CES: LG tackles upscaling with 'Super+ Resolution'

LG's Super+ Resolution function attempts to address upscaling picture issues by cleaning up the upscaled image. Its E81 series is the first monitor to use the technology.

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During the demo, the left side of the screen remains blurry, while the right looks sharper. But we'll have to wait to see how well this works in the real world. Eric Franklin/CNET

LAS VEGAS--If you've ever watched a DVD on a newish Blu-ray player, then you've likely experienced upscaling. Upscaling converts a non-HD-resolution image (like the image from a standard DVD) and converts its pixel count to that of HD resolution.

Some players do this better than others, and as a result, depending on the player used, artifacts and distortion can sometimes be detected on the upscaled image.

LG is attempting to alleviate this problem by introducing its Super+ Resolution technology in its E81 series of monitors. According to LG, Super+ Resolution "improves the quality of upscaled images by reducing the noise that is produced during the edge enhancement process to reproduce a final output that retains the same quality as the original."

LG also claims the technology "suppresses overly sharpened images to make them look more natural." Though the demo at LG's booth looked convincing, it remains to be seen how it will actually function in the real world.

Incoming specs:

  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 250 cd/M2 brightness (125 cd/M2 in 3D)
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI connections
  • 10 million:1 contrast ratio
  • 5ms response time

Look for more info in the coming months.