Panasonic has entered the big leagues in terms of screen size with its new 2022 flagship, the LZ2000 OLED TV – this is the first time the TV maker has offered a 77-inch OLED.
Unveiled at CES 2022, Panasonic’s new flagship delivers everything we loved about last year’s JZ2000, with a 4K HDR panel, OLED picture quality, HDMI 2.1 specification, and more.
Panasonic, however, was largely content to stick to the standardized 55-inch and 65-inch TV sizes for its OLEDs, alongside a 48-inch OLED in the entry-level JZ980. However, the TV maker is now expanding to larger sizes, although it is currently stopping at the 83- or 88-inch OLEDs offered by LG and Sony.
However, Panasonic doesn’t just focus on size. The LZ2000 builds on the audio evolution of last year’s model, which added side speakers for three-dimensional sound, in addition to Dolby Atmos support, a tuned audio system. by Technics and front and bottom firing drivers, to create an all-in-one home theater system unmatched by other displays.
This year’s flagship takes it a step further, replacing the set’s front speakers entirely with a new array of “beamforming technology” speakers that can better direct sound to the viewer; There is a Pinpoint mode which can focus audio to a specific location in front of the TV, while an Area mode emits sound into a larger space. A third and final Spot mode offers something in the middle, while focusing most of the volume on a specific seat.
We don’t have pricing for the LZ2000 yet – Panasonic says pricing will be confirmed “closer to the summer 2022 on-sale date,” so likely somewhere between June and August. You can be sure it will be pricey, as last year’s JZ2000 started at £ 2,699 for the 55-inch size, going all the way up to £ 3,499 for a 65-inch model.
Panasonic tends to launch its flagship model for the year first, before gradually unveiling step-down models later, so we may have to wait a month or two before we see what lies ahead of what we assume to be the next. LZ1500, LZ1000, and LZ980 OLEDs, or Panasonic LCD models. So far, however, we’ve seen the best Panasonic has to offer for 2022.