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David Katzmaier's 2011CNET article
David Katzmaier's 2010 CNET article
Big Picture & Sound
YouTube link VE HDTV Shoot-out
Residential Systems article
TweakTV High Def Forum, High Def Junkies
Home Theater Shack
2011 Shoot-out results
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Information about our
October 2011 Flat panel HDTV shoot-out event
On October 8, 2011 at 6 PM and again on October 9, 2011 at 1 PM we
hosted our 7th annual HDTV shoot-out. This year’s flagship competitive
offering of flat panel displays from every major manufacturer will be on
display and we will award one manufacturer the honor of “King of HDTV”
based on comparison and evaluation from TV experts and audience members.
Here is a
pdf file on the results of the attendees
two days of voting for the "King of HDTV".
.pdf of the Onscreen ANSI Contrast Ratios and MLL
finally here's the
ballots of the three professional calibrators, Kevin
Miller, DeWayner (D-Nice) Davis and Ed Johnson.
request we can email the ballots of our
staff of a/v senior technicians, and our staff, including myself.
Kevin Miller is our master calibrator and keynote speaker. Kevin is an ISF
charter member/instructor, professional reviewer, and industry consultant.
Professional calibrators D-Nice and Ed Johnson assisted Kevin with the
calibrations and were on hand to make presentation and answer questions.
Other surprise speakers that are industry leaders and display development
also participated. The event benefited by the live audience carefully selected
from the motion picture and TV Broadcast industries as well as serious a/v
enthusiasts and the press. The recordings of both days of the event is now available
Our home page
has the pre and post calibration reports posted for each TV in
shoot-out along with .pdf data sheets.
Our shoot-out is the only industry wide evaluation that includes every major
premium manufacturer's HDTV.
Feel free to contact me with
any questions or comments.
presenting LED local dimming vs. plasma
Instead of turning on the room lights we generated full screen peak
Robert Zohn reviewing the agenda
and telling stories
Channel 12 News reporter Carol
and camera man interviewing me in my store theater/office
The flat black wall and ceiling
looked great and helped us evaluate each TV
Robert Zohn, Kevin Miller and
Day 2, DeWayne "D-Nice"
Davis conversing loosely w/Bill Schindler
Robert Zohn opening remarks
2nd day, 1 PM Sunday 10/9/11
This time it's Bill speaking
Upper left, Joe So our
cinema photographer and upload master, Bill Schindler, VIP Guest
speaker, Tom Evans VP Elite, DeWayne Davis, Kevin Miller, Robert
Zohn and one of our trays of very fine sushi!
Here's a glimpse of our 2010
|At our 2010 shoot-out event we exposed for the first time
the following developments:
Joe Kane lent us his personally
developed new test disc that has some test patterns that expose
flaws never before seen. Joe's new test patterns gave us the
ability to diagnose errors in the color
decoding and bit rate limitations of the 8 bit panels as well as
incorrect processing to the 8 bit panel. Not only do these
anomalies limit the professional calibrator, they also limit the out
of box image quality.
Bill Schindler demonstrated how plasma technology
enjoys the benefit over LCD in 3D of being able to see an
additional dimension the consumer can view from any side and
enjoy a richer 3D experience, even while laying down.
One of Joel Silver's and Kevin
Miller's call to action was for higher bit rate panels.
Currently all panels are no more than 8 bit and some don't
process the full or proper 8 bit signal. Joel was Skyped in on
Panasonic 58" VT25 while Kevin and Joel reviewed the .pdf
presentation displayed on the other shoot-out panels. Joel
showed and explained that Sharp owns 75% and Sony holds the
remaining 25% stake in their LCD plant and then discussed
Panasonic's new glass manufacturing facilities. Literally almost
1/2 trillion dollars of financial investments in the future of
flat panels and great advancements in R&D and the manufacturing
DeWayne, aka D-Nice, Kevin Miller
and Ed Johnson reviewed and taught us what they look for in
various test patterns.
Robert Zohn called for a standards
to be established, likely by CEA or another standards
organization to establish a method of measuring contrast ratio
and have all manufacturer's publish only the approved contrast
ratio standard. This way consumers can relay on this statistic when
shopping. After all, this is the single most important
attribute to deliver the best picture quality.
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