The refresh rate is the number of frames per second the television can display. Its unit is a Hertz, which is equal to 1/second. 120Hz means it can draw 120 images per second.
The refresh rate of televisions is a bit misleading and is mixed with a few marketing gimmicks. The increased refresh rate (120Hz and higher) was introduced by manufacturers as an indirect way to find a solution to the motion blur problem of LCDs and LEDs. You will see a motion blur if the image moves faster than what the screen can draw.
LCD panels in the last few years have become really good at reducing the motion blur. The best measure of motion blur is to calculate the time a pixel takes to transition from one color to another, also known as the response time. If that time is less than the time between the images, no motion blur will be seen because there is no overlap. There is not a simple and consistent way of measuring that time; it depends on a lot of factors like the preceding colors.
Manufacturers came up with a great marketing idea: instead of drawing only 60 frames per seconds, lets draw 120 frames. This will give the customer the impression that television can draw images twice as fast, thus reducing the motion blur and making the television more fluid. However, this does not guarantee the absence of overlaps between those images. In fact, the real transition time of the pixels mostly stayed the same. Additionally, manufacturers are inflating the advertised refresh rate number by adding, for example, the backlight scan rate like in Samsung's Clear Motion Rate.
A real advantage of a 120Hz and higher refresh rate is to properly display 24p movies, as described below.
As said above, the Refresh Rate is mostly a marketing gimmick. While the 120Hz alone is not worth it, it sometimes comes with a better panel, which could have a better response time and could produce a better image.
This is by no mean a guarantee. In the video, you can see that a 60Hz TV (the LG LN5300) and a 120Hz TV (the LG LA6200) have visually the same amount of motion blur.
The Clear Motion Rate (CMR) is a made-up number invented by Samsung
to qualify how a TV can reduce the appearance of motion blur. The
refresh rate alone is not a perfect representation of the motion blur, so they
added on top of it the backlight and processor speed.
While it is true that the refresh rate is not the best
representation of the motion blur, Samsung is misleading the customers
because it usually only displays the CMR in its specifications instead of the real
panel refresh rate. This inflated number makes the comparison across brands harder to do.
The table below converts Samsung's Clear Motion Rate (CMR) into the real panel refresh rate, so you can better compare it to televisions of other brands. The upgrade from a 240 CMR to 480 is not worth it, because it is still the same actual panel refresh rate of 120 Hz. A Clear Motion Rate of 720, 840 and 960 all have the same real refresh rate of 240 Hz, so you will not really notice a difference between them in term of movement resolution.
Motion interpolation is a common feature on most 120Hz+ televisions. Most media are recorded either at 24 frames per second or 30 fps. Originally, a 120Hz television would display the same frame multiple times before switching to the next frame to have the end result of displaying only 24 or 30 frames a second. The television refresh rate is a lot overkill in that situation, so the manufacturers added a technology that creates new frames in between the original frames. Samsung calls this interpolation technology Auto Motion Plus, for Sony it is Motion Flow and LG, TruMotion. These new fake frames are an interpolation of the movement of the picture, making the television footage a lot more fluid.
Not all 120Hz televisions have the motion interpolation feature. For example, the lower end LG model LM4600 does not have that feature, even if it is advertised with 120Hz TruMotion.
The following video compares this effect in slow motion. Note that you can't see the difference in real time in this video besides artifacts, because YouTube's frame rate is 30fps therefore cannot represent 120fps footage. However, in slow motion, you can clearly see the added frames as well as the errors the processor makes.
Most people will appreciate the increased fluidity of the video. However, the motion interpolation has 3 main downsides:
When watching a movie (who are traditionally filmed at 24 frames per second) with the motion interpolation feature on, it will look a lot more smooth to the eye. This is called the Soap Opera Effect, because it looks similar to how the soap opera shows looked historically, having been shot with a 30fps camera instead of the standard 24fps one. Some people do like the increased fluidity, but it is not for everyone.
The motion interpolation feature can be turned off in the settings menu on all televisions, if you are annoyed by the Soap Opera Effect.
24p Playback means the television can produce exactly the full 24 frames per second, a feature only found on higher refresh rate TVs. Movies are usually filmed in 24 frames per second as shown in the theaters. The blu-ray format supports 24p natively. However, it is impossible to show exactly 24 frames per second on a 60Hz television. 60 is not a multiple of 24, so there is no perfect way to fit them.
To display a 24p movie on a 60Hz television, the TV uses a trick called a 3:2 pulldown (also called Telecine). To display the video, it first shows the first frame 2 times, followed by the next 3 times. This creates a 2-3-2-3 pattern, where one frame out of 2 is displayed longer on the TV. The picture to the right shows that effect.
A television supporting 24p playback does not have this issue. For an LCD/LED display, this means a refresh rate of either 120Hz or 240Hz. 24 frames fits exactly in 120 frames per second. 120/24=5, each frame is displayed 5 times. There is no need for the 3:2 pulldown technique, each frame has exactly the same time on the screen.
24p Playback is only worth it if you are watching a lot of movies, not normal TV shows (who are filmed at 30 frames per second so they do not have that problem). The difference is small and you can normally only see the 3:2 pulldown artifacts if you are really looking for it. Consider it a nice bonus for 120Hz televisions, but not a primary buying factor.
As of 2013, there is no television that supports displaying a true 120Hz signal at the 1080p resolution. Even a real 120Hz or 240Hz television does not support a source at 120Hz. They can only display at that speed frames created by themselves using motion interpolation. For example, you can feed a television a 1080p @ 24 signal, which it will up convert to 1080p @ 120 internally and then display it on the screen; but you cannot feed it directly a 1080p @ 120 signal.
Currently, the only screens than can display a real 120Hz signal are some 120Hz computer monitors on high end graphic cards. Despite the fact that the HDMI version 1.4 added support for 1080p @ 120Hz, there is no content available to display on a TV at that frame rate, besides what a computer can generate. This will not change anytime soon, because even a Blu-ray disc does not support this; movies being shot at 24 fps. The first movie to be shot in 48fps will be The Hobbit, although most theaters will not be able to display it at that speed.
The refresh rate is getting abused by manufacturers, especially with their own inflated numbers. A high refresh rate does not guarantee to be motion blur free. A real 24p playback is also a nice feature to have on a 120Hz television when watching movies.
Apr 22 2013
What is real refresh rate for Samsung UE32F5500?
Apr 15 2013
Could you add the refresh rates for the Panasonic TV models to the table also?
We updated the tables in the main article to include it.
Jul 31 2012
What is the true refresh rate on a samsung 720 CMR?
The panel refresh rate of an 720 CMR is 240Hz. We added a table above to do the conversion from Samsung's CMR to the real panel refresh rate.
Mar 26 2013
LG is now advertising the refresh rate in term of "Motion Clarity Index" and the TV show values of 200 Hz and 400 Hz for both 2D and 3D TVs. Is this an inflated, marketing trick? What is the real refresh rate present in LG TVs?
Here is a table for you:
Aug 05 2013
The table seems to have changed, LG 200 MCI was previously categorized under 50hz but it is now 100hz. Any reason why this changed?
This was an error that has been corrected. All of the series 6 from LG are 100Hz.
Apr 12 2013
Could you please add a table for Toshiba as well? I have a 40TL938G with a 200Mhz AMR. I'd really want to see the refresh rate of the panel. The TV is fine for me , just wanna know if it's something better for a similar price , as I need to buy a new one soon :).
Dec 16 2012
A Samsung CRM of 600 is actually equals to how many Hz?
200Hz. As mentioned in a previous question, multiply the CRM number of a 50Hz country by 1.2 to convert it to a 60Hz country, and then use the table provided.
Mar 31 2013
The new Samsung F8000 is 1200hz CMR , but is it 240Hz or 300Hz?
Nov 29 2012
Is there really a difference between Sony Motionflow 120hz vs Motionflow 240hz?
Both Sony MotionFlow 120 and 240 have the same panel refresh rate of 120Hz. A MotionFlow of 240 only adds blacklight flashing to it. You will not really see a difference between the two in term of motion blur reduction. We updated the table (MotionFlow 120 was missing from it).
Dec 27 2012
Could you add Philips PMR in the refresh rate conversion table?
We did not add it in the main table because our majority of our visitors are coming from the United States and Philips does not uses PMR here. But here it is:
Aug 23 2012
Is 200Hz CMR good for LED TVs and is there a big difference with 400Hz CMR in term of picture sharpness and clearness?
Both a 200Hz CMR and 400Hz CMR have a real panel refresh rate of 100Hz, so their quality is about the same. The bigger CMR of 400Hz is just a marketing gimmick that includes the video processing rate and backlight rate.
Jan 30 2013
The LG lm6700
and the LG lm7600
are both on sale and they are only $100 apart. Is it worth investing $100 dollars more for the lm7600 (which I believe the only difference between the 2 is that the lm7600 is 240hz instead of 120hz)?
