CES: Panasonic Debuts New OLED TV with Surround Sound

Panasonic unveiled its flagship JZ2000 OLED TV, following last year’s HZ2000 4K OLED TV. Both feature support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ but the JZ2000 now supports “ambient-aware” versions of both formats — Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Ambient — which adjust HDR brightness in response to light levels around the TV, especially useful for daytime viewing. The Panasonic JZ2000 also features 360° Soundscape Pro, which supports side-firing speakers for Dolby Atmos, resulting in better support of multidirectional sound.

Tom’s Guide reports that that the new 360° Soundscape Pro is “Panasonic’s answer to Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound and Sony’s Acoustic Multi Audio technologies.” The JZ2000, which will sell in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, is “powered by the HCX Pro AI Processor, a proprietary chip that enables AI-driven optimizations and auto calibration for the screen … [including] the tweak-free Filmmaker Mode, and HLG Photo, which displays photos with HDR when the necessary metadata is present.”

 

The AI also powers “automatic genre detection, which then automatically switches the TV to the most appropriate picture mode.” With HDMI 2.1, it also offers “gamer friendly features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM),” as well as response times that are “reportedly as low as 14.4 milliseconds.”

The Panasonic JZ2000 features “a swiveling stand and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at once,” which allows simultaneous use of two pairs of Bluetooth headphones or wireless keyboard and mouse. The new set also relies on Panasonic’s smart TV OS, My Home Screen 6.0, which now features built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support. Pricing and availability have not yet been revealed.

Engadget reports that Panasonic’s JZ2000 with its HCX Pro AI Processor “delivers a big boost to gaming performance,” with the promise of the “very lowest” latency in an OLED TV. The set’s Game Mode Extreme setting will “cut lag, optimize the picture and support HDMI 2.1’s variable refresh rate and high refresh rate options” while the “HDMI Signal Power Link support … helps computers and old set-top boxes talk to CEC-equipped devices.”

With the HCX Pro AI chip, the JZ2000 “can identify the content you’re viewing and auto-adjust the image and sound to match … particularly important when the set includes upward- and side-firing speakers (on top of the usual front audio) with Dolby Atmos support.”

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