Panasonic TV 2020: 2019 saw Japanese TV maker continue its strong form, receiving five stars for the GZ2000, GZ1500 and GZ1000. Can it continue its superb TV performance with its 2020 range?
This is a breakdown of the Panasonic TV 2020 lineup with every TV Panasonic has announced so far. We’ll update this page as soon as new models are announced to keep you up to date with everything Panasonic is doing with its TVs in 2020.
Panasonic TV 2020 highlights
Panasonic’s brand new flagship OLED TV, the HZ2000, carries on from last year’s GZ2000. The design is similar, but its internally where the TV which has undergone significant changes.
The HZ2000 sees improvements to its picture quality, with Panasonic claiming it can achieve a higher peak brightness than rival OLEDs, quoting that it can achieve 20% more brightness.
Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode with Intelligent Sensing will be available on all of its 2020 OLED TVs. They’ve also been tuned again by leading Hollywood colourist Stefan Sonnenfeld, and all models are expected to pass the UHD Premium certification.
Panasonic hasn’t left its 4K LCD LED TVs behind, announcing the entry-level HX800. It’s powered by Panasonic’s HCX Processor and supports HLG Photo and Dolby Atmos. The step-up HX900 matches the HX800 for HDR and gets the HDR Cinema Display for increased brightness. Top of the pops is the HX940, which is the beneficiary of the HCX PRO Intelligent processor (also featured in the OLEDs), and the HDR Cinema Display Pro.
Panasonic TV 2020 features
Panasonic’s says the OLED will have better motion performance than previous generations, thanks to the advanced implementation of black frame insertion. This maximises the smoothness of the image and should reduce the flicker that can occur during fast moving sports.
Dolby Vision IQ works by using the TV’s light sensor to measure the ambient light in the room and uses it to adjust the brightness and gamma of the TV, so you’ll get the same picture quality whether you’re viewing it in a bright or dark room.
Filmmaker Mode is activated by a dedicated button on the remote. Filmmaker Mode preserves the frame rate, aspect ratio, colour and contrast while turning off noise reduction and sharpening. It also uses Panasonic’s Intelligent Sensing, which operates in a similar manner to Dolby Vision IQ, by dynamically adjusting the picture to suit bright and dark rooms. Intelligent Sensing is unique to Panasonic’s TVs.
Both the HZ2000 and HZ1500 will feature upward-firing drivers to create a 3D-sound experience. 2019’s GZ2000 was the first with this innovation, and the HZ2000 takes this further with 360 Soundscape Pro sound system that’s been tuned by the experts over at Technics, and is the highest-fidelity audio system that Panasonic has created for a TV. The HZ1500 gets the 360 Soundscape with a power output of 80W.
All OLED and 4K LCD TVs can pass-through Dolby Atmos to compatible soundbar and speaker systems. The interface has been upgraded to My Home Screen 5.0 and Panasonic says this delivers usability improvements such as the ability to hover over an app and see relevant content inside. There is no support for Disney Plus, in case you’re wondering.
The new range supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so users can use their voice to control the TV.
Panasonic TV 2020 — OLED
From our early impressions, Panasonic’s flagship OLED boasted excellent image quality and higher-than-average peak brightness which could make this TV the one home cinema fans will hunt down.
The newest addition to Panasonic’s 2020 OLED range. While at first glance it is remarkably similar to the HZ1000, Panasonic’s most affordable OLED for 2020 drops the HZ1000’s swivel stand, as well as a simplified version of the Smooth Motion Drive Pro called Smooth Motion Drive.
Panasonic TV 2020 — 4K LCD LED
The 75-inch model in this series receives an 100Hz panel. The rest of the range gets most of the goodies from the OLED TVs, including the HCX Pro Intelligent Processor which controls motion, clarity and contrast, plus Local Dimming Intelligent Pro for better backlight control. The 43-inch model is exclusive to John Lewis.
The HX820 is effective the same set (but with the some silver flourishes). Panasonic has struck gold yet again with its mid-range offering, with a picture performance best described as cinematic, fine smarts and a good gaming performance.
You don’t get My Home Screen 5 with this model (you still get smart features and access to catch-up TV apps). What you do get is Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos passthrough and Freeview Play.
The cheapest 4K LCD LED in Panasonic’s range, you get Dolby Vision support, smart apps and Freeview Play.
Panasonic TV 2020 — Soundbars
Looking for a soundbar to go with your brand new Panasonic TV? The Japanese brand is adding two new options for this year in SC-HTB600 soundbar with wireless subwoofer, and the SC-HTB400 soundbar with an integrated subwoofer.
The wireless HTB600 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, with two full-range (4.5 x 20cm) driver units that Panasonic says helps it produce a rich sound. In the subwoofer is a 16cm speaker unit and aerodynamically shaped Bass Reflex Port that produces a smoother air flow and reduces vibration for a strong and clear bass performance. The soundbar offers 160W of power, and is bolstered by the wireless sub’s 200W.
The HTB400 incorporates dual subwoofers and two full range drivers (4.5 x 10cm). Panasonic says the HTB400 can deliver a sound bigger than its chassis for a total power output of 160W. The HTB400 doesn’t support object-based audio.
Both units are designed to unobtrusive, with adjustable feet so they can be placed on a TV stand, or in front the cabinet. Both the HTB600 and HTB400 can be wall-mounted, and fittings are included in the box.
Speakers in both soundbars have been angled at seven degrees to project sound to ear height. Panasonic assures this won’t be a problem when it comes to wall-mounting the soundbars – the rear of the speaker is angled at 180 degrees when placed on a wall.
Bluetooth connectivity, 4K HDR passthrough via the HDMI connection and support for eARC round up the features.
What follows is an overview of Panasonic’s 2019 TV range. Some models are still available at discount prices.
Panasonic TV 2019 − 4K OLED TV
The GZ2000 is the first TV to support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR, and have upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers.
The OLED panel from LG has been customised to fit Panasonic’s specifications, with the colours tuned by Hollywood colourist, Stefan Sonnenfeld. His assistance segued into the HCX Pro Intelligent processor, which Panasonic says offers “unparalleled colour accuracy and significantly better average brightness levels”.
The GZ1500 is similar to the GZ2000. There are no upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers on this model. Instead the GZ1500 has two-channel front-firing Atmos ‘Blade’ speakers that jut out from the bottom and doesn’t feature the Profession Edition OLED panel.
The GZ1000/GZ950 don’t have any specific Dolby Atmos speaker, though the telly is Atmos compatible.
The only significant difference between GZ1000 and GZ950 are the stands. The GZ1000 (pictured above) has a broader, flatter stand while the GZ950 has an L-shaped look.
Panasonic TV 2019 − 4K HDR LED TV
Panasonic’s flagship 4K LED keeps up pace with the OLEDs feature-wise by including the HCX Pro Intelligent processor. There are no Dolby Atmos speakers it is Atmos compatible.
This was the first Panasonic TV we reviewed in 2019 and it still ranks as one of the best, especially in the mid-range area. It’s competitively priced, with a good HDR performance. But the big standout is Dolby Vision and HDR10+, ushering in a “mid-range screen that sets a new benchmark for price and performance”. It’s now been replaced by the HX800.
The GX700 omits Dolby Vision, Atmos and the HCX processor. There’s also no support for voice assistants or the My Home Screen smart platform. You still get HDR10+ and Freeview Play, with My Home Screen replaced by the Web Browser smart platform.
The panel is a VA screen, so it should have good contrast, although sitting at an angle will mean a reduction in colour intensity.