Panasonic TV 2020: Panasonic has continued to plug OLED technology with its four-strong lineup for 2020, here’s all the details on every TV from the Japanese brand this year.
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
The HZ2000 is the ultimate home cinema TV. Its Pro Edition OLED panel delivers fabulously filmic images, while its Dolby Atmos, Technics-tuned, sound system is class leading. It’s not a set suited to gamers, but home cinema aficionados will absolutely love this one-stop TV
- read our Panasonic HZ2000 review
While this Panasonic is expensive compared to its closest competition, the HZ1500 is capable of some remarkably accomplished images from any source and with an audio performance that’s better realised than most other TVs. It continues Panasonic’s fine form in the OLED market.
- read our Panasonic HZ1500 review
The HZ1000 delivers fantastic images from virtually any source. The multi-HDR support is a boon for home cinema aficionados and while it’s missing the integrated up-firing drivers seen on Panasonic’s premium OLEDs, the sound is better than expected. There aren’t many concessions made for gamers though, and it is more expensive than the competition.
- read our Panasonic HZ1000 review
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 effectively the same set (but with the some silver flourishes). Regardless, with the HX800 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.