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Anyone else feel a bit peeved off that the AU 9703 doesn't have Ambilight yet the US and UK versions do?

I really miss that feature on the 9703.

Hi have you updated to the new firmware Version: 000.083.000.000 if so any pq improvements? Thanks ........

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Hi have you updated to the new firmware Version: 000.083.000.000 if so any pq improvements? Thanks ........

I don't think you understand. Ambilight is literarly that, light that is emited from the sides and top of the TV to produce a halo effect which makes viewing a pleasurable experience without straining your eyes. The light also changes colour to match the prominent background colour on the image.

AU versions of the 9703 don't even have the hardware installed in them so performing a firmware upgrade will not make the feature available.

PQ on the 9703, regardless of firmware, is superb. I have family members who doubted the quality of Philips until they did their own testing and came to the same conclusion "Philips is light years ahead of the rest".

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I don't think you understand. Ambilight is literarly that, light that is emited from the sides and top of the TV to produce a halo effect which makes viewing a pleasurable experience without straining your eyes. The light also changes colour to match the prominent background colour on the image.

AU versions of the 9703 don't even have the hardware installed in them so performing a firmware upgrade will not make the feature available.

PQ on the 9703, regardless of firmware, is superb. I have family members who doubted the quality of Philips until they did their own testing and came to the same conclusion "Philips is light years ahead of the rest".

Saw a 47 " Philips screen that had ambilight, a few months back when I was researching and purchasing the 42" 9703.

I don't recall the model number, but I thought that the surround light was obtrusive.

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Grampus I agree.

I've seen the Ambilight in use and I thought it was a gimmick, unnecessary and just something else to potentially go wrong. This is a great display that doesn't need gimmicks to improve what is already a brilliant picture. If eyestrain is an issue put a lamp, with a low watt globe, on near the screen. It'll achieve the same result. Let the pomms and yanks have the ambilight models. I'm more than happy with mine not having it. KISS is my philosophy where all things electronic are concerned.

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Just picked up the 47"....WOW WOW WOW....have put off buying one forever but panicked when I heard they where pulling out of OZ and had to buy one. Have had a Philips 36" CRT with Pixel Plus and Digital Natural Motion for the past 6 years and any tv without these features just doesn't cut it. Hooked the new LCD up on the weekend and WOW WOW WOW....If you can get your hands on one before they run out DO IT. I've not seen a better LCD picture anywhere.

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Anyone else feel a bit peeved off that the AU 9703 doesn't have Ambilight yet the US and UK versions do?

I really miss that feature on the 9703.

As far as I know, it wasn't a feature that Australians were taking to (unlike in Europe) so Philipsgot rid of it to make models more price competitive.

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bought myself a philips aurea 42pfl9900d for $2,650 from harvey norman on the weekend......amazing picture!

i hope it doesn't stuff up.

what will you do re warranty if anything happens now that Phillips are leaving Australia?

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i hope it doesn't stuff up.

what will you do re warranty if anything happens now that Phillips are leaving Australia?

Philips australia must cover the warrenty by law, and parts must be accessable as well

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Funny to see this thread still knocking around.

I was overseas for 3 months and planned to get the 42 on my return. Imagine how gutted I was to find out about Philips bailing. I had been waiting for these to be released since February and now they're gone, (muted sobbing... reaching for a tissue). I even had my missus on side.

To those lucky few who got 'em, enjoy. There really isn't anything inspirational out there as far as lcd's go IMHO at the moment and I haven't seen anything on the immediate horizon. I continue to underwhelmed by Sony and Samsung despite the marketing barrage. Maybe if I ask nicely they'll come back

I guess the wait continues. Come on guys, someone INSPIRE ME AGAIN!!!

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i was also away for almost 6 months, sold all my stuff including my sony x3100. sadly due to the crisis in north america i'm back again and in the market for new telly. i had philips before and had nothing but trouble that's why i ended up with the sony. IMO philips still has the best picture quality but too much bugs in the system that's why they keep releasing firmware update. 7403 is still available from harvey norman for $2300 or less for cash. any thoughts?

