Pioneer stalls the decline of plasma display technology's popularity for a while longer with its 60-inch PDP-5000EX plasma TV that the company says cranks out a 20,000:1 contrast ratio. Take a look at the photo above, and you can plainly see that the higher contrast ratio of the set on the left gives you a better view into the blacks than you get with the conventional Pioneer plasma set on the right.
Blacker blacks are important, and there is a difference. Alas, you, dear Gizmodo reader—you with the golden eyes—may be the only one in the room who notices. Nevertheless, we want to see it all: video from zero black to 100-white, color from infrared to ultraviolet, and resolution only a microscope could discern. Even if the difference is academic, it's still there. Four more revealing (or not) examples of this contrast ratio comparison, after the jump.