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5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV, great price, 22 July 2006
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This review is from: Philips 26PF5521D - 26" Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview (Electronics)
I needed a TV to replace my behemoth 32" CRT telly which, with it's 100Hz picture was a pleasure to watch, especially with the recent addition of a digital feed. The problem? It was the size of Wembley Stadium in my lounge and downsizing to a 26" flatscreen was the logical and most economic solution.

Believe it or not, the Philips was chosen more out of brand loyalty than anything else. I know, it's a really bad way of choosing a TV, but I have to say I'm mildly pleased with my choice.

Although this is a HD-ready TV, I have no HD sources as yet to put it through it's paces. Also, there's a Freeview tuner, and again I haven't been able to try that because I'm using NTL digital as my TV source.

With the sources available - digital cable, DVD, PS2 and analogue cable - I'm finding it hard to fault the picture. Only with analogue TV does the LCD betray itself with slight grain to the image that ordinarily would not be visible on a traditional set. Because of the built in Freeview tuner, I imagine this will never be a problem for most. Fast moving, contrasty images leave no ghosting whatsoever, and any digital processing going on remains thankfully invisible. If there is a niggle, it would be that the TV ever so slightly adjusts the picture brightness depending on the scene. It's a minor point, but there nonetheless.

Like many TVs this offers virtual surround sound, and like many TVs it's not that good - the weedy 5W speakers don't help either. But for the size of screen and the type of room the TV is aimed at, it's perfectly adequate.

This TV has a good range of inputs. Starting with the RF input, twin scarts accompany twin HDMI ports, and there's component input as well as S-Video/L-R audio input. The TV can output it's Freeview signal via RGB scart and SP/DIF for recording purposes.

Overall, I'm enjoying my purchase and would recommend this TV to anyone.
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