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i was also away for almost 6 months, sold all my stuff including my sony x3100. sadly due to the crisis in north america i'm back again and in the market for new telly. i had philips before and had nothing but trouble that's why i ended up with the sony. IMO philips still has the best picture quality but too much bugs in the system that's why they keep releasing firmware update. 7403 is still available from harvey norman for $2300 or less for cash. any thoughts?

I bought my 42" 7403 for about $2600 some time ago,

Couldn't be happier with PQ.

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BTW, check out the web site for new f/w updates.

Apart from the old adage of it isn't broke don't fix it, I also have had a mindset that says keep up with the updates.

Its a very simple hands off procedure.

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i got the 9703 47" for about 3 months now with latest update noticed before and after update the screen sometimes at random shiifts part of the picture or a black flash across the lower part of screen. is anyone getting picture issues at random. i have not called phillips as yet as it is random and only for a second so its hard to show tech person. i tried factory reset change fly lead. might try turning auto adjust signal in to off.

thanks paul

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i got the 9703 47" for about 3 months now with latest update noticed before and after update the screen sometimes at random shiifts part of the picture or a black flash across the lower part of screen. is anyone getting picture issues at random. i have not called phillips as yet as it is random and only for a second so its hard to show tech person. i tried factory reset change fly lead. might try turning auto adjust signal in to off.

thanks paul

this is what im afraid of with firmware upgrades. if there's nothing wrong with it, its best to leave with original firmware maybe its one of the reason why i had 3 sets of philips before settling with sony. you should try & find the original firmware then see if problem still occur. good luck

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got my 47PFL7403 last monday and so far so good, noticed a slight lag when all effects are ON but i just turned everything OFF. its a lot different compare to using 40" screen. i give this set four star!

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I've had the 7403 for a few months now, and finally had a chance to give it some 1080p24 material (via HTPC) and it handled it beautifully - I really noticed the judder when playing HDDVDs from the 360, but now things are quite smooth (not perfect, the framerate is too low for that and my eye). All the judder in panning shots of Planet Earth is virtually non-existent now.

Anyways, I was wondering, has anyone applied the latest update from the Philips website, version 000.089.000.000, dated 2008-12-10 (assuming 10th Dec)? Does anyone know what it addresses?

I'm kind of in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" frame of mind, but was just wondering...

Cheers,

athe.

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I have a 47pfl7403 & was not particularly happy with the picture quality @ first. I turned off all the "enhancements" 100hz, motion plus etc & did the upgrade from the website & it's like I have a different set. With the original settings most FTA & movies looked more like video than film & the motion plus was making me seasick, but now the PQ is fantastic & I have not noticed any juddering or jaggies mentioned on other sites.

Movies look fantastic & HD tv is excellent. I wonder sometimes why companies put all these extra features in their product when to my eyes they make things worse instead of better. Since changing these settings I am a very happy customer. Also, I got the set for a very good price online & can't wait to spend some time watching some of my previously neglected movie collection. I recommend this set but be prepared to spend some time changing settings to get a decent picture.

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Hi guys,

First post here...

I think I purchased the last 47" 9703 in AU today. Won't be unpacking it for another 6 months or so, I hope it won't date too much by then..

Oh and as for warranty guys I wouldn't worry too much, Philips aren't going anywhere. There service team is still on board, I know because I work for them (Philips that is but not the consumer division so please no questions about your TVs, you will more likely know more than me!).

Just my hunch... but expect to see the Philips brand back on the TV shelves in the next 12 months or so, albeit through specialist distributors selling Euro brands.

FYI they are great company to work for (I'm 1 of 160,000+ employees that work for them globally) and their culture is second to none. Their decision to pull out of sections in Consumer, in Australia was a temporary, strategic move resulting from the current economic situation. This affected about 10% of the brand in Australia, with majority of the operations in Lighting and Healthcare expanding. The Philips brand has been around since 1880 and survived both World Wars, they 're a clever bunch and their R&D leaves the competition behind.

Cheers ;)

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i got the 9703 47" for about 3 months now with latest update noticed before and after update the screen sometimes at random shiifts part of the picture or a black flash across the lower part of screen. is anyone getting picture issues at random. i have not called phillips as yet as it is random and only for a second so its hard to show tech person. i tried factory reset change fly lead. might try turning auto adjust signal in to off.

thanks paul

i noticed the same issue after firmware upgrade. i downgraded back to the original firmware and the problem is less noticeable. i tried to inform philips about this issue but i dont think they really know what i was talking about.

message from philips:

Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that your getting bad picture from HD channels..

