posted on Friday, 17th February 2017 by Steve May
Panasonic has unveiled a second 4K Pro HDR Ultra HD OLED TV range, and added a 77-inch screen EZ1002 option, at its annual dealer convention in Frankfurt.
The EZ952, which will be available in 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes (as the TX-65EZ952 and TX-55EZ952), uses the same Studio Colour HCX2 processor as the EZ1002, announced at CES, but comes with an integrated sound system and conventional pedestal stand. Outside the UK, it will be known as the EZ950.
Like its stablemate, the EZ952 will be HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) compatible out of the box. The EZ1002 and EZ952 will also include an all-new HDR Brightness Enhancer feature designed to optimise HDR picture quality in brightly lit rooms. Dark scenes, which can be difficult to see in high ambient light viewing conditions, are optimised so as to increase in the luminance of their low brightness areas.
However, the EZ952 will not feature the Absolute Black Filter, found on the EZ1002, and lacks some of the Pro 3DLUT functionality. The EZ1002 allows professional colourists to upload and use their own Look Up Tables through the USB ports.
Panasonic says the Studio Colour HCX2 4K processor delivers an “unprecedented level of accuracy” when it comes to colour accuracy and near dark detail. “Through the application of processes honed during decades of plasma screen production, Panasonic’s engineers were able to significantly enhance the production of fine detail, especially in those near-black areas.”
The EZ1002 and EZ952 can show almost 100 per cent of the DCI colour space.
Both sets will launch with THX and Ultra HD Premium. European product specialiast Craig Cunningham told Inside CI that the EZ1002 offered a peak brightness of 1000nits, while the new EZ950 offered a luminance peak of “around 950nits”.
Both screens also offer Panasonic’s fastest-ever 4K HDR Gaming mode, and will support 4K HDR streaming from Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. However there are no plans to support Dolby Vision on these models.
They will also launch with a new version of Freeview Play, featuring new search/recommendation tools and Panasonic’s uniquely developed Quick Look Guide that shows past, live and future TV programs for the current channel. Also included are live thumbnails of what’s showing on other channels.
The EZ1002 and EZ952 series includes Control4's Simple Device Discovery Protocol and is pending Connects with Control4 Certification. Also both series will be submitted to Creston to obtain Crestron Certification.
The 65-inch EZ1002, 65-inch and 55-inch EZ952 will be available in the UK from June 2017, with the 77-inch EZ1002 following in the autumn. Retail prices have yet to be confirmed.
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