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    TV Refresh Rate (120 vs 60) Output to TV question
    I Purchased a new TV (to double as a monitor). The cheapest one was a 120 Hertz refresh rate.

    When i got home and hooked it to my Mac Mini (late 2013) via HDMI, i noticed that my mac video settings has a max of 60 Hertz.

    I tested using Netflix and everything looked really bad. Everything had a striped blurry look to it. I know streaming video doesnt look all that great but this looked wrong.

    My question is... Am I correct in assuming that my issue is an incompatablility in the refresh rates? If I return the 120Hertz and buy a 60Hertz will this issue go away and will it look correct?

    Is this an HDMI issue?

    Thanks in advance for the help
    Last edited by destinationsoun; 07-11-2014 at 02:42 PM.

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    Actually the 120 Hz refresh should enhance any High Definition TV you're watching especially where a lot of high speed motion is displayed. But using it as a monitor for your Mini is probably not a good idea. I really can't recommend any TV over a good quality monitor although a lot of folks like to use them instead.

    Return the TV for another model with a 60 Hz refresh to see if that works better for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Actually the 120 Hz refresh should enhance any High Definition TV you're watching especially where a lot of high speed motion is displayed. But using it as a monitor for your Mini is probably not a good idea. I really can't recommend any TV over a good quality monitor although a lot of folks like to use them instead.

    Return the TV for another model with a 60 Hz refresh to see if that works better for you.
    thanks for your help!

    I know more and more people are using mac minis as an entertainment center for audio streaming and video.

    Is there a best practice to get Netflix (or really any video) from my mac to the TV for best resolution?

    My parents have a Roku unit and that is how they display NetFlix on the TV and that looks way better than my results of computer to TV.

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