It’s LG vs. Samsung vs. Sony at dealer's 14th annual flat-panel Shootout

Flat-panel displays from LG, Samsung and Sony will compete for coronation as “King of TV” at A/V specialty dealer Value Electronics’ 14th annual TV Shootout on Sept. 23.

The Scarsdale, N.Y.-based dealer, operated for 20 years by principals Robert and Wendy Zohn, created the picture-quality contest in 2004 to help video enthusiasts make the best purchase decisions, and the event has since become a video industry favorite.

Four flagship 4K Ultra HD LCD and OLED sets will be evaluated side-by-side by a panel of expert judges and attending enthusiasts, and witnessed by guest presenters, qualified media, tech influencers and a live webcast audience. The TV contenders will include:

Additional models will also compete.

“The objective of our TV Shootout is to award the best TVs in each of the attributes of picture quality,” Robert Zohn said.

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The displays will be taken randomly from Value Electronics’ inventory and fed test patterns and real content, both before and after calibration, to rate their picture quality, contrast, color fidelity, color saturation and motion resolution, with special attention paid to all HDR elements, HDR contrast range, P3 color fidelity, color volume and EOTF [electro optical transfer function, formerly gamma], Zohn noted.

The TVs will be tuned by a team of professional calibrators, and fed through AVPro’s Edge matrix switch for 18G uncompressed HDMI distribution from four Panasonic UB820 Blu-ray players and DirecTV.

Guest speakers will include David Mackenzie, who will tackle the subject of video processing and compression; Matt Murray and Brent McCall, who will address the impact on consumers of the transition from HDMI 2.0 to 2.1; John Reformato, who will discuss “Out of the Box vs. Professional Calibration”; and Stacey Spears, who will speak to DCI and BT.2020 color gamut, color saturation and HDR.

Other speakers will include Tyler Pruitt of SpectraCal, DeWayne Davis of A/V Fidelity, David Abrams of Avical, and David Medina of HBO.

The Shootout will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Value Electronics showroom at 35 Popham Road in Scarsdale. The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a meet-and-greet brunch.

Those interested in attending must register by emailing Zohn at rzohn@valueelectronics.com.

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