Are there any true 240Hz TVs?

Answered by Michael Wilson

As of now, true 240Hz TVs are not very common in the market. Most TVs advertised as 240Hz actually use a technique called motion interpolation to achieve a higher refresh rate. This technique inserts additional frames between the original frames to create smoother motion. While it can improve motion clarity, it is not the same as true 240Hz refresh rate.

However, there are some TV models that do offer a true 240Hz refresh rate. These TVs use panels with faster response times and refresh rates, allowing for smoother motion without the need for motion interpolation. It is important to note that true 240Hz TVs are usually more expensive and may be limited to certain brands or higher-end models.

One thing to keep in mind is that the type of panel used in a TV can also affect the perceived motion clarity. Most 240Hz TVs available today use TN (Twisted Nematic) panels, which tend to have faster response times but poorer color reproduction and viewing angles compared to other panel types like IPS (In-Plane Switching).

However, there are now IPS TV sets with a 240Hz refresh rate starting to appear in the market. These TVs offer the advantages of IPS panels, such as wider viewing angles and better color reproduction, combined with the smoother motion of a 240Hz refresh rate. This can be particularly beneficial for gaming or watching fast-paced action scenes.

It’s worth mentioning that the benefit of a 240Hz refresh rate may not be fully realized unless the content being viewed is actually produced or broadcasted at a higher frame rate. Most TV shows, movies, and video games are typically produced at 24 or 30 frames per second (fps), so the improvement in motion clarity may not be as noticeable compared to content produced at higher frame rates.

While true 240Hz TVs are not very common, they do exist and are usually higher-end models. The use of TN panels with a 240Hz refresh rate is more prevalent, but IPS TV sets with a 240Hz refresh rate are starting to become available as well. Whether the benefits of a 240Hz refresh rate are worth it for you will depend on your specific needs, preferences, and the content you typically watch or play.