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Sound and vision show


The JZ2000 is Panasonic’s latest flagship 4H OLED TV. An update to what was an already impressive model (last year’s HZ2000), it features improved HDMI support, a revised smart platform, and improvements to its Dolby Atmos audio system.

If you’re looking for one of the best TVs of the year, you’ve clearly come to the right place.

Like its predecessor, the JZ2000 uses the brand’s Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel, which benefits from proprietary engineering techniques that allow it to deliver high average image brightness, which is particularly appreciated in day vision.

The new seven-channel sound system also has all the necessary drivers to create a fully immersive listening experience. No external audio system such as a sound bar is required.

Design and build

  • 6.9 cm thick
  • Platinum support
  • Big remote control

Despite a preponderance of speakers, the JZ2000 does not seem overloaded. It’s relatively thin at 6.9cm, and the bezel and bezel almost unimportant; Below is a set of Technics tuned front-facing speakers.

The overhead Dolby Atmos speakers are positioned at the top of the set, joined here by matching side-trigger drivers. Panasonic called this seven-channel 360 ° Soundscape Pro setup. The total output power is rated at 125W.

The display sits on a circular pedestal, able to rotate to accommodate a variety of viewing positions, which is an unusual and potentially practical feature.

The JZ2000 comes with a hefty remote control, with a neat brushed finish and dedicated shortcut buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, Rakuten TV, YouTube, and Freeview Play.

Interestingly, only two of the four HDMI inputs are v2.1 to support High Frame Rate 4K 120Hz (aka 120fps) video playback; eARC is available on input 2 (I think you won’t need it considering the on-board audio system), there is also VRR (Variable Refresh Rate).

Panasonic JZ2000 remote control

All four HDMIs provide support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). In addition, we get three USB ports, optical digital audio output and Ethernet. Wireless connectivity is provided by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Fortunately, the JZ2000 supports dual Bluetooth connectivity, for private listening.

Specifications and Features

  • My Home Screen v6.0
  • Free reading
  • HDMI 2.1

Smart connectivity is good. The JZ2000 features the latest v6.0 iteration of Panasonic’s My Home Screen platform, and it’s a bit more sophisticated than previous versions.

The basic approach is unchanged: Users can pin and customize shortcuts to a home screen launch bar, but there is more overt curation of content from the apps and the Freeview Play tuner.

Panasonic JZ2000 launch bar

The choice of streaming offers all major services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Britbox, Disney + and Rakuten TV, while the provision of a Freeview Play tuner ensures that all mainstream catch-up services are available, as well as a plethora of free boxes to watch. sets.

We’re also getting a new My Scenery image gallery mode, as well as voice control through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

It took a while, but Panasonic improved its gaming performance on the JZ2000. The input lag is the best of the brand’s OLED fleet, at just 14.5ms (1080/60).

Performance

  • Professional Edition HDR OLED Master Panel
  • Sizes 55 and 65 inches
  • Wide HDR support
  • 7-channel Dolby Atmos sound

When it comes to image performance, the JZ2000 is a smooth operator. It doesn’t over-saturate bright primaries in a showy way (unless you opt for dynamic viewing mode), nor does it put too much emphasis on edge definition and noise, instead preferring to make images look shiny and bright. polished.

The details are as crisp as a Tom Ford suit, with sublime definition of shadows all the way to deep black, while the color gradation is silky.

Panasonic JZ2000 HDMI ports

I’ll attribute much of that refinement to Panasonic’s new AI-Pro-powered HCX Hollywood processor that compares frame-to-frame content in real time, referencing it with an integrated database using gender recognition.

Up front is this Professional Edition OLED panel, tuned by engineers to give the panel high average brightness – even SDR content has dynamic pop – and efficient HDR reflections.

Using Normal viewing mode, I measured HDR peak brightness in a 5% window at over 900 nits, which results in excellent specular reflections for streetlights, lens flare, effects bright visuals, etc. With a 10% window, it measures just over 800 nits.

Color adjustment continues to be the purview of Hollywood colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld and looks stunning. When it comes to subjective color accuracy, I would suggest going with the True Cinema preset.

Panasonic JZ2000 menu bar

The JZ2000 also offers universal HDR playback, with support for Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 + Adaptive, both of which dynamically adjust HDR content to suit the ambient lighting conditions in your room. There’s also the Filmmaker standardized kinematic mode, which here uses Panasonic’s own intelligent sensing technology, which does much the same.

Normally TVs only guarantee shallow coverage of the audio, as they are usually not very interesting. This is not the case here as the 360 ​​° Soundscape Pro is extremely ambitious and sounds great.

Adding side speakers this season is proving to be a big upgrade. In addition to those upward drivers, you get an improved sense of stereo width. The soundstage is expansive with high-energy blockbusters and live sporting events. The latter can be quite exhilarating, with noises of crowds placed up and around.

If there’s one caveat, at least compared to a traditional multi-channel audio system, it’s that you don’t get a convincing sense of rear movement, a trait common to Dolby Atmos-compatible soundbars as well.

Panasonic JZ2000 Dolby Atmos

Inevitably there is little deep bass, but the system has a mid bass presence, this is where the .1 LFE ends. Add to that a large cumulative output power of 125W and you have an impressive sound performer.

Pricing and availability

The Panasonic JZ2000 is available in two screen sizes, 55 and 65 inches (TX-55JZ2000B and TX-65JZ2000B), priced at £ 2,699 and £ 2,999 respectively. We auditioned the 55-inch model for this review.

You can buy it from John Lewis, Sevenoaks, Richer Sounds, and Laptops Direct, although Amazon doesn’t stock this model.

Available in the UK and all of Europe, but not North America or Australia, as Panasonic does not sell consumer displays in either territory, the set sits at the top of Panasonic’s current line of 4K displays, outclassing its stable mates JZ1500 and JZ1000 in terms of specification.

If you’re looking for more affordable OLED TVs, bundles like the LG C1 might be for you. Consult our table of best televisions to see what other sets might appeal to you.

Verdict

There is no doubt that the Panasonic JZ2000 is a spectacular 4K OLED display that does a sublime job with both sound and vision.

It looks stunning with native 4K content, whether streamed from Netflix or Disney +, or delivered via (compatible) Sky Q or a Virgin V6 box, and it also improves HD remarkably. It might not be overtly design-oriented like Samsung’s lifestyle line-up, but it looks pretty sleek.

I like that Panasonic has also developed its own My Home Screen platform, rather than offering Android (as it does on its cheaper connected 4K models). The advanced content curation and customization offered is quite interesting.

The JZ2000 also deserves a boost in delivering cutting edge HDMI functionality, although given its flag carrier status, having four HDMI v2.1 instead of two would have been nice. Still, in Game mode, the latency is refreshing.

The JZ2000 might not be cheap, but overall the TV is a hugely compelling high-end all-in-one home theater proposition.

Specifications

Panasonic JZ2000 (2021): Specifications

  • Display technology: LED LCD
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K

  • HDMI: x4 (2 x v2.1)

  • HDR Support: Dolby Vision IQ, Adaptive HDR10 +, HLG

  • OS: My Home Screen 6.0

  • Tuner: read in clear

  • Dimensions: 1227 (w) x 764 (h) x 69 (d) mm

  • Weight: 18.5 kg