Panasonic doesn’t get as much attention as LG, Samsung, and LG, but from my experience, they produce fantastic TVs, and I even have one of their 4K sets as my main TV.
During CES 2018 they have announced two new models, the FZ800 and FZ950, which will ship in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. Both these sets are 4K, OLED and HDR-compatible, with the HDR standard being the relatively new HDR10+ but not Dolby Vision. Dolby vision would be nice, but it probably won’t make any difference in the long term.
Both TVs come with Panasonic’s own HCX processor, which enables a feature called Dynamic LUT (Lookup Table). LUTs are essentially preferences that shift the image to match the colours and brightness intended by the content creator. Usually, these are set at the start of the movie or TV show, but with Dynamic LUT the image can be updated from scene to scene.
The two models are almost the same apart from the sound. The FZ950 get a Technics-tuned Dynamic Blade Speaker stand. There’s a 20W tweeter, a 20W midrange driver and a 40W woofer, making up a total 80W output. There are also quad passive radiators, located in front of and behind the left and right speaker units.
To complement these two new TVs, Panasonic has also announced four new Blu-ray Ultra-HD players with the flagship being the DP-UB820. Unlike the above TVs, this player actually supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
An almost mandatory inclusion for any device this year means that the player also has voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
This player includes the same HCX processor found in the new TVs. All the models released with offer 7.1 audio support, 4K Video On Demand streaming support from services like Netflix and Amazon Video and High-Res audio playback.
No word on pricing or availability for any of the products just yet.