The transmission is non compliant due to a bug in the firmware of the Tandberg HD encoders used by these broadcasters. The bug causes an out of range motion vector to be broadcast. There is a software fix available from Tandberg. However, you can find those fuzzy channels to different channels, try to fine tune other channels to locate those fuzzy channels.

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Hi all,

after finding out that Philips was pulling out of Oz a few months back, i decided to bite the bullet and get myself and LCD TV and retire my Loewe Planus 4781. I called around to find which shops carry it but most of them had display models for the unit I wanted.

I got my 47PFL9703D (Brand new) Christmas eve from GG for $2650 with delivery. I guess it my Chrismtas present to myself.

:)

Just managed to set it up 2 weeks ago and have been happy so far with the PQ.

So far I've managed to apply some of the custom settings I've found online for the 42PFL7403D and applied it to mine and came out ok and pleasing the eye. See below:

Contrast - 58

Brightness - 55

Color - 64

Tint - 0

Sharpness - 2

Color Temp - Cool

Dynamic Contrast - Off (seems to cause some of the pixelation)

Digital Natural Motion - ON

DNR - On

Color Enhancement - On

Active Control - OFF

Picture Format - Unscaled

All is fine until last nite when I wanted to adjust the Picture settings when i noticed the Picture format was in Widescreen and the Unscaled option was greyed out and I can't even choose it.

Has anyone had this problems regarding the Picture format option for Unscaled greyed out and cannot be chosen?

Thanks in advance.

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Has anyone had this problems regarding the Picture format option for Unscaled greyed out and cannot be chosen?

Thanks in advance.

I went and had a look at mine. Greyed out as well.

But then I went to the Auto format option below in mine, Once I moved that to auto zoom, and back, I was able to use the Unscaled.

I wasn't able to get it back to greyed out.

Not sure what it all did for me, but in then I just chose what gave me most picture.

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I went and had a look at mine. Greyed out as well.

But then I went to the Auto format option below in mine, Once I moved that to auto zoom, and back, I was able to use the Unscaled.

I wasn't able to get it back to greyed out.

Not sure what it all did for me, but in then I just chose what gave me most picture.

Thanks Grampus, I'll give it a go when i get home tonight. Btw, would it be possible to ask wot custom settings u had on your unit?

cheers.

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AVR: Denon 2801

DVD: Toshiba SD1250 (still thinking whether to get a Blu Ray player or the Toshiba XDE500 upscaling DVD player)

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Thanks Grampus, I'll give it a go when i get home tonight. Btw, would it be possible to ask wot custom settings u had on your unit?

Contrast - 67

Brightness - 64

Color - 58

Tint - cool

Sharpness - 4

Color Temp - Cool

Digital Natural Motion - off

DNR - On

Color Enhancement - On

Active Control - OFF

Picture Format -auto fill

Auto fill = auto fill

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I went and had a look at mine. Greyed out as well.

But then I went to the Auto format option below in mine, Once I moved that to auto zoom, and back, I was able to use the Unscaled.

I wasn't able to get it back to greyed out.

Not sure what it all did for me, but in then I just chose what gave me most picture.

Grampus,

thanks for the suggestion from above but it didn't work for me when i tried it last nite... until i fiddled with it again & again... it seems that the Picture Format = Unscaled works only for FTA HD broadcasts otherwise, normal digital reception is what I have set it up to be. Which i found out after finally looking through the user manual.. :lol:

anyhoo, am still learning the ropes arnd this TV as just been a few weeks since I've set it up. What i don't get is broadcast info, my bro-in-law's TV is a Sharp Full HD and each time he changes channels, it displays whether it is 576i, 1080i or whatever.

Does the Philips LCD TV does this? Also what i do miss from here is the PIP, which i thought it had from reading the specs but it turns out it was just for Teletext. :(

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What i don't get is broadcast info, my bro-in-law's TV is a Sharp Full HD and each time he changes channels, it displays whether it is 576i, 1080i or whatever.

Does the Philips LCD TV does this?

I don't get any info re bçast properties either.

