Philips Ambilight 2 47" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Part 2

What else makes the Philips Ambilight 2 47" LCD (47PFL7432D) display better? Well this display is natively 1080p. So what is great about a 1080p LCD? 1080p is the way things are going in the High Definition realm. With this Philips LCD, you can watch your HD DVDs and Blu-ray movies in their native resolution. There is no need to down convert them to a lower resolution. This display also has 3 HDMI inputs which means you should have enough inputs for all your hometheater equipment.

What about real world testing? No problems. I have plenty of equipment to test the Philips 47PFL7432D. First piece of equipment tested is the Toshiba A2 HD DVD player. No the Toshiba A2 player only does up to 1080i, so it will be interesting to see how well the Philips handles 1080i content. First test disc was Shooter on HD DVD. For those of you don't know, Shooter is definitely up on the charts as one of the cleanest HD DVD releases to date. I tested out the very beginning of the movie as it has lots of dark areas and lots of beautiful/colorful landscapes. Not to mention some nice fast camera motions.

The Philips 47PFL7432D handled the 1080i perfectly. The blacks were represented very nicely and transitions to bright colorful landscapes were displayed beautifully. It was as if one was looking out a window. It was that crystal clear and perfect. It handled the detail and colors a lot better than the Hitachi 42HDS69 plasma. I also had the 1:1 pixel mapping enabled at the time.

Ok so the Philips handled Shooter really well, but what about 300 HD DVD? For those that don't know 300 was shot entirely on a blue screen just like Sin City. What most people complain about is the added film grain to this movie along with its interesting color choices. First off, this isn't Shooter and nor should I or anyone else expect it to look the same. Again, just like in shooter, the Philips 47PFL7432D handled blacks very well. There was not crushing of blacks and detail was not lost in them. As I stated before, the film grain was present, but to me is not over powering. It was nice getting some extra screen size to watch this beautiful movie.

Continue with Part 3 of the Philips Ambilight 2 47" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD Review