What is the Panasonic EX750?
Connections & Control
Features & Specs
The EX750 uses Panasonic's Smart TV system which is simple and intuitive to use and very effective in operation. The TV features the latest version of My Home Screen 2.0 smart TV system, which introduces features such as favourites folders for multiple users, a My App button on the remote that can be customised for faster access to your own favourite content, and a revamped Media Player app that supports 4K HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma content. For UK users there is a new version of Freeview Play, which introduces new search/recommendation tools and a Quick Look Guide that shows past, live and future TV programs for the current channel. Also included are live thumbnails of what’s showing on other channels. The EX750 will also support 4K HDR streaming from Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.
Panasonic TX-65EX750B Recommended Picture Settings
Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
All our measurements were done with a Klein K-10A colour meter, a Murideo Fresco Six-G pattern generator and CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. If you want to set your new TV up correctly then take a look at the video above or follow the simple steps in our PicturePerfect Guide.
Picture Settings – Calibrated
Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
We measured the Perceptual Colour Volume of the EX750B, which takes the PQ EOTF out to 10,000nits and the Rec.2020 colour gamut and measures them against the ICtCp colour graph which takes into account human visual perception. This measurement uses 393 data points and delivers a number expressed in Millions of Distinguishable Colours (MDC) and the Panasonic delivered a number of 304, which reflects its limited brightness.
Black Levels & Contrast RatiosThe EX750 uses a VA LCD panel, which means that it can deliver a decent native black level of 0.026 nits, although that drops to 0.0004 nits when the local dimming is engaged. The Panasonic might be limited in terms of its peak brightness for HDR, reaching only 420 nits, but it can easily hit our 120 nits target for SDR content. As a result it has a native – that is without the local dimming engaged – on/off contrast ratio of 4,600:1 and an ANSI contrast ratio of 3600:1 – these are impressive numbers for an LCD TV but they can be improved by engaging local dimming.
Backlight Uniformity & Viewing AnglesThe backlight uniformity of the EX750 was fairly good for an LCD TV that uses edge LED backlighting and the image was pleasingly free of clouding, bright edges and bright corners on normal content during the day. This was equally true of darker material, although using the local dimming does obviously improve the perceived blacks and the overall contrast performance. The backlight uniformity was also good at night, although in a dimly-lit room the local dimming is certainly more important with darker viewing content, and with local dimming engaged the backlight looked good, even with a black screen.
Since the EX750 uses a VA panel, it does mean that the viewing angles are rather limited and once you move more than 30 degrees off axis in either direction, you will begin to see a drop off in contrast and colour fidelity. However, depending on how far you sit from the TV, the 65-inch screen size makes it pretty easy to stay central to the image. Since the stand swivels, you can also easily move the screen to ensure you are sat central to the picture. Just remember that off-axis performance applies to both horizontal and vertical angles, so bear that in mind when installing the EX750.
Local DimmingThe implementation of the local dimming was reasonably effective and it's generally something that Panasonic do very well. In our tests we found that the Medium setting delivered deep blacks and decent shadow detail, without introducing haloing or other unwanted artefacts. We initially used a white circle moving around on a black background and the EX750 handled this test very well, as did the TV with regular torture tests using scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Gravity. Since the panel uses edge LED lighting, rather than rows of LEDs directly behind the panel, the image was also free of any annoying banding, which is good news for football fans.
Motion HandlingThe motion handling of the EX750 was the one area where it really struggled and although the motion seemed fine with normal content, it was terrible on our moving plate tests. The motion resolution was very poor with loads of blur and judder that we couldn't get rid of, even with Intelligent Frame Creation (IFC) set to maximum. Strangely when watching actual content like football at 25p, streaming content at 50p and film content at 24p, the motion seemed fine, within the limitations of the LCD panel itself, although the EX750 did have problems with 60p content. We always left IFC off when watching film-based content like movies and TV dramas but it can certainly help with sports content and along with the Min, Mid and Max settings, there is also a Custom option to allow you create a setting that suits you. As we mentioned earlier in the review, when watching HDR content you should also use the Medium setting for the best results.
Standard Dynamic Range (SDR)When it came to standard dynamic range content, the EX750 delivered an excellent image with natural colours (especially after calibration), a good contrast performance and excellent video processing. The HCX2 processor effectively upscaled lower resolution content to match the 4K panel and delivered clean and detailed images. The same was true of the effective local dimming, which improved the blacks and contrast performance, whilst retaining the shadow detail and avoiding any unwanted artefacts. Despite our reservations in testing, motion didn't appear to be an issue either, which suggests it may have been a specific problem with the test rather than something more general. So whether we were watching standard or high definition broadcasts, the EX750 delivered a very pleasing image, although the 65-inch screen size did reveal the limitations of standard definition broadcasting. However the colour accuracy, greyscale and gamma were excellent, so the BBC series Blue Planet II often looked superb in high definition, although the image did occasionally reveal banding due to broadcast compression. The picture quality was just as impressive with streaming content and both Preacher and Inhumans looked fantastic fantastic. The Panasonic also handled Blu-ray extremely, so a reference disc like Jurassic World or Moana really popped with detail and colour. Overall the XE750 is an excellent mid-range TV when it comes to SDR content.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)The HDR performance wasn't quite as good, primarily due to the limited peak brightness of the EX750. However, although the peak brightness was rather limited, it did mean that the Panasonic didn't suffer from clouding or bright edges or bright corners and the black bars on films managed to remain black. This was also in part due to the local dimming, which was very successful in making the most of the EX750's dynamic range to deliver a decent HDR performance. In addition, the greyscale and colour temperature for white were good and the tone mapping was effective, ensuring that detail was retained up to 4000 nits. The excellent native colour gamut also helped, as did the accurate saturation tracking and, as a result, the colours appeared both natural and saturated. As with SDR content, the motion handling on 24p HDR content appeared perfectly acceptable with no more judder than was in the original capture. When watching a disc like Passengersthe EX750 reproduced the star fields with precision and handled the sleek interiors of the starship very well. The Panasonic also handled the arriving in Neverland scene in Pan without clipping the sun and a recent release like Spider-Man: Homecoming looked very impressive, despite the frenetic action on screen. The EX750 also handled the HDR on Star Trek Discovery and Stranger Things 2 very well and overall we found that, despite its inherent limitations, the Panasonic handled HDR surprisingly well.
