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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: Spoiled
By djc208 on 5/9/2007 3:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
For me it's not that I have to have the biggest and best it's that the fight between plasma, LCD, DLP, and friends, as well as the change in the underlying technology and their prices can change what you would/could buy drastically.
When I bought my DLP (admitedly because my old tube TV died) 1.5 years ago it fit my price point and size requirements. LCDs and Plasma were much more expensive and I didn't need to hang it on a wall. However the bulb issues (replacement, startup time) with the DLP are kind of annoying. If I were shopping today the same price point opens options for LCDs and Plasmas in the same size and price range, and the DLPs are going LED/Laser which will eliminate the bulb issues.
Will I scrap my Tv when these come out, no. I like the TV and the picture is good, but if my TV had died today I would probably not have another DLP (at least not until they get rid of the bulb).

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