From left: Robert Zohn, owner of Value Electronics; Tom Evans, Associate VP Elite Brand, Sharp; Shuhichi Takayoshi, Manager of Product Planning, Sharp; and Kevin Miller, master calibrator and keynote speaker for the HDTV Shoothout.
Sharp’s Elite PRO-60X5FD won the popular vote as the "world’s best TV," making this the first time in the award's seven-year history that an LCD TV has won over a plasma TV for the top honor.
"It is with great pride I award Sharp with our top annual award for beating all other manufacturers’ flagship TVs," said Robert Zohn, owner of Value Electronics. "The Elite PRO-60X5FD won in the categories of best overall picture quality, best black level and best contrast ratio."
Tom Evans, associate vice president of the Elite brand, and Shuhichi Takayoshi, manager of product planning, accepted the award for Sharp on January 23 in Scarsdale.
The 2011 Shootout was held on October 8 and 9 at Value Electronics' offices. The flagship flat-panel displays from every major manufacturer were pitted against each other over the two-day, 10-hour event. Scores were awarded based on comparison and detailed evaluation by TV experts and audience members.
Robert Zohn (far right) hosted the 2011 HDTV Shootout in October.
Kevin Miller, a level 2 ISF instructor, was the master calibrator and keynote speaker for the event. Miller is an industry consultant to several major manufacturers, a professional TV reviewer, the owner of ISFTV and co-founder of TweakTV. Professional calibrators D-Nice and Ed Johnson assisted with the calibrations. The event also features a live audience selected from the motion picture and TV broadcast industries, as well as serious AV enthusiasts and the press. A recording of the entire event is available on YouTube.
In addition, Zohn announced that the 2011 Shoot-Out event was the first year the event incorporated a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society's “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” and ultimately raised over $4k.