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Are LCD TVs Bad For Watching Sports?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (May 20, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Yes, 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 and 240Hz.

The Plasma TV is regarded as doing the best in preventing motion blur while the new LED TVs also perform quite well in displaying sports. (
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