Sony, LG, Hisense Crowned ‘Kings’ in Value Electronics 17th Annual Best TV, Projector Shootout

Sony XR-A90J wins best 4K TV, LG’s OLEDZXPUA crowned the King of 8K TV, Hisense L9G named King of UST in Value Electronics Shootout.

Sony, LG, Hisense Crowned ‘Kings’ in Value Electronics 17th Annual Best TV, Projector Shootout

The King of TV Shootout looks at image quality, upscaling, motion, black levels, skin tones and more.

Sony’s XR-A90J has been crowned the King of 4K TV and LG’s OLEDZXPUA has been crowned the King of 8K TV at the 2021 Value Electronics TV Shootout evaluation event.  The first UST Projector Shootout evaluation was held this year, with Hisense L9G crowned “King of UST Projectors.”  

Value Electronic’s 17th annual TV and UST Projector Shootout was hosted at Company (335 Madison Ave, NYC), and sponsored by Dealerscope. There was very limited in-person attendance this year with the event closed to the public to allow for proper social distancing.  However, a moderated livestream allowed all who were interested to join the experts in reviewing the TVs and participating virtually.  

The flagship TVs and projectors were brought together to be tested and evaluated by video experts in each of the picture quality attributes.  Winners were awarded in each category for 2021: “King of 4K TV,” the “King of 8K TV,” and “King of UST Projectors.”  This was a close competition with premium panels competing. 

4K TV Winners

Here are the 4K TVs competing (in alphabetical order): 

8K TV Winnners

Here are the 8K TVs competing (in alphabetical order): 

UST Projector Winners

Here are the UST Projectors competing (in alphabetical order): 

Robert Zohn, president of Value Electronics in Scarsdale, N.Y., has been conducting his “King of TV Shootout” for 17 years.

An impressive group of video experts were gathered to test and evaluate the flagship TVs and UST projectors on several attributes of picture quality performance.  All TVs were calibrated to their top potential by well-respected calibrators John Reformato and Jason Dustal so they can be on an equal playing field.  Here’s a list of the panel of judges who determined the King of TV: 

Judges (in alphabetical order): 

  • Phil Holland, Director and Cinematographer 
  • Charlie Anderson, Digital Imaging Technician and Director of Photography (judge only for TV)
  • David Medina, Production Technical Operations Manager, HBO 
  • Giles Sherwood, Director of Post Production, Criterion  
  • Jason Diamond, Director and Executive Producer (judge only for TV) 
  • Mark Henninger, Projector Reviewer and Photographer/Videographer (judge only for UST) 
  • Jason Dustal, ISF III Calibrator and Instructor & Application Engineer, Murideo 
  • Jeff Hagerman, Digital Imaging Technician  
  • David Mackenzie, Compressionist, Fidelity in Motion 
  • John Reformato, Engineer and ISF III Calibrator 
  • Channa De Silva, Techno Dad YouTube Channel owner 

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this a successful event!  Congratulations to all of the manufacturers of the great flagship TVs competing this year,” says Robert Zohn, president of Value Electronics in Scarsdale, N.Y., and a member of the CE Pro Masters.

Here is the judging scorecard:

About the Author

Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.


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