Panasonic FZ series (802 & 952) OLED Owners Thread

Goldorak

Distinguished Member
Evening all, happy pana oled owner so far...
Need some help on two hopefully simple points please:
A. Screen mirroring: need to use screen mirroring from iPad and iPhone. Got conflicting options
1. Download Panasonic app on my iPhone/iPad
2. Use something called airserve?
3. Get the Molotov app from apps market. Could not check because of point B below

I don’t want to screw the wireless connection so will not be using easy mirroring. Thank you in advance for the help.

B. Apps market: when I click on it, I get :server temporarily unable to complete request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Is this message normal ? YouTube and Netflix plus prime works. I don’t use anything else really.
Guys, any advice please how to play an app on my iphone or iPad on the tv
Mirroring just allowed me to share pics or videos...from my phone
If i can’t fix it, i have to go the atv or amazon stick way I guess. Apps market now works so point B sorted
Thanks in advance
 

pioneerfan

Standard Member
Good summary sir
Only stuff I will say is stay as far as you can from dvds, light million year far...
Looks good but nowhere near blu ray
This tv upscale good but it is no doctor strange. I have so many dvds but can’t watch them anymore !!!
Thanks!
I know where you're coming from on DVDs, and perhaps I did exagerrate a bit, but I genuinely thought they would be unwatchable. Stuck in my DVD of Things to do in Denver when you're dead (another great underrated movie) and some scenes looked far beyond what I thought possible.

Would defo prefer a Blu Ray release.....but have given up now sadly so the DVD will have to do, so just glad the Pana does it's best to bridge the gap!
 

Goldorak

Distinguished Member
Thanks!
I know where you're coming from on DVDs, and perhaps I did exagerrate a bit, but I genuinely thought they would be unwatchable. Stuck in my DVD of Things to do in Denver when you're dead (another great underrated movie) and some scenes looked far beyond what I thought possible.

Would defo prefer a Blu Ray release.....but have given up now sadly so the DVD will have to do, so just glad the Pana does it's best to bridge the gap!
I am now 98 percent streaming and struggling fo use any form of hardware
Convenience and cost plus descent quality just is hard to beat
 

gibbsy

Moderator
If anyone knows anything about sound I'd appreciate some advice, am going to order an all in one set for around 400 shortly. I can get atmos speakers if they are compatible with this tv.. and are worth it :) Few different sets available form all the big brands.
The FZ does not have and cannot pass Atmos.
 

martin 39

Active Member
Had my FZ952 for almost six months now, so wanted to give my thoughts, as a non-techy user. My TV is connected to a Panasonic UB-820 UHD player, so I'll be commenting on everything from SDR to HDR.
- Having come from a Pioneer Kuro, this TV really does give you that cinematic feeling. The pictures it produces are so natural.
-HD channels on Freeview look great.
-THX bright room and THX cinema are super pre-sets. You can prob calibrate them further, but lifes too short when these settings are so good.
- The TV even makes DVDs look good. I popped in a few DVD over the weekend, and while the picture was overall softer than say Blu Rays, there were a few films that popped like 1080p films would. This really pleasantly surprised me and I was shocked at how good they looked. So much so, that movies I'd been waiting for a Blu Ray release of, I'll just pick up on DVD now.
- Blu Rays look incredible. Check out an underrated movie called Goon, the picture is stunning.
- UHDs look amazing too, but if I'm being honest UHD smacks a bit of the Emperors New Clothes to me. They don't look significantly better than Blu Rays, if at all. And when they cost so much in comparison, unless I can get a good deal, I'm perfectly happy with Blu Ray.
- The Technics sound bar is pretty good. Obviously not a replacement for a proper set up, but defo adds some oomph to movies.
- Overall, I'm super impressed with the TV. I know how easy it is to look for faults and tweak settings to the Nth degree, but just enjoy them. Would be nice if this thread had more discussion on what looks good on these sets and how much people are enjoying it.

Only downer for me is that the. Freeview Tuner struggles to display any HD channel apart from BBC1 to Channel 5. I'm guessing that this is an issue with my aerial or connection than with the TV itself though.
I've had mine for about 10 months moving from a kuro . To me the TV is stunning Netflix 4k upscale blu rays look amazing and the 4k blu rays are awesome. Ive just watched Aladdin and just wow
 

tonyrees687

Well-known Member
Had mine 5 months and fantastic. So far it's helped because Wales are still in the RWC and I bought this tv to watch Wales in the final . Apart from all that I'm very impressed with the brightness and motion handling. No issues anywhere.
Fab telly
 

gibbsy

Moderator
But correct me if wrong, i can get atmos from uhd player I believe? Potentially from apple TV too?
Yes any receiver with a minimum 5.1.2 speaker configuration can produce Atmos, as can Atmos enabled soundbars as long as the external equipment is connected by HDMI. The FZ by itself cannot produce Atmos nor pass it through. Basically if wanting to watch anything with an Atmos soundtrack then the FZ itself just becomes the video enabler.
 

hari967

Active Member
I've had mine for about 10 months moving from a kuro . To me the TV is stunning Netflix 4k upscale blu rays look amazing and the 4k blu rays are awesome. Ive just watched Aladdin and just wow
I still have my krp and I find the pioneer picture more natural and warm does help with perfect uniformity. the fz952 has gone back.
Just couldn’t live with the horrible uniformity banding. Just something about a plasma picture especially pioneer.
 
