October 2, 2022


Verdict

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Panasonic’s 2020 premium LED TV possibility affords pure, vibrant image efficiency and glorious movement processing, however its rivals outgun it for black-level efficiency smarts. Nonetheless, if yow will discover it for its present worth of £999, it is a good big-screen show.

Execs

  • Huge display show for 3 determine sum
  • Multi-HDR assist
  • Stable design and adjustable ft
  • Pure, vibrant pictures
  • Superb movement processing

Cons

  • Rivals provide extra complete smarts
  • Not probably the most constant of black ranges
  • Lacks premium gaming options

Key Options


  • Good interfaceMy House Display 5.0 sensible interface

  • ShowEdge-lit dimming, IPS display

  • HDRHelps HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient codecs

  • ProcessorPowered by Panasonic’s HCX Professional Clever chip

Introduction

The Panasonic HX940 is the Japanese model’s top-tier LED TV in its 2020 lineup, sitting beneath the premium OLEDs.

Given Panasonic’s OLEDs have been fairly spectacular – we gave the HZ2000, HZ1500 and HZ1000 5 stars every – expectations of comparable excellence pervade with the HX940. It’s an edge-lit TV, so it’s doubtlessly giving up efficiency to the FALD (full-array native dimming) Sony KD-65XH9505 and Samsung QE65Q80T shows, each of which function rivals – however not like these TVs, it has in its pocket Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+ assist.

Given the HX940 launched in 2020 for round £1699, it’s shedded £700 to make it an attractive prospect for these in search of a big-screen show below £1000 forward of Panasonic’s 2021 vary occurring sale.

Availability

  • UKRRP: £999
  • EuropeRRP: €1599

On the time of overview, the 65-inch Panasonic HX940 prices £999, down from round £1699 when it first went on sale. In Germany, the place this TV can be on sale, it’s referred to as the Panasonic TX-65HXW944 and priced at €1599.

Design

  • Neat and tidy
  • Good-looking set
  • Adjustable ft
  • Cable muddle answer

The HX940’s construct high quality continues the no-frills aesthetic of Panasonic’s 2020 TV vary. That is very a lot kind following operate.

Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV's rear panel

The HX940 is available in 75-, 65 and 43-inch sizes (Europe will get 55- and 49-inch fashions) and the construct high quality is as you’d anticipate from Panasonic: sensible, tidy {and professional}. The rear panel has a faux-leather end and the chassis itself is slim, which presents the choice of wall-mounting.

The bezel that frames the display has a pleasant brushed end up-close, and fades from view when watching TV. The ft are attention-grabbing in that they a) have an space for slotting cables via to maintain the rear of the TV tidy, and b) could be configured both out broad or in a slender setup. You don’t get that with the 75-inch mannequin, which comes with a central plinth.

Panasonic TX-65HX940B foot stand

The distant is similar unit Panasonic has been together with with its TVs for some time: a chunky, old style affair with hotkeys for Freeview Play and Netflix. I isn’t a chore to make use of (not like some others) and button presses have a pleasant, cushioned really feel. It’s well-laid out, easy-to-use, and on this respect you possibly can’t fault it a lot.

Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV's silver and black remote

Options

  • Lacks the ‘smarts’ of rivals
  • Lacks superior image modes
  • Scarcity of streaming apps
  • Straightforward-to-use sensible interface

There are fewer image modes on the HX940 in comparison with the OLEDs – there’s no Filmmaker mode or Netflix Calibrated mode, however I don’t suppose many will mourn their absence. The HX940 is a Netflix Beneficial TV; so it fulfils the factors of quick startup, quick access and optimised interface, and so forth.

There’s no Clever Sensing, which OLEDs must fine-tune the image in vivid and darkish rooms. Panasonic’s 2020 vary wasn’t one for gaming both, so there’s no Variable Refresh Price (VRR) or Excessive Body Price (HFR) performance right here.

Including to the listing of omissions, eARC is lacking for passing high-quality soundtracks to a related system. All that’s represented from the HDMI 2.1 spec is Auto Low Latency (ALLM). I measured latency at 14ms in Recreation mode, so it’s a succesful performer in that respect.

Panasonic TX-65HX940B connections

Connections stand at 4 x HDMI 2.0: 2 x USB 2.0 and a single 3.0 port, Ethernet, optical-out, 2 x CI+ 1.4 slot, component-in, satellite tv for pc, aerial, 3.5mm output – all very normal. Wi-fi connectivity extends to Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi and DLNA protocols, and the set helps Bluetooth Audio Hyperlink if the thought of personal listening with a headphone pursuits.

my Home Screen 5.0 on Panasonic TX-65HX940B

Panasonic’s My House Display 5.0 interface is straightforward to make use of, utilizing roundels to focus on apps, plus you possibly can customise shortcuts or prepare your favorite apps for faster entry. It’s missing for sheer numbers: Samsung, LG and Android all outmatch Panasonic in that regard, because the HX940 is lacking Apple TV, Disney+, Spotify, Tidal and Now amongst others. If, like me, you subscribe to these companies then a further streaming participant is all however a should.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying channel list with shows of Freeview play

There’s Freeview Play for entry to UK catch-up apps in BBC iPlayer, All 4 and ITV Hub. Alexa and Google digital assistants are supported via an exterior system.

