Sony’s A9G Master Series 4K OLED TV has won Scarscale, N.Y. custom A/V integrator/retailer Value Electronics’ 15th Annual TV Shootout competition, held at this week’s CE Week show at NYC’s Javits Center. The event served as the venue for a panel of professional reviewers to test, evaluate, and compare picture quality attributes of the latest flagship TVs side by side, and against a reference monitor used by Hollywood film makers, and then vote for their favorites. Video enthusiasts who signed up with Value to attend were also encouraged to register their opinions of the TVs separate from the competition.
The four 4K TVs competing for the 2019 crown included LG’s OLED65C9PUA, Samsung’s QN65Q90R, Sony’s XBR-65A9G, and Sony’s XBR-65Z9F. “This was a close competition, with the panels all performing very well,” said Robert Zohn, Value Electronics’ owner. The A9G’s solid win was a result of the TV having taken the lead in most of the voting categories as well as dominating the combined average of all categories, according to the retailer.
The specific award categories and the voting results were as follows:
- Best SDR Day Mode: Sony A9F OLED TV
- Best SDR Reference Mode: Sony A9G OLED TV
- Best HDR TV: Sony A9G OLED TV
- Best Streaming TV: Tie Sony A9G OLED TV and LG C9P OLED TV
A breakdown of the detailed results is available on the valueelectronics.com website. Zohn encourages consumers to reference the voting results “to assess which criteria are most important to them and review each category to determine the TV that best matches their priorities and viewing conditions.”
The genesis of TV Shootout event dates back to an informal beginning, Zohn told Dealerscope.“I started doing comparisons for my own information three years before the competition was developed so that I could see the differences in TVs,” he said, noting that his career had included an earlier period when he worked as a TV broadcast systems engineer. He then decided to set up a more formalized system for comparison of TVs that were each professionally calibrated – resulting in the first TV Shootout competition, held in 2004.
The TV Shootout evaluation event has since gained the CE industry’s respect, said Zohn, and has become a go-to source for video enthusiasts to help make the best TV purchase decision. “I’m proud of the intent of the event,” he told Dealerscope.And one of the best benefits that serves the overall advancement of TV technology, he noted, is that “manufacturers actually fly in their top engineers so that they can learn from us what to enhance in the future.”