LCD 5Ms Vs. 8Ms


Response time is often an overlooked feature when the average consumer purchases a TV. However, with LCD televisions, it is an important feature to note because of the great effect it has on picture quality.

Defining Response Time

  • True response time is the measure of time it takes for a pixel to go from black to white, then back to black. This is measured in milliseconds (ms). Be careful, though--manufacturers measure response time differently. For example, instead of black-to-black they may use a gray-to-gray measurement, which is usually a much shorter time. A high response time means blurring and ghosting will occur in fast motion.

Good Response Times

  • In general, LCD televisions are known to have slower response times compared to other technologies like plasma or even the much older CRT. When purchasing a TV remember, lower is always better. Most LCD TVs sold today will fall between 5ms and 8ms. Some high-end LCD televisions may have response times as low as 2ms.

Choosing the Right Response Time

  • Fast motion will require a good response time. This means that if you are planning on using the TV for gaming or for sports, a faster response time, 5ms or less, will give you a much clearer picture. If you want to save the cash, however, an 8ms television will give you an adequate picture.

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