Panasonic Freestyle DX802 4K Pro HDR TV is a design wow, but brand calls time on curved

posted on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 by Steve May

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Panasonic has unveiled a dramatic new entry in its 4K Pro TV range. Announced at the brand’s annual Dealer Convention in Frankfurt, the edge-lit DX802 boasts Italian design DNA, to complement its Hollywood tuned picture engine, and comes in 50- and 58-inch screen sizes. Utilising an unusual trapezoid stand with a separate soundbar, Panasonic calls it a Freestyle design. The objective, it says, is to elevate the screen into a piece of stylised furniture in its own right. 

The DX802, which joins Panasonic’s previously announced DX902 flagship screen, is also HDR capable but is not branded Ultra HD Premium. It features the brand’s Studio Master HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) processor, plus viewing presets that mimic the performance of professional studio grading monitors. It should also be 4K THX certified before launch.

The soundbar is a completely different design from any other soundbar in the Panasonic line-up. Dubbed a 12 Train Prismatic speaker, it incorporates two tweeters, four mid-range squawkers and six woofers. The set also uses the Firefox OS Smart platform, and comes with Freeview Play, which includes a rollback EPG and catch-up from the main terrestrial channels.

Integrators should note that the DX802 can be wall-mounted using standard VESA mounts, if required. The soundbar comes with keyslots for wall-hanging, although it only works with a wired connection to the set. There’s no wireless connectivity, or option for a subwoofer.

VIERA TX-DX800 Sans Bar

Interesting, there was no new OLED panel at the trade show - although TV product manager Craig Cunningham told Inside CI that he still had faith in the technology – and no curved screens. “We experimented with curved last year, offering the same specified set in both curved and flat (the CX802 and CR850), and the feedback was clear that flat was the preferred option,” he said. "Our OLED panel sold through much faster than we anticipated." It would seem logical to expect then, that Panasonic’s next OLED entry, when it can procure the requisite panels, will be defiantly flat.

Also read:
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-ray player gets UK price and date
Panasonic teases 8K TV as Japan confirms UHD channels
CES 2016: 4K HDR picture finally becomes clearer

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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