some1 at a LAN i went to had a previous generation sony x-black monitor (A SDM-HS94P to be precise) now it only had a 500:1 contrast ratio and 400cd rating but i remember the colours looking incredibly bright. Im told the that candle rating just reflects the strength of the backlight, not how the colours look. ive got my philips 20" and thats supposedly 800: contrast ratio, and put side by side with my old iiyama which was 450:1 contrast ratio the difference is amazing. But then again my 450:1 iiyama looked pale in comparison to this 500:1 sony. but the philips isnt nearly as good as i remember the sony. Is this rose tinted spectacles, or is this down to the xblack technology ? and the second question, would the glossy surface on the NEC produce a similar effect to that i remember of the Sony.