If you have them side by side, you could see a difference. It is very minimal though, so if you are asking the question, it is probably not worth it for you.
Mar 12 2013
I just recently purchased the Samsung 40EH5300, and while I love the TV per se, I'm noticing a blue hue or halo around moving people and objects...what is this? How can it be fixed?
This is most likely motion blur: the panel cannot draw the images fast enough so they end up superposing themselves. This is common for TVs in this price range. While it cannot be fixed, you can try playing with the settings to reduce it (like the LED Motion Plus setting).
Apr 06 2013
I have noticed the table above states that the LG motion clarity index rating of 200hz equates to a real refresh rate of 100hz, but have seen some retailers advertising this as a 50hz set. Is there a way of verifying the figures with certainty?
This was an error in our table, it is now fixed (thank you for pointing it out). The only way to be 100% sure is to watch the TV and see if there is any soap opera effect (assuming that setting is turned on).
Dec 07 2012
I bought a Samsung UA46ES5600 LED TV. It has 100Hz refresh rate. Is there a noticable difference in picture quality compared to a 120Hz tv? Should I trade it in for a 120Hz tv instead?
They are actually the same thing. The actual number depends on your country and the frequency of the AC electricity that goes into your home, 50Hz or 60Hz. A 100Hz refresh rate in a 50Hz country is the equivalent of a 120Hz refresh rate in a 60Hz country. They both are twice the base frequency. So if you bought a 100Hz, that means you couldn't actually buy a 120Hz in your country. You can convert a 60Hz based refresh rate to a 50Hz by simply dividing by 1.2 and this applies also to the inflated marketing number like Samsung's Clear Motion Rate: 240 = 200, 480 = 400, 720 = 600, 840 = 700 and 960 = 800. We did not put both in the table above to keep it simple. There is one difference though, and it is how they handle playing video at 24 frames per second. In a 60Hz, 24 fps is fit by using the 3:2 pulldown technique as described above. In a 50Hz TV though, the movie is actually speed up by 4.2%, so a 1h40 min movie will actually be played in 1h36. This isn't very noticeable.
Apr 30 2013
Does the Sony 32w670a have motion interpolation and what is panel refresh rate of the TV?
Yes. It is a 100Hz panel.
May 26 2013
Please excuse the apparent impertinence of this question, but are you sure your table of refresh rate values for Panasonic in the "rest of the world" section are correct for 200hz equivalence? Panasonic don't seem to have ever offered a 3600 Hz backlight scan (ie equiv. to 200hz) in any size, price range or yearly range inc. 2013 - max is 1600Hz backlight scan. Is it possible that they do not understand the requirements for active 3D, or has there been some sort of typo in your table perhaps?
/WT65 is indeed listed as a 4200Hz/3600Hz backlight scan, so the table is correct. The store that you are looking at might not have that model though, or the country that you live in. From a quick search, it is available in the UK at least. Panasonic LED TVs do not use active 3D, but passive 3D; so there is no refresh rate requirement for 3D.
Dec 06 2012
What is Toshiba's Active Motion Rate? How much is 100 Hz Active Motion Rate?
Toshiba's Active Motion Rate is not in the table because Toshiba's TVs for North America do not have that technology. Here are the Toshiba Active Motion Rate to real panel refresh rate conversion: 100Hz AMR (Active Motion Rate) is a 100Hz panel inside. 200 AMR = 100Hz, 400 AMR = 200Hz, 800 AMR = 200Hz.
Dec 27 2012
I want to get the Sony Bravia HDL EX650. Does it have motion interpolation and is it 100 Hz or 50 Hz?
The Sony EX650 is a 100 Hz panel, and yes, it does have motion interpolation (Sony calls it MotionFlow in the settings menu).
Feb 10 2013
Is the Vizio M470VSE a true 120 refresh rate?
No, it is a 120Hz that includes the backlight scanning. This is why Vizio calls it effective refresh rate instead of only refresh rate.
Apr 12 2013
What is real refresh rate for Samsung UE40F6400 (200 HZ CMR)?
Dec 10 2012
I currently have a Sharp Aquos 40" smart Tv. I am considering buying a larger one and moving this one to a smaller room. Should I be looking at a 60Hz or is the extra money for 120 worth it? How do you rate these TV's, they are considerably more expensive, especially beyond the 40" size.
We recommend the jump from 60Hz to 120Hz, mostly because it comes with a better overall picture quality (not directly related to the refresh rate, but the general panel quality). The rating systems of Rtings.com is the aggregation of scores of professional reviewers as well as customer reviews from the internet for that model. Currently, we have only the mid to high end models in our system. We are actively working to add the lower end models and plan to finish entering all of them by the end of the week; the first batch was out yesterday on our website. Stay tune. We will never have the store name brands though, because we do not recommend them at all.
Jan 03 2013
What are the actual refresh rates for Vizio SPS?
A Vizio 240Hz SPS is a 120Hz panel inside, while a 120Hz SPS is a 60Hz panel.
Apr 16 2013
Are the new Toshiba ClearScan refresh rates actual refresh rates?
ClearScan is Toshiba's name for its motion interpolation technology, so yes.
Oct 31 2012
I don't understand your table regarding CMR. Samsung 60hz produces 60-120. Does that mean it varies up to 120 or just that two models are available on the market? Looking at 60hz with CMR 60 for video gaming. Recommendation?
Both a CMR of 60 and 120 have the same panel refresh rate of 60Hz. This means you will not see the difference between the two in term of refresh rate. They advertise it as 120 because they add to the 60Hz number the image processor speed (but a 60 CMR still has an image processor, so it is just a marketing gimmick). If it is within your budget, the jump to a CMR of 240 will be more noticeable. If not, go for the 60 CMR (assuming the other specifications are the same).
Dec 10 2012
Is lg 800hz MCI better than Samsung 400hz CMR?
LG 800 MCI correspond to a 200Hz panel, while a Samsung 400 CMR is a 100Hz panel. Even if a 200Hz panel is technically better, the difference is not really noticeable when watching 2D content.
Jan 02 2013
I'm considering to buy LG 42LS340T/42LS345T because its low price and Full LED (i.e. Full array LED backlight) pannel. Is this Full LED true? Does its MCI 100 realy means 100 Hz pannel?
A MCI of 100 is equal to a 50Hz panel (the number 100 is made up by the backlight switching). Yes, the LG 42LS340T/42LS345T is direct-lit. Whether it can be considered a full array is debatable though, depending on the actual number of LEDs present. Also, it doesn't have local dimming, so the only advantage of being direct-lit is the better uniformity (at the cost of being bulkier).
Mar 28 2013
Is the difference in picture/viewing quality between the Samsung 6500 series and the Samsung 7100 seeies worth the extra cost?
There is always no straight answer with that kind of question. Yes, there is a difference between the ES6500
. The difference is small though, so at the end it depends on how you value the difference vs your value of the price difference. The 3 main differences are the dual core processor (only useful if you plan on using the Smart TV features a lot), micro dimming (a software only processing that accentuates the contrast) and 240Hz (mostly useful for 3D).
Jul 21 2013
Hi I'm looking at buying the 60" F7100
in singapore where it is listed as CMR 600MHz which doesn't seem to match its US counterpart listed at 720 in terms of real refresh rates (first falls into 100MHz and second into 240MHz). Am I misreading the chart and the two TVs are in fact the same?
Yes they are the same. The advertised marketing material sometimes varies per country.
Nov 15 2013
What is the actual refresh rate for the TOSHIBA 50L2333, all sellers are saying 100Hz but some say 50Hz! I need a decent refresh rate as im getting a TV for primarily gaming (next gen 1080p). So what would the AMR 100 do?
The refresh rate does not matter at all for console gaming. Console games either have 30 or 60 frames per second. Also, has shown in the video of this article, the refresh rate is not a good indication of the motion blur.
Oct 22 2012
Thinking of buying Samsung UE50ES6710 = 400CMR = 100Hz
Is this a good viewing option for a 50" LED?
What is your recommended measure for best picture quality for movies and sport please?
There is another confusion with a Panasonic claiming 1600Hz on a 47" LED
My brain is hurting - please help
Thanks in advance
The UE50ES6710 is indeed a good choice. Its main competitors at this price are the Sony HX853 and LG LM760t. Unfortunately, there is not a single specification to look for, the ones that used to be good are now inflated by marketing and false claims, but a 100Hz panel refresh rate is a good start. The 1600Hz (or 1920Hz in North America) of the Panasonic LED is not the refresh rate of the panel, but the scanning of the backlight. This is the speed where the backlight flashes and it does not affect the picture quality. Do not look at this number, Panasonic only advertises it to have a big number of Hz and to mislead consumers.
Nov 13 2012
I am eyeing on the Philips 32pfl4007h/12 with 200Hz Perfect Motion Rate (PMR). Is it just the same as 200Hz CMR with the Samsung TV where both also 100Hz refresh rate?
