Panasonic's OLED and LCD LED TVs for 2022, explained: the LZ2000 is a clear candidate for TV of the year

Panasonic has just presented the televisions that it is going to place in Spanish stores in the coming weeks, and they arrive with several very juicy novelties. The OLED panel range is led by the LZ2000 model, which is the current flagship proposal of this brand, although this television coexists with the somewhat less ambitious, but also interesting, LZ1500 and LZ980.

In addition, the Panasonic LCD panel television portfolio receives four new models that, unlike organic panel devices, bet on Android TV. The LX800 and LX700 sit at the top of the LCD LED offerings; the LX650 is established in the mid-range, and, finally, the LS490, which will only be available in 32 inches, is left alone in the entry segment. This is how these televisions spend it to fight in a more competitive market than ever.

Panasonic OLED (2022): the LZ2000 exhibits muscle and the LZ1500 squanders balance

This year the competition tightens more than ever, and this brand seems to have put all the meat on the grill to compete with guarantees. Its commitment to the OLED television segment involves integrating its most advanced models, the LZ2000 and LZ1500, with its panels Master OLED Prowhich actually belong to the latest generation of OLED evo panels manufactured by LG.

The most interesting feature of these organic matrices is their higher gloss delivery capacity (they flirt with 1000 nits), although it is also worth noting that these panels are more efficient, and, in theory, less sensitive to the retention of the fixed areas of the images. However, Panasonic ensures that its engineers refine the OLED panels of its televisions, so they are not identical to the evo matrices that LG mounts on its 2022 televisions.

lz2000

lz1500

lz980

panel

Master OLED Pro 4K UHD 10-bit 120Hz 16:9

Master OLED Pro 4K UHD 10-bit, 120 Hz, 16:9 (except 42-inch and 48-inch versions)

10-bit 120Hz 16:9 4K UHD OLED

resolution

3840 x 2160 points

3840 x 2160 points

3840 x 2160 points

available sizes

55, 65 and 77 inches

42, 48, 55 and 65 inches

42, 48, 55 and 65 inches

hdr

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

image processor

HCX Pro AI

HCX Pro AI

HCX Pro AI

operating system

My Home Screen 7.0

My Home Screen 7.0

My Home Screen 7.0

connectivity

4 x HDMI 2.1 (1 with eARC), 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x CI, 1 x digital optical output and 1 x 3.5 mm jack

4 x HDMI 2.1 (1 with eARC), 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x CI, 1 x digital optical output and 1 x 3.5 mm jack

4 x HDMI 2.1 (1 with eARC), 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x CI, 1 x digital optical output and 1 x 3.5 mm jack

wireless connectivity

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

gaming technologies

ALLM, VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium and Game Control Board panel

ALLM, VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium and Game Control Board panel

ALLM, VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium and Game Control Board panel

sound

5.1.2 channels

160 watts

Dolby Atmos

2.1.2 channels

50 watts

Dolby Atmos

30 watts

Dolby Atmos

price

Not available

Not available

Not available

In fact, it is possible that the Master OLED Pro panels that Panasonic mounts in its LZ2000 and LZ1500 models are capable of deliver more shine than the G2, which is LG’s brightest OLED TV. We don’t know for sure, but we’ll check if the opportunity arises to analyze them. An important note before moving on: the 42-inch and 48-inch versions of the LZ1500 model do not feature a Master OLED Pro matrix.

The HCX Pro image processor is the true nerve center of these televisions

The processing of the images is responsible for these three OLED televisions a HCX Pro AI chip designed by Panasonic itself, a solution that we know well and that gets the job done effectively. In fact, this brand’s high-end offerings have traditionally offered us outstanding color management, virtually imperceptible high-frequency noise level, and true-reference motion management. And this processor largely bears the responsibility for coming up on these fronts.

In addition, Panasonic has integrated into the LZ2000 and LZ1500 models various sensors designed to assess color temperature of ambient light. Its purpose is to introduce in real time the necessary adjustments to reproduce the color in a faithful way, and directing this procedure is in charge of a new artificial intelligence algorithm that runs on the HCX Pro AI image processor.

