Philips' New LCD TV: Fuzzy Feelings

The 42-in. TV is easy to set up and operate and has plenty of inputs, but the picture doesn't stand up to sets from Samsung or Sharp

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Easy setup, plentiful component inputs, life-like color reproduction, excellent price

The Bad: Picture softer than on rival LCD sets; component inputs oddly placed

The Bottom Line: Reliable mid-range set with neat ambient light feature, but big-name rivals deliver better picture

Setting up the latest HD TV from , I couldn't help but think how apt the company was in choosing its slogan, "Sense and Simplicity." Where many TV makers force their customers to suffer through a long and confusing setup, Philips offers one of the easiest on the market. Despite a tongue-twister of a name, the Philips 42PFL7432D/37 continues that tradition.

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