Panasonic GZ1500 (TX-55GZ1500B) 4K OLED TV Review & Comments

Gazgum

Well-known Member
Unfortunately not. I have about 5cm space between plasterboard and breeze block. I had to channel out a groove to put existing kettle plug in and reskim. It’s now been decorated so no more diy...orders!!! If I was able to unscrew cable from tv I could possibly thread cable through existing conduit but no room for plugs, just hdmi, usb size.
Hmm,I hear you;I know I’m lucky my OH let’s me do what I like around the ‘man kit’!
I still wouldn’t let this dictate what display I get,especially at this level:Why not just surface mount a single socket behind the screen,above the OLED ‘gubbins’ if it’s that close?
I have an electrical background and I wouldn’t remove the fitted plug for reasons already mentioned.
 

rjames1701

Active Member
Hmm,I hear you;I know I’m lucky my OH let’s me do what I like around the ‘man kit’!
I still wouldn’t let this dictate what display I get,especially at this level:Why not just surface mount a single socket behind the screen,above the OLED ‘gubbins’ if it’s that close?
I have an electrical background and I wouldn’t remove the fitted plug for reasons already mentioned.
Nice idea I’ll look into that. Luckily my wall mount sticks out quite a bit as it’s hinged so I can tilt screen down a little to reduce reflections. The gap from the wall is far than the thickness of a plug. Cheers.
 

littletee

Novice Member
1. Colourists are not engineers and routinely ruin calibrated settings in grading rooms.
2. I have seen pillar box image retention on Sony X300s used primarily for UHD.
If there isn't a screen refresh option I would find a way to run a full white 100nit panel for 20 mins once a week to be extra sure. You are far more likely to cause image burn leaving a hdr still on the screen, so don't pause and make a cup of tea!
I think ultimately Oled will go the way of plasma. Dolby monitors are not oled. New hdr reference monitors are not Oled. Someone just make a full array backlight led. Shame as for SDR and 600nit hdr they are perfect! I'm not convinced they will ever accurately hit even 2000 nits.
 

Roohster

Distinguished Member
1. Colourists are not engineers and routinely ruin calibrated settings in grading rooms.
Ruin? How? They work closely with the director to achieve what said director wants.

It's not as if Sonnenfeld is some amateur, have you seen the list of what he's worked on?
355 credits in the last 20 years: Stefan Sonnenfeld - IMDb
 

littletee

Novice Member
Yes, he's a great colourist. But engineers calibrate monitors to set standards. Colourists then make the grade they want, knowing that is correct. Bad colourists are always tweaking sets, ruining this set up. Lewis Hamilton isn't the best person to fix your car, but it would look good in an advert.
 

AndrewFordham

Novice Member
A couple of questions:

I’ve come across of number of websites saying that the 950, 1000 and 1500 use the same panels. Does this mean their picture performance is (theoretically) identical and it’s only the aesthetics (don’t really care) and the onboard audio (never use) that differ?

I have a 55EZ952B from a couple of years ago which I’ve never really liked. At the time of purchase it had dreadful stuttering issues, particularly on 50Hz material through the HDMI inputs, but also the native Netflix app (which I presume is mostly running at 24fps). I don’t believe these issues were ever fully resolved by Panasonic’s firmware updates. None of the initial reviews mentioned this though, presumably because the material that’s assessed is not what most people spend their time watching (4k HDR discs vs. 1080i/50Hz Sky+HD). It also can’t produce a nice saturated red through the inputs, regardless of how much (unprofessional) tweaking I do; it’s always comes out as pink or orange.

Has anyone done enough (low quality) viewing of the 1500 to confirm whether these legacy Panasonic OLED issues have been fixed?

Thanks.
 

thedoswells

Well-known Member
A couple of questions:

I’ve come across of number of websites saying that the 950, 1000 and 1500 use the same panels. Does this mean their picture performance is (theoretically) identical and it’s only the aesthetics (don’t really care) and the onboard audio (never use) that differ?

I have a 55EZ952B from a couple of years ago which I’ve never really liked. At the time of purchase it had dreadful stuttering issues, particularly on 50Hz material through the HDMI inputs, but also the native Netflix app (which I presume is mostly running at 24fps). I don’t believe these issues were ever fully resolved by Panasonic’s firmware updates. None of the initial reviews mentioned this though, presumably because the material that’s assessed is not what most people spend their time watching (4k HDR discs vs. 1080i/50Hz Sky+HD). It also can’t produce a nice saturated red through the inputs, regardless of how much (unprofessional) tweaking I do; it’s always comes out as pink or orange.

Has anyone done enough (low quality) viewing of the 1500 to confirm whether these legacy Panasonic OLED issues have been fixed?

