Premiere Home Video: The Truth About Refresh Rates


One of the key aspects to be on the lookout for when shopping for a new television set is its refresh rate, which dictates the number of images a TV can draw per second. Like many other technological items people shop for these days, LCDs and LED TVs are often looked at by the numbers. Generally speaking, people assume that in technology, bigger numbers equal better performance, but these numbers can sometimes be misleading.

The increased refresh rate utilized by manufacturers was initially implemented to reduce the effects of motion blur. With labels stating response times of 120 Hz and 240 Hz, many will be surprised to hear that most of these TVs still respond similarly to those with 60 Hz. For most people, a TV with a 60 Hz will look exactly the same as those with 120 Hz and 240 Hz when it comes to motion blur. The fact of the matter is that most TVs can only truly support 60 frames per second (FPS). To top things off, there is very little, if any, content available at that high of a frame rate. In fact, most films are shot at 24 FPS and even the most advanced video game consoles are still limited to 60 FPS.

When you’re shopping for a TV for your premiere home video system, don’t let yourself be fooled by these misleading refresh rate numbers. The bottom line is that a TV with a high refresh rate does not guarantee you the best, premiere home video experience. The only time you should be paying attention to a monitor’s refresh rate is for PC gaming, as a computer with a strong graphics card is able to support faster speeds. For answers to any of your questions about TV’s or anything regarding your premiere home video experience, we encourage you to contact our team at Premiere Home Entertainment. For more information, give us a call at (702) 877-0222.