7)Ansi-contrast: Winner Sony. This was to me the biggest surprise of the shootout. I thought the JVC with famed contrast ratios and black level performance would win this easily. In actual fact not. There is far more shadow detail visible on the Sony. For example in "The Dark Knight", at 37:12mins, there is an outside panaroma of the cityscape. Just to the left of the tall skyscraper (itself to the left) are two small buildings. At least there are on the Sony. On the JVC there is only one, as the other is completely invisible. We tried to remedy this by altering gamma etc but were unable to do so. The Sony also demonstrated on other shots its superior ability to show detail in the murky depths where the JVC could not.
I don't understand this comment from the review. If some details are more visible in shadows on the Sony vs. the JVC, that seems to me to be a gamma problem, & I'm surprised they weren't able to fix this with a different gamma setting on the JVC. Perhaps a calibration is in order?
Contrast is defined as the ratio of brightest/darkest, so I'm confused as to what detail in shadows has to do with ANSI contrast, which I would think should measure the white/black of a checkerboard pattern...