TV tech terms demystified, part three: Color standards, definitions

Don’t be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you’ll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

Color accuracy went south at the introduction of LED-backlit LCDs, due largely to the extreme skew to the blue end of the spectrum that early backlights were prone to. Fortunately, the TV industry has made significant strides since then. The latest mid-range to high-end LED-backlit LCDs produce noticeably more accurate color than previous generations. In most cases, they rival—and in some cases surpass—OLED. If you want reds that are actually red, not dark orange, the newest TVs deliver.

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