This is something we'd thought would happen eventually, but not this soon. eCinema Systems announced that they've developed an LCD that surpasses CRT display quality, and is planning to launch it it by Q4 of this year.
The previous shortcoming of LCD monitors was that they couldn't support deep blacks and real dark colors compared to CRT monitors. To solve this problem, the new technology supports "deep color"—compatible with the HDMI 1.3 spec we talked about yesterday—and can go up to 48-bit colors. That's the point at which humans can't distinguish onscreen color artifacts.
Their DMC40HDR 40-inch LCD boasts these features:
- Darkest black level output of any TFT in the market
- Can be used for professional color grading — previously done using only CRTs
- Can be used for professional critical picture evaluation — previously done using only CRTs
- Allows accurate viewing of intra-field motion on interlaced standards
- Video displayed at true frame rates for all standards
- Rugged shock mounted components for field operations
eCinema is also looking to make a 57-inch 1920x1080 LCD and a 82-inch 1920x1080 LCD.