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Value Electronics Holds Flat-Panel Event In September

Scarsdale, N.Y. –, an independent flat-panel retailer, is holding its
seventh annual flat-panel shootout Sept. 17-18.

The retailer has
contracted with a charter member of the Image Science Foundation (ISF) and
other video engineers to evaluate the newest flagship flat-panel HDTVs from the
five leading manufacturers on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept.
18, at 1 p.m. 

The shootout, at
Value Electronics’ retail location, here, will use Society of Motion Picture
and Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) evaluation standards, the only accredited
calibration standards set by the consumer electronics industry.

The televisions
featured are all 55- to 65- inch high-end LEDs and plasmas from Panasonic,
Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp and Pioneer. The events will be streamed live over the Internet

and made available at the same website for future

Consumers and
media representatives are also invited to attend; however, seating is limited
to 30 per event and available on a first-come, first-served basis by
registering at


The event will
involve Kevin Miller of ISFTV and TweakTV, along with calibrators D-Nice and Ed
Johnson, who will calibrate the seven 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.

Evaluation of
contrast ratio, peak brightness, black level, color accuracy, color saturation,
motion resolution and energy efficiency will be measured and discussed. All the
high-end models to be tested are 3D capable, so ValueElectronics will be
evaluating 3D performance 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. The power supply
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,” Mr. Zohn added.

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

The public and
press can register online to attend at