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8ms vs. 5ms Is there really a visual difference???

by JJRS14 / June 27, 2008 5:18 PM PDT

I've narrowed my TV search down to two TV's last years 71 series and this years 550 series. I know the 550 series has a better dynamic contrast ratio 30,000:1 vs. 25,000:1 and the response time is better 5ms vs. 8ms but I like the 71 series more. The cabinet looks better, it has the glossy screen vs. matte screen, 120hz vs. no 120hz., and when I go to best buy the picture on the 71 series just looks better(I know you can't judge by the store display). My question is there really a visual difference between 8ms vs. 5ms response time because when i go to best buy to compare the TV's i see no blur on either TV. Cnet community please help!!!

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by CyclonicKitten / July 1, 2008 4:13 PM PDT

There IS a small difference between the two response times. First off are you going to be playing any video games? If so the GENERAL rule is to go with faster response times. Now, there are other differences between these TVs your looking at. The 71 series is wider because of the speakers on the sides and it also has the glossy screen, slower menu, i don't BELIEVE an entertainment mode (correct me if im wrong) and the old 120hz processor. My question to you is if your considering a 71 series, why are you NOT considering a 650 series? If you want the 120hz bad enough don't get a 71, get a 650. The processing they use is much more refined in the 650 series with WAY fewer artifacts. At this stage where the 650 and 750 are out and with other products shortly on the horizon i would not purchase a 71 series.
The short of it is that i would not purchase a 71 i would wait for the prices 0f the 650 to go down, a new/cheaper 120hz model to come out or get a 550. I personally own the 40 inch 550 series. Also i would recommend reading my post talking about the rumored 630 series. This may aid your decision...

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by CyclonicKitten / July 1, 2008 4:19 PM PDT
In reply to: hmm

i also wanted to add that i had a PANASONIC rep come in to my store the other day and he brought a demo disc that had a lot of wide panning shots and scrolling items go across the screen such as newspapers. He hooked 2 TVs up to the blu-ray player one was an LCD and one was a PLASMA, both were Panasonic. The LCD had a 6.3ms response time or something close to that. Im not entirely sure was the plasmas response time was but (as always) it was faster. It was enough to make the difference of being able to read the words on the news paper on the plasma to it just being a complete blur on the LCD and completely illegible. I have known response time was a big deal but once i saw this demo it better helped me as a consumer (and salesman) visualize the response time difference. Faster is better, friend.

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