Originally Posted by nintygaming
[Maybe I'm wrong here, but if you can show me a LCD HDTV that has 1. Zero Motion Blur, 2. True Blacks WITH a bright backlight, 3. Perfect Color Reproduction, 4. Nearly Perfect viewing angles, and ALL OF THIS WITHOUT MORE THAN 1 FRAME OF INPUT LAG (impossible, especially if it "truly" has no motion blur), then I'll reconsider my stance. (any LCD with zero motion blur will ABSOLUTELY have to employ ALL KINDS of ridiculous amounts of RTC and other post-processing in order to hide its ugly flaws. LCD requires alot of "makeup" to hide or "fix" its uglyness).
Till then, I still don't believe a true alternative to the best CRT will arrive until OLED arrives. (yes, I know there are geometry quirks in CRT, but, that's fixed if you know what your doing)
LCDs can achieve zero motion blur without any processing by strobing the backlight fast, just like a CRT. Check out some of those new Lightboost 2 LCD monitors with the backlight forced to strobe.
They provide 1 frame of input lag as well as there is no additional image processing going on.
That said, the color reproduction isn't perfect on them because they're using TN panels (which are the fastest LCD panels). Also the viewing angle leaves much to be desired.
I think any LCD can achieve perfect zero motion blur with a properly strobbed backlight, which won't add any image processing time.
I think achieving zero motion blur with perfect color may add another frame to a decently built LCD, though.
I have a feeling that, after seeing the new Lightboost 2 monitors, future LCD HDTVs could do this strobbing in their game modes and achieve what we've been looking for. I just hope the manufacturer's implement this sooner than later.
Side Note: I'm not sure which LCDs you've seen lately, but disregarding input lag, LCD TVs can easily come close and beat plasma and CRT picture quality.
Every one of your cons has already been addressed:
- Motion blur? Strobbed backlight w/o interpolation.
- Dark gray blacks? Use a decent panel with local dimmed backlight. (There is NO getting around a backlight with an LCD, but a locally dimmed backlight can improve PQ substantially. And, no, this is NOT a trick... it's just a natural evolution of the technology.)
- Truly accurate color? ANY display type that doesn't have a Color Management System has this problem. CRT, Plasma AND LCD included. Just because you have a CRT or Plasma doesn't automatically give you a win button on automatic correct colors. They're usually still messed up out of the box too. After doing your basic tweaking of the display settings, if you don't have at least a 6-axis CMS and a way to calibrate the grayscale (2 point minimum, 10 points or higher preferred), you're NOT going to get "accurate" colors. LCDs and some Plasmas already have this... I've NEVER seen it in a CRT.
- Viewing angle? Yeah, CRT and Plasma beat out LCD for this... but some LCD panels have pretty decent viewing angles regardless.
- Contrast ratio? Oh boy... there's A LOT of LCD panels that have EXCELLENT contrast ratios. You don't even need a locally dimmed backlight. Just have a decent panel, properly calibrate your brightness, picture level, do the grayscale calibration AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY CALIBRATE THE GAMMA TOO. If you use any modern VA panel (Samsung, Sony, Sharp), these all have REALLY great native contrast ratios. But things really have to be calibrated and you need to turn off all the dynamic contrast ratio and picture enhancement stuff!
- Depth? AGAIN, depth of image is DIRECTLY related to brightness, picture level, panel type AND ESPECIALLY the Gamma of the display. Targetting Gamma of 2.2 or even higher like 2.3 or 2.4 will give a REALLY deep image, even on an LCD.
You really should re-examine your perception of LCD. See a modern properly calibrated LCD and be amazed. TVs like the Sony HX929 and Sharp Elites aren't the top TVs of most review sites (even above plasmas, with VT50 running in the 3rd place) for nothing.
Hell, my calibrated Sony KDL-60EX645 puts out an AMAZING picture and you'd be hard pressed to tell it a part from a decently calibrated Plasma. Except when I can pull up a really bright image and not have the panel go dim.