Do 120Hz HDTV images look 'fake' ?

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hubby
Do 120Hz HDTV images look 'fake' ?

Since we were the "first on the block" to get our HDTV back around 2000, it's about time to think about replacing it - it's had major service twice in the last 2 years, and i'm afraid it's days are numbered.. So I've been looking at all the fancy new HDTV's and options and was comparing the regular 60hz units to the 120Hz ones. As i understand it, since TV (or HDTV) is transmitted at ~60Hz, a 120hz TV has to interpolate (make up) the extra images. They are supposed to look better and have less motion-blur.

So, in comparing a few 120Hz HDTV's during some casual shopping I watched a few minutes of "Rush Hour" on one 120Hz TV and an old Beatles movie on another. The thing that struck me was that movies on the 120Hz TV's looked like they were "video" - you know how a TV commercial looks different from a movie? Well, these movies were so bright and crisp, they had that "video" look. I didnt like it - it made the movies look fake or plastic. I tried to get my shopping partner (ehem, self proclaimed 'the geek') and she had no idea what I was talking about, and could not see any difference - but the difference was like black-and-white to me.

Does anyone have a 120Hz HDTV or looked at them at the stores? Am I crazy or do you know what i'm talkin'bout?

   

   

Anonymous Visitor
Re: Do 120Hz HDTV images look 'fake' ?

I know what you are talking about. I recently purchased a HDTV and am having the same problems - all the movies look like documentaries instead of movies. The layers of filtering and lighting effects the film makers use is stripped away and the "magic" of the movie is gone. I am hoping there are some settings I can play with to change this. I am still researching it.

mmbrooks
Re: Do 120Hz HDTV images look 'fake' ?

Get the 240 hz Sony Bravia XBR. Trust me, it's the best looking one out there right now. No matter what the guy at best buy tries to say. I did a lot of research and you can't beat the color/engine/etc (do some research on the true color stuff).. not to mention it syncs with so much stuff like PS3's etc.

http://www.sonystyle.com/

Anonymous Visitor
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Just turn off any motion blur. That should do the trick.
Anonymous Visitor
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no you arent crazy. My girlfriend cant tella difference either. it DOES look like a documentary..but i have a 37'' viseo 1080p...I do not know how to change the htz. but yes. it is night and day difference.

Anonymous Visitor
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haha 37''
Anonymous Visitor
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We saw the same thing with our new 120-hz Samsung... we turned off the "Auto Motion Plus" feature and it looks much better now. Funny though to pay a bunch for new technology and turn it off! Hubby intends to turn the feature back on to watch sports.

Anonymous Visitor
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I just bought a 120-hz Samsung with "Auto Motion Plus" as well. The fake look was driving me crazy. Thanks for the tip about turning off the Motion Plus, much better now.

Anonymous Visitor
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hello how do you turn off auto motion plus please let me know thank you
Pembo210
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Yeah, if the signal going in isn't synced at 120 then it does have to "guess" at what would be between the gaps and that could cause some lag or "strange" picture look/feel. It can even cause a feeling kinda like seasickness.

On the upnote, if you do have a 120hz signal like from a bluray player or satellite HD signal, it is SOOOOO much more crisp and there is almost no motion blur. Pluse the color quality is much better.

hubby
Re: Do 120Hz HDTV images look 'fake' ?

it's that "crisp" that looks 'fake' to me when watching a filmed movie.

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