Originally Posted by Rerics
I sent a query via the customer service section of Toshiba's website asking what the contrast ratio was. I also asked, if it is 600:1, why the 37HL95 would be singled out as 600:1 when three related models were 800:1. We'll see how good their response time is. If that doesn't work, there's always the phone. If anyone else wants to call as well, the number is 1-(800)-631-3811.
Well, I gotta hand it to Toshiba for their speedy reply, anyway, if not for the answer itself. Here's the response:
"Thanks for writing! We appreciate your interest in Toshiba. The contrast ratio for that model is 600:1."
That's it. No acknowledgement of an inconsistency, no elaboration as to why there is a difference. For all I know, he just looked it up on the website like we all did, so it could still be a misprint.
I talked to a Crutchfield rep, who seemed to think it was a misprint. He said, and I'm paraphrasing, that they checked out that model, and it has an 800:1 contrast ratio like the other similar models. How they go about verifying a contrast ratio I'm not sure.
So I guess we're left to wonder what exactly the contrast ratio is. But then, does it really matter? From what I've read, the eye can't discern contrast ratios greater than a few hundred-to-one anyway, and I've never read any reviews of the 37HL95 that complained in any way about the PQ.