, which makes typing into the web browser much easier. The remote has sensors to know which way round it is orientated, thus you can't accidentally hit the buttons on one side whilst using the buttons on the other.
The two point white balance control on the 46PFL8008 is listed as the Custom Colour Temperature setting in the ISF Expert Setting submenu. There is a specific industry standard used for the colour temperature of white and it's called D65 (6500K) and the idea is to use the calibration controls to hit this target exactly. If you look at the graph above you can see that amounts of red, green and blue are now about equal at each interval and as a result the errors are mostly less than one, which is a reference performance. The gamma curve is still hitting our target of 2.2 exactly, except for the slight bump at 10IRE. There was still a small excess of red at the lower end of the scale but unfortunately we were unable to correct this due to the limitations of a two point white balance control; the addition of a full ten point control in future models to allow for greater accuracy.
The 46PFL8008 performed well in our tests, starting with the SMPTE 133 pattern where it revealed cleanly scaled standard definition images without any loss of detail or unwanted ringing. The Philips also scored well when it came to video deinterlacing with jaggies only appearing when the line was at an acute angle in the test and with motion adaptive deinterlacing it was also very good, with slight jaggies only appearing on the bottom bar of the three moving bars. The 46PFL8008 also performed well in the film detail test and correctly locked on to the image resulting in no aliasing but in the cadence test it didn't do so well, failing to lock on to the 2:2 (PAL - European) format. So there is some unnecessary deinterlacing introduced and with it some resolution loss. However, the 46PFL8008 had no problems handling film material with both horizontal and vertical scrolling video text, correctly displaying the words without any blurring or shredding.
With our Blu-ray player set to 1080i the display correctly deinterlaced and displayed both the video and film resolution tests and showed good scaling and filtering performance as well as good resolution enhancement. We used the moving wedge patterns to check cadence detection and again the 46PFL8008 was unable to correctly lock onto the 2:2 cadence. However with 24p content it was absolutely flawless, with beautifully rendered motion handling and absolutely no issues whatsoever. In fact overall motion handling on the 46PFL8008 was very impressive for a LCD TV, reproducing about 400 moving lines on our benchmark test. We checked the headroom performance of the 46PFL8008 from reference white (video level 235) up to peak white (video level 255) and it was very good with absolutely no signs of clipping. As well as white, there were also no signs of clipping with the three primary colours either. In addition, the 46PFL8008 also correctly showed detail down to a video level 17 and reference black below that to video level 0.
We measured the input lag on the 46PFL8008 at 49ms in Game mode, which is slightly better than the 50ms we measured on the 46PFL9007 but still slightly higher than much of the competition, with many averaging around 40 milliseconds. If you're only a casual gamer then the lag on the 46PFL8008 probably won't be an issue and you'll also benefit from a great picture. If you're a serious gamer and a low lag is important to you, there are faster and considerably cheaper options available.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode (Ambilight On): 58W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode (Ambilight Off): 51W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode (Ambilight On): 116W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode (Ambilight Off): 109W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 122W
Philips 46PFL8008 Picture Quality 2D
When it came to watching actual content the 46PFL8008 proved to be a great all-rounder with bright, good-looking and enjoyable images. We watched various TV shows in both standard and high definition, so with something like Doctor Who, the images the 46PFL8008 produced were extremely impressive with accurate colours, good blacks and well defined shadow detail. A session of catching up on Fringe on Netflix looked equally as impressive, whilst a range of different Blu-rays all looked fantastic. The 46PFL8008 handled the Zero Dark Thirtytorture test with great aplomb for a LCD TV, delivering the necessary blacks and shadow detail in the compound assault and only slightly marred by some clouding. Overall whatever your viewing pleasure, the 46PFL8008 should be capable of delivering entertaining and exciting images.
Philips 46PFL8008 Picture Quality 3D
- Respectable black levels
- Impressive dynamic range
- Excellent out-of-the-box performance
- Reference performance after calibration
- Superb video processing
- ISF Ambilight setting has real potential
- Comprehensive set of connections
- Attractive and well built
- Great remote control
- Dual gaming feature
- Well designed and intuitive menus
- Good networking and smart features
- Limited off-axis performance
- Minor backlight clouding
- Unable to detect 2:2 cadence
- Input lag is a bit high
Philips 46PFL8008 TV Review
The video processing used by Philips continues to impress, although the 46PFL8008 still struggled with 2:2 cadence detection. Philips use VA panels, which means the black levels are superb for a LCD TV but the optimal viewing angle is limited. Motion handling on the 46PFL8008 was also good for a LCD TV, especially with 24p content and images were well defined and detailed. As you would expect from a TV using LED backlighting, the 46PFL8008 could deliver a very bright image but it also retained good shadow detail. However, as good as they were, the absence of the Moth Eye filter and full array backlighting meant that the 46PFL8008 couldn't deliver images as impressive as the 9000 Series. Since it uses edge LED lighting instead, there were inevitably some minor clouding and uniformity issues as well. Where Philips have made huge improvements since last year, is in the area of 3D. The 46PFL8008 delivered a vastly superior 3D image compared to the 9000 Series we reviewed, producing bright, crosstalk-free images that had plenty of depth. Finally, the input lag was reasonable but might be a bit high for serious gamers and the energy consumption was excellent. Ultimately, the Philips 46PFL8008 delivers a great all-round performance and whilst it's at the more expensive end of the spectrum, it certainly has plenty to recommend and is definitely worth a demo.
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