updated 04:25 pm EDT, Tue June 17, 2008
Philips HDTVs Mid 2008
Philips USA on Tuesday refreshed its home theater lineup with a set of new HDTVs as well as a Blu-ray movie reader to match. Every new screen is now considered part of the Eco TV line, Philips says; exploiting the Dutch company's experience in lighting, each unit has an ambient light sensor that automatically dims the brightness in darker scenes. The technology not only saves power by keeping the display in check but also improves visual quality by giving a set's best possible black levels at any given point.
The 7003 series acts as the flagship with a new, rounded design the HDTV maker says is less imposing than typically squared-off models; it also allows the company to tuck the speakers away from view while still producing better low-end response. All of the sets also sport 120Hz panels that reduce motion artifacts as well as Philips' new Perfect Pixel HD image processing engine.
Each of the three TV sets in the line also has four HDMI inputs with CEC support for automatic input switching. The 42TA648BX, 42PFL3603, and 42PFL5603 are priced at $1,699, $1,999, and $2,699; all but the 5603 are available today, while the top model ships next month.
The 5003 series shares much of the same cosmetic detail and improved sound but scale back to the equally new but more modest Pixel Plus 3 HD image engine on most models as well as 60Hz panels. Versions scale from a basic 32-inch model at $799 (the 32PFL5403) through 42-, 47-, and 52-inch 5603-series models at prices of $1,799, $2,099, and $2,899. All four should already be in shops.
Philips is lastly adding the BDP7200, the company's second-generation Blu-ray reader and its first to support Blu-ray Profile 1.1's picture-in-picture commentary feature. The 7200 includes a CEC-aware HDMI connection and 1080p upscaling for regular DVDs. Philips puts the player at the low end of going costs for Blu-ray drives with a $399 price and notes that it should be available today. [via Electronic House]
5003- and 7003- series TVs