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#1 deck

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 23:23

I'm in the market for a new TV to replace my 6 year old 42 inch Sharp LCD (D64U series).

 

Way back then, 120hz was the new technology.  We are years later and I still don't understand the benefit.  In fact, when I look at 120hz TV I think the way the image moves when the camera pans looks funny.  Am I crazy?

 

Is there a tangible benefit between 60Hz and 120Hz?  I can buy similar TV's, but the 60Hz will be cheaper with good picture.  Is the 120Hz worth it?

 

My needs:  Lots of TV and movies (Netflix and Blu Ray).  Some gaming on my Xbox One.  The occasional hockey game and every F1 race.

 

I'm looking for a 46inch TV (the largest that will fit in my space).  

 

Thanks for you input!




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Posted 22 January 2014 - 23:25

Some people do not like 120Hz tv's because it makes movement smoother and for what ever reason makes it look off to them. I don't mind either one personally.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 23:41

120Hz and Smooth Motion are too different things. You can have 120Hz and disable all those motion smoothing features.

 

Also, 120Hz TVs do 24Hz, while 60Hz don't.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 23:57

120 Hz TVs are worth it for just the 24 FPS support of Blu-ray.

 

60 Hz TVs do 2-3 pulldown and suffer from judder. 120 Hz TVs are smooth.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 00:05

my samsung 60hz does 24fps for bluray



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 00:12

my samsung 60hz does 24fps for bluray

Not proper 24Hz it doesn't, 60/24 = 2.5, you don't get 'half' clock dividers.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 00:16

my samsung 60hz does 24fps for bluray

It's lying to you.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 00:33

Buy whatever pleases your eye with the features you like. 120Hz isn't gimicy like 3D is, it does allow 24Hz bluray which is all the rage and does give a smoother picture, as well as your xbox one possibly benefiting from it. I am perfectly fine with what 60Hz TV's are able to do these days and generally watch those panels. I have a 120Hz TV and blurays are the only things that look right on it. The picture just seems 'slow' for lack of a better word.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 19:52

I'm in the market for a new TV to replace my 6 year old 42 inch Sharp LCD (D64U series).

 

Way back then, 120hz was the new technology.  We are years later and I still don't understand the benefit.  In fact, when I look at 120hz TV I think the way the image moves when the camera pans looks funny.  Am I crazy?

 

Is there a tangible benefit between 60Hz and 120Hz?  I can buy similar TV's, but the 60Hz will be cheaper with good picture.  Is the 120Hz worth it?

 

My needs:  Lots of TV and movies (Netflix and Blu Ray).  Some gaming on my Xbox One.  The occasional hockey game and every F1 race.

 

I'm looking for a 46inch TV (the largest that will fit in my space).  

 

Thanks for you input!

 

It all depends on the source and most of the times it's irrelevant. It was a big fad some years ago but now manufacturers focus on other things. All 120Hz (or higher) does is extrapolate frames that really aren't there so the screen can refresh faster. Nothing great comes of this, as every guide for gaming on a TV or watching good Blu-rays says to turn it off completely. You'd also be hard pressed to find a TV that doesn't have at least 100Hz support now, most of them do, they just don't advertise it because the technology has moved on and it's no longer a selling point due to its uselessness.

 

Chose a TV that has good panel technology, good contrast, good response times (for gaming), zero to extremely low backlight bleed and faithful blacks. Don't mind the Hz.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 19:57

my samsung 60hz does 24fps for bluray

 

No, it does 3:2 pulldown.

 

60 is not divisible by 24.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 20:15

All 120Hz (or higher) does is extrapolate frames that really aren't there so the screen can refresh faster.

 

No. It also provides for studderless 24fps playback. In fact that its primary purpose.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 20:22

sigh. the TV's are electronic. 60hz TV can also support 24hz. but it will display it natively at 24hz. 

 

hz are mostly meaningless numbers on modern tv's anyway. and pretty much all TV's for sale today support proper 24hz from bluray. 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 20:29

My TV says it's 600hz, is it lying to me? (Panasonic P50GT50). Can I do 24fps nicely? I haven't tried



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 20:37

sigh. the TV's are electronic. 60hz TV can also support 24hz. but it will display it natively at 24hz. 

 

 

 

No, it will apply 3:2 pull down at 60 Hz.

 

You keep repeating this BS but it isn't true. If it was things like NVidia Gsync wouldn't be necessary.

 

*nothing* is displayed natively at 24Hz, not even film projectors in theaters. The flickering would give you a headache.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 20:39

My TV says it's 600hz, is it lying to me? (Panasonic P50GT50). Can I do 24fps nicely? I haven't tried

 

Maybe. There isn't really any way to tell without fancy equipment.


No, it will apply 3:2 pull down at 60 Hz.

 

You keep repeating this BS but it isn't true. If it was things like NVidia Gsync wouldn't be necessary.

 

*nothing* is displayed natively at 24Hz, not even film projectors in theaters. The flickering would give you a headache.

 

Gsync is a whole different can of worms.