Having whet our appetites on the CES in January with an early take a look at its new flagship HZ2000 OLED TV, Panasonic has now unveiled its wider TV vary for 2020. And it’s truthful to say it seems like one other pleasingly aggressive try by the Japanese model to place the needs of AV followers forward of business politics.
The brand new Panasonic vary will encompass three new 4K OLED ranges and three new 4K LCD ranges: the HZ2000, HZ1500 and HZ1000 OLEDs, and the HX940, HX900 and HX800 LCDs. [UPDATE: The HX900 series will apparently not be available in the UK.]
All six ranges will help each of the HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient dynamic HDR codecs; you’re not caught with only one or the opposite format like you might be with, say, Samsung and LG TVs.
Additionally current on all six collection is built-in Dolby Atmos sound, and era 5 of Panasonic’s My Dwelling Display sensible system. That is claimed to introduce a lot of usability enhancements, together with thumbnail hyperlinks to particular exhibits that pop up once you spotlight, say, the Netflix or YouTube app icons.
The three OLED collection all introduce two additional up-to-the-minute options, too: Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ.
The primary of those new modes, as defined on this earlier article, is designed to get the TVs to copy extra carefully the image settings used throughout the mastering of movies and TV exhibits. Backed by quite a few Hollywood filmmakers and the Extremely HD Alliance, Filmmaker Mode primarily turns off many of the TVs’ video processing options.
It really works throughout HDR10+, HDR10, HLG and SDR content material, and Panasonic’s model of the Filmmaker Mode may also, unexpectedly, work at the side of a lightweight meter within the TV to regulate the image to compensate for ambient mild ranges.
Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ, in the meantime, is a brand new model of Dolby Imaginative and prescient that additionally provides an consciousness of the TV’s environment when calculating how finest to render DV-encoded content material. So, as an example, if Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ detects that your room is vivid, it is going to intelligently regulate the picture to try to be sure that it nonetheless seems as shut as potential to the way in which it will have regarded in a darkish mastering room.
All of Panasonic’s new OLED collection have been tuned by famend Hollywood colourist Stefan Sonnenfeld, and it’s anticipated that every one three collection can be UHD Premium Licensed by launch. All three OLED collection get Panasonic’s newest HCX Professional Clever video processor, too – which Panasonic describes as probably the most highly effective processor it’s ever made.
Every new OLED TV will even carry a brand new kind of black body insertion expertise, designed to reinforce movement efficiency with out inflicting as a lot flickering as as black body insertion methods sometimes do.
Searching for variations between the three OLED collection (that are all obtainable in 65 and 55-inch display screen sizes), the HZ2000 and HZ1500 each carry Dolby Atmos-friendly speaker methods full with upfiring drivers. Final 12 months, solely the flagship GZ2000s benefited from this key audio characteristic.
The HZ2000s (which can launch in July) carry a 360-degree Soundscape Professional audio setup that Panasonic claims is the very best constancy audio system it’s ever constructed right into a TV. The speaker system is tuned by Technics, and regardless of boasting a remarkably skinny profile, it nonetheless pumps out 140W of bass-rich sound.
The HZ1500s (out Could/June) get a ‘non-Professional’ model of the 360-degree Soundscape system, which seems to not profit from Technics tuning, and reduces the sound output to 80W.
The HZ1000s (out April/Could) lose the 360-degree soundscape audio system.
The HZ2000 fashions additionally differ from the opposite two OLED collection by carrying Grasp HDR OLED Skilled Version panels. Which means, as with final 12 months’s GZ2000s, the HZ2000 panels have been custom-made by Panasonic engineers to ship (an estimated 20%) extra brightness than OLED TVs can at the moment handle.
Turning to the variations between the trio of LCD collection, the entry-level HX800 collection (out early Could) can be obtainable in 40-inch, 50-inch, 58-inch and 65-inch display screen sizes, and carry a comparatively primary HCX processor. Although don’t neglect that even these probably extremely reasonably priced fashions get Dolby Atmos playback and help for all of the HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10, HLG and even HLG Picture HDR codecs.
Stepping as much as the HX900 collection will get you an HDR Cinema show, which delivers extra HDR-friendly brightness than the panels within the HX800 collection. The HX900s can be obtainable in 43, 49, 55 and 65-inch display screen sizes, with the biggest display screen sizes arriving in Could whereas the smaller screens launch in March.
The HX940 LCD fashions, lastly, step as much as a local 100Hz refresh charge, and introduce a extra color-rich HDR Cinema Show Professional display screen. Plus you get the extra highly effective and updated HCX Professional video processor, and ‘Native Dimming Clever Professional’, which Panasonic claims mimics the operation of 1000’s of digital native dimming zones whereas nonetheless enabling the TV to boast an ultra-slim design.
The HX940s can be obtainable from Could/June in 43, 49, 55, 65, and 75-inch sizes.
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