Panasonic TX-65HX940B menu system

The Panasonic HX940 menu system is simple, however may use a refresh. I doubt you’ll encounter any issues attending to grips with what every setting means, so its simplicity can’t be understated.

Image high quality

  • Vibrant pictures, not-so-strong black ranges
  • Balanced, vibrant and natural-looking pictures
  • Superb movement processing
  • Not the deepest black ranges, particularly with Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material

Just like the 65HZ1000, the HX940’s image is powered by Panasonic’s HCX Professional Clever processor, which has obtained enter from Hollywood colourist Stefan Sonnenfeld. After all, the photographs are being fed to the HX940’s HDR Cinema Show Professional LED, not a Grasp HDR OLED panel.

Beginning with SDR sources, the HX940’s upscaling shows a bit softness with faces in comparison with what I’ve seen on different 65-inch TVs. Nonetheless, Full HD content material boasts robust, pure and convincing colors, with individuals and objects sharply drawn, and pictures stuffed with element and readability. Pores and skin tones – as they’re throughout all resolutions – are various, tonally expressive and naturally conveyed.

SD SDR – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – HD SDR

A swap to a BBC nature documentary and the HX940 wrings out the strands of fur on the again and neck of a cheetah in spectacular trend.

Panasonic TX-65HX940B BBC documentaryA black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a women in yellow black outfit wearing specs, sitting on a show, a count of 22 on the bottom right

SD clearly drops in high quality however holds up properly, regardless of the discount in fantastic element and a scarcity of sharpness. Faces are softer and noisier – once more, not sudden – however colors are in step with HD sources, and complexions are correct, not like some cheaper 4K TVs I’ve examined in latest instances.

A bounce to the Now streaming service with Killjoys in 720p, and the HX940 makes a great fist of coping with the lower-quality supply. Shut-ups of faces present superb ranges of fantastic element with stubble, lips, facial options and wrinkles on the performers revealed with spectacular readability.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Killjoy
A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Killjoy 2, a women in traditional outfit standing on the left and greenery behind

Given the colorful nature of the present, the TX-65HX940 additionally handles the palette with a vibrancy and punchiness. The Dynamic Vary Remaster setting offers the present extra of an ‘HDR’ really feel with gentle sources brightened, but it surely’s a delicate impact.

Panasonic’s movement dealing with is among the finest, with the TX-65HX940’s Clever Body Creation (IFC) including particular person frames to scale back movement blur. Choices are Off, Min, Mid, Max and Customized – the final providing finer management over blur discount and smoothness.

Set to Max and lower-quality content material (480p, 720p) reveals some blur, however has the added impact of wanting slicker. With it off, there’s a flicker to some broadcasts/companies that made me bounce again within the arms of the set’s movement processing.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying two men in military outfit walking with guns, a scene from 1917

Used with 1917 (4K Blu-ray), the HX940’s movement continues to be a sophisticated effort. At Max there’s a component of judder, with the piece of paper Lance Corporal Blake handles in his hand. Set it all the way down to Mid and the judder is slighter – virtually imperceptible – whereas the Min possibility settles between smoothness and film-like flicker that avoids judder altogether.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying F1 race with a list of racers on the left

That is the choice I’d accept with movies, sports activities and motorsports. In any case, the HX940’s movement processing is clean, slick and avoids that hyper-real ‘cleaning soap opera’ impact.

The HX940 helps HDR10, HLG Broadcast, Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+. There’s no Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ to tailor DV content material to vivid and darkish rooms (you get the Shiny, Darkish and Vivid Dolby Imaginative and prescient profiles as an alternative). HDR10+ Adaptive hasn’t been added, however will probably be accessible on the JX940, which is able to change the HX940 later in 2021.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Jessica Jones

With HDR content material, the 65-inch set seems to have a problem with very darkish scenes. Watching a Jessica Jones’ episode (A.Okay.A. Hellcat) on Netflix in Dolby Imaginative and prescient, there was a scarcity of form and depth to essentially darkish scenes. Blacks are quite formless and shallow, the HX940’s edge-lit dimming system not producing black ranges as strongly as you’d discover on a FALD show or OLED.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a man's face from close wearing a weird mask

There’s some backlight bleed within the corners and black borders, popping up throughout HDR10 playback (The Darkish Knight Rises), HDR10+ (Physician Sleep) – but it surely’s most noticeable with the Dolby Imaginative and prescient Shiny profile with streaming content material (Ted Lasso, Jessica Jones, Prometheus).

