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pixel response time -vs- refresh rate

by DaMizan / June 25, 2008 2:42 PM PDT

Is the pixel response time the same as the refresh rate? If not, how many miliseconds response time is equivalent to 120hz refresh rate?

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response time vs refresh rate
by Dan Filice / June 25, 2008 3:07 PM PDT

They are two different things and not related. The refresh rate is the number of times an images is displayed per second, so in theory, a 120Hz set displays an image twice as many time. Response time is how fast a colored pixel on the screen turns white and then to a color. A 6 millisecond response is better than 8. My Sony has a 2.5 millisecond response time. Plasmas don't really have to deal with this because they are phoshphor-based technology like tube TVs. Your second question can't be answered because the two are unrelated.

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searching for a 46-inch lcd for ps3 gaming and blu-ray movie
by DaMizan / June 25, 2008 3:56 PM PDT

Thanks for the reply. So, for response time, lesser milliseconds are best, and response rate 120hz is best. I'm focused on ps3 gaming and movies equally. I'm considering #1)Samsung LN46A650 and #2)Toshiba TOS46RV530U. Any suggestions? ($2,000 limit)

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Let's do the math.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 25, 2008 11:17 PM PDT

At 120Hz that pixel time should be 8 or 9 mS. Since it's unlikely your PS3 will output 120Hz then you should see 17 to 19 mS numbers.

Back to the REAL ISSUE. You should be reading posts complaining about LAG from the HDMI to screen. Look for "gaming modes" on your display and bonus points for seeing your PS3 connected to same display and playing it.

Let me be blunt. You won't be complaining about pixel response times here.

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PS3 and 120Mhz
by Dan Filice / June 26, 2008 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Let's do the math.


I wasn't sure about your post "Since it's unlikely your PS3 will output 120Hz". The PS3 does output 120Mhz/24p and it does output 1080p with the most recent firmware update. There is a setting on the PS3 that allows it to match the maximum resolution and settings of the TV, so on my Sony, the PS3 matches 1080p and 120Mhz/24p. This works with Blu-Ray DVDs just fine, but games may be another issue.

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Bob, I stand corrected
by Dan Filice / June 26, 2008 2:47 PM PDT
In reply to: PS3 and 120Mhz


My brain was in La-La Land. My PS3 outputs 1080p/24 but the 120Hz is a function of my Sony TV and it processes the video from the PS3 as such. The PS3 does not output 120Hz, it simply outputs video from Blu-Ray discs at pure film rate and max resolution.


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Good to know...
by sonuchi / December 2, 2008 12:08 AM PST

Aha! Just what I needed to know. I was never clear about the difference between the two and after reading this it helps out a lot. I recently encountered a customer while I was working who was asking about the refresh rate of televisions. I responded, "Most of ours are running at 60Hz." He then looked at me as if I had know clue what I was talking about. He said, "60? Don't they run between 6 and 8 or something like that?" I replied by telling him that that's based on response time, not refresh rate. His response was very unclear, explaining that his numbers were based on reduction of flickering and clumping of the pixels. Last time I recall, the refresh rate was the deciding factor of this, not response time. But he kept on calling 6 and 8 his refresh rate. This must be from him explaining that he was looking on websites where they showed response times and not refresh rates or something along those lines. This got me very confused as to what my knowledge was and to what he had just said.

But thoroughly reading this post has helped me quite a bit and makes me feel at ease knowing that what I've been telling customers isn't wrong. Thanks for the clarification!

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thought this might interest you: motion blur illustrated
by jostenmeat / December 3, 2008 2:03 AM PST
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