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Waynej

Well-known Member
Good summary sir
Only stuff I will say is stay as far as you can from dvds, light million year far...
Looks good but nowhere near blu ray
This tv upscale good but it is no doctor strange. I have so many dvds but can’t watch them anymore !!!
For anyone watching DVD's or Blu-ray's, if your 4K player doesn't auto switch resolutions (my UB420 does not), I would suggest dropping it to 1080p - let the TV do the upscaling. It's a little inconvenient, but a doddle if you have a Harmony remote.

Blu-ray's look so much better. I've not watched much in the way of DVD's but I expect that would be much improved too.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
For anyone watching DVD's or Blu-ray's, if your 4K player doesn't auto switch resolutions (my UB420 does not), I would suggest dropping it to 1080p - let the TV do the upscaling. It's a little inconvenient, but a doddle if you have a Harmony remote.

Blu-ray's look so much better. I've not watched much in the way of DVD's but I expect that would be much improved too.
I agree. I have my Pioneer LX500 set to source direct which outputs the disc's native resolution to the FZ. The FZ does an excellent job of upscaling. Some blu rays can look stunning. If titles have an Atmos or DTS:X track on them, A Quiet Place as an example, I'll order the blu ray. It was a choice of £5 for the blue ray or £25 for the UHD. Clear winner for me.
 

Hostile18

Active Member
Yes any receiver with a minimum 5.1.2 speaker configuration can produce Atmos, as can Atmos enabled soundbars as long as the external equipment is connected by HDMI. The FZ by itself cannot produce Atmos nor pass it through. Basically if wanting to watch anything with an Atmos soundtrack then the FZ itself just becomes the video enabler.
Ah that's fine then because the only thing I'd miss out on is the netflix app which I've got on other devices anyway. :)

Would any of these two be a good upgrade to the soundbar? To be honest if it would require more money I'd probably leave it for a while. The bottom one has Atmos Speakers (I'm not sure if I'd need a receiver with the latter as well though, that would put it out my price range).


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gibbsy

Moderator
Ah that's fine then because the only thing I'd miss out on is the netflix app which I've got on other devices anyway. :)

Would any of these two be a good upgrade to the soundbar? To be honest if it would require more money I'd probably leave it for a while. The bottom one has Atmos Speakers (I'm not sure if I'd need a receiver with the latter as well though, that would put it out my price range).


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Even an entry level surround system is going to sound better than a soundbar. There will be greater separation between the front left and right and the surrounds can be placed for optimum listening. The upfiring aspect of the Onkyo will depend on your ceiling meeting certain requirements, ie, between 8 and 14 feet, perfectly flat, smooth and made of reflective material.

You will not get Atmos from the TV but will from certain broadcasts on SkyQ and other exterior applications. The Onkyo would require you to purchase a receiver.

We are getting ahead of ourselves though as the actual position of the TV may play a very important part in any decision. For 5.1 to work it's always best to have the TV in the middle of the wall. If the TV is in a corner then I would always recommend a soundbar as being the best option.

For a fairly good 5.1 you should be looking to budget between £800 and £1000 pound or alternatively take a look at the Forum's classifieds. Although somewhat expensive it would be a decision that you would not regret as the FZ and surround make for a fantastic cinematic experience.
 

Hostile18

Active Member
Even an entry level surround system is going to sound better than a soundbar. There will be greater separation between the front left and right and the surrounds can be placed for optimum listening. The upfiring aspect of the Onkyo will depend on your ceiling meeting certain requirements, ie, between 8 and 14 feet, perfectly flat, smooth and made of reflective material.

You will not get Atmos from the TV but will from certain broadcasts on SkyQ and other exterior applications. The Onkyo would require you to purchase a receiver.

We are getting ahead of ourselves though as the actual position of the TV may play a very important part in any decision. For 5.1 to work it's always best to have the TV in the middle of the wall. If the TV is in a corner then I would always recommend a soundbar as being the best option.

For a fairly good 5.1 you should be looking to budget between £800 and £1000 pound or alternatively take a look at the Forum's classifieds. Although somewhat expensive it would be a decision that you would not regret as the FZ and surround make for a fantastic cinematic experience.
Thank you for the advice I'll go with the former then I think. My tv is in the perfect position for surround sound. I can appreciate surround sound but I think anything above that budget would be lost on me (I'm fairly new to all this, hence me getting a all in one set). I wonder if it's possible to add to this system over time?

