This is Philips’ popular winning horse from their latest line up of LCD TVs. The 5000 series is their mid range stream of models, and 42 would be the “in-between” size in that.

The design is curvaceous for this series, with rounded corners and glossy black finish, plus there is a plastic rim that accents the bezel around its sides. The power LED is a small simple white one on the right corner, and that’s about it on the bare, shiny bezel. The stand too is similarly attired in gloss and is quite a broad and sturdy built one. There are no issues of wobbliness or dangerous acrobatics performed by the frame when nudged, it’s a heavy duty fit.

The connections include 3 HDMIs, 2 component video, 2 composite Headphone out, and last but not the least a USB, that plays MPEG4 video files like DivX etc., also MPEG1 files like .dat and .mpg files, besides MP3s and JPEGs. The panel is 1920 x 1080, brightness is 500 cd/m2, response time is 5 ms, and finally DCR is 50,000:1.

The included features range from some cool proprietary Philips video processing tech, to generic de-interlacing ones like 3D comb filters and 3:2 motion pulldown. The full list of features is: Pixel Plus 2 HD (Philips' much reputed, own video engine), 3/2 – 2/2 motion pull down, 3D Combfilter, Active Control

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