Philips is inflating their number even more than Samsung. A 200 PMR (Perfect Motion Rate) correspond to a 50Hz panel refresh rate. You get a 100 Hz panel starting with a PMR of 400. Their top of the line 1200 PMR is actually just a 200 Hz panel.
Apr 29 2013
Why dont you recommend more than 120Hz? Can some sports, such as football, formula 1, be watched perfectly on 100Hz actual rate?
The difference is reduced after that. Yes they are better but for the majority of people, 120Hz is good enough. There is no such thing as perfect especially on an LED.
Oct 29 2012
Which one is better, the Samsung 40es6800 or the Sony 40hx855 regarding motion flow, 3D, and looks? Does the monolithic design really have a problem of reflection in well lighted room?
The Sony 40HX855 (HX850
in North America) has the best picture. However, its Smart TV features are not as complete as the Samsung. The monolithic design of Sony does have some reflection in it because it is not a matte finish, but the same is true for the Samsung ES6800.
Nov 07 2012
Why do newer TV's make normal TV look like its filmed in front of a green screen? The people look so real, the background looks fake? I know this can be adjusted in the settings but not sure how? What causes this?
This is caused by the motion interpolation technology (as described above). It looks like the people are in front of a green screen because it is kinda how this technology works. Think of it this way: the television sees that a person is moving in front of a background. It wants to make it smoother by introducing new frames in between existing ones. To do this, the TV "cuts" out the person from the background and move it slightly. The "cut and paste" of the person isn't perfect though, like a person in front of a green screen, because the edge of the person does not blend perfectly. To disable this, look for the manufacturers name for it, like Auto Motion Plus on a Samsung.
Nov 19 2012
The manufacturers are not informing the type of panel used, the relation between response time and refresh rate, the radiation released, the distance at which the TV can be clearly seen similar to crt and the color ghosting angle and distance. How can I find that information before purchasing a LED TV?
Yes, this is frustrating. Unfortunately, most of this information is not available, even if you ask the manufacturer directly. This is why Rtings.com started, to clarify all of this. We can't manually test all of the existing TVs, there are way too many of them, but we can help you understand the technologies so you can make an informed buying decision. If you do not find what you are looking for on our website or still need more clarification, send us an email.
Nov 22 2012
I have a Samsung UN46C7000, 240HZ is the refresh rate or CMR? How different is Samsung UN46C7000 and Samsung UN46ES7100
The Samsung UN46C7000 is the 2010 model equivalent to the 2012 UN46ES7100
. The true refresh rate of the C7000 is indeed 240Hz. CMR was introduced by Samsung in 2011, before that they were displaying the real refresh rate. There are 3 main differences between the 2010 C7000 and 2012 ES7100
. 1) Better Smart TV features (including faster processor). 2) Prettier bezel. 3) Micro Dimming. Is it worth the upgrade? Not really, unless you like having always the newest gadget. The picture quality is only a slight improvement, not a big leap forward.
Nov 28 2012
Does all 120Hz+ televisions can support to display a source input at 120Hz? My concern is just that in 5 years or so, would I need a TV to support this?
No, there is currently no HDTV available that support playing 1080p @ 120Hz, not even the high end 240Hz televisions. They can only display at that speed with their own motion interpolated frames. Currently, only some computer monitors can display such signal, mostly because only computers can output at that speed. We updated this article to include a section on this, with further explanation.
Dec 13 2012
I am looking at a buying a Sharp LC-70LE845U or a Panasonic TC-P65VT50. I am trying to weight in differences in the picture quality 2d, 3d picture quality and 3d gaming picture quality. I am not finding any local stores that would have both these tvs on display to compare and none show gaming on the displays. Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated and if you think I should look at a different tv in the same price range just let me know.
They are completely different TV, the VT50
is a Plasma and the LE845U an LED (checkout our LED vs Plasma guide here
). The VT50 wins in every aspect on the picture quality by far over the LE845U, except for the maximum luminance. The competition is not even close. However, the VT50 being a Plasma, it comes with its own set of problem like a slight buzzing and occasional temporary image retention. If you care somewhat about the picture quality, go for the VT50. If you just want to go big, go for the Sharp, but in that case, check out the Vizio E701i
-A3, it cost significantly less and has a picture quality in the same ballpark as the LE845U.
Dec 14 2012
I consider Sony KDL-40Ex655 or Sony KDL-40HX755. I am interesting a bit more on 40HX755 for its 240 Hz panel and 480 MotionFlow, but i do not have an idea if these properties work on displaying 2D too. Can you recommend one of them? Is it possible to say which is better from the point of view of displaying only 2D movies?
If you are going to buy the 40HX755, do it for the 3D, not 2D. Of course, the HX755 (HX750
in US) will have a better picture quality than the EX655 (EX645
in US), it is a higher model after all (it is very rare that a higher model of a company will have a worst picture than a lower one). But the difference in the picture quality for 2D movies between them is very minimal and definitely not worth the added cost for that alone. The main advantage for going to the HX755 is the 3D support.
Dec 15 2012
Thank you so much for the answer above. Really help a lots. So, the conclusion is 120Hz is actually the "ideal choice" compare to 60Hz after all. After the answer, I would really want to go for TV with 120Hz. BUT ~ the trick here is. This offer (14th till 16th Dec), for UA46ES5600, the price is RM1750 (USD570), and the market price now is RM3500 (USD1140) for every other shop in Malaysia. this 50% off is very tempting. Here is my next question to seed further advise. With this tempting price offered, will it worth for me to give up on 120Hz choice? How significant for most of us will notice the bug/effect (blur image/..) when we watch those action scene (like chase car/explosion)? At some point, I don't think the sales person will let me have more time to test the movie during this sales. I would rather take your expert advise. Thanks again for quick answer.
No, you did not interpret my answer correctly, sorry if I was not clear enough. The artifacts that I talked about are present on 120Hz sets and produced by the motion interpolation function (which can be disabled). Do not confuse it with motion blur (see an example of motion blur here
), which can be seen on lower end sets with a slightly higher chance on a 60Hz TV than a 120Hz TV. To summarize, go for a 120Hz set if you specifically want the soap opera effect (the motion interpolation function, with occasional artifacts). A lot of people do not like that effect for movies, because it makes the movie too much real. You will most likely not like it also, so go for the 60Hz (the UA46ES5600), the slight chance for more motion blur is negligible anyway. Hope this is more clear.
Dec 24 2012
So I just bought a 47LM4600
for $570 and thought I was getting a pretty good deal for a 3D, 1080P, 120Hz TV (my only three requirements) but now I'm not so sure after reading this article. Shame on me for not doing the research. From a lay person's point of view, I think the picture looks good but I still feel like I got gypped. If you were me, would you return? If yes, what would be a better 47" TV in your opinion?
In the end, there is only one thing that matters: are you happy with your purchase? If you think the picture looks good, then do not worry about all of this. Even if the LM4600
is not a real 120Hz TV, for its price it is still a very good TV. Are you willing to pay more for only a slight improve of picture quality and a risk of even more problems? Probably no, so keep that TV if you like it.
Dec 25 2012
I am confused to choose between Samsung 46 inch ES8000
and 46 inch ES7500
. ES8000 has 800 Mhz and ES7500 is 600 Mhz. The shop seller told me ES8000 would be better in terms of picture quality and motion blur which ES8000 is 250 USD more expensive than ES7500, do you think is worth it to choose ES8000?
Both the ES8000
have a real panel refresh rate of 240/200Hz. There is not really a difference in picture quality between the two. You are just paying for a built-in camera and more zones of micro dimming (which is not real local dimming, just a picture processing adjustment). Go for the ES7500 if you want to save some money.
Dec 27 2012
Is there a difference between Samsung ES5600 and ES6200 regarding clear picture and motion blur? (not interested in 3D)
Besides 3D, the main difference between the ES5600 and the ES6200 is a real refresh rate of 60Hz vs 120Hz. You will not see a big difference in term of picture quality. Unless you want the soap opera effect and because you are not interested in 3D, go for the ES5600.
Jan 01 2013
I am looking for the Real Refresh Rate for a LG 32LM611S. It has MCI 200 (I am from Europe).
The LG 32LM611S has a panel of 100Hz.
Jan 05 2013
I am trying to decide between the Samsung ES6500
(65" and 120hz) and the ES7100
(60" and 240hz).
Is the picture quality (or panels) better in the 7100? Does the Micro Diming feature really matter?
Of course, the UN60ES7100
is better. The question to ask is if it is worth the added price.
Micro dimming is a software only processing. It change the contrast and saturation of part of the image by software, before displaying it. Purist hates it because it messes with their setting of the television, but general consumers like it because it gives the false impression of a better picture.
also comes with a better processor (only useful if you plan on using a lot the Smart TV platform).
In the end, it really depends on how you value the size, but most people would go for the UN65ES6500. The 5" more in size will be a lot better than the small picture improvement.
