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RCA L40FHD41 LCD HDTV Review

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Motion

Motion Summary
{{article.attachments['RCA-L40FHD41-vanity.jpg']}} • Moving images will have blurring issues. • We saw a lot more artifacting than average. • No real issues with 3:2 pulldown and 24p playback. • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
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Motion Smoothness*(5.0)*


The RCA L40FHD41 definitely has some issues with blurring, especially with 1080i content. A portrait panning around the screen lost nearly all of its detail. The face took on this spooky appearance, with two black areas for eyes and a smear of red for a mouth.

There were some pretty major problems with color switching to grey and vice versa. When a colored block moved around against a grey background, it would leave a long trail behind it.

Fine patterns also didn't fare well. Bold lines melded into each other, and fine lines were typically lost in the blur.

 

Motion Artifacting*(4.75)*


Typically with blurring as bad as we saw on this TV, it's hard to make out artifacting. The L40FHD41, however, still managed some pretty noticeable issues. We didn't see too much of a problem with pictures, because the shuddering effect was made significantly less noticeable by the blurring; you'll probably only really notice the shudder right as something starts moving. When brightly-colored blocks moved around on a grey background, their trails were highlighted with a bright blue color. This effect got worse with 1080i content.

By far the worst bout of artifacting, however, was with black and white patterns. We saw a whole host of obvious artifacting as our test pattern panned around the screen. First of all, the shudder is so bad, it created a large band across the whole image that scanned across the image vertically. The thicker lines cast a rainbow shadow behind them when they moved.

 

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(7.5)*


Given the poor performance outlined above, we were surprised when the TV actually performed pretty well with 3:2 pulldown and 24fps content. We saw some minor shimmering in fine patterns that panned around the screen, but that was about it. This will really only affect your viewing if you're watching a pan of a sports stadium or something similar, and will give patches of empty seats a crawling effect.

 

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL 40W5100
  15. Vs Sharp LC 40E67UN
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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