They also incorporate a mode that Panasonic calls ‘Auto AI’ designed to identify what type of content we are playing in order to introduce in a transparent way the ideal settings to optimize the picture and sound quality of these televisions. It does not sound bad at all, although this feature was already present in the most advanced models of last year. When we have the opportunity we will check if this revision performs better.

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Panasonic OLED LZ2000. This is the flagship model of this brand for 2022.

On the other hand, these three OLED televisions offer us complete coverage of HDR technologies. In fact, like their predecessors, they process content Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG. And, as you would expect from a high-end TV of the latest generation, its four HDMI connectors implement the full 2.1 standard. It is evident that Panasonic is paying more attention to gaming enthusiasts than in previous years.

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The Game Control Board panel allows us to consult the color subsampling, the HDR tone map and many other parameters

And it is because, in addition to offering us compatibility with AMD’s VRR and FreeSync Premium Pro adaptive sync technologies, it has also implemented a specific panel for games known as Game Controller Board. Using it we can check the cadence of images per second in real time, the HDR metadata that the TV receives, what color subsampling it is using, what is the active HDR tone map configuration or if the low input latency mode is enabled and adaptive synchronization, among other features. Doesn’t sound bad at all.

What we do not like a priori so much is the choice of the operating system of these televisions. The previous reviews of My Home Screen are not up to par with the latest versions of Android TV, Tizen OS and webOS, although, logically, before rendering a verdict it is necessary to wait to verify what improvements have you introduced Panasonic in revision 7.0 of its platform for televisions. Who knows, it may surprise us and we may like it more than previous versions of this software.

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This is the main hallmark of the televisions with an inorganic panel that Panasonic offers us this year, and for us it is good news because the latest Android TV reviews perform wonderfully. However, this is not the only feature that the LX800 and LX700 models share; also incorporate the same image processor, a HCX chip derived from the image engine that we can find in the most sophisticated televisions of this brand.

The LX800 and LX700 models incorporate the HCX picture engine, a chip derived from the processor that supports Panasonic’s most advanced televisions.

Also, the connectivity of these two models is essentially identical, but if we take a look at the HDR content that they are capable of dealing with, we will realize that the LX700 does not interpret Dolby Vision metadata, while the LX800 does. The latter also implements the auto low latency mode despite not incorporating HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and processes Dolby Atmos audio, which places it a step above the LX700 within the Panasonic portfolio.

lx800

lx700

lx650

panel

10-bit 120Hz 16:9 4K UHD LED-LCD

10-bit 120Hz 16:9 4K UHD LED-LCD

10-bit 120Hz 16:9 4K UHD LED-LCD

resolution

3840 x 2160 points

3840 x 2160 points

3840 x 2160 points

available sizes

43, 50, 55, 65 and 75 inches

43, 50, 55, 65 and 75 inches

43, 50, 55 and 65 inches

hdr

Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG

image processor

HCX

HCX

4K Color Engine

operating system

Android TV 11

Android TV 11

Android TV 11

connectivity

3 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x CI, 1 x digital optical out, and 1 x 3.5mm jack

3 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x CI, 1 x digital optical out, and 1 x 3.5mm jack

3 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x CI, 1 x digital optical out, and 1 x 3.5mm jack

wireless connectivity

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

Wifi

Bluetooth 5.0

GAMING TECHNOLOGIES

ALLM

Do not

ALLM

sound

Dolby Atmos

20 watts

20 watts

Dolby Atmos

24 watts

price

Not available

Not available

Not available

The LX650 model incorporates a slightly more modest image processor than the one integrated in the televisions we have just investigated, but it is capable of reproducing content in all HDR formats currently used. And, like the LX800, it implements auto low-latency mode (something gamers will certainly appreciate). It is also worth not forgetting that it can process Dolby Atmos sound, and, finally, that its connectivity is comparable to that offered by the LX800 and LX700 models.

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Panasonic OLED and LCD LED for 2022: price and availability

Panasonic has not yet confirmed what price the televisions we have talked about in this article will have, nor when they will arrive in Spanish stores. However, we will update this article with this information as soon as it is available.

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