After a year's hiatus due to COVID, Value Electronics, the suburban New York independent retailer responsible for the annual "King of TV" shoot-outs that face-off each year's most premium televisions in a closely watched battle royale, is back in business. The 2021 TV shoot-out is set for tomorrow, Sunday, 9/12, while Value's first-ever UST projector shoot-out is scheduled for the following day, Monday, 9/13. Both events will be livestreamed at the links provided below.
This year's master of ceremonies for the TV showdown, which will include separate competitions for 4K and 8K sets, will be Stacey Spears, co-creator of the popular Spears & Munsil setup and evaluation discs and a senior principal engineer at Red Digital Cinema. Rob Sabin, editor-in-chief of ProjectorCentral.com, will preside over the UST shoot-out.
The judges are all drawn from the professional ranks of the video industry. The participants include:
- Charlie Anderson, Digital Imaging Technician and Director of Photography (judge only for TV)
- David Mackenzie, Compressionist, Fidelity in Motion
- David Medina, Production Technical Operations Manager, HBO
- Giles Sherwood, Director of Post Production, Criterion
- Jason Diamond, Director and Executive Producer (judge only for TV)
- Jason Dustal, ISF III Calibrator and Instructor & Application Engineer, Murideo
- Jeff Hagerman, Digital Imaging Technician
- John Reformato, BSEE Engineer and ISF III Calibrator
- Mark Henninger, Projector Reviewer (and ProjectorCentral contributor) and Photographer/Videographer (judge only for UST)
- Phil Holland, Director and Cinematographer
As usual, well-regarded professional calibrators have been brought in to calibrate each display and fine-tune it to best match the look of a widely-used Sony post-production reference monitor. This year's calibrators, who will also function as judges as noted above, are Jason Dustal and John Reformato. Murideo and sister company AVPro provide generators, cables, and switching equipment for the event.
The addition of ultra-short-throw living room projectors to the mix this year is in part an acknowledgement that the catgory has matured to where it has earned a place at retail for those seeking a bigger image than typically available with today's flat-panels, and also that enough high-end premium USTs now exist to make the exercise worthwhile. The three projectors competing in the shootout are all tri-laser models; two have RGB laser designs and boast ultra-wide color gamut beyond the capabilities of today's consumer panel TVs. The three projectors are the previously existing LG HU85LA and Samsung Premiere LSP9T, and the brand new Hisense L9G.
The competing TVs include both OLED and state-of-the-art LED-backlit LCD models. The four 4K TVs are:
- Hisense 75" 75U9DG
- LG 65" OLED65G1PUA
- Samsung 65" QN65QN90A
- Sony 65" XR65A90J
- LG 77" OLED77ZXPUA
- Samsung 75" QN75QN90A
- Sony 75" XR75Z9J
Value Electronics was founded 27 years ago by Robert Zohn and still operates under his aegis as a one-store independent dealer out of Scarsdale, NY, just north of New York City. The Value Electronics TV Shoot-Outs began in 2004 and have been an ongoing tradition with the exception of last year's pandemic-related cancellation.
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