SIM2 HDR47E LED-Backlit LCD Monitor

Aside from a bunch of projectors, SIM2 was also showing its 47-inch HDR47E LCD monitor, which uses Dolby's high-dynamic range LED-backlight technology in which each of the 2206 LEDs are individually dimmable with 20 bits of resolution, leading to a claimed contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Normally, I dismiss contrast specs, but I can believe this one—even on the show floor, the blacks were stunning, and bright portions were really bright; according to SIM2, the peak light output is 4000 nits, which is equivalent to 1167 foot-lamberts!

The HDR47E is intended for professional applications, such as automotive and medical imaging, and there are no specific plans to bring anything like it to the consumer market. And $35,000 for a 47-inch LCD is mighty steep. But it sure looked great playing Avatar.

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Scott Wilkinson's picture
I doubt that SIM2 will want it reviewed in the consumer press, but I can always ask. I'll also ask about the type of LCD panel it uses; I don't know if it's IPS.
uavK.Reid's picture

Sounds good. I am really curious about the panel. The technology appears to be really promising.

Jarod's picture

I agree. I believe the key to a truly great LED-local dimming LCD panel will come from a maximum amount of dimming zones, such as on the SIM2.

Jarod's picture

Wow thats alot of LEDs that can be dimmed! I imagine that this set would almost totally eliminate the "tinker bell effect" as referred to in one of the HT Geek podcasts as a term for blooming.

uavK.Reid's picture


Can you ask Shane to get one of these for a review by you or TJN for HT magazine - even if it is for the pro market. I would be curious to see if the blacks/shadow detail on this set are on par with a Kuro's. Also, does the set use a form of in plane switching to improve off axis viewing. I wonder if Dolby will eventually license this tech to other manufacturers for the consumer market as I think it could be quite lucrative for Dolby.

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