I have already posted a general update about the 2016 link-up from Panasonic, but the main focus of the day was the top of the range DX902, which costs a whopping £3299 for the 65-inch model or £2799 for the 58-inch model. Unlike the lower models you are stuck with having the feet towards the end of the TV so you need to take this into account before buying it.
As you would expect the TV has pretty much all every high end feature you would expect, it conforms to the new Ultra HD Premium standard which means things like the ability to hit 1,000 Nits of peak brightness and 96% of the DCI-P3 colour space. Other features you will find on the TV include:
- THX 4K Display certification
- 10-bit VA panel
- Studio Master HCX+ processor that has been calibrated by top Hollywood colourist, Mike Sowa
- HDMI 2.0a inputs
- HDCP 2.2 compatibility
- HEVC decoding
- Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Local area dimming
- 40w speakers including 2 x tweeters and 2 x woofers
- Freeview Play and Freetime
During the preview we were shown various demo content which showed off the various features of the new TV. While I didn’t get enough time with it to extensively test it, I was very extremely impressed with the TV. A lot of the content was designed to show off the HDR and how the TV managed black levels which achieving high levels of brightness for things like fireworks or in nature. I found the black levels to be amazing in comparison to any other LCD TV I have viewed recently and the contrast levels were equally impressive.
I personally didn't experience any issues with back light uniformity or haloing, which are common complains with LCDs, but I am not an expert in this field, nor was the demo long enough to really test it.
We were briefly shown some of the smart features, but this has not changed a great deal since last year. Panasonic are focussing on making what they have already got work better, especially for the core apps people use such as the main catch-up apps, Netflix and Amazon. This year’s models include Freeview Play which is the new Freeview standard, so watching day to day TV should be great.
This appears to be an amazing TV from Panasonic, and being the first Ultra HD Premium to the market it is probably the best TV you can buy right now. My opinions appear to be reflected around the internet with many reviewers such as AVForums loving the TV. Even though it is extremely expensive, it is likely it will be cheaper than the LG OLED flagship, and with the local dimming on this TV there is a good chance companies such as Samsung and Sony will struggle to achieve the same level of picture quality as this.