just looking at various options for widescreen monitoring, as we do, and I came a cross one monitor, described by its manufacturer as a 'Widescreen HD/SD LCD', yet its panel count is 1,280 x 768 which is - and they specify this in their brochure - an aspect of 15:9 (WXGA)
How is that 'broadcast' and what is the point of a 15:9 aspect ratio monitor?
Is it that there's a difference between SH/HD video widescreen and 'Panel Aspect/Pixel Count'?
It makes mention of all the 1080/720 formats ... but I'm confused.
The reason manufacturers do this is because it is much easier to get 1280 x 768 LCD panels than it is to get 1280 x 720 LCD panels, though I'm not exactly sure what the reason for this is. I know Panasonic has some nice Broadcast LCDs with strange resolutions. You will not get 15:9 images, but instead the monitor will internally scale the image to fit the panel with small pillars on the sides. So 1080 video will be scaled down, and SD video will be scaled up.
This sounds strange, but LCD panels can only display their native resolution, unlike CRT's which can display many different resolutions.
I've seen the Panasonic LCDs in a Post environment and they look very nice, I also saw the Sony Luma LCDs at NAB this year and they also look nice. The blacks are not as deep as a CRT, but they are adequate.