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When flat screen televisions were first introduced I was somewhat envious of those friends who had purchased them, but unfortunately, their extortionate price tag was well out of my price range.
However, approximately eighteen months ago we had no choice but to carry out research for a new television as our old fashioned box-type packed in. After struggling to remove the old and extremely heavy TV from our living room and dispose of it at our local refuse collection site, we began our search.
To be honest, both my hubby and I were totally overwhelmed with the hundreds of models available and we really did not know where to start. Consequently, after researching several brands online, we opted for a reasonably price black 42 inch LCD model from Philips. We loved the television so much that we decided to purchase the 32PFL5522 for our bedroom and it is this model that I will be discussing in my review.
The 17½ kg television is perfect for our bedroom as it sits neatly on top of a chest of drawers and is very sleek and contemporary looking. However, should you prefer, the television can be wall-mounted using specialised brackets; something we opted for with our living room model.
As with all of the newer model televisions, they are extremely compact and this one measures only 10 cm in depth. The frame measures 5 cm on the left, right and upper sections, with the lower section measuring 9 cm, as the additional 4 cm are the twin speakers, which runs the entire length of the television and provide us with 20 watts of excellent quality sound.
The well-known Philips logo is located in the centre of the lower section and is etched in chrome lettering. On the right hand lower side there are a few images and words, which inform us that this is a Flat TV, HD Ready and Pixel Plus HD.
What I particularly favour with this model and this is not something that hubby has considered, but the television is extremely easy to clean as it stands on a cylindrical chrome pedestal, which is some 4 cm higher than the base. Consequently, I am able to dust the 15½ cm wide and 19 cm deep black glossy base with little effort. The frame of the television is also simple to clean as its' finish means that it does not easily mark.
The channels are extremely easy to tune and the picture quality on this television is simply superb as we are provided with 1366 x 768 pixels. The images are sharp and rich, which consequently, offers a more enjoyable experience when watching our favourite programmes. Both my hubby and I find the sound quality crisp and clear, particularly as it is provided to us in Nicam Digital Stereo.
Philips have clearly put much consideration into the design of this television, as the chrome coloured power, volume, menu and program controls are discretely hidden on the left hand side of the television, so are not visible from the front. The rear of the television provides several connectors, namely, the Common Interface slot, TV aerial socket, two HDM1 ports and various audio connectors. We are also provided with headphone and audio video connectors, which are indicated in red, white and yellow.
We are provided with two scart ports at the rear of the television and my technical expertise goes as far as me knowing how to connect the DVD player, but for those of you technical wizzkids I'm sure you will find many more uses.
Whilst the television can be operated from the control buttons on the left hand side, we are provided with an easy to use remote control, that does not provide us with endless buttons, unlike some models! However, as we have connected Sky television to our bedroom television we have no use for the Philips remote.
Whilst I don't wish to be discussing a lengthy list of the features that this television has to offer, I will cover the basics. As with the majority of the newer model televisions, when you first make your purchase it is necessary for you to select your required language from the easy to navigate menu, which will be displayed on the screen. You are also given the option of choosing how you wish your list of television programmes to be displayed. However, this is a feature that we do not use as we always watch our programmes via our Sky dish.
The beauty of this television is that you can also select the radio options; another feature which we don't tend to use, as I normally use the computer for listening to my favourite music.
For those of you with young families and curious children, a useful feature for you would be the maturity rating, which will allow you to lock certain channels, which would then require your selected pin to access.
As previously stated, this model provides you with a Common Interface slot, which is for when you subscribe to services, such as Pay TV. There are dozens of other useful features, such as you can assign names to your favourite channels, select your favourite programmes and timer.
There are six different picture sizes from which to choose, namely 4:3, 14:9, 16:9, subtitle zoom, super wide and widescreen; all of which are extremely valuable, dependent on the type of programme you are watching.
A feature I used to regularly enjoy using was Teletext, particularly when the ITV service was available, as I would also check what was happening next on Coronation Street. Unfortunately, ITV ceased this service last Christmas, so it is very infrequent that I use this facility.
Whilst this television has many high quality features, the particular one that we purchased has a major fault that unfortunately, developed within a few weeks of the expiry of the guarantee. Within approximately one hour of switching off the set to go to sleep, it gives loud clicking sounds, which cause my heart to race!
