17,000:1 Contrast Ratios On New Samsung HDTVs

It's hard to write off this contentious specification when it is THAT high!

The Samsung technology assault is just relentless. Earlier this week it updated it’s T9 range of MP3 players for the ”third” time inside a year and now – weeks after releasing jaw dropping prices for the 32in LE-32R87BD and 42in PS42Q97HDX – it has come up with these…

The LN40M92BD, LN46M92BD and LN52M92BD are the latest 40in, 46in and 52in additions to Samsung’s already hugely impressive PAVV line-up of high end LCDs. Like most PAVVs they support 1080p (1920 x 1080) native resolutions and come with three HDMI inputs. Unlike other PAVVs however they feature incredible 17,000:1 contrast ratios.

Now, I know what the techie minded amongst you are thinking: “Contrast ratio figures mean nothing” and to an extent you are right. There is no standard for measuring it and Samsung – more than most it known to increase this figure through its own controversial method of measurement. ”That said” when a figure this high is produced it has an effect because while many 4,000:1 rated Samsung screens are thought to be closer to an industry norm 1,500:1, scaling 17,000:1 down by the same proportion still produces a remarkable level.

Of course such highly specced sets will come at a premium (even though this is Samsung we’re talking about) and the 40in, 46in and 52 inchers are priced at 3,200,000 won (about £1,741), 4,200,000 won (£2,285) and 5,400,000 won (£2,938) respectively in its native Korean market so a note of caution while we wait for their UK RRPs.

That said, they look absolutely ”’divine”’.

Original Korean Press Release

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