LCD manufacturers eCinema and AUO have both been boasting about breakthroughs in LCD technology recently, promising LCD monitors that rival bulky CRTs in picture quality. eCinema's display (seen above), boasts a massive 30,000:1 contrast ratio and 1,000 to 4,000 steps of grey, as opposed to the 256 currently found on most LCDs. What's more, they say the first display using the technology, the 40-inch DCM40HDR, will be available by the end of the year. They didn't, however, disclose the price (we'll just pretend for a minute that we can afford one). In comparison, AUO's LCDs seem a bit lackluster, with only a 1200:1 contrast ratio, although the company says its HiColor Technology with LED backlight will push the display to over 100% color saturation and the promised 4ms response time ain't too shabby either. No word yet on availability of displays using AUO's tech yet, although they say it's ready to go and can be applied to both WXGA (1366 x 768) and full 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolutions.
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