Samsung Bordeaux Breaks Contrast Ratio Record

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Samsung LCDs are known for their typically high contrast ratios, and their new Bordeauxs follow in that tradition, packing a 17,000:1 contrast ratio, which is several notches higher than your standard contrast ratio. But don't be fooled by numbers alone.

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The TVs, which come in three sizes (40-inch LN40M81BD, 46-inch LN46M81BD, 52 inch LN52M81BD) feature the Advanced Common Application Platform (ACAP), which is a fancy way of saying they let you interact with programs you're watching, whether it be by downloading feeds or content from the Web. Not to mention they're all 1080p sets. Unfortunately, there's no word on if we'll see them here in the States.

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Contrast ratio is HIGHLY overrated. I have the immediate predecessor to this 52" Samsung LCD. It has 15,000:1. The human eye can't see that contrast in average room lighting. You need to be in a pitch black room and you have to have perfect eyesight. Even then, good luck discerning the difference.

If you want BANG for your buck, pay attention to: 1080P, HDMI 1.3 (or greater), 10bit color processing, and refresh rate (8ms or faster). Get those four items (along with a decent contrast ratio of 5000:1 or greater) and you will have an amazing video experience.

Let's face it, all the killer specs in the world aren't going to help you when the video source can't even keep up. Of course, only Blu-Ray or HD-DVD will allow you to use a portion of all this video processing power.