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying two men sitting, one wearing sports outfit with cap and the other in a black suit

Not one of the Dolby Imaginative and prescient profiles that ship with the Panasonic HX940 hit the spot both. The Darkish profile produces higher blacks however on the expense of brightness and darkish element, whereas the Shiny profile ups the brightness however black ranges aren’t as robust. The Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vivid profile continues to be peculiar, giving content material an virtually electric-blue tone at odds with color accuracy and luminance of the HDR format.

HDR10+ – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Dolby Imaginative and prescient Shiny

Dolby Imaginative and prescient Darkish – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vivid

Nonetheless, the set’s out-of-the-box 4K HDR efficiency is an pleasurable one. Spike Lee’s Do The Proper Factor is given an expressive and filmic look – particularly with the True Cinema image mode that provides the whole lot a slight golden tone. Major colors introduced with a vibrancy and earthiness, whereas pores and skin tones of the largely black forged are various and pure in tone, the Panasonic capturing the scorching really feel of late 80’s Brooklyn.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a man wearing glasses singing, a scene from Do the right thing
A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying 3 men sitting on chairs under an unmbrella against a red wall, a scene from Do the right thing

The identical feeling applies to Moana (4K Blu-ray), which feels much more spectacular. Element ranges are big (simply have a look at the sand when Moana crash lands on an island), whereas the hues of the colors within the sky and sea are superbly reproduced and darkish scenes fare higher.

A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Moana, Moana covered in sand
A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Moana, Moana and Maui looking at each other
A black Panasonic TX 65HX940B TV standing on a wooden table displaying a scene from Moana, Moana handling a boat and a fire monster looking at her

Angles are additionally pretty broad with colors robust, although the backlight bleed offers blacks a bluish tone. There’s the mildest of blooming at wider angles – extra noticeable with vivid parts close to the black bars, and that together with the final black-level efficiency makes the Panasonic HX940’s abilities suited to vivid rooms over darkish ones, particularly with Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material.

Sound high quality

  • First rate dynamism and element
  • Diminished bass

Given the scale of the display, you’d wish to pair an exterior sound system with the Panasonic TX-65HX940. For those who had been to rely purely on the set’s two 10W audio system, then the sound the HX940 outputs is huge (given the scale) and detailed sufficient that you simply received’t miss a lot watching daytime TV.

There’s good definition to excessive frequencies, too, plus respectable dynamics (relying on the content material), and it does this with out sounding harsh or muddled. Bass is the place the HX940 unsurprisingly offers up efficiency, even to a compact soundbar. By itself it’s not half unhealthy, however a display this huge warrants nothing lower than an exterior sound system.

Conclusion

Given the drop in worth to lower than £1000, this 65-inch Panasonic has turn into a really interesting possibility for anybody in search of a big-screen TV for lower than 4 figures. Image high quality is persistently pure and vibrant throughout all sources, although black ranges aren’t as robust as what you’d discover on a FALD show.

Although it helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and HDR10+, as a premium leisure hub it lacks the sensible options on equal LG, Samsung and Sony units. So this Panasonic 65-inch set is sweet, superb at instances, however as an all-round performer the Samsung Q80T and Sony XH95 beat it.

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Do you have to purchase it?

You need a 65-inch set for 3 figures: For those who go searching, the 65-inch mannequin could be had for lower than £1000. That’s fairly good contemplating it was across the £2000 mark at launch. The image high quality right here is extra refined than that you simply’d get from the equally priced Hisense 65U8Q.

You watch TV in a darkish room: The black ranges on the HX940 are usually not as robust as what you’d discover on equally priced full array native dimming units from Samsung and Sony. Blacks turn into blu-ish in tone at wider angles and the Panasonic struggles with darkish scenes, particularly with Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material.

Verdict

Panasonic’s 2020 premium LED TV places in, at instances, an excellent image efficiency that makes it a good selection for movies and sports activities. It’s overwhelmed by its rivals when it comes to smarts and options, and the edge-lit show isn’t probably the most constant for black ranges, particularly with Dolby Imaginative and prescient streaming content material.

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Availability

  • UKRRP: £999
  • EuropeRRP: €1599

FAQs

What kind of show is the Panasonic HX940?

The HX940 makes use of an edge-lit IPS show, which implies its dimming system is positioned in the direction of the outer edges of the display (that helps to maintain the TV slender when it comes to thickness) and the IPS display helps the set produce a variety of colors.

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