Value Electronics HDTV Shootout: Which TV is Best?

Value Electronics will crown the "King of HDTV" during its eighth annual HDTV shootout. ISF technicians will test LEDs and plasmas from Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Sharp Elite for contrast ratio, peak brightness, black level, color accuracy/saturation, motion resolution and energy efficiency.

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Plasma TV pioneer Bill Schindler presenting LED local dimming vs. plasma at the 2011 Value Electronics HDTV Shootout

By Jason Knott
April 27, 2012
Is there a better way to determine the best HDTV than to actually test them side by side, out in the open?

That's exactly what Value Electronics, an independent flat panel retailer in Westchester County, N.Y., will be doing for the eighth year in a row on May 19-20, 2012 with its Flat Panel Shootout.

The company has contracted with a charter member of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and other well-respected video engineers. Together they will evaluate the newest flagship HDTVs from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and the new Sharp Elite. The models being evaluated are 55- to 65-inch high-end LEDs and plasmas.

The event will feature a shootout evaluation using Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) standards, the only accredited calibration standards set by the consumer electronics industry. The event will be streamed live in HD on Value Electronics' YouTube page.

The winner of the 2011 HDTV shootout was the Sharp Elite, an LED-based LCD TV with a full-array local dimming backlight that sells for around $5500.

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

Kevin Miller of ISFTV and TweakTV and respected UK TV reviewer David Mackenzie will join Value Electronics' team of experts to calibrate the eight flat 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.

imageHere is the scorecard from the 2011 shootout, which was won by Sharp Elite. (Click image to enlarge)
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 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.

“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,” says Robert Zohn, founder and president of Value Electronics.

Shootout findings will be available within one week of the events for members of the press who contact Value Electronics.


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