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The new 50-inch PDP5080XD
Plasma displays take another revision for the high-end

This week high definition TVs based on plasma technology receive a big boost in quality and performance thanks to newly developed technology by Pioneer. One of the primary concerns these days with flat panel TVs -- and other displays for that matter -- is the ability to produce rich, deep and dark blacks. LCDs have always had a problem with blacks as their backlights are on all the time as long as the display is turned on.

Since the battle between LCDs and plasmas started, plasma screens always held an edge over LCDs because each pixel on a plasma screen is self emitting, generating its own light. Despite this, many plasma screens still produce black levels that are off due to low grade electronics and other factors. Pioneer is introducing what it calls the eighth generation plasma TV, giving audiences blacks that are 80% darker than anything currently available.

Using what Pioneer calls "deep encased cell structure, crystal emissive layer and first surface color filter," its new screens boast a contrast ratio of 20,000:1.

According to Pioneer, "with significantly deeper black levels (80% deeper than before), which ultimately lead to richer colours and sharper details, the new screens are unrivalled in video and audio performance."

Pioneer will be featuring the new ultra black technology in a series of TVs it calls "Project KURO" -- kuro meaning "black" in Japanese. The lineup will include 42, 50 and 60-inch screen sizes supporting full 1080p resolutions. As of right now, no prices have been revealed and Pioneer only indicates that the new units are "coming soon."

LCD panels will soon receive a major change themselves in the form of LED backlighting. Apple announced earlier last week that all of its LCD screens will be based on LED backlight panels by the end of 2007.

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RE: Smaller plasma pixels
By masher2 on 5/9/2007 8:56:20 AM , Rating: 3
> "companies were saying it would be impossible to make a 1080p plasma screen smaller than 60"...

If there's no law of physics that forbids something, technology will eventually find a way to build it. I'm sure 1080p plasmas even smaller will soon find their way to market.

RE: Smaller plasma pixels
By therealnickdanger on 5/9/2007 8:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
Pioneer (Elite) has had their 50" for a while now, I think...

RE: Smaller plasma pixels
By GoatMonkey on 5/9/2007 9:42:06 AM , Rating: 2
This is the kind of thing I'm talking about...

It was actually 50" not 60" like I was saying, but close enough.

I'm aware that there is no law of physics preventing them from building it, I'm just saying, this is great you can see progress being made in real world solutions.

RE: Smaller plasma pixels
By masher2 on 5/9/2007 9:43:44 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, I meant "even smaller than 42 inches", the size of the smallest of these newly announced screens.

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