Panasonic has unveiled its 2021 flagship TV. JZ2000 replaces HZ2000 and features the brighter OLED panel, HDMI 2.1 with HFR and VRR, company's first "AI" processor, and improved Dolby Atmos.
Panasonic JZ2000 OLED TV
Panasonic said that JZ2000 is its first TV with an "AI" (Artificial Intelligence) video processor called 'HCX Pro AI Processor'. Like its competitors, Panasonics claims to use AI to analyze and adjust pictures in real-time. It is a machine learning approach where Panasonic has trained an algorithm on over a million pieces of content.
- "The HCX Pro AI Processor is able to identify in real time the content being played, by analysing the picture every second. Inside the AI processing enclave within the processor, it then compares what it is seeing against a library of various content which it has learned, in order to be able to automatically optimise both picture and sound quality for that type of content," the company explained. "If it detects that you are watching football, for example, it adjusts the picture quality to make the grass more life-like, the players more realistic, whilst also automatically adjusting the sound to make it feel like you are right there inside stadium."
The approach would seem to run counter to Panasonic's message of staying true to the source material with "Hollywood to your Home". However, users will be able to turn off these systems to make pictures appear as intended. Panasonic said that JZ2000 is still "tuned in Hollywood" in collaboration with colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld who uses Panasonic OLED screens as client reference monitors in his daily workflow.
Like its predecessors, JZ2000 features the customized 'Master HDR OLED Professional Edition' panel, which delivers higher peak and overall brightness. It features 4K resolution.
In addition, JZ2000 features an improved speaker system for Dolby Atmos, now with side-firing speakers in addition to the up-firing and front-firing speakers already included in the previous models. The speaker system was developed in partnership with Technics.
- "The multiple built-in upward-firing, side-firing, and front-firing speaker units produce a spatial soundstage with Dolby Atmos content," said Panasonic. "The addition of more speakers means that the JZ2000 is able to pick out directional sounds better than ever before, giving viewers a real sense of immersion. If they are watching films, they will feel cinematic-level surround sound; if they are watching sports, they will get an even deeper feeling of being in a stadium."
HDMI 2.1, finally!
After LG introduced HDMI 2.1 in its 4K TVs in 2019, and Sony and Samsung the following year, 2021 is finally the year when Panasonic jumps on the bandwagon. JZ2000 will feature HDMI 2.1 with HFR (High Frame Rate, most likely 4K120 meaning 4K at 120 frame per second but not confirmed yet) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), in addition to eARC and ALLM.
Also read: List: 4K TVs and 8K TVs with HDMI 2.1
Panasonic said that it has put in significant effort to reduce input lag to one of the lowest figures in the industry for an OLED TV as part of a new 'Game Mode Extreme'.
- "Latency (also known to as ‘input lag’) refers to the delay between pressing a button on a gaming controller such as a joystick and that action being displayed on screen. The JZ2000 reduces latency down to amongst the very lowest figures in the industry for an OLED TV. These latency reductions are not down to industry wide panel-side improvements, but are the result of significant engineering enhancements made by Panasonic," the company explained.
It did not say how many of JZ2000's HDMI ports are HDMI 2.1 compliant.
Dolby Vision IQ & HDR10+ Adaptive
JZ2000 still supports all relevant HDR video formats including HDR10, HDR10+, HLG (and HLG Photo), and Dolby Vision. On top of that it has Dolby Vision IQ and, new for 2021, HDR10+ Adaptive. These two systems can dynamically adapt HDR content to the room lighting conditions based on input from the TV's built-in light sensor and dynamic metadata in the HDR signals.
Filmmaker Mode is also still supported with 'Intelligent Sensing' on top, which serves the same purpose as Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive for video signals not in DV or HDR10+.
Lastly, Panasonic detailed two improvements to its My Home Screen platform (née Firefox OS), which has reached version 6.0: 'My Scenery' (a selection of restful images and videos) and 'Dual Bluetooth Connection' (allows the TV to transmit sound to two separate Bluetooth devices simultaneously).
The company has not announced plans to update its previous TVs with version 6.0.
The company launched its first Android TV in late 2020 but there are still no plans to roll out Android TV for the wider TV line-up.
- "The JZ2000 is a symbol of what we at Panasonic want to achieve. Building on the superb accuracy which makes Panasonic’s TVs ideal for watching films, we are further improving the experience in other areas such as gaming too. Through the use of AI, we want our viewers enjoy the best picture and sound settings automatically. Our aim is simply to support our customers to really, truly experience their favourite contents. Whether they are into films, games, sports, or something else, we want them to enjoy heightened visual and aural experiences which leave them feeling happy and satisfied," said Yasushi Murayama, Executive of Product Strategy for Panasonic’s Visual and Sound Business Unit.
The new JZ2000 will be available in 55 and 65 inches in Europe in summer 2021. No plans to launch smaller or larger OLED TVs were announced at CES 2021. Panasonic's full TV line-up for 2021 will be announced later.
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