LCD Banding Defined

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LCD Banding Defined
No banding here. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Blake Patterson)

If you are in the market for a new TV, you may have come across the term "banding". Banding is a known performance issue that LCD TVs can suffer from, and it may or may not be a deal breaker for you.

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Identification

Banding is the appearance of faint vertical lines on an LCD screen; they tend to be about an inch thick, spaced evenly across a screen.

Causes

Banding arises from a TV having problems accurately controlling the vertical arrays of LCD pixels; they usually arise due to faults during the manufacturing process of LCD panels.

Fun Fact

Banding is usually most apparent when an LCD panel is displaying the colour green.

Warning

Be on the lookout for banding as soon as you buy your LCD TV projector, because you may want to return it if the problem is severe. Note that projectors are more prone to banding issues than flat screen TVs.

Considerations

If you can't return your LCD TV and it has banding, try tweaking the set's colour settings in order to minimise the appearance of bands.

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