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Best Panasonic TVs 2021: OLED, HDR, 4K, budget, premium

Best Panasonic TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Panasonic TVs you can buy in 2021.

Panasonic has been no stranger to What Hi-Fi? TV Awards over the years, having produced some of the best TVs going at all sizes, from 40 inches right up to big-screen lounge fillers. So what should you look for when picking the best Panasonic TV? And where can you find the best Black Friday deals?

Screen size is the most obvious consideration. Measure how much space you've got, and check out the full dimensions of your chosen set before spending any money. Some have slimmer bezels than others, which makes a real difference when squeezing into a tight space.

Do you want 4K? The picture quality has four times as many pixels as HD, making for sharper, crisper visuals. But if you only ever watch terrestrial, 4K won't be much use for a while yet.

The same goes for HDR. This enhances the difference between the light and dark parts of the picture, with more gradual steps in between. The result? Better contrast, which adds depth to the image, and makes it look more lifelike. Again, you'll need a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video (or a 4K Blu-ray with HDR) to take advantage.

Let's have a look at the best Panasonic TVs around...

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Best Panasonic TVs: OLED, HDR, 4K, budget, premium

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1. Panasonic TX-58GX800B

A big-screen 4K bargain with plenty of features.

Specifications
Type: LCD
Resolution: 4K
HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
HDMI inputs: 3
Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 82 x 130 x 26cm
Reasons to buy
+Subtle, natural images+Lots of detail+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Could be brighter-Narrow viewing angles-So-so sound

This set comes in 50- and 58- and 65-inch sizes. But whichever you choose, you're in for a treat.

For a midrange set, it boasts a stellar set of features, including both Dolby Vision and HDR10+. It's priced very competitively, and this 58-inch model is actually better value than its five-star 50-inch sibling.

Like Panny's other sets, its design might be a little simple and staid for some. But look past the utilitarian styling and you'll see a superb picture. It's a cut above similarly priced sets, thanks to its more even handed approach. Colours are brilliantly judged, proving tonally natural and nuanced in their gradients. Subtle shades are smoothly blended and avoid the sort of blocking produced by less sophisticated sets, and that makes skin tones in particular appear natural and realistic.

The sound is pretty good too, with a wide open soundstage providing clear voices and plenty of detail. A great buy at this end of the market.

Read the full Panasonic TX-58GX800B review

Best Panasonic TVs: OLED, HDR, 4K, budget, premium

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2. Panasonic TX-65HX940B

It requires a bit of work, but provides a pleasing and natural performance for those who persevere.

Specifications
Type: LCD with edge LED backlight
Resolution: 4K
HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
HDMI inputs: 4
Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 145 x 84 x 4.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Bright, natural picture+Excellent motion processing+Vivid colours
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to calibrate-Weak blacks and viewing angles-Uninspiring sound

The Panasonic TX-65HX940 is blessed with much of the company's top TV tech, including the 2020 flagship HCX Pro Intelligent processor, a 100Hz screen refresh rate, and Panasonic’s Local Dimming Intelligent Pro technology. It also supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ types of HDR, so you can be sure you're viewing the best available format regardless of streaming service or disc.

It's a tidy and decent-looking set, and has all the ports you could need. Though some apps are lacking: there's no Apple TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Disney+, Now TV, BT Sport, Spotify or Tidal. It only takes a relatively small outlay on a media streamer to fix this, but that really shouldn't be necessary.

The picture is impressive, but it takes a lot of time to fine-tune it to reach its full potential. That will undoubtedly put off some buyers. Even the preset modes don't really do it justice.

But if you can squeeze the most from it, this set is a joy to watch. There's tons of detail, excellent motion processing and strong dark detail. Settle in for a calibration session, and you'll be richly rewarded. 

Read the full Panasonic TX-65HX940B review

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Tom Parsons

Tom Parsons has been writing about TV, AV and hi-fi products (not to mention plenty of other 'gadgets' and even cars) for over 15 years. He began his career as What Hi-Fi?'s Staff Writer and is now the TV and AV Editor. In between, he worked as Reviews Editor and then Deputy Editor at Stuff, and over the years has had his work featured in publications such as T3, The Telegraph and Louder. He's also appeared on BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and Sky Swipe. In his spare time Tom is a runner and gamer.

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