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Philips 32PW9534

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      28.04.2002 14:37
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      Philips have a long standing reputation for quality, and this TV continues that tradition. It's a 32 inch 16:9 Widescreen using the latest Blackline D-Tube which does not suffer from the geometry problems that the smaller 28 inch S-Tube models have. It has a very flat, very square screen as used in all of Philips' top of the line Televisions. The screen is large and clear. Picture quality is sharp and well defined. The "Smart" picture settings feature means that the TV actually adjusts itself to give the best possible picture at all times. You can adjust the size of the picture using the remote to choose between 6 settings: Widescreen, Superwide, 4:3, Subtitle Zoom, 14:9 zoom and 16:9 zoom. Arrow keys on the remote let you move the screen up and down as well as change the ratio. This means you get complete control over the picture, no matter what you are watching you can always make it fill the whole screen. The on-screen menus are mostly very good, although there is a lack of a volume bar when you adjust the volume, and switching between the 3 external video feeds is slow, it takes one or two seconds to switch between them. You do get used to these little quirks however. The speakers on the TV are adequate but nothing more. You aren't going to get amazing sound from this television on its own. It does go loud without distorting and it does have various 2 speaker pseudo surround features, but someone buying this television for DVD playback would do very well to invest in a seperate surround sound system or connect it to a decent Hi-Fi. The set has two scart sockets. One is RGB/S-Video which would connect to a DVD player, Playstaion 2 or other hi-tech video equipment, and one is a composite scart socket which would handle a satellite or cable box. There are phono connectors for Audio and Video input, a headphone socket and phono connectors for audio output. I would have liked to
      have seen more scarts and a seperate S-Video connector on this size of a TV, but at this price you can't really complain. The self tuning system works fantastically, I didn't have to fine tune any of the channels myself and it put them all in the correct order. The reception of normal terrestrial television channels is fine, but people who want this kind of TV are probably going to use it mainly for external sources like Sattelite and DVD. It can handle a wide range of inputs, such as 60hz NTSC signals from American or Japanese video games systems, or 60hz PAL signals from UK games consoles. I managed to find this TV for £540 delivered online and it even comes with an "attractive" silver wood and glass stand which can be removed if you have something a little more tasteful :-)

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