Panasonic wows with Dolby Vision and Atmos OLED TV range

posted on Thursday, 21st February 2019 by Steve May

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Panasonic has expanded its 2019 OLED offering with three more Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos OLED models. The trio, GZ1500, GZ1000 and GZ950, join the flagship GZ2000 TV, first seen at CES.

The line-up made its debut at Panasonic’s European trade show, held this week in Frankfurt. Inside CI was there to take a closer look.

The GX950 and GX1000 OLED TVs are essentially cosmetic variants, while the GZ1500 offers an integrated forward facing Blade speaker.

The top-end GZ2000 stands apart not just because of its innovative Dolby Atmos speaker system, which incorporates the world’s first built-in upward-firing speakers. It also uses a Professional Edition 4K OLED panel, exclusively customised by Panasonic engineers.This enabled it to run brighter than the other panels in the range.

Stage Show OLED

All four OLED series come in both 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes. Common across the range is the new HCX Pro Intelligent processor, deemed to be the most powerful ever made by Panasonic It manages all upscaling of non native 4k sources.

Colour tuning has been handled by leading Hollywood colourist Stefan Sonnenfeld. His work can be seen on an impressive roster of blockbusters, including A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World. Panasonic’s stated aim for its OLED fleet is to produce the most cinematic images possible.

First impressions are that Panasonic has produced a quartet of stunning OLED panels. Their colour richness, black level performance and detail are all oustanding.

All four OLED screens are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, for integration into smart home systems.

Also at Panacon, the company announced three LED LCD TV ranges: the entry-level GX700, step-up GX800 and super-large GX920.

The GX700 is available in 40-, 50-, 58- and 65-inch screens sizes, and offers HDR10+ dynamic metadata support, alongside HDR10 and HLG.

LCD Range

The GX800, available in 40-, 50-, 58- and 65-inch screen sizes, adds Dolby Vision support, and is Dolby Atmos compatible. The GX920 is also Dolby Vision and Atmos enabled, but will only be available in a 75-inch configuration.The big screen has a 100Hz screen refresh rate.

All the Panasonic LED LCD Tvs are edge-lit and wide colour gamut capable. The brand has no full array models in its range.

Interestingly, all Panasonic screens down to the GX800 also support the HLG Photo format, which is featured on select Panasonic Lumix cameras.

All of Panasonic’s connected sets use the new My Home Screen 4.0 platform, which has a redesigned GUI to better accommodate customized layouts. The interface now includes icons for shortcuts to live TV, connected devices and apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

Prices have yet to be announced.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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