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Sweet LCD - pity 'bout the price.

 
 
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      09-25-2005
19" lcd monitor, 200,000:1 contrast ratio, but it costs $49,000USD...

http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews...23_170519.html

San Francisco (CA) - Canadian startup Brightside announced what it claims to
be the first "extreme dynamic range" display. The device sports a massive
200,000:1 contrast ratio and a 16-bit color capability that result in higher
image quality than any other display we have seen before. The device is on
sale now - for approximately 100 times the price of a current high-quality
19-inch LCD.

With current and future graphics chips making giant leaps in enhancing image
quality, mainstream and even higher-end displays turn out to be an
increasingly painful bottleneck for enthusiasts to take advantage of these
improvements. Most displays often can't follow graphic cards erformance -
for example due to relatively slow response times and a color resolution
that is limited to 8 bits per pixel in almost every display sold to
consumers today.

Users and developers looking for the ultimate image experience, however, are
getting a new option with future high dynamic range (HDR) and extreme
dynamic range (EDR) displays, which promise picture quality that comes close
to the picture you would see when looking out a window. Brightside says it
is offering the first commercial EDR display: The 37-inch panel DR-37P does
not look much different than a stylish 16:9 LCD TV but offers specs that are
beyond any other LCD available on the market today - at least to our
knowledge.

The display's maximum brightness is rated at 3000 cd per m2, the contrast
ratio is indicated to be virtually "infinite", as the device is capable
capability to display a "zero" amount of light and achieve a perfect black
color. According to common rating standards, however, contrast ratio is
200,000, Brightside said. Other features of the LCD include 170-degree
viewing angles, a maximum resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels, HD-DI and DVI-D
connects, support for input from up to two graphic cards, and OpenGL and
DirectX9 capability. Power consumption peaks at 1680 watts - about three
times what a enthusiast PC consumes under gaming conditions.

Much of the display's image quality is a result of 16-bit color support.
While the LCD provides an 8-bit (255-step) brightness control by itself,
Brightside added an LED backlight array that delivers an additional 8 bit.
According to the manufacturer, LEDs provide much greater brightness and
control which enable to achieve close to true-life image quality.

A demonstration of the display appeared to prove Brightsides claims and and
convinced us quickly to add the display to our Christmas wishlist.
Unfortunately, the DR-37P is a low volume display that - at least for now -
is targeted at professional markets, including game developers and
healthcare applications. Reflecting its low volume counts, the price of
Brightsides supermodel is high enough to keep most of us from actually
bringing the display home: The list price is $49,000.

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      09-26-2005
In <o4sZe.14210$(E-Mail Removed)> news.xtra.co.nz wrote:

> Power consumption
> peaks at 1680 watts - about three times what a enthusiast PC consumes
> under gaming conditions.


I wonder how many fans it has?

Salesman: THIS IS OUR NEW DISPLAY!
Customer: PARDON?

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