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Video Experts Along with the Attending Audience Will Evaluate the Newest Flagship HD Panels
To Answer The Question: Which Manufacturer Makes the Best Flat Panel HDTV?

Day One, Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:00 PM
Day Two, Sunday, May 20, 2012 1:00 PM

Value Electronics 108 Garth Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Direct 914-723-3344 or 800-789-5050

To attend in person email Robert Zohn:
[email protected] and put in the subject line, Flat Panel Shootout Request

Displays in the evaluation:
Plasma models, Panasonic TC-P65VT50, Samsung PN64E8000, LG 60PM9700 LCD/LED models, Panasonic TC-L55WT50, Samsung UN60ES8000, Elite PRO-60X5FD, LG 60LM9600, and possibly Toshiba's new Cinema 55L7200 and Sony's XBR-65HX929.

Plus one or possibly even two surprise displays!

Seating will be limited and is exclusively available by email request. This is a private event for a/v enthusiast, the press and select invited industry experts and executives. Send your email request now if you are interested in learning about video technology and seeing first hand the world's best displays on one Shootout wall with our panel of distinguished experts doing the live review evaluation! The Flat Panel Shootout will also be available Online on both days. (Saturday & Sunday). The web address and logon info will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

The Flat Panel Shootout will present this years newest displays from the leading manufacturers. The event will be a completely unbiased assessment of all the panels represented. The displays will be connected to a dedicated 20 amp circuit and a Richard Gray power conditioner. The HDMI cables are all 16' Key Digital Black Bull so all will be on a equal playing field.

Factory reps from Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Sharp's Elite group (and if Toshiba and Sony are included their reps will present their respective products) will present their panels, and make a presentation explaining their features and latest developments. Plus we have some Industry VIPs and some of the most highly respected video development engineers will be attending and presenting on the future of flat panel display technologies.

The Online live feed will be broadcast in HD and will allow viewers to submit questions which will be moderated by our staff a/v techs and select questions will be read out loud for our panel of experts to answer in realtime.

Check back often to this thread for updates.

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The 7th Annual shootout was October last year - is this becoming a semi-annual shootout Robert? :)
Thanks Robert for another excellent shootout event. I definitely am looking forward to the next one in September.

It was great to see the varous strengths and weaknesses of the TVs, and I do hope you add the shadow detail and viewing angle as categories next time.
Similar to DJG's suggestions above I also was wondering whether it might be worth considering some tweaks to the scoring categories for next time. Awarding points for both Black Level and Contrast Ratio tends to give double points to panels with a low black level since contrast ratio is White Level/Black Level. Since white level is between 20-35 ft lamberts for every panel, differences in contrast ratio between the panels is predominantly driven by the black level (black level varies by an order of magnitude between some panels). This perhaps unfairly penalizes panels with good color accuracy but average Black level.
Last year all displays were outputting 35FtL weren't they?
Perhaps one of the experts can clarify since I'm not totally clear on this point. I heard it mentioned that all the displays were calibrated to output 35FtL, but then a spreadsheet was handed out that showed the plasma displays having white levels around 20. I asked a question about this and it was explained by Dr Plasma that the plasmas have a power limiting circuit that prevents the white level on the checkerboard test pattern from reaching 35FtL.
Where are the results? Was off axis viewing one of the categories?
Robert usually posts the results to to value electronics website a while after the end of the shootout. Off axis viewing was not a category.
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