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240Hz, 120Hz or 60Hz — what do these numbers mean for picture quality and performance in LED and LCD TVs?

A TV with a 240Hz (hertz) refresh rate will completely rebuild its picture 240 times in one second. Why is this important? Because the more frequently the screen is refreshed, the smoother the images will appear to the viewer.

With some 60Hz TVs, viewers may notice a slight motion blur during fast-action scenes. For 120Hz TVs, those scenes should have very minimal blur, and at 240Hz, they should appear crisp and smooth.

Keep in mind that refresh rate isn't the only thing that determines how a TV handles fast motion. Many TV manufacturers also include their own technology to help create a smooth picture (you can read more in our specific product detail pages).

Plasma TVs list a 600Hz refresh rate and have minimal issues with motion blur. However, that 600Hz can't be directly compared to LED and LCD TV refresh rates, as plasma TVs create their picture in a very different way.

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