Pioneer Introduces 8th-Gen Plasma HDTVs
May 9, 2007 3:05 AM
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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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5/9/2007 1:06:24 PM
I agree and disagree. Sure your TV is probably better, but "not even close". Come on I am betting 50% of the population can't tell the difference. Hell I can barely get my wife to tell the difference between DVD an VHS when it first came out.
Also yes moving from a rock cave to a house is a good thing. But this is more like moving from a 5000 square foot home to a 5100 square foot home. Sure it is better and a "good thing", but once you already have 5000 square feet of home how much differnce does another 100 make?
And yes it is a good thing (in fact a great thing) the closer to reality the better. And of course it is a personal decision everyone has to make as to when to upgrade.
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