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whats the deal with contrast ratios

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  1. woot New Member

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    Im looking for a new monitor and i found one, LG, 2ms, and 50,000 DFC (digital fine contrast ratio), so whats DFC and how is it different from regular contrast ratio?
     
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    Not to dodge your question but comparing standard contrast ratios is a better indicator of picture quality.

    A standard contrast ratio basically means how many shades of gray there are between complete "black" and bright "white" on the pixels on that screen.

    With LCD's complete black is not as "black" as on a plasma due to backlighting (the black still glows and lights the room).

    LCD's are getting a LOT better on this issue then they use to be an it is vastly improving over time.

    A larger standard contrast ratio means a more dynamic picture quality with the light shading capabilities.
     
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    The deal with contrast ratios is that although it is a very important statistic the numbers given by manufacturers can be almost totally discarded. As always higher the better, but there is no standard across companies and the numbers they list are often in unrealistic conditions. Still, like I said, bigger the better, find pro reviews if you want the real skinny on black levels. DFC is most likely just a marketing tool, as is the 50k number.
     
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    yup! marketing hype to suck in the consumer ;)

    look for TRUE contrast ratio and brightness c/md those are the real tell tale's ;)
     
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    k, so i found a monitor is static or standard contrast ratio of 1000:1, and response time of 2ms gray to gray?( probly 5ms for black to black or full), is this monitor good enought for gaming?
     
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    Based off that sure. What is the monitor?
     
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    and what's the brightness? that will also make a huge difference in the display.

    post the monitor as suggested by farlex :toast:
     
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    around 250$ CAD, so would i see any ghosting with this monitor?
     
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    Absolutely not. Well I can't say anything for sure, but I'd give it a very very low probability. Biggest thing I'd worry about here is bleeding, but it won't be anything major (top and bottom will be slightly illuminated). No ghosting or anything though, fairly good color and contrast. For gaming it would suffice nicely.
     
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    Problem is that i cant seem to find a 20-21 inch monitor with a contrast ratios higher then 1000:1, or is 1000:1 more then i realy need, i never play in the pitch dark also, i mean just how overatted is contrast ratio?
     
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    1000:1 is more than you'll need, but like I said what's listed isn't accurate. Here's some reading, there's much more out there. http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/contrast-ratio.html
     
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