Jan 14 2013
How does the Panasonic Back Light Scanning Hertz equate to the actual refresh rate of the picture? An 800Hz BLS in general refresh rate terms?
No. As the name says, it is the scanning of the backlight, not the panel. It correspond to a 100Hz refresh rate.
Jan 15 2013
The optimal real refresh rate of an LCD for 24p playback is 120Hz, because 120/24 = 5, clean cut display without judder. Now if I feed 23.976fps instead, how is that displayed?
I'm in Europe, and refresh rates here aren't multiples of 24 (50,100,200). Is still possible to find a TV that outputs real 24p, if yes how is it done?
On the majority of cases, 24p actually means 23.976 (or 24/1001 to be exact). A true 24p exists, but very few blu-rays have that frame rate. The difference, 0.1%, is negligible so the TV can just speed it up. Yes, it is possible to find a 24p supporting TV in Europe, just look for something called 'Real Cinema', '24p Cinematic Playback', 'Cinema Smooth', '24p True Cinema' or the like. It is done by changing the refresh rate of the panel to 96Hz, for example.
Feb 08 2013
Can you please explain how plasma 600hz sub field motion fits into all this? Does it use image interpolation? How does this fit with 24p? 600/24 = 25? Will plasma with its 600hz perform on par or better than a true 240hz lcd/led panel?
A Plasma 600Hz is not the same thing as refresh rate. When LCD TVs started to advertised refresh rates, customers wanted to compare them to Plasmas so manufacturers came up with a number in Hz. It correspond to the number of times per second a plasma cell is charged to emit light. Note that Plasmas never suffered from motion blur like LCDs, so they only advertise this to make that clear. Most Plasmas now also support image interpolation and 24p playback, but some older/low models don't.
Mar 19 2013
I purchased a TCL 48" set on Amazon.com which claims it has a Refresh Rate of 240hz. When I received my set I noticed there was no lag or judder BUT there wasn't that Soap Opera Effect I liked from an old Samsung set I had. Upon researching TCL's website, they do not list the set as being "240hz". Upon further research I found that Samsung and other companies purchase TCL's panels to make their own sets. I'm not sure if the set has a refresh rate of 240 since I cannot enable/disable it on the set. Do you know if the model LE48FHDF3300ZTA has a true refresh rate of 240 or 120 or is it just a 60 hz rate with a high backlight processing speed? I'm thinking the latter but not sure. Any help is appreciated.
Like previously mentioned, if it doesn't have the soap opera effect, it doesn't matter what the panel refresh rate is. It will only draw 60 frames per second. If you like your set, do not worry about numbers.
Apr 04 2013
Are Samsung models UN65ES8000FXZA and UN65ES8000
is just a short name for the model for north america. The UN65ES8000FXZA is the version specific to the US while UN65ES8000FXZC is for Canada.
Apr 28 2013
On my Samsung ES8000
, if there is a solid background, I notice a number of light gray lines about 2-3 inches wide running vertically across the screen. Is this normal? If not can this be corrected?
Other than that the picture is very good.
This is a defect (but rather common in Samsung' LEDs). It cannot be corrected and you will have to return the set if it bothers you and hope that the replacement will not have that problem.
Apr 30 2013
Are you sure Sony 480 uses a 120Hz panel? I thought they used a 240Hz panel.
This is for 2013 and confirmed by Sony. In 2012 it was 240Hz.
May 28 2013
From the chart, Sony's 400 motion flow and LG's MCI 400 has the panel of 100Hz. But why is it that Sony's HX750
has a soap opera effect but I can't seem to see soap opera effect on LG's 55/47 LM6200
At launch, the LM6200
didn't had that feature. It was latter added in a software update. Make sure you updated your firmware to the latest version.
Jul 11 2013
What is the native refresh rate for the panel for an LG LA6200
TV? I keep seeing conflicting comments everywhere, so I'm wondering if you guys know if this TV is a true 120hz panel or a 60hz one?
120Hz and it does have the motion interpolation setting. Check out our full review of it here
, including a slow motion video.
Aug 21 2013
Is "TruMotion" a gimmick? It's a video software that interpolates up to 120hz -- but they've only got 60hz frames. Is that typical of all 120hz tvs? Using a video software to make it 120hz? or do some (better) models provide legitimate 120hz frames?
Yes its a video software feature that creates fake frames. All 120Hz TVs works that way and none of them accept a real 120Hz input.
Aug 24 2013
What does Samsung mean by having a tv like the UN65F6300
with a 120hz and a Clear Motion of 240? Also the 6400 is listed at 120hz but a Clear Motion of 480? This is confusing to me
All the 6 series have 120Hz panels. The Clear Motion number is just marketing to try to differentiate the models more even though the only difference between these TVs is side features like 3D.
Sep 21 2013
What is the real refresh rate for LG's LA6210?
120Hz. Check out our review of the equivalent model LA6200
where we have a slow motion video of it.
Oct 04 2013
Which 46/47/50/55 Samsung/LG/Sony TV under $900USD have Motion Interpolation?
The best price/quality ratio for a TV with motion interpolation is the Samsung FH6030
Oct 22 2013
Could you please add a table for Sharp LCD TVs? It is only one producer of LCD panels with real 100 or 200 Hz, no motion interpolation.
Sharp does list the native panel refresh rate in their spec. It also list separately the AquoMotion number.
Nov 20 2013
I just purchased a LG 60LN5710 from Best Buy at $899. It advertised at 120HZ, is this the true Hz?
I just looked on LG's website, it mentions the MCI at 800.
Yes, it is a real 120Hz. It does have motion interpolation and 24p.
Dec 01 2013
Does TV with 3D option take away from picture quality when on normal TV?
Not at all. It is a separate additional feature that doesn't affect 2D capabilities. If you want though, all 3D TVs contains a 2D to 3D converter (but it isn't as good as native 3D content).
Nov 19 2012
Which one is better, the Samsung 46 LED Smart TV UE46ES5505 or Philips 47PFL4007 led tv?
They are both very similar. Both the Samsung UE46ES5505 and the Philips 47PFL4007 have an actual panel refresh rate of 50Hz. The main difference that you will find is the Samsung has better Smart TV features (more apps and better design).
Nov 21 2012
I am looking at a 50" Samsung LED Smart Full HD 1080P TV with 120 Clear Motion Rate (CMR) or a "not smart" version of the same for about the same price with 240 CMR. I like the idea of having "Smart" capability. Will I really notice the difference on a 120 vs 240 CMR?
As mentioned above, the jump from 120 CMR to 240 CMR is equivalent to a jump of a 60Hz to 120Hz refresh rate. You will most likely notice a small difference, but not coming from the refresh rate alone, but the overall picture quality instead (being a better overall panel). However, if you will use the Smart TV functionalities (actually using them, not just playing with them for the first day then forgetting about them), opt for that one even if it has a slightly less good picture quality. The difference the extra Smart TV functionalities could give you is greater than the difference in picture quality.
Nov 23 2012
Would viewing 3D on a Sony 120Hz panel with 240 Motionflow activated give the same effect as viewing 3D on a true 240Hz panel?
No. When viewing 3D on a Sony MotionFlow 240 TV, the glasses still flashes at 120 times per second. You need a MotionFlow of 480 for the glasses to alternates at 240 times per second.
Nov 25 2012
Is the Samsung 7150 series a big step up from the Samsung 6150 series? What's the difference between the two? Is it worth the higher price tag?
There are a lot of differences between the Samsung ES7150 and the ES6150. The ES7150 added functionalities that you should care are: 1) 3D capable (with 4 included glasses). 2) 240Hz vs 120Hz. 3) Micro Dimming. So yes, there is definitely a difference. Is it worth the 500$+ difference? This can only be answered by you and how you value that extra 500$ and the 3D functionality. If you are on a very tight budget, you will be happy with the 6150. If you want to watch 3D, go for the 7150.
Nov 25 2012
I bought a Samusung 46" UN46EH5300
Smart LED HDTV and it has a CMR of 120, so does that mean it's actualy a 60Hz tv? I will probably return it and get the LG 47" LED TV 47LS4500
, would this be a better TV? it says it has TruMotion of 120Hz, does it really? I REALLY want a Tv with hardly any motion blur, when the credits roll, I want them to look crystal clear, is the Samsung I bought going to be more blurry than the LG? please help, so confused.
Yes, the Samsung UN46EH5300
is actually a 60Hz TV. The LG 47LS4500
is also a 60Hz with backlight scanning. Is it worth returning your set for this one? First, can you actually see motion blur on the EH5300
? If not, then do not worry about it if you like the EH5300 overall. Most of the times, what we think is motion blur is instead just part of the video (although in you credit case, it is unlikely). I ask because motion blur is now very rare in sets of 2012, even in 60Hz TV. Also, you will lose the Smart TV functionalities if you go for the LG LS4500
. If you are still not sure, go compare them in a retail store. Bring on a USB drive a footage where you can identify motion blur on your EH5300. Let us know if you can actually see a difference in motion blur.
