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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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Does anyone else think it's too bad Runco doesn't get in on this? I've been curious how they compare for a long time and you just don't hear much concrete about them. It would be interesting to get them on the floor as a level set....
I've considered this every year. Here's my reservations. First is that I believe it's a Samsung pdp with Runco chassis and electronics plus the outboard scalier. Second, the market is so very small for a $10k 63" pdp that I feel the even a/v enthusiasts interests is very limited. The Flat Panel Shootout is geared towards enthusiasts and I am attending the Runco dealer meeting next Tuesday morning to discuss this as we are considering putting the Runco 63" pdp in the Shootout.
Well, to me it's not really a matter of whether or not the average enthusiast could afford to be interested in a Runco. It a question of what we can learn from Runco technology. What deficiencies of the Panasonic/Samsung processing does the Runco expose? What if the vt50 actually has a better picture than the Runco? If we don't compare how can we learn?
1. The very excellent scalar that comes with the panel, when properly set-up, gives the Runco a very distinct advantage in the final picture and if you put a quality scalar in front of any of the other panels, the performance would also greatly improve. So in my way of thinking the Runco looses its "potentially better" pq advantage to the scalar and since a scalar is not being used on the other panels, it's simply an unfair test and way too complicated to figure out to everyone's satisfaction than it's actually worth.
Wouldn't that qualification be negligible if the source is a high quality Blu-ray outputting 1080p? The recommendation for calibrated viewing is normally "dot-by-dot" mode so wouldn't that be an apples-to-apples comparison even for the Runco?
It's the "Curse of the Elite". Anyone who disses the Elite will suffer....
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