TV Pros Chime In: Refresh Rate for 4K TV's?


Mar 14, 2015
Crossposted on another forum:

TV pros, can you help me with an issue?

So I'm looking to purchase a 4K tv with a budget of roughly 1100.

Samsung UN50HU6950 50-Inch 4K / $921 / 60Hz
LG Electronics 49UB8500 49-Inch 4K / $1,199 / 120Hz
LG Electronics 49UB8200 49-Inch 4K /$1,029 / 60Hz
Samsung UN55HU6840FXZA 55-Inch 4K / $950 / ?

I keep reading about Samsung's "Clear Motion" and how its refresh rate is 240Hz but I also read that those are misleading stats and that isn't the native refresh rate.

TBH, not sure how important refresh rate is when it comes to TV's or Monitors in general other than "higher the refresh rate. Better for fast moving sports and games"

Can anyone chime in on what the best TV to go with on the list above? Off list recs are welcome too as long its not Vizio (had a bad exp with them).


Nov 5, 2014
I would get the LG UB8500 series. It is the cheapest high quality 4k TV that doesn't seem like it has cheap parts that can cause problems. I have had the Samsung 6950 series before and they won't be good for gaming unless you get one of the bigger sizes for HDMI 2.0. So the Samsung TVs are out of the picture. From reading reviews and looking at the TV ratings, anything below the UB8500 series for LG doesn't seem very promising, like only 3 stars rating, and plenty of people complain about it. The CMR (Clear Motion Rate) from Samsung are just advertising in making you want to buy them. If they said there is a 4k 60Hz TV for $1,000 and there is a 4k 240Hz TV for $ 1,200, which one would you buy? If you're gaming, obviously you'll want more refresh rate for your TV for that small price difference. When you are looking for 4k TVs for gaming, the first thing you ask is if the TV has at least HDMI 2.0 or display port 1.2. to actually achieve 4k@60Hz. So whatever the title says, 60Hz or 3000Hz, don't believe them, just find information about the ports. Anyways, the LG UB8500 TV above has 1x HDMI 2.0 and 3x HDMI 1.4, the 4th port will most likely be the port that is HDMI 2.0. As long as you get a high quality TV, you shouldn't notice too much or no lag at all than when you were playing on a monitor. Going too cheap is not a good idea for 4k TVs. That's the main difference between TVs and monitors, monitor's has the lowest response time. I switched from a 28 inch 4k monitor of 1 ms response time to a 58 inch 4k TV (Not sure what my TV's response time is, probably a lot higher), I don't notice a huge difference. So I would get the UB8500 TV since it does have HDMI 2.0 and it is an IPS display. I hope that's enough information :)
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