Value Electronics Announces 2018 TV Shootout Event
Posted Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 06:35 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The annual TV competition will be held later this month.
Value Electronics will hold its 2018 TV Shootout on September 23. The event will feature a head-to-head competition between some of the industry's top 4K Ultra HD displays in order to determine the year's "King of TV" -- and High-Def Digest will be on hand to participate on the panel of judges.
The Shootout will begin at 11am at the Value Electronics store in Scarsdale, NY with a series of industry presentations and display tests. The 14th annual competition will be webcast live and is set to feature a mixture of test patterns and real world content to help evaluate the various picture quality attributes of the competing TVs, including contrast, color fidelity, color saturation, motion resolution, input lag time, and off axis image quality. In addition, the evaluation will place a heavy emphasis on HDR performance, including HDR contrast range, P3 color fidelity, color volume, and EOTF.
An expert panel of judges and attendees will then vote on each TV's performance for each category for both pre and post calibration conditions and for day and night ambient light viewing.
The TVs will all be randomly sourced from the store's inventory rather than specifically supplied for the competition by the manufacturers. Though additional TVs are still under consideration for inclusion in the event, here's a list of the confirmed competitors as of press time:
And here's a detailed rundown of the Shootout's testing methodology per the press release:
- The number one most-used professional calibration software, SpectraCal’s CalMAN®, and calibration hardware, procedures and workflow will be used.
- Konica/Minolta’s professional CS2000A spectroradiometer, Klein 10A meters and the new Konica/Minolta CA-410 color analyzer will all be used in the calibration process. The Klein 10A meters will be profiled using the CS2000A spectroradiometer for each TV.
- SDR, HDR and Dolby Vision patterns will be generated and fed from Murideo’s SIX-G 4K Pattern Generator and a preview selection from Stacey Spears upcoming HDR test disc.
- All of the cables and interconnects are Metra Home Theater Group Ethereal brand Velox True 24 Gbps passive cables with their Gigabit Accelerator the HDM-GA1.
- All of the TVs will be visually matched to the white point of Sony’s BMV-X300 professional color grading monitor. Sony’s BMV-X300 reference monitor will also be used as the reference for all TVs to be judged against.
- Well respected top professional calibrators will be tuning each TV to its best possible FHD/SDR and UHD/HDR performance. The calibrators are David Abrams, DeWayne Davis, and John Reformato, supervised by Tyler Pruitt.
- All tested panels will be concurrently fed through AVPro’s Edge for 18G Uncompressed professional HDMI distribution matrix switch from four Panasonic UB820 Blu-ray players, 1080 FHD/SDR for Cable/DIRECTV, 4K streaming, SDR and HDR test patterns.
- The televisions featured this year are the flagship 4K Ultra HD LCD/LEDs and OLEDs from the premium TV manufacturers.
- Video experts will then guide the attendees through the evaluation process and the panel of experts and all attendees will vote on each picture quality attribute.
- Attendees will be led through the different attributes of picture quality and will evaluate and judge the newest TVs from the leading consumer electronics manufacturers that are competing to be the" King of TV."
Make sure to check back with High-Def Digest for a detailed breakdown of the 2018 Value Electronics TV Shootout later this month.
Source: Value Electronics
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