CES 2019 News: Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Finally a TV that supports both dynamic metadata formats

by Steve Withers Jan 8, 2019 at 5:10 AM

  • Panasonic has used CES 2019 to announce its new GZ2000 4K OLED TV, the first in the world to support both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision dynamic metadata formats.
    The GZ2000 features a custom-made Professional Edition 4K OLED panel that incorporates proprietary hardware improvements by Panasonic, along with the company's most advanced processor – the HCX Pro Intelligent. The image has been optimised by a leading Hollywood colourist, resulting in a TV that delivers unparalleled colour accuracy and significantly better average brightness levels.

    The GZ2000 not only supports High Dynamic Range in the form of HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, but also Hybrid Log-Gamma and HLG Photo, the new still image format that brings still photography into the HDR world.

    Furthermore, the GZ2000 is the world’s first TV with built-in upward-firing speakers (as opposed to the LG Wallpaper TV, which uses a separate unit) that are capable of delivering Dolby Atmos immersive audio with ease and convenience. The complete audio system has also been tuned by Technics engineers.

    Yasushi Murayama, head of Panasonic’s European TV business, says: “Thanks to our customised Professional Edition OLED panel and our most powerful processor ever, together with the uncompromising sound combination of 'Tuned by Technics' and Dolby Atmos, the GZ2000 is the most complete television we have ever made”.
    The Panasonic GZ2000 is available in 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes, and represents the combination of Panasonic’s technological accuracy with the colour-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld. Stefan Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of Company 3, is among a handful of leading artists who has championed the power of colour grading to tell stories and communicate emotion. Described by NPR as a “da Vinci of the movies,” Sonnenfeld has applied his skills as a colorist to many of the most acclaimed and popular features of the past decade: A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, 300 and many more. Like many other leading colourists, he uses Panasonic OLED screens as large-format client reference monitors in his daily workflow.

    The GZ2000 does not simply use any ordinary OLED panel, the bespoke Professional Edition 4K OLED panel has been exclusively customised by Panasonic R&D engineers. This has resulted in even greater control of the parameters that affect picture quality. In particular, the average brightness level has been boosted significantly and contrast handling improved, resulting in increased dynamic range. HDR content now looks even more impactful, with the GZ2000 effortlessly able to reproduce tricky scenes of variable brightness and contrast – often found in live sports broadcasts and in action movies. As a result of this level of customisation, combined with the exceptional colour-optimising skills of Sonnenfeld, Panasonic has created some of the most accurate, cinematic images ever seen on a TV.

    In response to requests from Hollywood’s professional users, Panasonic has extended the range and reduced the interval between calibration steps at the darkest end of the RGB and gamma scales. The GZ2000 is also one of the first TVs to support CalMAN PatternGen test patterns from Portrait-Displays’ CalMAN software along with AutoCal functionality. Imaging Science Foundation (isf) calibration settings are also supported.
    The GZ2000’s HDR OLED panel is powered by Panasonic’s most advanced processor ever, which rapidly analyses the colour, contrast and clarity of 4K video content, optimising them and giving more control over the screen’s all-new Panasonic-customised OLED panel. Featuring an even faster Dynamic LUT, the GZ2000 is Panasonic’s most advanced TV ever at selecting and displaying the correct colour for every single brightness level. Even when brightness levels and contrast vary rapidly within a scene the GZ2000 unfailingly delivers the most accurate colours, resulting in a more satisfying image than ever before. The HCX PRO Intelligent is also compatible with multiple formats of dynamic HDR metadata and ensures that viewers experience the best possible TV pictures available regardless of their source.

    The GZ2000 uses multiple speaker units to produce an immersive spherical soundstage with Dolby Atmos content. Despite its impressively thin profile, the GZ2000 delivers a wide and dynamic output complemented by powerful bass. The total sound system has been tuned by engineers from Panasonic’s acclaimed audio brand, Technics, and also feature Technics’ proprietary JENO Engine for accurate, refined sound.

    “Together, Dolby and Panasonic are bringing best in class audio and imaging technology to Panasonic’s TVs”, said John Couling, Senior Vice President, Commercial Partnerships. “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos perfectly complement the GZ2000’s advanced display, transforming it into an entertainment powerhouse”.

    The GZ2000 features Panasonic’s new My Home Screen 4.0 allows the viewer to tailor the TV user interface to their own preference with more freedom and flexibility. The layout of the home screen can be reconfigured to allow customised layouts. Access to VOD and broadcast content is also easier thanks to a redesigned GUI that includes icons for decks that provide shortcuts to live TV, connected devices and apps such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Users can even add frequently watched TV stations to the home screen.

    The GZ2000 also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing users to operate some key TV functions, just using their voice.

    Panasonic has yet to announce pricing and availability, but we can expect to find those out at the Panasonic European Convention on the 18th and 19th of February.

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