3D PerformanceIf you're thinking of buying an EX750, then the chances are that the section of this review that you're most interested in is this one. After all there's hardly a shortage of 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs with HDR support on the market but the EX750 is literally the only new 2017 model to support 3D. The good news is that as a 3D TV the EX750 is pretty good, with a bright, detailed and natural looking picture that is largely free of crosstalk. There was a little bit on the Spears & Munsil torture test and occasionally on objects in a film that had extreme negative or positive parallax – although modern films tend to avoid that – but overall this was a nice 3D presentation. We watched a number of 3D favourites like Moana, Gravity and Avatar and the EX750 handled them all well, whilst the local dimming was effective and the motion fairly good. The 3D created a nice sense of depth to the image and the decent screen size meant that you could fill your field of view fairly easily, thus creating a more immersive experience. As we mentioned earlier in the review, you will need to buy the 3D glasses separately because there are none included but luckily we had a pair of Panasonic glasses stuffed in a drawer, although they did need recharging because we hadn't used them for a long time. Sadly we suspect this is the last 3D TV that we'll review because we don't expect any to be released next year.
Panasonic TX-65EX750B Video Review
There are four sound modes – Standard, Music, Ambience and User – and we tended to find that Music offered the most balanced sound for general TV watching. There is also a VR-Audio True Surround feature and although it did give more of an immersive presence to the audio, it also tended to make the sound more echoey, so we wouldn't recommend using it. Ultimately, if sound quality is important to you then we would recommend a soundbar for a larger soundstage or an AV Receiver for immersive multi-channel audio that would better suit the 65-inch screen size when watching blockbuster movies. However when it comes to normal TV watching, EX750 is more than capable of handling an episode of Masterchef.
Input Lag & Energy Usage
In terms of the EX750’s energy consumption it proved to be surprisingly efficient considering the 65-inch screen size and using a full window 50% white pattern we measured the Normal picture mode at 65W and our calibrated True Cinema mode at 71W. The HDR mode naturally used more energy but, given the TV's limited peak brightness, it still wasn't that high at just 119W.
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best)||74%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|4K Streaming Services|
|Smart TV Platform|
|Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10)||8|
|What do these mean?|
- Accurate images
- Excellent video processing
- 3D support
- Low input lag
- Good build quality
- Motion handling poor
- HDR could be better
- Limited viewing angles
Panasonic TX-65EX750B 4K LED 3D TV Review
Should I buy one?The answer to that question really depends on how important 3D support is to you because that is the big selling point of the EX750. In general terms the TV is a competent performer, although its design is very dated, with the bezel and stand bringing to mind TVs from a few years ago. However the EX750 is well built and has a decent set of features, with a very low input lag and an effective smart platform. The TV naturally supports 4K Ultra HD, wide colour gamut and high dynamic range (HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ via a firmware update), although the HDR performance is limited by the EX750's peak brightness. However the performance with standard dynamic range content was very good, with natural colours, an accurate greyscale and gamma, and effective local dimming. The TV didn't perform as well in the motion tests, although motion seemed fine with actual content, and since the TV uses a VA panel, optimal viewing angles are limited.
The HDR performance was reasonably good, despite the limited peak brightness, with good tone mapping and a wide colour gamut that tracked the saturation points very accurately. Once again motion didn't appear to be an issue and the local dimming managed to deliver an improved dynamic range without introducing unwanted artefacts. The performance with 3D content was generally very good with bright, detailed and accurate images that were largely free of crosstalk. The motion handling seemed fine here too and the local dimming helped to give the images added depth thanks to the improved contrast performance. However you will need to buy your own active shutter 3D glasses because there aren't any included. Overall the Panasonic TX-65EX750 is a decent TV and is certainly worthy of a recommendation, especially if you're looking for 3D because frankly, it's the only game in town.
What are my alternatives?If you want 3D support your options are limited to buying a 2016 TV that is currently still available like the Panasonic TX-65DX902 or the Sony KD-65ZD9, both of which are excellent and can be picked up for £2,199 and £3,099 respectively. However if 3D isn't a priority, then there are plenty of other options at this price point, with the Sony KD-65XE9005 a particularly strong option. This TV has a direct LED backlight and local dimming, along with a more attractive design. It's capable of an equally good SDR performance and a superior HDR performance and can even be picked up for less with a current price of £1,799. If your budget is tight, there's also the Hisense H65NU8700 which can be picked up for £1,699 and offers a similar level of SDR and HDR performance, along with a comparable set of features, aside from the lack of 3D. Finally the current bargain as far as performance, features and price are concerned has to be the Samsung UE65MU7000 which is only £1,549. That will get you a TV that not only uses a very contemporary design and includes a boat-load of features but also delivers an incredibly low inout lag, along with a great SDR performance and a superior HDR one as well.
Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level
SDR Picture Quality
HDR Picture Quality
3D Picture Quality
Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box
Picture Quality Calibrated
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