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VIDEO: Panasonic HZ2000 OLED Full Details and Specs

Amar1

Active Member
HDMI 2.1 on all 4 ports confirmed with eARC and ALLM.

But what about VRR, which may be used in the PS5 and new XBox?

Did Panasonic confirm it's full fat HDMI 2.1 with all features enabled? If not can they be enabled later in a software update?
 

Desk

Well-known Member
So the HZ2000 comes as a 55" and 65", but no 77"?

Can I take it, then, that there'll be the no 77" set in Panasonic's OLED line-up this year?

As @Amar1 notes, while Paul Williams makes reference to the HZ2000 coming with HDMI 2.1, the only 2.1 features I've seen reported from Panasonic out of CES are eArc and ALLM - no mention of variable refresh rate.

Have to say that I'm disappointed - particularly in terms of the screen size. Panasonic seem to be building their TVs for movie lovers, but if you want a truly immersive big screen movie experience in the home with perfect blacks you're going to have to look elsewhere - quite possibly to a competitor's TV which gives the impression of being first and foremost a gaming display.

Desk
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
Great interview Phil, glad to see it wasn’t just a sales pitch, plenty of questions we all ask answered.

I guess we will find out more (VRR etc) on hdmi2.1 features in February (hopefully they are full fat and not 2.0b with most 2.1features).

While some of us would still love a non Atmos
Upfiring version, it’s hard not to get excited about this tv, there are plenty (nearly all) of the user want boxes ticked.
This tv (and the lower tier models) sound like a calibrators dream from control perspective.
 

Moonda

Member
Did Panasonic confirm it's full fat HDMI 2.1 with all features enabled? If not can they be enabled later in a software update?
I’m still wondering about this on the GZ models!

Panasonic tells me yes, but their support cant be trusted...
 

lgans316

Distinguished Member
Looks like DV Bright mods is being replaced with DV IQ. Is this true? If yes, this is not good news.
 

lgans316

Distinguished Member
So the HZ2000 comes as a 55" and 65", but no 77"?

Can I take it, then, that there'll be the no 77" set in Panasonic's OLED line-up this year?

As @Amar1 notes, while Paul Williams makes reference to the HZ2000 coming with HDMI 2.1, the only 2.1 features I've seen reported from Panasonic out of CES are eArc and ALLM - no mention of variable refresh rate.

Have to say that I'm disappointed - particularly in terms of the screen size. Panasonic seem to be building their TVs for movie lovers, but if you want a truly immersive big screen movie experience in the home with perfect blacks you're going to have to look elsewhere - quite possibly to a competitor's TV which gives the impression of being first and foremost a gaming display.

Desk
Agree but a projector with 3D offers me a more immersive experience over 4K HDR
 

choirboy

Active Member
Be interesting to see how BFI has improved and whether it will offer a superior result than LG's which is supposed to be running at 120hz?

This is probably the year I'll be diving in to the world of 4k and upgrading from my VT65 plasma.
 

Waynej

Well-known Member
Great interview Phil, glad to see it wasn’t just a sales pitch, plenty of questions we all ask answered.

I guess we will find out more (VRR etc) on hdmi2.1 features in February (hopefully they are full fat and not 2.0b with most 2.1features).

While some of us would still love a non Atmos
Upfiring version, it’s hard not to get excited about this tv, there are plenty (nearly all) of the user want boxes ticked.
This tv (and the lower tier models) sound like a calibrators dream from control perspective.
Hopefully it's full HDMI 2.1 support. Stating it has HDMI 2.1 'connections' seems to suggest that is the case, but perhaps Phil can clarify this later.

If that really is the case then the HZ series will certainly tick a lot of boxes with the two big dynamic HDR formats covered, and finally that crucial HDMI 2.1 support with PC and next-gen PS5/XSX consoles set to take advantage later this year.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
So the HZ2000 comes as a 55" and 65", but no 77"?

Can I take it, then, that there'll be the no 77" set in Panasonic's OLED line-up this year?

As @Amar1 notes, while Paul Williams makes reference to the HZ2000 coming with HDMI 2.1, the only 2.1 features I've seen reported from Panasonic out of CES are eArc and ALLM - no mention of variable refresh rate.

Have to say that I'm disappointed - particularly in terms of the screen size. Panasonic seem to be building their TVs for movie lovers, but if you want a truly immersive big screen movie experience in the home with perfect blacks you're going to have to look elsewhere - quite possibly to a competitor's TV which gives the impression of being first and foremost a gaming display.

Desk
I think It is probably a supply issue at that size given there are not many outside LG Electronics adding 77” to their ranges. I would think that if it was possible economically to do the custom panel at 77” they would probably do that, in my opinion.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Hopefully it's full HDMI 2.1 support. Stating it has HDMI 2.1 'connections' seems to suggest that is the case, but perhaps Phil can clarify this later.

