Announced at CES, Panasonic's new high-end TV finally arrived on the market. Successor to the GZ1000, it has a double promise: Dolby Atmos sound and compatibility with the two existing HDR formats.
Design pieces to sublime the sound
At Panasonic, there is no eccentricity in the legs, originality in remote control or fantasy in other aspects of TV. The Japanese choose to do it in simplicity. However, the simple design of the GZ2000 makes it, aesthetically, one of the most successful TVs on the market. Despite being 65 inches diagonally, what stands out at first glance is this extreme high-end finesse.
This is reinforced by the excellent integration of the audio section, at the bottom. The correct slats from the labeled Technique come to extend the slab. This is just one component of the GZ2000 audio system. The fact is that all structured TVs offer better audio quality (we will return there) and stick to the promise of Dolby Atmos sound. As a result, the back of the TV also incorporates speakers facing upward for better vertical effects, only what Dolby technology promises.
Image quality: OLEDs are mastered perfectly
OLED requires, the origin of the slab is known, it's the LG Display which is working to manufacture the GZ2000 screen. But that didn't stop Panasonic from applying its own image processing technology to the slab and getting amazing results. Of course there are intrinsic qualities of OLED which are very deep blacks, "unlimited" contrast and far better viewing angles than LCDs. But there are certainly claws from Japanese manufacturers, with anti-reflection filters from excellent invoices and factory calibration with small onions. To be convinced, just look at the performance of the GZ2000 in "true cinema" mode. In this configuration, the TV displays near-perfect color and exceptional picture quality.
The Delta E average found in our test protocol Rec709, shows a value of 3.59 very close to the threshold (3.0) where the human eye can no longer distinguish between two colors of the same color. In the latest generation of OLEDs we have the opportunity to test, only LG with C9 offers comparable quality rendering.
Finally, even though the scaling machine hasn't changed this year, it remains among the best on the market. The result, in upscaling the GZ2000 passes with praise, the Remastering Engine technology manages to process images (especially in 1080p), without excessive leveling, or overly visible artifacts. And what about the motion compensation engine, which has historically been one of Panasonic's strengths? This shows once again that it is possible to process images without giving them aspects of video games.
Double reception of HDR accounting
A small war between Dolby and Samsung on HDR will not go through Panasonic. It won't pass if we say it because after initially taking on the Korean party, the GZ2000 manufacturer decided to choose neutrality, and even double compatibility. Therefore, the GZ2000 (as a whole in 2019) is HDR10 + and Dolby Vision compatible.
Well bring him! Not only because consumers are the main recipients of this choice, but mainly because Panasonic shows exceptional skills in the care of these two formats. Thanks in particular to the extremely high brightness (the second best measurement done by our lab on OLED tiles, or 329 cd / m²), the GZ2000 is very comfortable in broadcasting HDR content, which complements the already exceptional image quality.
Voice: has Dolby Atmos's promise been fulfilled?
Not content to offer one of the best qualities of OLED images, the GZ2000 wants to double its emphasis on sound. Of course, that isn't the only TV on the market with the Dolby Atmos label. But among the models we have the opportunity to test, he is by far the most appropriate to use them.
The specialization promised by GZ2000 is at the meeting place. Of course the surround effect, simulated by the audio system up front, cannot compete with real installations, but the performance of this device is more than honest, in any case far above what is largely in competition. As for vertical spatialalization, this, here too, was achieved quite well thanks to the vertical speakers placed at the back of the television.
Finally, in general, we must salute the quality of this GZ2000 audio reproduction, which has only one rival, AG9 from Sony. However, just like his Japanese competitors, as talented as in the audio section, it's not the same as a good soundbar performance. Thus it would be wise, on the Panasonic side, to offer the GZ2000 version without audio for users who are already equipped.
Interface: when Android is running, everything is fine
With the Android interface, (the same as at Sony), the risk-taking interface is somewhat limited to parts of Panasonic. Especially when you see that Google's OS is making good progress every year. As we have shown in testing Sony XG95 or AG9, Android version 8.0 is by far the most successful. Ultra-liquid navigation, various adjustment possibilities and, in general, very intuitive navigation make Oreo a well-adapted tool for connected TVs.
To have a more complete picture of the possibility of Android 8.0 on TV, we invite you to re-read our Sony 75XG95 test, the first model in which the OS was inaugurated.