Does 60/120hz really matter for a 42" LED HDTV?

budmonster

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I purchased a LG 42" 1080p 60hz LED HDTV (42LN5300) from HHGREGG not to long ago and just had some questions.

-Is there a huge difference between the LG 42" 60hz and 120hz? I bought my 42" 60hz for $408, open box. I was going to return it for a "42 120hz for $449. Should I go through the hassle of returning it?

- What is all this talk about S-IPS, D, Y, etc. I'm confused on what all this means? What model should I be wanting to have? I have a 42" btw. Over at the AVS forum they mention it.

-When I turn my cable(fios) on my tv says 1080i 60hz at the top. Shouldn't it say 1080p? I had it on on several HD channels.
 

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i actually have 120hz mode turned off for normal television.

having 120hz on can cause "the soap opera effect" where people can look "plasticy" or "fake". the reason we think this is because budget soap operas are often shot at 60fps unlike the 24fps the film industry uses. while 60fps is quite a bit more natural... we are just so used to seeing it the other way.

120hz looks fine for sports though and actually shows motion better (no blur)

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i would keep the 1080p 60hz television. there isnt any reason to get a 120hz unless you watch alot of sports and you notice blur while watching sports on your 60hz. if not, keep what you have.

s-ips is a panel type. basically a wide viewing angle combined with the ability to display many colors accurately. my current television is s-ips i believe but its not required. tvs often use different subtypes of panels than computers do though. basically its just a step above any of the cheaper televisions in terms of panel specs. i'm not sure if its available in 120hz though (i know it isnt for monitors).

cable television may not be broadcast in 1080p. it might be in 1080i. or certain programs which appear on tv may be broadcast in whatever resolution they have on hand. standard defnintion, 720p, 1080i, 1080p may all be on the same channel for instance. talk with your provider if you have any questions about this subject.

there isnt a limit to bandwith with fios.
 

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Not sure about some of your questions, but I would imagine most people could not tall the difference between 60hz and 120hz.

As for cable being 1080i, I know that a lot of HD TV boxes in the uk only output at 1080i, rather than 1080p. I don't know why, exactly, but I would guess data / bandwith limitations on the mode of transmission.
 

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i actually have 120hz mode turned off for normal television.

having 120hz on can cause "the soap opera effect" where people can look "plasticy" or "fake". the reason we think this is because budget soap operas are often shot at 60fps unlike the 24fps the film industry uses. while 60fps is quite a bit more natural... we are just so used to seeing it the other way.

120hz looks fine for sports though and actually shows motion better (no blur)

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i would keep the 1080p 60hz television. there isnt any reason to get a 120hz unless you watch alot of sports and you notice blur while watching sports on your 60hz. if not, keep what you have.

s-ips is a panel type. basically a wide viewing angle combined with the ability to display many colors accurately. my current television is s-ips i believe but its not required. tvs often use different subtypes of panels than computers do though. basically its just a step above any of the cheaper televisions in terms of panel specs. i'm not sure if its available in 120hz though (i know it isnt for monitors).

cable television may not be broadcast in 1080p. it might be in 1080i. or certain programs which appear on tv may be broadcast in whatever resolution they have on hand. standard defnintion, 720p, 1080i, 1080p may all be on the same channel for instance. talk with your provider if you have any questions about this subject.

there isnt a limit to bandwith with fios.
 

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In your opinion what TV should I get:
LG 42" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model: 42LN5400) $449.99
LG 42" 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (Model: 42LN5700) $599.99
Toshiba 39" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model: 39L1350U) $369.99
Toshiba 39" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model: 39L2300U) $389.95
 

ssddx

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what is the reason you want to return your current tv?

honestly after having 120hz in the house... i turned it off for being crud (we dont watch sports)

i would stick with what you have.

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if thats not an option... go with something from samsung, sony or lg.
 

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At 60hz the TV is fuzzy/grainy. I can see all the blocks, it just looks pixelated.
 

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FYI, I returned the LN5300 and got the LN5700 Smart TV. Both TV's only support 1080i through HDMI, not 1080p? It supports 1080p only through component. My LG 50PN6500 Plasma supports 1080p through HDMI & component. I'm confused? Do some TV's only supports 1080i and some only 1080p and is there a big difference?
 

ssddx

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1080i vs 1080p
http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/1080p-vs-1080i-whats-the-difference/

hmm thats odd.. i never would have thought.. apparently some tvs are like that. first i've heard of something silly like that though.
HDMI: 1080i, Component: 1080p, RF: 720p
looks like the tv was $799.. for that price range what about this? just got one for the parents (who use it in 60hz mode not 120hz mode and i have 240 motion flow disabled) and it seems to work fine with the dvd and pc. afaik its 1080p across all the hdmi sources. they have it down at best buy if you wanted to take a look.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/50-class-49-1-2-diag--led-1080p-120hz-hdtv/4846838.p?id=1218551143533&skuId=4846838&st=samsung%2050%22&cp=1&lp=1



 

ssddx

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well because it is capable of 1080p (over component).

its just as bad as them calling them "led tv" when in reality they are LCD (with led backlighting).

false advertising a cheaply made poorly designed product to try and make money.

if all products worked how they should, had all the features they should and were all good quality the world would be a much more different place....
 

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I guess I was wrong. I've posted on several HDTV forums and everyone has said that my TV is 1080p and that the online manaul is a typo.
 

ssddx

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well you cannot just assume its a typo.

it may be, it may be not. only the manufacturer could tell you (and customer service would be oblivious as they would just read the specs).

in any case the tv may be unrelated. technically 1080i *IS* hd. some fios channels may be 1080i only. try playing bluerays or other files known to be 1080p and see if your tv supports it.
 
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