Most of the time, I use a PVR and a blu ray connected via HDMI.

I get the interface characteristics, 1080, or 1080p everytime I switch interfaces.

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All is fine until last nite when I wanted to adjust the Picture settings when i noticed the Picture format was in Widescreen and the Unscaled option was greyed out and I can't even choose it.

as you have mentioned this usually happens when you're viewing SD broadcast. try it with HD broadcast and you'll be able to change from widescreen to unscaled.

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as you have mentioned this usually happens when you're viewing SD broadcast. try it with HD broadcast and you'll be able to change from widescreen to unscaled.

It seems to me its a bit hit and miss when you can/can't do it.

I was watching M*A*S*H last night, on an SD channel, via a PVR, connected via HDMI, and thought that I may have been missing something.

I paused it. Went to the picture format, and found I was able to use unscaled.

It shrunk the picture just a tad, but enough to see that I was missing some top and bottom.

I reserve my right to remain confused.

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hi guys,

have any of you applied the latest firmware from Philips? I just checked for my 47PFL9703D earlier, and there was one for 2009 but somehow the release notes was missing for this compared to the previous one.

cheers.

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hi guys,

have any of you applied the latest firmware from Philips? I just checked for my 47PFL9703D earlier, and there was one for 2009 but somehow the release notes was missing for this compared to the previous one.

cheers.

Yes, I've applied it. Nothing detrimental as far as I can see.

I sent an email to Philips requesting release notes.

Here's the reply.

Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that you have queries regarding our firmware upgrade. The general purpose of our upgrades are always for compatibility issues and HDMI connections improvement. I suggest that you download our upgrade for it wont harm your unit because its always for the improvement.

I've followed it up with a further request, I won't hold my breath.

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Yes, I've applied it. Nothing detrimental as far as I can see.

I sent an email to Philips requesting release notes.

Here's the reply.

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Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that you have queries regarding our firmware upgrade. The general purpose of our upgrades are always for compatibility issues and HDMI connections improvement. I suggest that you download our upgrade for it wont harm your unit because its always for the improvement.

I've followed it up with a further request, I won't hold my breath.

Ahh, here's their stunning reply

Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that you want to know the purpose of that specific upgrade. If there is no available information on the release note it means our management didn't have it yet. Rest assured that our development team will give information for that upgrade when they have the information. The best thing that i can do for you is am going to communicate with our development team and remind them that consumers need that kind of information

All care but no responsibility?

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I've followed it up with a further request, I won't hold my breath.

Ahh, here's their stunning reply

All care but no responsibility?

Thanks Grampus, yeah, i called them before re: the unscaled question i posted here on DTV forum, same sort of reply, "I will get back to you on that" but a month later still no reply.

The previous firmware tho, dated 20.11.2008 it had release notes attached to it. I know they say firmware are updates necessary but would be nice to see what am installing and what it was for.

btw, i called Philips yesterday too and they said they will try and talk to web admin to inquire where the actual release notes were

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Yes, I've applied it. Nothing detrimental as far as I can see.

I sent an email to Philips requesting release notes.

Here's the reply.

I've followed it up with a further request, I won't hold my breath.

Grampus,

here is the reply i got from Philips: ( the typos aren't mine, copied verbatim from email reply) :mellow:

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Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that this regarding your inquiry why you are not able to see any release notes on the new software upgrade version, please kindly follow the out relaase format on the other firmaware upgrade its almost the same sir.

Again, thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care.

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Grampus,

here is the reply i got from Philips: ( the typos aren't mine, copied verbatim from email reply) :mellow:

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Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that this regarding your inquiry why you are not able to see any release notes on the new software upgrade version, please kindly follow the out relaase format on the other firmaware upgrade its almost the same sir.

Again, thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care.

Finally got a reply after a bit of badgering.

here 'tis

Thank you for contacting Philips Consumer Care. We understand that you want to know what are the things that fixes the upgrade. Written below are the things that the latest version does.

Software history

Main modifications

Each release contains:

l All solutions identified in earlier versions

l Improved connectivity to improve compatibility with other external devices

Q591E_0.93.0.0

· Upgrade Madrid solution.

· Improvement for Riks-TV.

· Improved picture quality via availability of more colors.(color gamut)

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