ValueElectronics.com Inc, an independent flat panel retailer in Westchester County, NY, has contracted with a charter member of the Image Science Foundation (ISF) and other well respected video engineers to evaluate the newest flagship flat panel HDTVs from the five leading manufacturers on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Larry Weber, inventor of the modern plasma display examining panels at the Shootout.
Kevin Miller and DeWayne Davis instructing the audience on rec 709 performance.
The 9th annual event, held at Value Electronics’ new retail location in Scarsdale, NY, will feature a Shootout evaluation using Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) standards, the only accredited calibration standards adopted by the consumer electronics industry.
For the Shootout evaluation the televisions featured are all 60-inch – 65-inch high-end LEDs and plasmas from Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, LG, and Sony. The events will be streamed live in HD over the internet at www.valueelectronics.com and made available at the same website for future viewing. Consumers and media representatives are also invited to attend, however seating is limited to 50 per event and available on a first-come-first served basis by registering at www.valueelectronics.com.
“Our Shootout has proven to be a ‘must attend’ event among true HD enthusiasts and industry leaders each year, featuring a demonstration of how flat screen HDTVs perform,” said Robert Zohn, founder and president of Value Electronics. "With the introduction of Ultra HD and OLED as well as the great advancements of LED and PDP technologies, this will be a great year for flat panel displays."
The 9th Annual Flat Panel Shootout will involve:
• Kevin Miller of ISFTV and TweakTV, along with respected UK TV reviewer David Mackenzie, Dewayne Davis, and Ed Johnson will join our team of expert calibrators to test and calibrate the panels and provide their findings and other key background information in individual presentations. National trainers and product specialists from the manufacturers have been invited to present product features as well.
• Contrast ratio, peak brightness, black level, color accuracy, color saturation, motion resolution and energy efficiency will be measured, compared, and discussed. The 3D performance of each set will be evaluated as well. The audience will vote on each of the four picture quality attributes, with the winning panel crowned “King of HDTV.”
• All tested panels will be concurrently fed through a professional HDMI distribution amp from the same reference Blu-ray player using the exact same HDMI cables for all panels. Furthermore, the a/c power will be a dedicated 20 amp circuit run through a power conditioner.
• A Q&A session will be held at the end of each presentation.
“In addition to the tested panels, several manufacturers are expected to display and provide information about advanced products that will launch in the future, with image and audio that provides a true reference quality for the audiophile and videophile,” Zohn added. Shootout findings will be available within one week of the events for members of the press who contact Value Electronics.