In case you are too lazy to browse within the websites, I've linked them all here. The specs are very impressive. Now the matter is the cost of this sucker.
Now for a little background on what we're dealing with:
LCD panels usually lag behind CRT monitors in terms of color response, saturation, accuracy and overall black level response. Because LCDs are "always lit" by a backlight, deep dark blacks have been the main problem of LCD technology
. However, a company named eCinema Systems has announced a new LCD technology that it claims surpasses CRT in virtually every respect.
eCinema's new LCD technology is being called high dynamic range LCD, and also supports "deep color", which is higher than 24 bit color, starting at 30 bit or 36 bit and can go up to 48 bit. The new panels are able to display 36 bit color (12 bits per color channel), and 1000 to 4000 step gray scales, producing fantastic gradients. Most LCDs today produce only 256 gray steps at most. This new "deep color" technology will be standard with the new HDMI 1.3 specification. What's most spectacular about eCinema's LCD display however, is its contrast ratio: 30,000:1. At this rating, eCinema's new DCM40HDR panel can achieve black levels that even CRTs cannot match. eCinema CEO Martin Euredjian said:
"It is well known that LCD displays did not until now produce the same deep blacks that were achievable when using a CRT. Color depth is, of course, the 8 bit bottleneck issue. Images on the screen at the pixel level are limited to a best case of 256 levels between black and white. In other words, if you painted a gray scale you could, at most, see 256 steps. The reality of the matter is that due to calibration and gamma adjustments most displays can't do much better than about 200 steps between black and white."
eCinema will be launching its new DCM40HDR 40 inch LCD by Q4 of this year. The new panel will be a true 1080p display and will be suitable for professional applications where only CRTs were used.
Wow, can you imagine if this were to replace all CRT and current LCD's in the future? Well, I don't think we'll be using a 40 inch monitor for our workstations or home computers, lol. Great for watching DVDs though.