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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: Apple is far behind from LED backlit tech.
By TheDoc9 on 5/9/2007 8:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
The tech your talking about will soon be released by Samsung in the 81 series coming out in august here in the u.s. It will have absolute blacks since the lights behind the crystal will be off when a black scene is detected. The contrast ratio is said to be 50,000:1 with a 105% NTSC color range, 1080P. I'd say pioneer is worried, plus the Pio sets will surely be 8 grand plus while the rumor at avs forum is that the Samsung LCD's will be closer to 3-4 grand street price if that.

Dailytech should do an article on the Samsung as well.

By Xietsu on 5/10/2007 2:17:57 AM , Rating: 2
Bah...Samsung optics are beautiful. They're a great company -- invest in them! LOL. They really do a good job though. ~_o''...

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