Updates in the 2021 Panasonic line-up: JZ2000 &

Despite Panasonic’s own event in about two weeks, the Japanese manufacturer has presented its 4K flagship model JZW2000 at CES 2021. An optimized OLED panel remains with the new model, but a lot has changed since the HZW2000 released in 2020! Unfortunately the Lineup will not be available in the US. But the TVs in this article will be purchasable in the UK.

4K OLED TV Lineup

JZ2000 with HDMI 2.1 and Master HDR OLED Professional Edition Panel

Panasonic JZW2004 © Panasonic 2021

Panasonic JZ2000 OLED with 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.

There is also another OLED that uses the same optimized OLED panel, the OLED JZ1500.

The difference to the JZ2000 is the speakers, which are not as expensively designed as in the flagship model. Otherwise, the performance should be pretty similar. Therefore, the JZ1500 should be a little less expensive than its sister model.

Gaming and Smart Features

As mentioned above, the JZ2000 comes with two HDMI 2.1 interfaces and all the associated gaming features, such as VRR via FreeSync Premium / HDMI Forum VRR and ALLM and of course. The data transfer rate here is 40 Gbit/s, which is sufficient for most applications, but especially for Xbox Series X and PS5.

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.

This is made possible by the new HCX Pro AI processor. This also provides 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.

Panasonic has at least announced that it is negotiating with Disney about the integration of Disney+ into the My Home Screen operating system. Therefore, it is possible that this will be added via an update in the course of time.

Problems with [email protected] and upcoming firmware updates

Unfortunately, Panasonic has also already announced two limitations to the gaming specs. As of today, these ports support 4K, but only show half the vertical resolution at 4K High Frame Rate and [email protected] VRR. Full 4K High Frame Rate will be provided by a firmware update in 2021. In the case of [email protected] VRR, Panasonic will make an announcement in due course.

The problems are present in all models of the 2021 lineup that have an HDMI 2.1 interface. Other resolutions like Full HD and [email protected] VRR are currently possible without problems.

Room filling Atmos sound

Up- & Sidefiring Speaker JZ2000 © Panasonic 2021

Even with the HZ2000, 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.

JZ1000 & JZ980 OLED

JZ1000 © Panasonic

  • UHD Master HDR OLED-Panel
  • Reference Surround Sound Plus
  • Turnable stand
  • HCX Pro AI Processor
  • My Home Screen 6.0
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • HDR10+ Adaptive
  • 48, 55, 65 inch

JZ980 © Panasonic

  • UHD HDR OLED-Panel
  • Reference Surround Sound
  • 2-way stand
  • HCX Pro AI Processor
  • My Home Screen 6.0
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • HDR10+ Adaptive
  • 48, 55, 65 inch

As you can easily see from the specifications of the two models, there are only a few differences between the different models, but they can make a huge difference.

The names of the different panel types are already known from the predecessor models HZ1000 and HZ980. The Master HDR OLED panel of the JZ1000 is superior to the “ordinary” HDR OLED panel, but it is still quite a bit behind the Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel of the HZ2000 or JZ2000.

Thus, the JZ1000 is most likely not an OLED with a brighter panel. However, we can only say how powerful the two panels will really be after their release.

Both models have a brightness sensor that can adjust the brightness of the panel to the ambient brightness. This also enables the dynamic HDR formats Dolby Vision IQ and the new HDR10+ Adaptive, which are supported by both variants.

Therefore, Panasonic models are the only ones that support both formats so far – especially since HDR10+ Adaptive has been announced for very few models so far.

Besides the different stand, the sound system of the two models is also different. Panasonic has not yet gone into detail about this, but they have announced that the Reference Surround Sound Plus sound system of the JZ1000 is clearly higher quality. However, it is not supposed to come close to the sound system of the JZ2000, which was equipped with surround speakers that radiate to the side as well as upwards.

4K LED-LCD TV Lineup

Best 2021 Panasonic LED LCD TV: JX940

JX940 © Panasonic

The best 2021 LCD TV is the JX940, which will be available in the usual sizes up to 75 inches. The TV has a 120Hz panel with local dimming. What kind of local dimming it is is still open.

Just like the OLED series, the JX940 also uses the HCX Pro AI processor and thus also the same gaming specifications or the same limitations.

Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive are also supposed to be available.

When mounting the feet, they can be attached either in the middle of the TV or at the left and right side. In this way, the JX940 fits on just about any sideboard.

If the stands are placed in the outer position, there is definitely enough room for a soundbar under the TV.

JX850 Ultra HD HDR LCD TV

JX850 © Panasonic

One step below that is the JX850, but it only has a 60Hz panel and thus doesn’t have the HDMI 2.1 gaming features.

Judging by the name, it has worse local dimming than the JX940 and also only the somewhat weaker HCX AI Processor without Pro. You have to be able to do without Dolby Vision IQ in terms of HDR formats. In contrast to the 940, the 850 does not have adjustable feet but only a centered stand. The 850 is only available up to a maximum of 65 inches.

JX830: The first Panasonic TV with Android

JX830 © Panasonic

The JX830 is Panasonic’s first 2021 TV with Android operating system. Logically, it has a much larger selection of apps, but only Google Assistant as a voice assistant. Nevertheless, Panasonic promises the familiar my home screen design and a similar menu navigation as in the company’s own operating system.

The JX850 does not have a local dimming feature, but at least it still has an HCX processor.

The TV, which is otherwise also the same as the JX850 in terms of the integrated panel, is available in 40, 50, 58 and 65 inches.

General information from Panasonic about the 2021 lineup

Why don’t OLEDs come in sizes over 65 inches, or 8K models?

The demand for larger OLED models or 8K TVs is too low to develop TVs for this small customer group. Therefore, Panasonic focuses on the most sold model sizes.

Why are there no TVs with mini LED backlighting?

Panasonic Europe has issued a statement explaining why mini LED TVs will not play a role in Panasonic TVs in 2021:

“Mini LED is a method of improving black reproduction and avoiding image blooming in LCD TVs. We consider that OLED TVs deliver the deepest blacks possible on consumer devices, whilst also offering pixel-level dimming. For this reason we choose to develop OLED TVs rather than Mini LED TVs.“

Panasonic Europe

Panasonic thus sees OLED TVs as superior in the high-end range. Therefore, they consider mini LED technology to be more of a short-term option ahead of potentially more promising technologies.

Will the Disney+ app be integrated into My Home Screen 6.0?

Regarding the missing Disney+ app in Panasonic’s user interface, they say that they are “in active discussions with Disney“. However, it is not explained further whether these are effective.

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