Originally Posted by JNayAV
Serious question as the LG rep, and at least for 1 day a Sony rep, being there has been brought up several times.... In what capacity were they there? Did the rep give any sign off on calibration reports? If was marketing side, I'd really doubt they'd even know what to look for on a calibration report. Saying the rep being there/not being there implies they in some way were involved in the calibration process has not been verified as far as I can tell. Members that read and respond in these forums were actually responsible for some of the calibrations judged at this event, so should be easy to verify.
If a rep was just there in the capacity of a general rep, why is it have to assume he's doing QA on the shootout. This is a large event so seems just as likely a rep would be there to answer questions for potential customers. The shootout was only a portion of the overall event correct? If the Sony rep had other events to attend, why is that deemed strange?
For clarification, what other posters mentioned the settings changed between days 1 and 2 other than Al?
The clarification I'll add here is that it was a very, very small show and not much else was going on. The shootout was the "main event" this year.
Samsung and Vizio were not explicitly voluntary participants in the shootout. The TVs were purchased, calibrated, and voted on, but those companies did not "participate." Sony did stop by on day 1, and of course Phil Jones of Sony gets the thanks for providing his personal mastering monitor to the proceedings, but he did not stick around. Westinghouse explicitly asked to be included, BTW.
And LG? Tim Alessi, Sr. Director - Product Marketing at LG Electronics was there both days, and he collected the awards. I don't exactly know who else was there from LG, but when the awards were given out, there was a whole team of LG PR
folks in the building (a couple of whom I know from the days they worked for either Samsung or Panasonic), and nobody from any other company. Presumably LG had a good feeling it would win, to have so many folks dedicate time to being there. No other company's reps bothered to show up for the announcement of the winner(s).
Someone, in an earlier comment, mentioned there was an LG tech there. Maybe someone like
can confirm real quick?
So, LG was there from beginning to end in terms of having a presence at the shootout. Did it help with the win? I do not know. Anyhow, that's all there is to report. Clearly, LG was focused on a win.