Good, green and blue emphasised, red slightly crvena overemphasised
Good magenta, cyan and yellow
Very good on progressive channels
Video mode deinterlacing:
Film mode deinterlacing:
Did not pass 3:2/ 2:2 cadence on all resolutions
Very good with slight change of contrast, gamma and colours
Digital Noise Reduction:
Good, very slight HD noise
Good, inline with FullHD resolution
Accepts 1080p/24 video signal; no telecine judder
40 ms comparing to CRT TV
Temperature of the panel (lower, middle and upper region):
34,2°; 40,7°; 42°
Temperature on top of the TV:
38,9° - 46,7°
DVB-T HDTV Promo (calibrated):
114 - 121 W
Blu-ray film (calibrated):
181 - 195 W
< 1 W
Ambilight in Standby:
25 - 27 W
Ambilight during TV turned on:
ca. 2 W (results included in the above values)
When watching TV programs (either SD or HD) consumption ranged from 114 to 121 W, while viewing Blu-ray films increased the ranged from ca. 185 to 191 W. Ambilight adds 1-2 W to the overall value, while Standby mode consumes 25 to 27 W, depending on the colours it displays.
After the calibration the Philips 42PFL8404H simply shines when it’s offered HD content. For an LCD TV blacks are very good, the shadows are realistic and without blurriness, which we determine in many scenes Batman: the Dark Knight movie on Blu-ray. It is also confirmed in the movie Lady in the Water, in particular in a short flight sequence over the night sky at the end of the film where contrast and shades of shadow truly show the best of this TV.
Scene from: "Batman - The Dark Knight".
To check how vividly this TV represents human skin, we looked at the images of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 720p resolution, which shows many shades of human skin. Again we were charmed by the quality of blacks, especially on the face of singer Usher, which gave a lot to the realistic appearance of this whole material.
Scene from: "Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show".
Sharpness is also very good thanks to 1:1 pixel mapping, and film lovers will be happy with the fact that the 42PFL8404H had no problem showing an image at 1080p / 24 Hz. We tried to watch a Blu-ray movie with the HD Natural Motion system turned on, but the film did not look so good, with frequent accelerations and decelerations and visible artifacts around fast objects. The HRT HD Promo looked great, so great that we caught ourselves watching it over and over again and admiring the quality of picture and sound.