Despite Panasonic’s own event in about two weeks, the Japanese manufacturer has presented its 4K flagship model JZW2004 at CES 2021. An optimized OLED panel remains with the new model, but a lot has changed since the HZW2004 released in 2020!
OLED TV with HDMI 2.1 and Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel
JZ2000 HDMI 2.1 and Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel sound pretty good! This should make the premium TV interesting for a lot more people than the HZ2000 was last year. Just like last year, the TV will be available in 55 and 65 inches.
As in the previous year, the OLED panel was equipped with an additional layer behind the organic LEDs, which is supposed to dissipate the waste heat of the diodes better. This cooling effect allows the LEDs to become brighter without the risk of overheating.
Gaming and Smart Features
As mentioned above, the JZ2000 comes with HDMI 2.1 and all the associated gaming features, such as VRR, ALLM and of course [email protected]. This is made possible by the new HCX Pro AI processor. This also delivers the so-called Multi HDR Ultimate, which is Panasonic’s term for integrated Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive. Thus, all important dynamic HDR formats are supported and the picture is even adapted to the ambient brightness.
Besides the JZ2000, Sony’s A90J and LG’s G1 also have these features, so it will be exciting this year to see which OLED TV will perform best.
The only downside is that Panasonic still sticks to its rather weak My Home Screen operating system, which really lags behind Samsung’s Tizen OS and Google TV. Fortunately, this can be easily remedied with the Amazon Fire TV Stick or other TV sticks.
Room filling Atmos sound
Even with the HZW2004, the sound system was incredibly good for a flat screen TV. Nevertheless, the sound system designed by Technics has been improved even more this year.
The combination of side- and upfiring TV speakers creates a good surround sound, which is created by reflecting the sound from walls and the ceiling.
The reflection from the ceiling also creates a height effect, which can usually bring Dolby Atmos to bear quite well. Compared to actual ceiling-mounted speakers, the effect is not quite as strong, but still creates a great effect with good upfiring speakers, which clearly creates more immersion.
Looking at the quality of the HZ2000’s Atmos hight speakers, we can assume that the JZ2000’s sidefiring speakers will produce excellent surround sound. But exactly how good the speakers will be can only be said after a detailed test – but we assume that Technics has done a good job here, just like last year.
Therefore, the audio system is perfectly equipped for both home theater and gaming, so you don’t necessarily have to use an additional sound system to experience an enveloping soundscape.
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