LED televisions until now have generally just used an LED power source to light the LCD display. This differs from the Jumbo-trons you see at sports arenas, where each pixel is an individual LED. Now, Sony's brought the big-screen technology to your living room with its Crystal LED Display.

Instead of an LED source powering an LCD display, the 55-inch prototype that Sony rolled out at CES today instead employs six million miniature-LED lights mounted on the front of the monitor to generate better contrast, color, and a wider viewing angle—with significant energy savings—over either conventional LCD or Plasma displays.


No word yet on pricing or availability just yet—it is still a prototype—but Sony was quick to point out that it will not likely compete with its OLED-based offerings. [CNet]