Nov 30 2012
I am confused about what the actual refresh rate is for the Samsung UN46EH6030
in 2D mode. It specifies a refresh rate for 3d mode only. It states "120Hz Panel refresh rate (in 3D mode)".
First of all, does it matter? There is no HDTV that can display a real 120Hz signal anyway; they all take max 60Hz @ 1080p. Because it displays 3D content, it is definitely a 120Hz panel inside, so the response time should still be good in 2D. The only thing, besides a true 24p playback, that a 60Hz lacks is motion interpolation, which arguably does not help reducing motion blur. That being said, the EH6030
just a EH6000
with 3D support added. Contrary to the EH6000, it does not have Auto Motion Plus, Samsung's name for motion interpolation. So practically, it will behave as a 60Hz TV for 2D content, due to no added frames. But unless you actually want to soap opera effect, do not worry about the EH6030 being only “60Hz” for 2D content. They probably just had to make a tradeoff in term of processing power to add 3D capabilities to the EH6000.
Dec 01 2012
I want to buy a new TV. I consider Samsung UE37D6510 or Sony KDL-40HX750. Can you recommend one of them. Is it possible to say which is better from the point of view the quality of the picture? Thank you.
They are completely two different TVs. The D6510 is a 2011 model, while the HX750
a 2012. The D6510 is a 120Hz panel vs a 240Hz for the HX750. The Sony is even bigger by 3 inches. The only thing that the Samsung has over the Sony is a better Smart TV platform. Assuming the same price, go for the Sony KDL-40HX750.
Dec 02 2012
Really looking for a 50". Sony only offers this in the EX series. The EX lists as a 120 refresh rate with Motionflow rate of 240. If I went with the HX series I would have to drop to the 46". This lists as 240 refresh rate with Motionflow of 480. I watch a lot of action movies and sports. Will I really notice the difference in the picture? Just trying to determine If I sacrifice the size for the picture quality? Any help would be appreciated.
The two main difference between the EX645
series of Sony are 1) 120Hz vs 240Hz refresh rate panel and 2) 3D. Assuming you will not watch any 3D at all, you will not really see a difference in the picture quality, at least not compensating for the difference in size.
Dec 03 2012
According to Samsung UN46EH6030
specifications it is 1080P (2D only). Does that mean 3D picture will be not good? Can you please compare picture quality of EH6030
(Both 2D and 3D)? I like to have good picture quality and reasonable 3D quality. I don't care much about SMART options and thickness of TV. Costing $400 more, does the UN46ES6500
provide better 2D and 3D picture quality compared to the UN46EH6030?
Yes the ES6500
will have a slightly better picture quality, however, the biggest difference is the Smart TV platform. Is it worth 400$ more? Only you can answer this depending on your valuation of this amount of money. Do not expect a big difference in the picture quality though, so if you do not need Smart TV features, you should probably go for the EH6030
Dec 06 2012
I'm considering the LG 47lm 47" 3d 7600 model (47LM7600
), comparing it to the Samsung UN46ES6580
46-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV (Black). The LG has better ratings from consumers and both are priced within $100 of each other. Which TV would produce a better 2d picture? Which would produce a better 3d picture? Are they similar in reliability? Is the 2d to 3d conversion satisfactory for viewing?
The Samsung UN46ES6580
series) is the same as the Samsung UN46ES6500
) series (with a slightly different bezel, 4 pairs of 3D glasses included vs 2 pairs and a web camera included), so the reviews of the ES6500 should also apply to the ES6580. As for comparing the LM7600
with the ES6500, both are very good TVs but the LG has currently a higher Rtings.com score than the Samsung, with a slightly better 2D picture. They have a completely different 3D technology though. LG uses Passive 3D while Samsung uses Active 3D (you can learn more about that here
). LG glasses are a lot cheaper and easier on the eyes (no flickering), but at the cost of half the vertical resolution. This is not as bad as it sound though; most people will not even notice the resolution drop. They are similar in reliability, both coming from premium brands. As for the 2D to 3D conversion, do not bother with it, either on the LG or Samsung. Watching an original 3D content is much better than a converted one. So overall, our advice is to go with the LG LM7600, assuming the same price.
Dec 10 2012
Which is the better of these two 3d tv's: Samsung UN46EH6030
(CMR 240) or LG LM4700
(tru motion 120). From what I understand, they are both 120 hz panels except the Samsung has no motion interpolation. I was under the impression that motion interpolation looks good for sports yet I dont like the soap opera affect on tv shows and movies. Can it be turned off on the LG?
The main difference between these two is how their 3D works, Samsung uses Active 3D while LG is Passive 3D (learn more about the differences here
). Also, the LM4700
comes with a sound bar (the LM4600
is the same but without it). Motion interpolation is a hit or miss depending on the person, but yes it can be controlled in the settings menu.
Dec 13 2012
I recently acquired an LG 42" LM6700
3D Cinema looking for a good smart TV with a 120hz refresh rate. But reading on the net, I found some post saying that LGs with TruMotion 120 have regular 60 hz panels. It´s that true?
When the LM6700
just came out, yes, it was behaving like a 60Hz panel. As mentioned previously, the only advantage to a 120Hz TV is the motion interpolation, which was disabled and not available on the LM6700. A few months later, LG provided a software update to add that feature. You just need to make sure your TV has the latest firmware and you should be good. But as always, if you like your TV, you do not need to worry about the refresh rate, it is mostly marketing because no TV can take as an input a real 120Hz signal anyway.
Dec 14 2012
Hi, this is very interesting topic here. After reading all those Q&A above, I had gain some good knowledge on TV tech here. I love to enjoy action and Sci movies. So, I guess this CMR/Real Refresh Rate kind of important for me to choose for my LED TV. My question is : If I want to test the differences on 2 model with 60Hz & 120Hz, is there any good sample of movie or clip that can be used to see the differences while playing at same time side by side? There is a stock clearance sale at my location here, I am actually intend to buy a Samsung UA46ES5600 LED TV (after searching, I still not able to find out this model is 60hz or 120hz refresh rate. At Samsung official site said this is "A new standard for motion clarity" 100Hz).
The UA46ES5600 is a 50Hz panel. The 100 number is with the backlight scanning added (we will probably update the article to put a diagram of what a backlight scan looks like in the near future). Bring a DVD/Blu-ray of your favorite action movie, ideally one with an explosion in it (alternatively, you can also put the movie on a USB drive, most TV will accept this). There is two things to look for. 1) The soap opera effect (aka the motion interpolation). If you haven't seen that effect already, play a sequence where the objects moves fast, like a car chase on the 100/120Hz TV. Toggle between the motion interpolation on and off, and see if you like it. The difference should be obvious, especially in a car chase. Then, put a scene with an explosion. This is important because an explosion is not just like a car moving fast: it is not just an object with a translation effect, but it is actually morphing. The motion interpolation algorithm has a hard time creating the fake frames with something as complex as an explosion. In this test, see if you can see artifacts (aka bugs, or errors) done by the processing. You should be able to see some depending on the scene and if you look for it. With all of this, you should determine if you hate or love that effect, one that you will not find on a 50/60Hz TV. 2) A better response time, or less motion blur. This is what marketing claims is the benefit of a 120Hz TV. This is actually very hard to see and compare using real media. Use the car chase clip again and ideally in loop. Depending on the model, there is a very small chance you actually see a difference.
Dec 15 2012
This is not an question. By the way, after reading all your information above, and I went through all the current products of Samsung, I had found some simple product line set by Samsung. They actually set their product line for those model series 3 to 5 with 60Hz and for those series 6 above starting with 120Hz refresh rate. Am i right?
Yes, Samsung product naming line works as the following: First letter is the year, E = 2012, D = 2011, C = 2010. For 2012 models, the second letter correspond to the backlight. S = Slim LED, so edge lit (except the ES9000). H = Direct lit LED. No letter = Plasma. Then, it is the series number. ≤ 5 is 50/60Hz, 6 is 100/120Hz and ≥ 7 is 200/240Hz. If you want a visual guide, check out the table here
, containing all US models.
Dec 16 2012
I am considering between LG 55 LM 6410, 6700 and 7600 models. I see their MCI rate is the same (400 hz) for 6000 series but 800 hz for 7000 series. 6410 is more in my budget but others have more freebies (motion control). I can't find what is their refresh rate.
Both the LM6400 and LM6700
have a real panel refresh rate of 100/120Hz. The LM7600
has a panel of 200/240Hz. You will not notice a big difference in term of picture quality between them, or at least not justify the higher price alone. Motion control and the likes are more gadgets than anything else, the kind of stuff that you use once for the show, then never again. Go for the LM6410.
Dec 17 2012
I am interested in the model LG 47 LM640T. Is it the same as LM6410? And as I understand it has 100 Hz panel?
