Regardless of being a longtime power within the film trade – and regardless of receiving kudos from quite a few Hollywood movers and shakers – Panasonic has by no means fairly been capable of make its pro-grade fairy mud persist with its client televisions. They’re simply too smart, by some means. And its sensible TV choices have by no means been all that sensible.
Not for the primary time, Panasonic has resolved that this yr goes to be completely different. The JZ1000 OLED TV vary definitely seems to be geared up to show a couple of heads. For as soon as, Panasonic appears to have delivered a TV package deal that may compete not simply on specification and efficiency, however can also be prepared to fulfill its rivals head-on within the value battle.
Thoughts you, we’ve heard all this earlier than from Panasonic. Is the JZ1000 the TV vary to really get on and do it?
Design and construct: massive and intelligent
We’re trying on the 55in model of the JZ1000 right here, but it surely’s additionally obtainable in 48in or 65in dimensions for those who choose. Regardless of how massive a display screen measurement you select, one factor is definite: you’ll be lumbered with a chassis that’s deeper than that of any price-comparable rival.
Panasonic’s OLED TVs aren’t the primary to characteristic a construct that’s actually slim, up till some extent the place it abruptly turns into the other. However at 7cm thick in locations, the JZ1000’s profile seems to be like a little bit of a throwback. Simply resolve to not cling it on the wall and look straight at it as an alternative: its minimal bezels make for much extra nice viewing.
And when it’s not wall-mounted, the JZ1000 can stand on its sturdy central pedestal, which permits it to swivel usefully – and there’s sufficient house between it and the underside of the display screen for a soundbar.
What’s by no means in dispute the place Panasonic televisions are involved is the standard of development. The plastics – and, in fact, this product is generally made from plastic – really feel sturdy and hard-wearing, and the whole lot is screwed along with correct solidity. Need a TV set that can survive all kinds of home trauma? Right here it’s.
Options: HDR heaven
It is a 4K OLED set from the second of Panasonic’s 4 OLED ranges for 2021/2022. So it’s fitted with the producer’s ‘Grasp HDR OLED’ panel, which is ruled by the ‘HCX Professional AI’ processing engine.
And since it’s a Panasonic, it covers each HDR base: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive and Dolby Imaginative and prescient are all supported. The one different TV maker grown-up sufficient to handle that is Philips. And with the Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vivid, Dolby Imaginative and prescient Darkish and Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ sub-categories all catered for too, the JZ1000 is a real HDR grasp.
Preserve this in thoughts for those who’d like your 4K content material to look its finest regardless of the place you’re getting it from – as a result of LG, Samsung and Sony (amongst others) can’t match it, regardless of how a lot you spend on one in all their screens.
As you’d count on at this value, connectivity is in depth. Twin-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth maintain wi-fi duties, whereas bodily connections embrace 4 HDMI inputs, three USBs (one in all which is the three.0 customary), three aerial binding posts, a CI card slot and an Ethernet socket. Outputs prolong to a digital optical socket and a 3.5mm analogue output, which may change between line-level for headphones and pre-amp degree for a powered subwoofer.
One of many HDMI sockets is eARC-enabled and all 4 assist Auto Low Latency Mode. Two have the 4K Excessive Body Fee and Variable Refresh Fee capacity that’s a part of the HDMI 2.1 specification – however having dissed LG only a second in the past, we’re responsibility sure to say that enthusiastic next-gen players are higher off with an LG OLED relating to all these intelligent console options.
Interface: smartened up
Maybe the most important – and definitely probably the most welcome – upgrades Panasonic has made throughout this mannequin cycle is to its My Dwelling Display screen interface. For years, the corporate has been proven the cleanest of heels by LG (with its webOS interface) and Samsung (utilizing Tizen). Heck, even Sony has stepped up from Android TV to Google’s brisker UI.
So it’s simply as properly that My Dwelling Display screen 6.0, as put in on the JZ1000, is Panasonic’s most complete, best interface by a distance. Until you need to watch Disney+, that’s.
Navigating My Dwelling Display screen 6.0, its setup screens and menagerie of different menus may be executed with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Or you need to use the distant management, which – even by Panasonic’s sizeable requirements – is humungous. On the plus facet, although, this implies a lot of the buttons are fairly massive – and also you’re unlikely to lose it down the facet of the couch.
Image high quality: Vibrant digital camera motion
As a result of the JZ1000 has the total HDR home, it doesn’t actually matter the place you supply your 4K content material from. So for the sake of selection, we fired up a wi-fi stream of /Da 5 Bloods/on Netflix and settled again to benefit from the Dolby Imaginative and prescient – and, to a lesser extent, the Dolby Atmos – leisure.
In just about each important visible respect, the JZ1000 is admirable. It’s brighter than we’re used to for an OLED panel, whereas white tones are detailed and assorted, providing a nuanced description of what’s occurring within the brightest elements of the display screen. Mix this with the depth of black for which OLED is acclaimed and also you get contrasts which can be large and convincing. Plus the Panasonic does equally good work loading black tones with simply as a lot tremendous element as white ones.
The color palette is impressively large, and the JZ1000 walks the road between ‘pure’ and ‘vibrant’ properly. It retains edges clean and regular, generates considerable depth of area and retains on-screen movement plausible too. And although you’ll must fiddle with motion-handling settings to attain the specified impact, the setup menus are mercifully accessible.
Upscaling much less information-rich content material (comparable to a 1080p Blu-ray of /The Grasp/) offers very watchable outcomes as properly. Even the massive, uniform desert scenes of this flick have little image noise, whereas colors and contrasts stay spectacular. Solely with edge definition (which will get slightly hesitant) and element ranges (which drop away considerably) does the Panasonic let you know the way a lot work it’s doing.
Drop down in content material high quality once more, although, and the JZ1000 will get a bit impatient. Upscaled daytime TV broadcasts, for instance, are gentle and edgy on the identical time – and film noise principally units up camp. In case you like classic viewing, this will not be the display screen for you.
Sound high quality: downsized decibels
The obvious distinction (on the web page, at the least) between the JZ1000 vary and Panasonic’s costlier alternate options is in its audio specification. This TV options a few full-range drivers and 30W energy, however that’s your lot. And whereas it may well deal with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, it solely delivers it in stereo.
So if you’d like a display screen with a whistles-and-bells audio system built-in, Panasonic will promote you one – however this ain’t it. The JZ1000 does fairly distinct, easy-to-follow work with its two drivers, but it surely’s hardly worthy of point out in the identical breath as the image high quality it accompanies.
Voices are projected ahead properly, and even for those who take heed to it at full pelt the Panasonic doesn’t get onerous or shouty. However it’s a small-scale, uninvolving hear that can have you ever trying by means of our checklist of the most effective soundbars earlier than the top of the primary movie you watch in your shiny new set.
Panasonic TX-55JZ1000 verdict
With the JZ1000, Panasonic has made strong enhancements within the areas the place it’s historically been sturdy: image high quality, ease of use and so forth.
However it’s additionally made large strides the place it’s beforehand been weaker. The up to date interface specifically represents a considerable step ahead.
With assist for each HDR customary going, the JZ1000 is among the best OLED choices that Panasonic has served up in fairly some time. So long as you don’t take a look at it side-on.
|Display screen measurement||55in|
|Decision||3840×2160 (4K UHD)|
|HDR||HLG, HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient|
|Inputs||4x HDMI, 3x USB, 3x RF, CI, Ethernet|