Originally Posted by pawdog
I think 120-240-480Hz is a lot bigger deal to TV makers than it is to TV watchers.
The higher Hz probably does make some difference. Probably not enough to justify spending 500 extra bucks for. At least to my thinking.
Enjoy your TV. She's a beauty ain't she?
Agreed... the V4100's are excellent. I just picked up a 40V4100 a few weeks back and cease to be amazed at the picture quality. A little flashlighting in the upper corners at night but it is of no concern once an image is onscreen.
I am also stunned at how well Sony's Motion Flow works on this 60Hz set. As far as I know last year's Sony's were the only ones with Motion Flow at 60Hz and maybe the only LCD's available with motion compensation/deblurring processing at 60Hz. What I will say is this... the 60Hz Motion Flow is glass smooth and an improvement on almost any source in my taste. Sometimes the improvement is truly amazing. It can have problems with DVD's upconverted to 1080p. Running them at 1080i gets rid of any issues and that's only necessary for some.
What I found more interesting though is that the 120/240 Hz sets can actually look really synthetic and quite bad to my taste. I had heard about this "synthetic look" but didn't really know what they were talking about until I was watching a U-571 Blu-ray on a Sony either 120 or 240Hz at BestBuy the other day. It looked positively wrong. There was something so strange about the characters motions. I would have done anything to turn off the effect had it been my own TV. It was unwatchable for me. I went home and popped in my U-571 Blu-ray and watched the same scene with and without Motion Flow and it looked great either way. Nothing at all appeared synthetic about it... with Motion Flow it just lacked the film flicker look that some film buffs prefer. I have long been a film buff, but to me anything that reminds me I am watching something on a film medium takes me out of experiencing the movie. So... I much prefer the Motion Flow at 60Hz or 48Hz when I am watching Blu-ray at 1080p 24fps.
Anyhow... not only do I NOT regret not having a 120 Hz set or faster... I would not want one from what I saw.
Marketeers have trained the public to think that More Hz is better. From what I have seen... that is not the case. These are after-all the same people that have advertised vacuum cleaners based on how many amps they draw.
The Sony 60Hz Motion Flow is fantastic and I am glad I got it before they were gone.
So... don't assume 120 or 240 or 600Hz is better. It all comes down to the algorithm and it can look over-processed.