Yes, the LM640T, LM6400 and LM6410 are all equivalent to each others, depending on your country. The only differences between them are country specific requirements (like 50Hz vs 60Hz) and very slight bezel visual changes. They all have a 100/120Hz panel inside.
Dec 18 2012
thanks for the all the advices given. I am considering an upgrade and I want to buy a 46/47 inch 3D tv with 240 hz and some Smart features. Which ones do you recommend ? Is LG a good option?
Check out the chart of 45" to 49" TVs
. You can filter by refresh rate to only show the 240Hz ones. As you will see in the chart, the highest rated 46" 240Hz is the Sony 46HX850
. If you want something cheaper, the LG 47LM7600
is a good option also, and about 600$ cheaper.
Dec 18 2012
In one forum about TVs I found information about panel of LG LM660T. It is written that the panel is "100Hz Black Frame Insertion". What does it mean?
This is also called backlight scanning. The backlight is turned off for a very small portion of the time, producing a black frame. The implementation differs by models, but they usually do not turn off the whole backlight at the same time, but rather alternate between parts of the screen. The goal of this (beside boosting the marketing number) is to reduce the perceived motion blur, because the flickering supposedly trick the brain into retaining less the image. We did not notice a difference however.
Dec 18 2012
(In UK) I want a smart tv 40 inch or above with good picture especially for viewing tennis or cricket. not interested in 3D . I am so confused with it all. got it down to either samsung or sony both series 8? help please . Not worried how much I spend.
Both the Samsung ES8000
and the Sony HX850
(HX853 in UK) are excellent TVs. Between those two, the Sony HX850 has a better overall picture quality. Samsung has better Smart TV features, with a lot of extras like voice control. Checkout our Smart TV guide
to compare the smart TV platforms and the apps available on the Sony vs Samsung Smart TVs. If you do not need the bigger selection of apps on the Samsung, go for the Sony HX850.
Dec 19 2012
I just bought the LG 47LM4600
. I really love the "soap opera" effect. The realness just blows me away. That is the main reason I wanted to purchase this TV. Reading the forums I am seeing that the TV does not have that effect and its really a 60hz panel. The reviews also state that there is no way to turn on the truMotion or increase the motion. Does this mean that the panel is really just a 60hz and LG is doing some funny numbers?
Yes, the 47LM4600
is acting like a 60Hz with the added backlight scanning (it could still be a 120Hz panel inside, but the TV makes no use of it). It does not have any motion interpolation, so there is no soap opera effect on it. This is indeed a marketing lie, because it is clearly advertised as a 120Hz panel with TruMotion on it. This is also true with the lower end 120Hz TVs of LG: LS4000
and LM5800. They are all acting like a 60Hz TV because they do not have the motion interpolation feature. The 6 series (LM6200
) does have it (at the beginning of the year they didn't, but it was latter added in a firmware update). We updated this article to clarify that even a 120Hz panel does not guarantee that the motion interpolation feature is present.
Dec 22 2012
Lg 47LM860v is getting bad press but I am tempted to buy against the LM670t because the former has a 800hz? And the latter a 400hz? Does this make much viewing difference. Are these ok tv's or is there something better like possibly a Toshiba? Must be passive though.
The main difference between the two is a dual core processor for the LM860v and 200Hz real panel refresh rate (vs 100Hz for the LM670t). You will not find much difference in term of picture quality between the two, so the LM670t has a much better price/quality ratio. LG is arguably the best brand of passive 3D TVs (especially if you want a decent smart TV platform), so it is a good choice.
Dec 23 2012
Just bought the lg 47lm4600
TV and yes it is advertised as 120Hz TruMotion but there is no option to turn it off. Is there a big difference in quality of picture without 120Hz? I feel like I was lied to about the TruMotion feature.
Yes, the LM4600
does not have a real TruMotion, it is only inserting black frames instead of picture frames. The difference is that you will not have any soap opera effect. This could be a good or a bad thing depending on your taste. This doesn't improve directly the picture quality, it is more related on how fast you perceive the video. For example, it is about the same difference when you go see "The Hobbit" movie in 48fps instead of normal 24fps. But of course, the LM6700
for example has a better picture quality compared to the LM4600, but it isn't really related to being a real 120Hz TV, just a better overall panel.
Dec 27 2012
I have 47LM6200
TVs. I played Netflix on both to compare the picture. With exact same setting(contrast, brightness, etc) and local led dimming off in 6700, I see the black wall in a particular screen in 6200 and bluish grey wall in 6700. Also picture is 6200 is bright and 6700 is warm meaning not straining to the eyes. I am trying to decide which TV would is better. Any advice on that? I always dont turn on TruMotion, as I like real image and not an interpreted image/movie.
and the LM6700
are very similar TV, the only difference being local dimming. The difference that you are seeing is caused just by the "normal" differences between units, even if they were the exact same model numbers. There are no two identical panels out of the factory, they all fall under a statistical distribution. Manufacturers reject panels at the extreme ends of this distribution, but there are always some variance in the models approved. This is also why you cannot copy calibration settings found on the internet: a professional calibration will varies depending on the actual panel. So instead of setting the same configuration on both panels, calibrate it so that they both look the same.
Dec 27 2012
In the LG's LM6700
, the panel refresh rate is 120hz. If the input video signal of 1080p is 60hz, does it mean the TV will display the same frame twice in a second? or the TV just displays 60hz as 60hz? I am trying to find out if the refresh rate of 120 hz is set in stone and regardless of input, it always refreshes at 120hz. If it is true (always refreshes at 120hz regardless of input), if I turn on TruMotion, the TV will try to insert artificial frame without displaying the same frame again?
One thing to keep in mind in an LCD screen is that the image is constant, it does not flashes. For example, if you display a still frame (like a picture), the pixels will never change. However, the electronics will tells every 1/120 seconds to display the picture, but because the same picture is sent to the panel, the panel doesn't change it. This isn't the case in a Plasma screen, where each frame is sent as a pulse. For a plasma to display a still picture, it is actually displaying the same frame multiple times. So to answer your question, a 60Hz signal will appear like a 60Hz signal, but the electronic circuit actually send twice each frame. The electronic circuit always behave at a 120Hz speed. If you turn on TruMotion, instead of display the same frame twice, it will create a new one. The LM6700
however also turn on and off the backlight, so even if the frame is constant, the TV will look like it is changing every frame.
Dec 28 2012
I just purchased a ES7100
60" Samsung led. I found out another store has the ES7500
for the same price. Is it worth the change? I believe the CMR is 720 vs 840 on the 7500.
Picture quality wise, you will not see a difference between the Samsung ES7100
. They both have a refresh rate of 240Hz. It has a slightly better version of Micro Dimming, but it is not something you will notice. The only real advantage of the ES7500 is the Smart Touch remote, which can be used to control the television in various ways including motion control. If you think will use that remote, go exchange it but otherwise, keep your ES7100.
Dec 28 2012
I was wondering how good is this Samsung 46" Class (45.9" Diag.) LCD 550 Series TV?
Full HD 1080p Resolution and Clear Motion Rate of 60.
My cousin offered me for $400 brand new unopened.
Can I watch movies with action movement with sharp detail?
I just was wondering if CMR 60 is enough for movies and sports events? Somebody told me at least to have CMR 120. And is it worth to give $400 for a brand new tv?
400$ for a new LN46E550 is a good deal. Keep in mind though that the LN46E550 is Samsung's lowest 46" TV. Therefore, the picture quality will not be as good as the better models. A CMR of 120 has actually the same panel refresh rate as a CMR of 60, they just add turning off and on the backlight. As for if it is worth it to buy a brand new TV for 400$, only you can answer this based on how often you will use it and how much money this represent to you. If you are watching TV multiple hours a day and still have an old CRT TV, the switch might be more worth it.
Dec 28 2012
I am looking at a 40 inch TV with a good picture. I was looking at the Samsung EH5000
series with 60Hz. Is the tv worth buying or should I go for the full 120Hz?
As mentioned in this article, the main reasons to buy a 120Hz TV are if you want the soap opera effect or for a true 24p playback. Is it worth paying more for this? It really depends on you and how you value the extra cost. Do not expect a big difference in picture quality though, the biggest difference is really the soap opera effect which can be turned off.
Dec 30 2012
I am looking to purchase a new 3D TV. My local retailer is offering a LG LM55760T with an exclusive 800hz processing rate yet is advertising a 200hz motion rate are they two different things? or is this some clever marketing?
The actual panel is 200hz, the 800Hz "processing rate" is just a made up number.
Dec 31 2012
I just bought a Samsung ue46eh6030 only to find out after the purchase about the real meaning of 200hz cmr. I'm coming from a LG 32ld550 which is 100hz. Will I notice a difference between both sets in terms of image smoothness from one frame to another? Should I return it and look for an alternative? If so any recommendation in the 700€ range?
