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How stores jack up ambient lighting to sell you HDTVs

How stores jack up ambient lighting to sell you HDTVs Sean Portnoy: HDTV retailers are scamming customers by boosting brightness in their stores to entice buyers. Why? Because bright screens can mask poor black-level performance on cheaper sets. Buyers are then surprised when sets that "pop" in a store appear far more muted when they are hooked up in the living room.

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