Let Panasonic fans rejoice, the Japanese manufacturer is updating its high-end OLED TVs. On the menu, a new HCX Pro AI processor, a light panel and support for 4K @ 120Hz and other valuable technologies for gamers.
To announce its new TVs on the sidelines of a virtual CES which has not yet really opened, Panasonic plunged us into a particularly dynamic and original web conference… but surprisingly quite limited in terms of announcements. Indeed, the Japanese firm presented only one model, the JZ2000.
This naturally succeeds the very good, but also controversial, Panasonic TX HZ2000 with two sizes and therefore two references, the Panasonic TX-55JZ2000 and TX-65JZ2000 55 and 65 inches respectively. For now, all the details have not yet been identified, but here is what we already know about those whose mission is to restore the image of the brand.
An HCX Pro AI processor that takes care of everything
For us, we are already worried. For you, it will only be pure happiness. It was to be expected, the leading TV manufacturers are all announcing important developments on the side of their processor. And Panasonic is no exception to the rule. So, as we said, it’s great for the consumer, but for us who are responsible for distinguishing its models from each other, the mission will undoubtedly not be really simple. It’s hard to tell a great TV from an equally good one.
If we are to believe what Panasonic says here, the picture quality will be improved no matter what content you watch. A film, a series, a football match … the artificial intelligence of the new HCX Pro AI processor takes care of automatically adjusting the picture and audio parameters.
For example, during a match, the pitch will be greener, the fluidity accentuated and the sound effects adjusted so that you feel like you are in the stadium. Conversely, treatments in movies and series are applied so as to reproduce the best audio and video effects depending on the action. Fluidity management, character identification, special effects, image brightness and contrast: here again, the processor constantly analyzes the scenes to produce the best possible results. As always with Pana, a multitude of options will allow you to adjust the intensity of each of the settings, especially as the modes FimMaker, HDR10 and Dolby Vision are available.
Moreover on this subject, the JZ2000 scores valuable points since in addition to the Dolby Vision IQ, it is compatible with the technology HDR10 + Adaptive carried by Samsung. This aims to compete with Dolby’s solution by finely adapting the picture settings according to the ambient light conditions.
Gaming and high brightness performance and at the rendezvous
Funny enough, Panasonic even animated its web conference with a few sequences of technical measures. With the remains of containment in mind and the availability of the new Microsoft Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 consoles as the main theme, the first live measurement concerns theInput Lag. This is the famous display delay that we tell you about in each of our tests. A data not to be confused with the latency time which is here almost zero since it is an OLED panel. Probe in hand, the Panasonic expert measures a Input de 14,4 ms on a test chart in 3480 x 2160 p displayed in 60 Hz on this new JZ2000. This is much less than the Input Lag of the HZ2000 measured at 21.6 ms at the same time during the presentation.
We cannot speak of a record in this area (LG is already doing better on LG OLED65CX), but this is more than enough to avoid any disappointments with consoles and PCs equipped with latest generation graphics circuit. In addition to this low latency, full HDMI 2.1 support : it was a minimum! This results in compatibility with the 4K @ 120Hz, as well as techno ALLM and VRR. This is much better for game mode, but we do not know how many HDMI sockets will be compatible with this standard.
Another measure, that of the brightness which reaches 820 nits on the panel – always made possible thanks to a heat dissipation system. This is excellent for an OLED panel, but lovers of numbers will say that it is not much better than the brightness measured on the HZ2000. Rightly so, since Panasonic explains that the peak light is not more important than on the high-end model of 2020, but that the HCX Pro AI processor and its many treatments harness this power much better. We will see.
To conclude this chapter related to the image, Panasonic reminds us that the panels are calibrated by Stefan Sonnenfied, a professional colorist close to the best Hollywood filmmakers. The latter has notably worked on feature films such as A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Star Wars : The Force Awakens, 300 or Jurassic World.
Dolby Atmos still in the spotlight
As a good top-of-the-range model, the JZ2000 incorporates an audio system produced by the Technics teams. As on the HZ2000, there is a soundbar on the front and in the upper part, at the rear of the chassis, speakers responsible for producing the effect Dolby Atmos, or the notion of verticality in sound.
Remember that this system did not really impress us by the Atmos effect on the HZ2000, but we are still very curious about what this 2021 model has in store for us. No information is given as to the number of integrated channels or even the available power, but the HCX Pro AI chip could bring its small batch of improvements to better take advantage of this system that Panasonic calls the 360° Soundscape Pro.
My Home Screen 6: no news… bad news?
Finally, the JZ2000 will be available in 55 and 65 inch versions and no price has yet been announced. No information is shared on improvements to the operating system either. It is also a shame, because My Home Screen, up to now the main drag that harms (at least in our opinion) the pleasure of using Panasonic televisions, migrates to a version 6 of which we know almost nothing. Will it be up to date on the application side? Will the ergonomics be more successful and modern? So far, we haven’t even seen a single image of the homemade OS to give us a first impression.
But rest assured, the manufacturer mentions the presence of My Scenery, a function which allows to, we quote, “Choose a selection of relaxing images and videos to suit your mood or time of day. Perfect for meditation sessions or getting ready to go to bed ”. How do you feel a little ironic to us?