I was shocked that Toshiba, Pioneer, Panasonic all gave in and moved to BluRay, cowtowing to Sony-Phillips like they did with CD formats. And not just joining, but agreeing to pay this license fee, too. All of this JUST to combat the Red Hordes of Commie China? Sheesh, folks - if China wants to shut down the world’s electronics (and economy), they can already!
But I still think my favorite dishes have come from Taiwan.[/QUOTE]
The way you type must somehow reflect the way you speak. How fast do you speak?
Perhaps I didn’t read or understand fully at first thinking it was about resolution and aspect ratios.
It’s sometimes helpful to check the model name of the panels and AD boards. There are fewer manufacturers of those components and fewer model names. Drivers, OSD’s, remote controls, etc. can vary on the same panels and AD boards. I especially liked LG’s Q3 and Q5 panels. I had two Q3’s. The full name is 'LG LM300WQ3 (ST)(A2). Here’s a screenshot of a web page here in Korean. Those Q3 have 25601600 native resolution. Newer 27-inch panels shipped to Apple, Dell, HP, and thousands of others as well support 25601440 instead. One can suffer from the lost vertical pixels by that much. It’s relatively easy to assemble 30-inch or 27-inch monitors, but AD boards with HDMI, DP, remote control support, and so on are expensive, sometimes more expensive than the panels.
One more thing: the shop mentioned above as an example was just one of the hundreds and thousands of LCD manufacturers in South Korea. They sold 30-inch monitors, fully assembled, delivered to home, based on LG’s Q3 panels, directly from LG’s Paju or Gumi factories, for about US$400 five years ago. Apple sold their monitors based on the same panels at over US$2,000 in South Korea. Many 27-inch 2560*1440 monitors are sold at US$200 unit prices, sometimes even lower than that. Apple’s selling similar types at something like US$1,000. Of course, the Apple versions have things like Thunderbolt.