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Yeah, CRT really spoils us for the deep dark blacks. OLED is the only format superior to CRT at that, tho intelligent backlighting in panels comes in a close second to CRT. FALD - Field Array Light Dimming - is not available on the cheap flat panels, tho. You pay extra for that.
You pay extra for any modality that even approaches the deep inky blacks of CRT, and with OLED you pay even more, a lot more. If you have a CRT and are considering moving it on, keep that in mind - you'll pay extra for anything approaching what CRT has always done without even breaking a sweat, when it comes to the deep dark inky blacks we CRT owners have grown used to.
It's even true out at the movies. Dolby Cinema is the only format out there that now delivers deep inky blacks, the regular 4K DLP projectors out there only deliver mid-dark grays because of the backlighting they use. With scenes that have brilliance the contrast ratio is OK. But whenever there are really dark scenes, the grays that have replaced the blacks of film really show thru, with much of the shadow detail obliterated.
Their demo trailer has a great scene where it fades to black and stays that way for a few moments. Then this wording appears:
"Yes, the projector is still on"
That never had to happen on film, which did excellent in the blacks, nor do we need that in our CRT displays. Our blacks have always been right up there with film blacks, and the transparency and depth they convey.
If you have fallen in love with CRT's deep dark blacks and don't want to go out and pay huge amounts of extra money, keep your set. With the kind of periodic maintenance it always should have had, those blacks will still thrill you with every viewing.
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