This can occur several times every night and when you're just dropping off to sleep, the click resembles that of an explosion and I find myself wide awake! In my opinion, this is not a common fault as the 42 inch set in our living room does not have the same problem and it would not be so much of an issue if it did, particularly as I don't attempt to sleep in my living room.
I have checked Amazon for up to date prices and it seems that the price has escalated since our initial purchase. You can buy this television second hand with prices starting at £334.99 plus £14 delivery and brand new for £598.99 inclusive of delivery.
If I were to rate my living room television and as this is such a high quality piece of equipment, it would 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars. However, this review has discussed the set in my bedroom and due to the loud clicks, it loses one star. Consequently, I award this product with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I have owned a Philips 32PDL5522 LCD television for over 2.5 yrs and am very pleased with my choice. It was my very first HD television and I haven't regretted my choice. It is just the right size for a medium sized room, however if you have a large living room you might want to buy a larger model. The quality of pictures is much better than many other brands I tested and offer a better value for money. My relatives were so impressed with the quality of picture and sound that after visiting me, two of them decided to go and buy exactly the same model.
The sleek black glossy screen is quite elegant. It sits on a pedastal which can swivel to adjust the angle you prefer. The connectivity options are more than adequate - HDMI, scart, VGA and video. This tv was quite easy to set up and tune due to its user-friendly menu. Overall, this model offers excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.
Owned TV 18 months. When the retuning for digital in October 2009 ran into all sorts of problems. Would not retune correctly using remote control. Phoned Phillips. Directed to find factory settings using menu button on side of TV. Worked for 24 hours. Now lost picture and the buttons on side of TV not functioning. No picture only sound. TV is a complete write-off after only a short period and average use.
I have owned my Phillips LCD 32PFL5522 for a little over a year now and I must say I have been very impressed with it. I had concerns about the screen size not being large enough with so many 37", 40" and larger out on the market but for the average room size, it looks perfect.
The sleak gloss black surround looks very good, however, can reflect the sun into your eyes at certain angles. It is wall mountable however it doesn't come with the bracket so this will be an additional cost, but the glass pedistal its provided with looks great and allows large angles of lateral rotation.
The picture quality is very good, especially utilising the 720p HD ability by using Blu-ray or a HD TV signal. The TV comes with Freeview built-in however, this has to be my main problem with this television, it often looses the Freeview signal completely even though there is a strong signal in my area and to regain the freeview requires a full channel scan which can be annoying especially if something is on which you want to watch.
It is provided with 2 HDMI connections which is ample for my needs but is not as good as many sets on the market. The sound quality is excellent and when at full volume is extremely loud.
Overall the television is very good for the price. The Freeview lets the set down a little but if you use sky or virgin TV then this is not a problem. I would give the set an 8/10.
The Philips 32PFL5522D is a LCD 32" HD ready TV. This TV is not one of Philips top of the range TV's from there new line. Saying that it does have some cool features, pixel plus being one of them and 2 HDMIs (for HD ready devices). You dont get the new Philips pixel perfect HD E-Processing or the new back lighting system which is introduced in the top range in this line. Then again the TV does only cost around £400-£450. Philips though have produced a good looking TV, which sits on a black glass table top swivel stand. It has a glossy all black face with silver column and buttons to give it that extra touch.
The Philips 32PFL5522D is a LCD 32" HD ready TV. This TV is not one of Philips top of the range TV's from there new line. Saying that it does have some cool features, pixel plus being one of them and 2 HDMIs (for HD ready devices). You dont get the new Philips pixel perfect HD E-Processing or the new back lighting system which is introduced in the top range in this line. Then again the TV does only cost around £400-£450.
Philips though have produced a good looking TV, which sits on a black glass table top swivel stand. It has a glossy all black face with silver column and buttons to give it that extra touch.
The TV has speakers which are descreetly tucked in under the screen and the silver comumn has a neat built in loop to keep the cables and wires well hidden from view. This gives you an end result of a compact and organised TV.
The Philips TV has many connections one that i mentioned previously being the 2 HDMIs, which are on the back of the TV. It also has VGA (PC) and video inputs, so you do have quite a few choices for connecting HD devices. The TV also has 2 scart sockets and S-video and composite video input. Not forgeting it has a headphone jack too.
Setting up the TV is relatively simple and using Philips simple menu system is a added bonus. The TV has digital and analogue tuners included.
Overall to put it simply, a good TV for a good price.