You will not really see a difference, the biggest difference will be the size. If you are used to having the TruMotion option turned on your 32LD550, you will not like the EH6030
because there is no motion interpolation available on that model. If you absolutely want 3D, check out the LG 47LM6200
. If you do not care about 3D, get the EH6000
, which is the same thing as the EH6030 but without 3D and with motion interpolation.
Jan 01 2013
I like the effect of Samsung's 120hz auto motion. I'm thinking about upgrading to an led tv. I don't seem to see auto motion any more. I see their higher refresh rates 240, clear motion and what not. I want to know if they are maintaining the picture interoplation features? With my current tv, I've gotten used to auto motion and don't even notice it any more until I watch a standard tv for a while.
Yes, all Samsung LED TVs with a clear motion rate of 240 or higher (which correspond to a panel of 120Hz or higher) have the Auto Motion Plus feature. The only exception is the EH6030
Jan 02 2013
Is the Samsung ue46eh6030 a 100hz set or 50hz? I already know that it doesn't have motion interpolation. On my Lg 32LD550 when I turn off True Motion is it passing to 50hz or just turning of the Motion Interpolation?
A 120/100Hz TV with the motion interpolation turned off will behave the same way as a 60/50Hz TV, everything else aside. So it does not matter if the panel behind the ES6030 is really a 120/100Hz or 60/50Hz.
Jan 09 2013
My Philips has a 100 Hz Perfect Motion Rate. What is its actual refresh rate?
A Philips Perfect Motion Rate of 100 equals a panel of 50Hz.
Jan 11 2013
Is LG 42LM3450 a real 100Hz? Can it handle 3D at this rate?
No, it is a 50Hz panel. All of 3D TVs from LG use Passive 3D, which works on any refresh rate, contrary to TVs using Active 3D.
Jan 12 2013
Does 60hz vs 120hz matter for gaming on Xbox 360 or ps3; especially for 1st person shooters?
There is no console that output at 120Hz. There is no TV that accept such signal anyway. Also, motion interpolation increase to much the input lag that it becomes unusable for games, especially FPS. Therefore, no, a 120Hz is useless for games. However, the best TVs are at least 120Hz these days, so good TVs with minimal motion blur and good picture quality are at least 120Hz. So do not look at the refresh rate, but you will have a better picture quality with higher end models.
Jan 13 2013
Hi, I discovered that Samsung are selling tv model SAMSUNG UE55ES8000 3D LED Smart TV with 800hz in Europe but when I check the United States website the same tv is show a different hz which is 240hz. I just want to know why the difference.
In Europe, the UE55ES8000 has a 200Hz panel (even if it is advertised as 800). In US, it is sometimes also advertised as 960, or a real panel of 240hz. The 200/240 difference is due to the electrical system used by the country (50Hz vs 60Hz). The number displayed by the manufacturer is just a multiplier of the base frequency.
Jan 15 2013
I have a samsung tv UN55EH6030FXZA that has only the led motion plus function. Is this function the same as auto motion plus? What is your opinion on this tv?
LED Motion Plus is not the same as Auto Motion Plus. LED Motion Plus refer to the backlight scanning (it turns off the backlight after each frame). Therefore, if you turn it on, you will see the screen dim. Auto Motion Plus is the motion interpolation function. Due to being advertised as a 120Hz TV but it does not have Auto Motion Plus, we do not really recommend the EH6030
Jan 16 2013
Does the toshiba TL936B have the motion interpolation effect? I believe it has a 100hz refresh rate from what I read.
Yes, it is called Active Vision. A 200 AMR (Active Motion and Resolution) of Toshiba correspond to a 100Hz panel + 100Hz for the backlight scanning.
Jan 18 2013
What is your view on Samsung UN46EH6070
as regards picture clarity and 3D rendering? Specs say that its a 120Hz backlit 3D TV with 240CMR. Its not a slim TV like the edge lit ones. Is it a good 3D TV when compared with LG 47LM4600
is like the EH6030
: they do not have motion interpolation so they act like a 60Hz TV. The same is true with the LM4600
. If you plan on watching a lot of 3D, you will probably prefer the LM4600 due to its passive 3D technology (Samsung uses active shutter). For entry/mid level TVs, passive has less crosstalk.
Jan 22 2013
Could I use in France a LED 120Hz TV bought in USA (power source of the item 100V ~ 240V, 50/60Hz) with an USB TNT tuner or french cablebox like Freebox ?
It depends which models. Most US TVs do not support a 25/50 Hz input via HDMI, but some do. Also, the USB TNT tuner will not work on any TV, this is meant to be used with a PC, not a TV.
Jan 26 2013
The Samsung UN55EH6050 is a $1300 set being sold with a $500 rebate at a club store. Do you think this is a good set for the money or do you think that this model has some draw backs? My Samsung plasma which I loved, just conked out and I am looking for a new set in the 50 to 55 inch range.
The EH6050 is exactly like the EH6000
, but it is a version unique for wholesale stores. For your 800$ price, it is a very good 55" TV. Its main drawback are a narrow viewing angle and slight motion blur.
Jan 30 2013
Which TV is better for games, Samsung ES7100
or ES7150? Have been looking at TVs for 2 months and can't decide on one. Would like it to be at least a 55inch. Also watch a lot of movies, so a great picture also. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The Samsung ES7100
and ES7150 are the exact same TV, except the ES7150 comes with an additional wireless keyboard. They are both all around good purchases.
Feb 01 2013
I am in doubt about two different TVs: one is a Sony 60" with motion flow 240hz and the other is a Sony 55" with motion flow 480hz. My preference is a bigger TV, but I'm in doubt about the refresh rate. Is the difference too big?
If you are in doubt, get the bigger one (the 60" with Motion Flow 240Hz, so a panel of 120Hz). The majority of people will prefer the difference in size than the difference in picture quality of the jump from 120Hz to 240Hz (real refresh rate, not Motion Flow). The difference in picture quality is there, but unless you are very picky, the difference in size is bigger.
Feb 10 2013
What is the response tine of the LG ls4500
(not the refresh rate)? The tech person hung up on me with that question.
There is no reliable way to measure the response time. Manufacturers once provided this number (usually gray to gray). But due to no standardized way of measuring it, the numbers were purely crafted by marketing. Now, marketing rely on the refresh rate instead. So to answer your question, there is no way to know.
Feb 21 2013
Philips 55PFL5507T has a 400Hz Perfect Motion Rate.
What is its actual refresh rate? 100 or 200 HZ?
Mar 03 2013
Hitachi has "120Hz 1080p Perfected (1920 x 1080)". What does this mean?
This is just a marketing term that they use when referring to their 1080p 120Hz TV. This is no different than a 120Hz 1080p television with motion interpolation.
Mar 11 2013
Any idea what the Panasonic TC-L60E55 refresh rate is? Thoughts on it for around $1,500.
120Hz. At 60" for $1,500, it is a good choice if you do not care about Smart TV features.
Mar 28 2013
I play a lot of FPS and stuff on PS3 but I am experiencing lag on a console? My tv is a BenQ 23 or 24 inch Full Hd led but it only has 50hz (I live in Denmark so we have 50hz 100hz 200hz 400hz 600hz 800hz). So would it make a difference if I bought a tv with 100hz or shall I go safe and pick one with 200hz?
Lag, or also called input lag, is not affected by the refresh rate of the panel. It is mostly affected by the amount of processing the TV does to the input signal. Therefore, getting a higher refresh rate TV will not solve your problem (unless that TV does less processing). Try disabling all settings and set your TV into gaming mode.
Apr 01 2013
How does the video processor archive blur reduction and judder reduction in AutoMotion Plus? And what are the values behind the default profiles (i.e. clear (low), standard (med) and smooth (high))?
The Auto Motion Plus is Samsung's name for motion interpolation (like explained in this article). The values are arbitrary and represent the amount of interpolation done on the video. The High setting will be a lot more aggressive in the interpolation, making it more evident to the user.
Apr 02 2013
How does the "2500Hz Focused Field Drive" of the Panasonic VT50
thing feature in all this? (I was looking at the 65" one which is P65VT50
). Seems like TRUE refresh rate of any one part of the screen is not going to be above 240 Hz anyway. Even in Plasma TVs... am I right? Or just being silly?
Plasmas do not work the same way as LCDs. They do not have any motion blur at all. They do not hold the picture for the duration of the frame, but instead create a spike (or multiple depending on the model) at the beginning of the frame. When LCDs began increasing their refresh rates, plasmas also wanted to be part of this marketing bandwagon. Therefore, they advertised the time of spike in the Hz unit (1 / second). This was just to show that plasmas are superior in the motion blur aspect (which was always true). Do not worry about any Hz for plasmas.
Apr 03 2013
Should I go for LG LM6700
which has MCI of 400hz or the Sony HX850
Both are good but the Sony has an edge on the picture. The smart platform and 3D are better on the LG though (assuming you prefer passive 3D over active).
Apr 07 2013
Will LG 55ML6700 be a better choice as compared to other 55inch LED TV?
