Originally Posted by oval
The samsungs have dynamic-contrast.
Why is this a plague?
What about it makes videophiles cringe?
Samsung does a great job at marketing their panels.
But whats got me really looking at the samsungs is the CCFL with 92% color coverage vs. the wesy's 75% / the 10-bit processor with 12.8 billion colors vs. westy's 8-bit processor with 16.7 million colors, because I feel this may help with banding and overall PQ.
I am really in between these two sets. I just wish I could see them side by side playing the same content, so I could see if the samsung is better (and if so, is it better to the point that it is worth the premium) or if it is marketing hype.
It has been estimated that the human eye can distinguish roughly 10 million different colors (certainly not billions!)
When they quote "percentage of NTSC" they may be referring to the original 1953 color gamut which was never reached in real life, due to the limitation of color phosphors in picture tubes. The standard was downgraded in 1979 to reflect what was actually achievable.
But what about the ATSC color standard (HDTV/Digital broadcast)? I couldn't find a definitive answer, but it appears that ATSC AND NTSC are similar in color gamut
(but WHICH NTSC?) One reviewer said they are "slightly different."
One review I found of a Sony SXRD front projector said it had two color gamut settings (normal, approximating NTSC, and wide.). When the reviewer switched to "wide," the colors appeared more richer and vibrant, but also resulted in inaccurate colors when trying to reproduce NTSC color standard video.
A review of the Westinghouse LTV-40W1 by Peter Putman dated May 9, 2006 stated that the set "turned in the best performance I've seen to date for an LCD display. This is a level of performance some plasma TV's can't match- and they're using phosphors instad of color microfilters. He included a photograph from his color testing equipment showing the plotted triangle. Note that Westinghouse claims a color gamut of 75% NTSC on its current sets.
So the question remains.. how important is "color gamut?"