The one thing this TV is not, is rubbish. It arrives in an absolutely huge box which had to enter the house via the patio doors and only with an inch or two to spare (I don?t know what inches are in euros!). The stand is more Ikea than MFI (as in earlier review) and while it is easy to assemble and does look good, you do feel it could still be better. A third shelf would be an obvious addition - especially as the TV has 4 scarts. The box has to be ripped open to get the TV out unless you have one of the cranes the factory put it in with. And you need 2 people to carefully place it onto the stand (it is shaped with a lip due to the centre speaker, and if you get it wrong you could damage the stand). Switching the tv on one of 5 front lights goes red, then amber then green. The other 4 lights I have no idea what they do, and there is no mention of them in the instructions. Actually the instructions are very poor. They do tell you what things do but they just don?t say enough - and I am still young enough not to need instruction manuals but it really is poorly laid out. There is for example no diagrams of the layout of the tv or what things are for. There is for the remote but still hardly detailed. I have seen much bigger and better manuals for vcrs and portables than this one. The tv then offers an autoset up. Standard these days. My s-vhs jvc 7600 and toshiba 711 vcrs both have auto set up and both did it perfectly first time. The philips tv took a while and then unlike either video did NOT sort into bbc1,2,itv,4,5 order. In fact it called c5 bbc2! So I had two of them. And while reshuffling is not hard, the instructions do not explain how to manually replace a second bbc2 for c5 (I didn?t know it was already c5 with the wrong name. You can rename things easily) somehow I replaced itv. Still eventually I was in? into the tv, it skipped the rest of the installation set up. And again the manual wasn?t clear how to get into the sound an
d picture set up menus. However. I did and it sounds and looks great. I don?t like stretched pictures so I had to change the auto zoom to fit the screen for 4/3 broadcasts so as most of the 95 cable channels I have are still broadcasting (or showing) 4/3 I now have a 22" screen to replace my old 25", whoops! Once you manage to get it into auto sizing, based on the proper dimensions as a default not the stretch default it comes set as - you don?t need to keep resetting (you can adjust if you wish with one button on the remote, same with sound mode one button with a rotation off settings per press). The sound is good, and the fm rear speakers work well with no hiss I can notice. But the active one (which is plugged into the mains) is very heavy, and as they are wired together the wireless bit is a bit gimmicky - but the entire speaker set up can be replaced by externals. I have not got a dvd player so I cant say whether the dolby 5.1 sounds any good. Teletext is fine, 50/50 screen, full screen all the normal stuff with fastext and huge page memory. The nextview (onscreen epg that allows you to set the video by highlighting the tv programmes with data taken from teletext) looks colourful, but as I have ntl digital which neither supplies the teletext for many channels nor is compatible with the video etc it wont be used much. The grey frontage may be trendy but I know it will get dirty quickly, and some shops have displays of grey tvs that look awful as they get grimy. I am glad I haven't got kids yet as I bet they could badly damage its looks with a scratch. All in all I like it a lot. The menu system and the instruction book are not good enough, but you can guess, yet if you are a technophobe then you may find it very annoying. And I wonder whatthe other 4 lights are for on the front. And do shop around, it was (with cabinet is 28pw9616c if checking prices make sure its not tv only you are
buying as the c is going to cost you a lot seperately) £1160 but as low as £890 on the net?. update - 3 weeks old and it has developed a fault the widescreen selection to 4/3 or any of the zoom modes are confusing. dvd players can only be put into scart 1 (as a co ax has to be plugged in for dolby digital and it only selects to scart1 for vision), my vcr has y/c output so it has to go into scart 2. that means as only scart 1 & 2 handle scart/s-video/y-c etc my ntl digital box has to be left in composite not rgb mode and plugged into the scart only sockets 3 or 4. if i dumbed the video down i could put it into 3 and ntl into 2, but when you press play it goes to scart 1 not scart 2 the vcr is input in to. dur!! but the sound has gone wrong. lets see what happens. still a great tv, let down by its menu system and its manual. and its not good to see it break down. but that happens in all makes and prices.
initially difficult to get in 28" from any source. but found one, arrived eventually. high spec, high quality tv. stand silver sprayed MDF! great prologic cordless surround sound. the two rear speakers are cordless and are broadcast on an FM signal, the sound is completly clear. You can of course use cordes speaker for front and rear (if you wish). 4 scarts 1000 text page memory. 100 htz only as good as any good 50. bought it from "thing of oakwood" for 997 +20 delivery. big box! the advertising blurb all over the net says 6 speakers plus sub woofer, i can only find 6 inclusive. i knew the spec i wanted, and couldn't afford the same spec by Sony. a great compromise, i didn't want a separate sound processor, after all, i am married!