Big Picture Big Sound
September 25th, 2009
By: Chris Boylan

The holy grail of LCD HDTV has always been great black levels (contrast).  Because standard CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lights) -- the light source used for traditional LCD HDTVs -- cannot be turned off in selective portions of the screen, and LCD panels can never block 100% of the backlight, LCD TVs have always run a distant second to plasma technology when it comes to black level reproduction. In a bright room, this is not very noticeable but in a darkened home theater setting, the dark grays that pass for black on a standard LCD television stick out like a sore thumb.

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