Scanning Backlight - worth waiting for?


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Having had a less than brilliant experience with a Philips 32pf9830, but still impressed with the overall build quality of the TV I have been doing some research on Philips next raft of LCD technology - 'Scanning Backlight'. Philips are after the holy-grail now of an LCD panel with a picture quality thaat matches a top quality CRT.

This URL takes you to a on-line PDF by Philips on the technology and how it works....slated for Q1 2006 release. This has to be worth waiting for?

Philips Scanning Backlight article

Kingston LJ

Thanks for the link Cosmic :smashin:

I had a quick read through and it makes a lot of sense. Looks like the problems with LCD blackness,contrast and motion will be improved quite a bit with this new technology.

I am planning to buy a big LCD early 2006- and now I will wait and see how these new screens perform! :)
Very interesting read - although, the picture of the note bars at the top of page 5 is ridiculously exaggerated.


Standard Member
Well, all piccies in such folders are always exaggerated...

But the concept was known...

i still wonder how it will be in real life, and how it will compare against for example SED...

(Btw, worked on a 11.1" OLED Sony Vaio, and wasn't super impressed).


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I personally think this is one of the few technologies worth waiting for - assuming its only a few months down the line.


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Looks to me* like, unless it's done very well, it will introduce visible refesh flicker into the image - something with (a) is wholly absent from conventional LCDs and (b) is what makes me seriously dislike conventional CRTs.

* - as one who is highly sensitive to CRT flicker, DLP rainbow, and any other artefact of intermittent illumination

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