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The opposite : the lower the black level, the blacker, the better (well, if you like your display's picture to be capable of reaching down to real black !)....If memory doesn't fail me, a CRT is theoretically rated to go down to a black level of 0 (zero), since the tube shuts itself off whenever the image being displayed calls for black, or the absence of color.
As tested by the same magazine and using the same methodology, some PF such as the Sony Ruby and the Yamaha 1300 exhibited black level figures as low as 0.01 to 0.02 ft-L.
The above figure of 0.014 ft-L for the Sharp AQUOUS LC-37D40U is, i believe, the lowest tested number ever achieved for any flat panel display, be they LCD or plasma.
I guess it goes to show that currently sold LCD displays (with optimized black level performances) from top-tier companies like Sharp, Sony, Samsumg, LG/Philips, Hitachi, etc are nowadays capable of reaching down to "deep black" levels that were previously the exclusive domain of plasma displays, considering that most plasmas' tested measurements turned out being clustered between 0.022 to 0.060 ft-L or so.....
Regards >>>> Marcos