For anyone that's got the model with the soundbar did you keep it on or take it off when you upgraded/added to your existing system? (Mine is wallmounted) :)
 

TributeAle

Active Member
I have kept the sound bar even though I have a full 5.1 setup and use it frequently when watching programs that in my opinion don’t really benefit from upgraded sound such as news programs, soaps (don’t ask!) etc.
Whether it’s worth it for you depends on your viewing habits and also provides a backup option.
 

gwarde

Active Member
Thank you for the advice I'll go with the former then I think. My tv is in the perfect position for surround sound. I can appreciate surround sound but I think anything above that budget would be lost on me (I'm fairly new to all this, hence me getting a all in one set). I wonder if it's possible to add to this system over time?

For anyone that's got the model with the soundbar did you keep it on or take it off when you upgraded/added to your existing system? (Mine is wallmounted) :)
From experience, I would suggest buying the best 5.1 set up you can comfortably afford. Like most products in the AV world, you do actually get what you pay for. You may end up upgrading a cheap 5.1 system sooner than you think. Good luck.
 

Hostile18

Active Member
I have spent the last few hours researching and have decided to keep the soundbar now. I think upgrading to a cheaper 5.1 system would of had too many compromises.

I'll look at upgrading one day I think, but this is a rare instance I've been able to reign myself in somewhat 😂

Does everyone use the surround sound on the sound bar? I know we discussed it briefly before. I like the surround sound mode but some sources the voices seem harder to hear. I need to investigate the settings.. its mainly UHD discs I notice it on.
 

sonnyRVN

Standard Member
Even a cheap system (between £500-£800) would last a comfortable 5+ years and out do any soundbar, what I would recommend is either a denon or an Onkyo amp, if you have read the previous 218 odd pages you’ll have noticed a few people have had issues with Arc, (I haven’t personally, but Oled’s generally have had some issues, albeit infrequent) and the Onkyo & Denon Amps seems to suffer far far less (if at all) handshake issues especially with the Panasonic oleds. :)
 

steverobertsbbc

Well-known Member
I have had a couple of Onkyos and can confirm that they integrate extremely well with the Panasonic TVs.
 

5to1

Well-known Member
With Xmas approaching I've been discussing with the Mrs what our "present" to ourselves will be this year. In recent years we've stopped buying token gifts and tend to get a joint present which we really want.

Just prior to getting the 65FZ952 our surround AMP blew up. So this has been one of the ideas muted. We have a slight complication in that the AMP was housed in a comms cupboard, with all the wiring running there. Space restrictions mean I need a slim AMP (the original one was a Sony kit, which was about 1U).

Having used the blade sound bar that came with the TV, other then movies we've found the sound quite good. Also our old setup had tall boy speakers and aesthetically I prefer the room without them. So one option would be to add a sub and possibly rears. I appreciate we wouldn't get Atmos. And it won't be as good as a standalone setup. And it feels a bit silly going wireless after I went to the trouble of running the cables when we refurbed the house. But has anyone done this, if so were the results any good?

The other route would be to replace the existing AMP. Use the old speakers for now (the old system was a kit, so not sure if this would work well as I don't think they are 8ohm). And then pickup some discrete looking speakers when a birthday comes around.

NB: My Mrs loves her movies, she actually wanted the 65" OLED and the originally 5.1 system. So it isn't a case of me sneaking a "man present" as our joint pressie :D
 
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Waynej

Well-known Member
After my flashing green lines issue, which sorted itself after the TV rebooted unexpectedly, the retailer has recently asked me to perform a factory reset -- and seemingly cross my fingers that it doesn't resurface again.

Anyway, I've done that, and obviously lost my picture settings. This is no big loss as I typically only use Pro 1/2 and THX Cinema, with luminance to preference and all other enhancements disabled.

What I am more curious about after seeing some recent discussion here about the Sharpness setting. What's the general consensus for the neutral Sharpness value?

I previously thought it was the default 30 as many reviews don't mention adjusting it, so going below 30 smooths or blurs the image? Or is 0 actually the neutral setting?
 

martin 39

Active Member
Quick question for some reason when changing channel on sky the TV picture has started to appear to jump as if it's expanding the picture . Had the TV 10 months never noticed this before
 

Waynej

Well-known Member
Quick question for some reason when changing channel on sky the TV picture has started to appear to jump as if it's expanding the picture . Had the TV 10 months never noticed this before
Sounds like an auto aspect ratio may be set. Have you checked that in TV screen settings? It's best off. Also, any such options on Sky too?
 

thx75

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What I am more curious about after seeing some recent discussion here about the Sharpness setting. What's the general consensus for the neutral Sharpness value?

I previously thought it was the default 30 as many reviews don't mention adjusting it, so going below 30 smooths or blurs the image? Or is 0 actually the neutral setting?
Sharpness correct setting, after having double checked many times with a test pattern, is 0 (or even 1 with fullHD signals but please don't ask to explain why) if you don't like an over processed picture. But keep in mind between 0 and 30 sharpness control on FZ produce just very slight difference. Going over 40 is not recommended as ringing artefacts start to show.
 

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