does 120Hz really make a difference?

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  1. Matt915

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    I'm thinking of getting this TV for my living room. I'd be about 6-8' away from it when watching, and I'd be using it mostly for watching sports. It's only 60hz though so I hesitate...does it really make a difference?
     
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    Go some place like BestBuy or Walmart and look at different TVs and find a 60hz and a 120 and a 240 and see what happens.

    BTW if budget is an issue then why not a Vizio? I think they are the best tv you can get for the money. But do your homework before taking my word.
     
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    i have a sony xbr 120hz "motion flow". No, makes no difference that i can really see. i tried watching racing, switching between on/off and i didn't really notice anything.
    same with gaming. i think it was yet another marketing thing. maybe a real 120hz tv would be better?

    how about a plasma? should be found for cheaper. i got a 42" LG Plasma for my bedroom cheaper than that tv.
     
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    You are only turning 'motion flow' and and off. The 120 part stayed on all the time.

    I think you have to really be watching the right thing to notice the difference.

    Watching Nascar might show you the difference or a Hockey game etc etc.

    Watching Animal Planet though...
     
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    I hadn't thought of a plasma......

    Budget is definitely an issue. Is Vizio reputable? I honestly have never had an appliance from them before. Had a ton of Toshiba TVs and they've all been good, that's why I was looking at that model
     
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    Look at the reviews of Vizio. They are some of the best reviewed TVs on the market.

    Go to book store and find a consumer reports buying guide and look through it etc etc.

    Or just google till you go crazy :)
     
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    yeah, i just checked my consumerreports subscription....for some reason I thought they were an off brand...guess not.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting this Vizio E420VO, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for sales
     
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    For the money I'd much rather get a 720p plasma if you can fit a 42" in the space. A Panasonic or Samsung can be had for as low as $399 with a normal price in the $450 to $500 range. I still prefer plasma panels to LCD and they don't suffer from the judder that even 120hz LCD's still have in some sweeping scenes.
     
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    No. Pixel refresh rate will make more of a difference. The 120/240 thing is more overhyped than 1080p. The only REAL use for it is playing back 24hz so that the tv doesn't have to use 3:2 pulldown on Blu-Ray DVDs.

    If you'll be watching tv in an environment where you can control reflections, get a plasma. You'll be glad you did.
     
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    I've got the Toshiba in the OP, no complaints. I spent quite a bit of time in the store trying to see a difference between the 60hz and 120hz sets side by side and couldn't spot any difference, the only difference I may have seen was in my peripheral vision and disappeared as soon as I tried to focus on it. I'm really not too much of a videophile, I don't watch sports and I don't play video games and I don't care about 3d, my opinion is worth what you paid.