My current new 3d tv is the philips 9705h led lcd tv and it is brilliant (dcr 10 million:1). I found it had a better picture than comparative sony or samsung models i saw. And when it comes to integrated tv speakers, you cant beat philips. My model, as usual, has excellent sound just as the previous philips lcd's i have.
America though does not see true philips technology now. Philips sold their business to Funai , so all televisions with the brand name philips are actually manafactured by funai in america and do not represent true philips quality.
The tv i have is a 'true' philips 3d tv -the 9000 series which is among their best series.
Some people are reading this news wrongly. They are not selling their tv business. They are entering into a partnership with an HK firm as their tv business has seen losses over past few years. Once they recoup losses, they'll bank out of this patnership deal and back to manafacturing their own tv's. This is just a temporary collabration, not anything permanent.
I also feel sad when americans, who don't get the best technology philips manufactures, bash the brand. Americans never got to see the 'true' philips. Many americans are also not aware of the fact that the norelco electric shavers they have been using for years are nothing but philips. They were sold in north america under the brand name norelco.
PS- i love the perfect pixel hd engine and the ambilight feature in my philips 3d tv . I switch off all the room lights when using ambilight and put on my glasses. It gives a more 'cinema' feel.
Perfect pixel hd engine is a beast . It also plays standard def content better than any brand i've seen.
IMO, philips marketing has never been good, educating people about their products like sony or samsung because the quality was always there.
My one fond memory of childhood is when philips unveiled to the world, for the first time, the Compact Disc in 1979. That's right , the physical form of the CD was made by philips. In 1980, they went to japan and involved sony in the cd format. World's first electric shaver also manufactured by philips. World's first cinema proportion hdtv (21:9 ratio) made by philips too.