We cannot answer this question. It depends on your budget, your room, your usage and your personal preferences. It is a very good TV for its price though.
Apr 09 2013
I bought the UN55EH6030
a few weeks ago because a specific price drop. It replaced the UN46C8000. At first I thought I downgraded of TV. But now, after some hours using it. I think the EH6030
is better when compared to C8000. Am I missing something? Don't I consider something when comparing them? Could I find a better 55" TV for that price? ($800). I don't care about Smart TV. I care about the best quality for gaming and watching Bluray movies.
If you are happy with your purchase, why are you asking all these questions? Technically, yes the EH6030
is a lower model than the C8000 (although it is 1 year newer). However, the majority of people do not need the top of the line TV because they couldn't tell the difference in the picture quality anyway. Consider yourself lucky that you do not need to spend twice the price to be happy with your purchase.
Apr 20 2013
Do you think motion blur for decent/good quality LED TVs these days is significantly worse than for plasmas of the same size?
Yes, but LED motion handling is good enough for 90% of the population. Most people will not even be able to tell the difference between an LED and plasma motion wise. When using normal footage (like a movie), motion blur can barely be seen and most of the time it is actually in the video content. The difference between a plasma and LED is more evident when using special patterns, created to expose these flaws.
May 04 2013
I'm thinking about purchasing a Samsung UN55ES8000
or it's new replacement the UN55F8000
. Aside from the smart hub interface (which I don't plan to surf on my TV) are the panels and or picture quality virtually the same? It's a $450 difference right now. Also, do you know if this "Evolution Kit" is just a Smart hub upgrade? For example it won't give my TV the "LED edge backlight with Precision Black hardware..." that Samsung will have on the F8000
or do you think it will?
The panel quality is very similar. Unlike plasma, the technology in LCD panels haven't really improved in the past few years. The biggest difference picture quality wise between the ES8000
and the F8000
is a better backlight uniformity (this was something that plagued all Samsung LEDs in the past). This alone could be worth it for you if you hate clouding issues. The evolution kit is really just for the Smart hub upgrade.
May 05 2013
I am looking to buy a new TV specifically for 3D viewing but can't decide which model/brand to buy between Samsung (my budget can go up to ES7500
), LG or Sony of equivalent spec. all of which have pros and cons. For myself, I'm willing to sacrifice lower smart TV features for better 3D experience. Also, at this point, leaning toward passive 3D because of flashing effect in active 3D (still not sure yet because I read from your other article that at 240Hz the flickering is reduced). Thank you in advance for your response
I agree with you that you should go with a passive 3D TV, this is what most people prefer. LG TVs in general have better viewing angle than Samsung and Sony, but at the expense of not as good blacks (so lower contrast). If you are watching TV with the lights on, it doesn't really matter.
May 26 2013
Does the LG LN5700
have motion interpolation?
Yes it does.
Jul 06 2013
I just bought a toshiba with a supposed frame rate of 120hz. However, when I push the info it reads "frame rate: 60." Why the discrepancy? Are these different units of measurement?
The TV displays the input signal, which does not include its own generated frames. This is normal, every TV does this.
Jul 10 2013
I'm from South Africa and I have just bought a Samsung UA46ES7500RXXA tv. I had a Sony 55EX630 with motion flow 200 that I returned as a result of a blur on the screen especially when watching rugby and with fast movements. I found that the Samsung is doing the same, only it's not as obvious as the Samsung is a 46 inch and the sony was a 55 inch. What is the caus of this as it is highly frustrating. Is there any way I could fix this issue? And what is the true motion rate of the samsung? Thanks in advance!
Every LED TV will have motion blur. The majority of people though do not notice it but it is evident when you use a slow motion camera. If you want a faster response time, go for a plasma TV. That being said, make sure that what you are considering as blur is really caused by the TV. 99% of the time the blur is actually in the video footage (especially in movies). A good test is to paused the footage and if it is still blurry, it is not caused the TV.
Jul 29 2013
I Just bought Samsung UE46F6675SBXXE it's marketed as 600 Hz CMR so is it 60 or 120 panel, my pc wont let me change it any higher than 60 hz.
This is normal, as mentioned in the last part of the article, there is no current TV that actually accepts a 120Hz signal, even 120Hz or 240Hz panels.
Aug 07 2013
I know you said not to worry about plasma hz, but I don't know whether to buy a LED or plasma, and I want the most true picture possible for my money. So a 2500hz FFD is equivalent in LED hz? Is it worth the cost in electricity bills to get a plasma rather than a LED? Lastly if I purchase a PVR TV, will any USB work or does it have to be the TV makers brand of USB or HDD for recording?
A 2500Hz FFD can't be compared to an LED Hz because it is not the number of frames per second the TV can display. Nearly all plasmas have less blur than an LED. Check out our full plasma vs led guide
for the full throw down including power consumption. Any USB drive will work with your PVR TV.
Aug 20 2013
-- this 'trumotion 120' is throwing me off. Is this true 120hz or not?
It does have the motion interpolation settings, so yes, it can generate 120 frames per second.
Aug 20 2013
I have purchased a LG LED TV 42LM7600 with a MCI of 800 Hz. I have a problem while watching the news channels where the tickers show a motion blur. The movies also show the soap opera effect. What should be the recommended settings for TruMotion to minimize this blur?
The blur is probably from the soap opera effect artifacts. Try setting the TruMotion settings to Off.
Aug 31 2013
shows "TruMotion 120Hz" on LG website, no reference to actual refresh rate, and no reference at all to this feature in the box or manual. In the stores (Bestbuy, Futureshop, Costco, etc.) they are advertising as native 120 Hz and TruMotion 120 Hz. From your table, it looks like trumotion 120 hz is actually 120 hz but reading over your article it seems like it could be 60 hz or 120 hz and remains a hidden fact.
does not have motion interpolation, but it does have 24p playback. The actual refresh rate number does not matter. The motion blur is the same as the LA5700 or the LA6200
(check out our slow motion videos).
Sep 11 2013
I am about to buy the LG 55LA6408. Most comments at the internet say that it has a 50 Hz panel. Are you really sure that its 100 Hz?
Yes, check out our slow motion video of the LA6200
(the model equivalent in North America) to see the motion interpolation feature. You can clearly see the added frames.
Oct 20 2013
What is the real refresh rate for Samsung UE55F6640?
Oct 22 2013
What is the real refresh rate for Samsung UN55F7100
Oct 27 2013
I'm looking for a 120Hz screen for my computer and I plan to watch movies and play games at over 100fps.
Is the Samsung 40f6100 a true 120Hz pannel with all the effects like movie mode-motion "magic" turned off? I want a screen able to behave like a 120Hz monitor.Or I should go for f6500?
Unfortunately, there are no TV that officially support an input frame rate of more than 60fps yet. It can be done on some TVs, but it is undocumented and not guaranteed.
Oct 30 2013
Are 120Hz televisions bad for gaming?
They are not bad, it is just that the 120Hz is not useful for console gaming. Motion interpolation needs to be turned off during games because it adds too much input lag. Also, console games are only 30 or 60 frames per second.
Nov 12 2013
I was considering a 100Hz TV (LG), but now I can get the 200Hz version for the same price. The TV's are very similar, just some more features on the 200Hz version which also has better looks. Is there any disadvantage chosing the 200Hz version? Can you set the 200Hz to 100Hz instead if that's a problem?
There is no downside, so if they are the same price, get the higher model.
Nov 20 2013
has 2500 Hz and GT60 has 3000 Hz. So what is the real refresh rate values for Panasonic of that kind?
The refresh rate of plasma TVs does not mean the same thing as of LCDs, so you can't really compare the number. It isn't the number of full frames that they can display per second, but the duration of the short period of excitement of the phosphor cell. To display a full frame, it will flashes multiple times (depending on the intensity of the picture).
Nov 26 2013
What is a better tv between the Vizio M401i-a3 and the Samsung UN40f6300
We haven't tested that Vizio yet unfortunately, so we can't compare them. The UN40F6300
is a really good TV though for the price.
Nov 27 2013
I'm pondering over two different LED TV's the Samsung UN46F6300
and the LG 47LN5700
both are smart TV's and slightly different cost. Which is better?
It depends what you prefer. The UN46F6300
has an overall better picture quality, especially the contrast. However, the viewing angle is less than the 47LN5400
. If you don't care about the viewing angle, go for the Samsung.
Dec 12 2013
I just bought this Samsung UN32F5500
. It lacks of the "Auto Motion Plus" (AMP) function. I really like the "Soap Opera" effect. So, I have two questions:
a) Is this TV "physically" (or "technologically") capable to support the AMP function? (I guess, it works by software)
b) Would it be possible/probable that Samsung includes it for this model in some future firmware release?
a) Most likely yes
b) Very unlikely. Samsung rarely updates firmware of its released TVs, and if they do it will be to fix important bugs, not to add features to it.