Washington, D.C. (May 20, 2013)
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Q. My friend
told me that you can get a good LCD TV now for a great price.
Something to do with inventory. But I've heard that LCD TVs are
not very good for watching sports. Is that true? -- Kurt,
there are some great prices out there now on LCD TVs. Sales of
LCD TVs have slowed in the last few years, leading to bigger
inventories, and that leads to lower prices.
But I have to agree that the LCD TV is not the best set for
watching sports. The LCD suffers from what's called a lower
response time, meaning the pixels of the picture adjust a little
slower than the movement on screen. That causes motion blur,
which is visible during sporting events and action movies.
Motion blur is quick -- it might last for a second or two -- but
if you're a picture snob, it can be annoying.
Not all LCD TVs are alike, though. An LCD TV with a 60Hz
response rate is the worst offender while the 120Hz set offers
some improvement. There are also 240Hz sets, but some display
experts say there really isn't much difference between a 120Hz
The Plasma TV is regarded as doing the best in preventing motion
blur while the new LED TVs also perform quite well in displaying
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