With two 4K OLED ranges and a brand new three-strong LCD 4K HDR line-up, plus HLG support throughout, there's a lot of TV tech crammed into the 2017 Panasonic TV line-up...

CES 2017 was purely a flagship affair for Panasonic’s TV announcements – a big, headline event for its big, headline TV.

That TV was the Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV, Panasonic’s second-generation OLED set, and a flatscreen panel to follow on from last year’s curved (and hugely expensive) TX-65CZ952B.

The only model announced at CES was a 65in version - the TX-65EZ1002 - but a second 77in screen has been revealed at Panasonic's European Convention.

That's not all: there's a second OLED range, the EZ952, in 55in and 65in sizes, with a rumoured price of €2499 for the TX-55EZ952.

Panasonic has also revealed a new LCD line-up with three 4K HDR ranges and two Full HD/HD Ready series for 2017.

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All 4K TVs are equipped with an improved My Home Screen 2.0 interface, which takes on the colourful Firefox OS's design and includes new features such as a favourites folders for multiple users, a customisable My App button on the remote, and a revamped Media Player app that supports 4K HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG).

HLG support will be available straight out the box for all 2017 4K TVs, but there'll be no support for Dolby Vision HDR for Panasonic's 2017 TVs, or indeed the forthcoming Advanced HDR by Technicolour.

There's also a new version of Freeview Play, which Panasonic has refreshed with a Quick Look Guide that shows past, present and future shows for a particular channel, and live thumbnails that show what's being broadcast on other channels.

4K HDR streaming from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are all promised to be on board, too.

And finally, Panasonic is joining LG and Sony in ditching curved screens - it's all flatscreens for 2017's TVs.

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4K HDR OLED

EZ1002 (77in, 65in)

The TX-65EZ1002 is a 4K UHD affair, naturally, and is HDR-capable too, claiming to output the full DCI colour space and more than double the peak brightness of its previous OLED.

It will also support the new Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR variant, used in the BBC’s most recent Planet Earth II 4K trials, alongside HDR10.

The EZ1002 will be driven by Panasonic’s Studio Colour HCX2 video processing, which Panasonic says is the most powerful video processing ever incorporated into a consumer TV.

It draws on the company’s professional filmmaking and monitoring expertise, which Panasonic says makes for “the most accurate colours in the TV world”.

The EZ1002 features speakers tuned by Technics

It’s also equipped with Panasonic’s proprietary Absolute Black Filter, which the company says can absorb ambient light and reflections in order to keep black areas of an image as black as possible.

While not granted as yet, Panasonic has applied for Ultra HD Premium certification from the Ultra HD Alliance, as well as THX and Creston certification. 

We do know that ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) calibration settings will definitely be built in to the TV, and that users will be able to upload their own colour 3D look-up tables via USB or SD card, for the serious TV tweakers.

More after the break

When it comes to audio, the EZ1002 has been specified and tuned by Panasonic’s legendary Technics subsidiary, and its ‘Dynamic Blade Speaker’ array consists of no fewer than 14 drivers (8 woofers, 4 midrange and a pair of tweeters) underpinned by a passive radiator. They’re integrated into a neat and stylish stand.

EZ1002 (77in, 65in)

Master HDR OLED

Absolute Black

Dynamic Blade Speaker tuned by Technics

4K Pro HDR

Studio Master HCX2

HDR Brightness Enhancer

Ultimate Contrast

4K HDR game mode

THX Display

Art & Interior design

My Home Screen 2.0

 

 

Panasonic's EZ952 4K OLED

EZ952 (65in, 55in)

The EZ952 comes in two sizes: 65in and 55in - the latter of which is rumoured to cost around €2499. The EZ952 features the same OLED screen technology as the EZ1002, promising "unprecedented" black levels and super-accurate colours.

Like the EZ1002, it's powered by Panasonic's Studio Colour HXC2 processor, which aims to increase colour accuracy, and supports HDR10 and HLG.

The EZ952 also has Panasonic's HDR Brightness Enhancer feature, which aims to optimise the TV's picture in brightly lit rooms.

So what's the difference between the EZ952 and the EZ1002? The latter features a Dynamic Blade Speaker system, which the EZ952 lacks. Instead, it has a pedestal stand that's "inspired by the latest principles of interior design".

The EZ952 also doesn't have the EZ1002's Absolute Black Filter, which aims to minimise reflections on the screen so you get "zero blacks".

 

EZ952 (65in, 55in)

OLED

4K Pro HDR

Studio Master HCX2

HDR Brightness Enhancer

Ultimate Contrast

4K HDR game mode

THX Display

Art & Interior design

My Home Screen 2.0

 

4K HDR LCD

The EX700 4K LCD model with the "Switch Design" feet

Panasonic's 2017 LCD line-up consists of three 4K HDR ranges - the EX750 (called EX780 in Europe), EX700 and EX600 - with screen sizes ranging from 40in to 75in.

You might notice there are no top-tier models beyond the LCD EX750, but that's because Panasonic will be continuing last year's DX902 and DX802 ranges into 2017.

The EX750 will feature the powerful Studio Colour HCX2 video processor found in the 4K OLEDs, while HDR10 and HLG are supported across the 4K range.

There's good news for owners of last year's DX902, DX802 and DX750 models - all those screens will get an HLG update as well. There's no timeframe as to when these updates will roll out, but it will be happening later this year.

Panasonic has also designed a clever "Swivel and Lift" stand design for select models in the EX750 series, where you can adjust the height and angle of the screen for your preferred viewing angle.

Other models incorporate the "Switch Design" with multiple feet positions, which was introduced last year.

 

EX750 (75in, 65in, 58in 50in)

4K Pro HDR

Studio Colour HCX2

HDR brightness enhancer

4K HDR game mode

Supreme Contrast

Super Bright Panel

Local dimming

My Home Screen 2.0

"Swivel and Lift" design (65in, 58in and 50in only)

Switch Design (50in and 58in)

 

EX700 (65in, 58in, 50in, 40in)

4K Pro HDR

4K HDR game mode

Brilliant Contrast

Bright Panel

Local dimming

My Home Screen 2.0

Switch Design

 

EX600 (65in, 55in, 49in, 40in)

4K Pro HDR 

4K HDR game mode

High Contrast

Bright Panel

Adaptive backlight dimming

My Home Screen 2.0

Switch Design (for 65in, 55in and 40in only)

 

Full HD LCD

The ES400 range features Full HD and HD Ready models

Last but not least, there are two Full HD and HD Ready ranges in 2017. All screens will feature last year's My Home Screen interface.

 

ES500 (49in, 40in, 32in, 24in)

The 24in and 32in models are HD Ready

Full HD

High Contrast

Bright panel

Adaptive backlight dimming

My Home Screen

 

ES400 (49in, 40in, 32in)

The 32in model is HD Ready

Full HD

High Contrast

Bright panel

Adaptive backlight dimming

My Home Screen

 

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