Thanks.
Hi. I’m no expert but I have the 950 and these are my thoughts.
Firstly, all the GZs use the same panel. The 2000 is intercepted by Panasonic earlier in the manufacturing process but the other 3 all use the finished panel from LG display. It is only the design and sound that varies.
I mainly watch sky 1080i content but have watched anywhere from SD to uhd from different sources.
I use the tv with settings out of the box and find the colours to be stunning and natural looking. The reds on football shirts for example look very accurate to me.
As far as motion is concerned I think the main reviews I trust suggest that stutter is still present, but now so rare that you either have to go looking for it, or be very sensitive to it, to see it in real life content.
I’ve had the tv for weeks and have honestly not noticed it once, although I’m not saying it’s not been there.
The Sony’s have the reputation for motion (for oleds) but I wasn’t prepared to pay the huge premium, when in general to me the 950 is every bit as good, and maybe better in some areas.
Just my personal views :)
 

AndrewFordham

Novice Member
As far as motion is concerned I think the main reviews I trust suggest that stutter is still present, but now so rare that you either have to go looking for it, or be very sensitive to it, to see it in real life content.
Thanks for the reply. It’s good to know that the panel can do red properly!
When I mentioned stutter on the old 952 , it isn’t really motion stuttering that’s the issue (we’ll, it’s dreadful, but consistently dreadful and I hardly watch any sport), but it had (and still has) problems with dropping frames. This happens at all resolutions and refresh rates, but was particularly bad with 50Hz inputs. Although that was mostly sorted with a couple of firmware updates, it’s still there on the inbuilt Netflix and Amazon apps. I bought an Apple TV and a Fire stick so that I could use their native frame rate settings to force 24fps, but it drops even more frames with these (and all the reds are really orange ).

I might have to go and park myself in front of a 950 or a 1500 in John Lewis for a few hours and see what I spot!

Thanks again.
 

thedoswells

Well-known Member
Thanks for the reply. It’s good to know that the panel can do red properly!
When I mentioned stutter on the old 952 , it isn’t really motion stuttering that’s the issue (we’ll, it’s dreadful, but consistently dreadful and I hardly watch any sport), but it had (and still has) problems with dropping frames. This happens at all resolutions and refresh rates, but was particularly bad with 50Hz inputs. Although that was mostly sorted with a couple of firmware updates, it’s still there on the inbuilt Netflix and Amazon apps. I bought an Apple TV and a Fire stick so that I could use their native frame rate settings to force 24fps, but it drops even more frames with these (and all the reds are really orange ).

I might have to go and park myself in front of a 950 or a 1500 in John Lewis for a few hours and see what I spot!

Thanks again.
Yes I was really meaning that sorry. I think it’s best if you can have a look. I just don’t notice the frame drops, as I don’t think they happen very much at all now.
I hope you get a chance to have a good look at one of the models so you can be sure one way or another :smashin:
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the reply. It’s good to know that the panel can do red properly!
When I mentioned stutter on the old 952 , it isn’t really motion stuttering that’s the issue (we’ll, it’s dreadful, but consistently dreadful and I hardly watch any sport), but it had (and still has) problems with dropping frames. This happens at all resolutions and refresh rates, but was particularly bad with 50Hz inputs. Although that was mostly sorted with a couple of firmware updates, it’s still there on the inbuilt Netflix and Amazon apps. I bought an Apple TV and a Fire stick so that I could use their native frame rate settings to force 24fps, but it drops even more frames with these (and all the reds are really orange ).

I might have to go and park myself in front of a 950 or a 1500 in John Lewis for a few hours and see what I spot!

Thanks again.
I haven't noticed any of the issues you mentioned on my 952 but I don't have Sky (and don't want it either!) so maybe that's a reason? Reds look great on mine I can assure you!

I don't see any need to upgrade just yet because Im still very happy. Perhaps in a couple of years or so. I could easily buy the 2000 right now but Im resisting! :)
 

Buztafen

Standard Member
Great review, forgive my ignorance...but what does this tv actually do with a satellite signal? I see its got 2 F connectors but doesn't mention Freesat(HD) on any media. Does the tuner pick up all channels provided by Freesat, but theres no EPG? Cheers.
 

mikej

Active Member
Great review, forgive my ignorance...but what does this tv actually do with a satellite signal? I see its got 2 F connectors but doesn't mention Freesat(HD) on any media. Does the tuner pick up all channels provided by Freesat, but theres no EPG? Cheers.
I believe that's right, yes. It'll pick up Freesat channels provided you have a suitably-aligned dish but, because it doesn't officially support Freesat, there's no EPG. Now and Next might work though ?
 

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