Scarsdale, N.Y.-based custom integrator Value Electronics held its 14th annual TV Shootout evaluation last week at its retail showroom, to determine who makes the best TV for 2018; evaluations were conducted by a panel of video experts along with an audience of attendees.
Of the four TVs - LG’s OLED65E8PUA OLED TV, Samsung’s QN65Q9FN LED TV, Sony’s XBR- 65A9F OLED TV, and Sony’s XBR-65Z9F LED TV - competing for 2018 accolades, the new “King of TV” for 2018 was judged to be Sony’s A9F Series OLED TV.
The evaluating process at Value Electronics' TV Shootout
The two OLED TVs, Sony’s XBR-65A9F and LG’s OLED65E8P, took the lead in most of the voting categories, and both had top performance in major picture quality attributes, according to Value Electronics. Sony’s OLED TV had a slight edge with the panel of expert judges, leading to its win in the competition.
The breakdown of the specific award categories is as follows:
- Best HDR TV (HDR Reference Mode): Ties LG OLED65E8PUA and Sony’s XBR-65A9F, both are OLED TVs
- Best Living Room TV (SDR Day Mode/Video Processing): Sony A9F OLED TV
- Best Home Theater TV (SDR Reference Mode): Sony A9F OLED TV
Here's a breakdown of the full voting results, as posted on the Value Electronics website:
Criteria that individuals were asked to use for judgment, and which were applied variously to the three groups of categories voted in as listed above, included the following: Motion handling (DSE); off-axis performance; upscaling capability; peak brightness; black level/perceived contrast; shadow detail; color accuracy/skin tones; near-black uniformity; 4,000-nit tone mapping; wide color gamut; high brightness (HDR) (high APL); and perceived sharpness (UHD detail).
Zohn added, “Consumers are advised to use 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.”