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Flickering subtitles shortly after appearance on LCD TV

I got a Toshiba 37" LCD HDTV (model: 37LW166). I use the analog connection from my old receiver (not the HDMI). It's particularly good at DVD playing. Everything is vibrant and sharp as it should be.

I only noticed that the subtitles in movies (in all channels) flicker shortly after appearance. In other words, when a new subtitle text appears, it flicker (blurs) for half a second and then becomes sharp. As long as no next subtitle text comes up, the shown text remains sharp. It's very evident with black bordered text. It's less evident in cartoon shows like Powerpuff Girls (they're heavily black bordered), but it's definitely there. I guess it has something to do with the response rate, right? The RR is 8ms, so is this normal for this rate? It's very apparent and even annoying. The strange thing is that I don't notice any motion blur in fast-paced movies.

Is there anything I can do to lessen this annoying issue?
Input is appreciated.

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I've found this...

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On this website:

The author talks about response time of new LCD TVs;
"Newer LCD TVs adopt two methods to reduce the response time to eliminate the ghosting. According to first method, the backlight device is fired at a rapid rate which will be usually less than the screen refresh rate. However, this method is likely to result in flickering which can be perceptible by eyes."

Is this what applies to my TV? And is it a normal behavior?

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"it flicker (blurs) for half a second and then becomes sharp"

sounds like a tv setting, something like an auto edge enhancement setting & the tv has trouble doing it.

Try changing the cable to Component (RGB video) & also run the video straigth to the TV, there is no need to run video throw the receiver, that could be causing the problem too.

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Thanks, but actually...

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The same flickering happens when playing DVD through Audio (x2)/Video connection. So it's not a receiver problem. As to such TV setting, I can't find any relevant setting like that. Sharpness is set to 0. Generally, I find static images much sharper and more vivid than moving images, so I guess it's a response time problem after all. Problem is that I can't find any info on the internet about this model. It's an authentic Regza though.

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