If that really is the case then the HZ series will certainly tick a lot of boxes with the two big dynamic HDR formats covered, and finally that crucial HDMI 2.1 support with PC and next-gen PS5/XSX consoles set to take advantage later this year.
My understanding is no VRR but ALLM and eARC. I am going to follow up on this to see if I can get more from Panasonic
 

Waynej

Well-known Member
My understanding is no VRR but ALLM and eARC. I am going to follow up on this to see if I can get more from Panasonic
It's also the [email protected] of HDMI 2.1 that is of interest. I'm not totally clued up on this, but I assume that requires the proper HDMI 2.1 ports to take advantage of those higher framerates. The significance of 120 is debatable at this point for consoles, as both Microsoft and Sony are boasting 8K and [email protected] - which still seems rather like a pipe dream in the here and now.

It'll be a shame though if full HDMI 2.1 support is absent thus giving LG this advantage for two years running. I know Panasonic is very much geared towards the film and OOTB accuracy crowd, but with LG refusing to take HDR10+ onboard there's a real opportunity here for Panasonic to tick all the major boxes. Full HDR suite, Full HDMI 2.1, OOTB Accuracy - combined with the icing on the cake with the custom OLED panel. And yes, as mentioned in your video, a model without the Atmos upfiring speakers (the HZ1500 perhaps) is something many of us hope to see.

In the meantime I'll remain content and jolly gawking at my Panasonic FZ802B. My favourite gaming feature of which is the ability to enable game mode on the more accurate picture modes, rather than being forced to use the dedicated Game picture mode.
 

Gerry76

Member
Why arent people here talking about the new tone mapping "nits" target or hard clip option that panasonic allows you to make in the settings menu on the HZ2000?
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
While the grading suites want the hard clip option I’m assuming it’s not beneficial to otherwise all companies would simply follow the PQ curve (so they believe their implementation is better, although Samsung have been a little too off the mark).
Maybe I’m misinterpreting this, but even Tyler on the LG/Autocal video was saying it can be beneficial to start rolling off early to have a more film/grading suite look.
Loving the sound of the additional white balance controls, although I’d assume you will need a decent meter to read that level of darkness.
 

TRIPLE A

Active Member
“Interview” reeks of attempt to damage control without really answering the question.
Hardly a scoop.
 

LicensedTaximan

Well-known Member
Hmm i'm sure it will happen at some point in time but still no bog standard stereo model. Many of us, as Phil stated, have our own (5.1, 7.1 and various Atmos layouts) surround systems. Either way I will keep my Panny 50" VT30 3D enabled display until it gives up the ghost and as the TV is around six to seven years old hopefully that will be for some time yet. Then apart from buying a new display (unless the situation changes in the future) I will also have to go projector and screen to retain 3D viewing. 🤨

By the way Phil are Denon or Marantz coming out with any replacements for their top tier AV amplifiers this year the X8500H and the SR8012?
 
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blueboy1873

Active Member
According to www.panasonic.com/uk the 65 HZ2000 Tech Specs are still showing HDMI as:-

HDMI*13HDMI2 (side), 2 (rear)
HDMI (4K 60/50p with HDCP2.2)4
Support FeatureeARC(Audio Return Channel (Input 2))
HDMI2.1 Auto low Latency mode.

So....unless this is a Generic Specification Template not updated yet, it does create some confusion as to which HDMI 2.1 features the HZ2000 Supports.
 

choirboy

Active Member
It doesn't say 4k @120 on the tech specs (just 4k 60/50p) which leads me to believe it is not full fat HDMI 2.1 which is disappointing.
 

Moonda

Member
It doesn't say 4k @120 on the tech specs (just 4k 60/50p) which leads me to believe it is not full fat HDMI 2.1 which is disappointing.
That's the question that should've been asked. If it supports 4K @ 120Hz, then there's no doubt it's FULL HDMI 2.1.
 

TRIPLE A

Active Member
yep. again, smoke and mirrors. at this point I wonder if it might be best to not use "HDMI 2.1" branding at all and instead force specs to be listed in terms of actual features. likewise for cables.
 

deon444

Distinguished Member
“Interview” reeks of attempt to damage control without really answering the question.
Hardly a scoop.
At these type of events they only want to talk about what features they have and not the features they haven't. Hence the talk of filmmaker mode, Dolby IQ etc. Cant really believe Phil Hinton managed to forget to ask the most important question to ask Panasonic . More than likely told him what they will talk about.
 

djcla

Well-known Member
Could be the perfect TV if its full fat HDMI 2.1 not that many of these features matter to me but its always nice to be future proofed.
 

Tomeo

Standard Member
It would be great as well if journalists could be more professional by asking precise questions. Just asking « is it hdmi 2.1? » during the interview wasn’t sufficient. That’s not the first time, same stuff last year with the GZ2000. In this case the right question to remove any ambiguity should have been « Does HZ2000 have full bandwidth hdmi 2.1 chipset? » and « Will it propose VRR? ». Is it so difficult to request details? Once more it’s a missed opportunity as AVForum won’t have a second interview, letting us in the full confusion about specs.
 

SOUNDVISION

Active Member
Looks like a lot talking about HDMI 2.1 what's so good about that only needed if you are into games.
Filmmaker mode sounds more interesting
 
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stevebk

Well-known Member
It sounds like a dream tv, fantastic job Panasonic
 

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