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2013 Value Electronics Flat-Panel Shootout

ISF calibrator Kevin Miller talks about the Ninth Annual Value Electronics Flat-Panel Shootout, which he helped set up and conduct on May 10 and 11, 2013. In contention were three plasma TVs (Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 and TC-P65VT60, Samsung PN64F8500) and three LED-LCD TVs (Sony XBR-65X900A, Panasonic TC-L55WT60, Samsung UN55F8000). Kevin discusses how the candidates were selected, how they were set up and calibrated, the evaluation process, a comparison with a Pioneer Kuro, and the final results, along with answers to chat room questions and more.

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Kevin Miller is the owner of ISFTV, a display product-development consulting company to the industry's leading television and video source manufacturers. ISFTV has also been providing professional calibration services since the inception of the ISF in early 1994. Kevin is also the co-founder of TweakTV, an online publication dedicated to informing consumers about the latest developments in HDTV and providing in depth technical reviews of the latest HDTVs.

Kevin started in the audio/video industry in the late 1980s as the managing editor and later publisher of The Perfect Vision magazine. As the publisher of TPV, he introduced the concept of TV calibration in 1990 after discovering that other publications were making mistakes on LaserDisc transfer quality because their TVs were un-calibrated. Under his direction, calibration became part of the process of reviewing both software and TVs, a process that is now used by all home-theater publications. This quickly put TPV on the map as the technical authority in video in the publishing industry.

From 1994 to 1997, Kevin was a partner in Total Media Systems, a home-theater custom-installation business in New York. He then took a position as the marketing director for Runco International from 1997 to 1999, which afforded him extensive front-projection setup training and experience.

From 1999 to 2001, Kevin was the editorial director for video at the now-defunct consumer-electronics Internet giant, etown.com. Until the fall of 2009, Kevin was a senior editor at CNET, writing in-depth technical reviews of flat-panel HDTVs and two-piece front projection systems.

Kevin is a charter member of the Imaging Science Foundation, and has been a co-instructor for the ISF seminars since 2001, currently also teaching Level II ISF courses.

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