SPLAYED across hundreds of flat-panel L.C.D. TVs in the booths of Samsung, Sharp, Sony and other manufacturers at the Consumer Electronics Show here are gorgeous images of roses, New Zealand mountains and still lifes of red peppers. It's not that electronics executives are simply nature lovers. Liquid-crystal-display sets simply have a tougher time than plasma TVs in showing moving images without blurring the picture. The virtually motionless outdoor scenes look better than a smeared Ferrari racing across the screen.
Yet several companies said this week that problems long bedeviling L.C.D. TVs — motion blur, weak contrast, and limited color reproduction — had been solved. In other words, their L.C.D. sets finally produce a picture as good as plasma's.