The Panasonic MZ2000 is the last word dwelling cinema package deal

For lots of flagship TVs this yr, brightness has been a key focus – and no extra so than for “conventional” OLEDs, for which this has standardly been one in all their greatest weaknesses.



The Panasonic MZ2000 isn’t any totally different. It’s the cream of Panasonic’s OLED crop this year, and makes use of the identical brightness boosting MLA (Micro Lens Array) expertise because the LG G3.

This goals to push the brightness out to the viewer extra successfully, by utilizing billions of lenses within the panel to higher replicate outwards mild, making footage brighter and HDR extra impactful.

Not simply that, it additionally packs what seems to be to be a really succesful Atmos sound system inbuilt too. Does the MZ2000 make a late cost in what’s been an unimaginable yr for TVs? Right here’s my full evaluate.

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Panasonic MZ2000

Editor’s selection

The Panasonic MZ2000 serves up all the standard advantages of OLED, with a brighter general image and nice image processing for a very cinematic efficiency. Add in a robust characteristic set and very good built-in sound, and it raises the bar of what an excellent TV seems to be like in 2023. It is a complete dwelling cinema package deal.

Professionals

  • Lovely, cinematic image efficiency
  • One of many brightest OLEDs you should buy
  • Nice built-in sound
  • Full complement of HDR help
Cons

  • Solely two 4K/120Hz HDMI
  • Not nice for wall mounting

Pricing, specs and availability

The MZ2000 is on the market in a selection of 55, 65 and 77 inches, and retails for £2,699, £3,599 and £4,499 respectively. Sadly there aren’t any costs for the US as Panasonic would not promote its TV in North America.

That makes the MZ2000 one of many costlier OLEDs this yr, coming near the Sony A95L‘s £2,999 price ticket at this examined 55-inch display dimension. By comparability, the MZ2000’s MLA competitors, the LG G3, prices “simply” £1,900, with Samsung’s flagship QD-OLED, the S95C costing £1,899.

Panasonic MZ2000

Dimensions
1,227 x 786 x 350 mm

Show Expertise
OLED

What’s Included
Distant, Consumer Handbook, Energy Cable

Refresh Fee
120Hz

Decision
4K

HDR?
Sure – HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ, HLG

Ports
4 x HDMI (2 x 4K/120Hz), 3 x USB, 1 x digital optical out, 1 x 3.5mm AV

Weight
25.5kg

FreeSync
Sure, Freesync Premium Professional

G-SYNC
Sure

VRR (Variable Refresh Fee)
Sure

ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
Sure

Display screen sizes (inches)
55, 65 and 77 inches (77in doesn’t use MLA panel)

Design

The design of the MZ2000 seems to be very a lot the identical as final yr, with slim bezels sitting on a round central pedestal, which swivels. This helps it to sit down on slim furnishings that the huge ft of Sony’s A95L could make troublesome – one thing I respect, as somebody with restricted house (and a penchant for big-screen tellies). It’’s maybe a barely practical look, but it surely’s good sufficient.

You will additionally discover the MZ2000’s built-in sound system, a 360-degree Soundscape Professional Dolby Atmos setup, tuned by Technics, that contains a traditional-looking soundbar inbuilt alongside the underside, two upfiring audio system sitting on the highest of the panel – simply out of sight – and a pair of side-firing drivers too.

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This beneficiant setup for a TV is able to 150W of sound, and if different iterations of it are a sign, you could – as is certainly Panasonic’s purpose – not want an exterior sound system in any respect.

In reality, utilizing a soundbar wouldn’t solely look a bit foolish, you may additionally battle to get it to sit down underneath the display, as a consequence of it sitting somewhat low on the pedestal. The excellent news is, I do not assume you’ll want to fret – however extra on that in a bit.

Connections comprise 4 HDMI ports, although like a few of its competitors, the MZ2000 solely manages to make two of those 4K/120Hz succesful (Dolby Imaginative and prescient gaming solely at 4K/60Hz), for VRR/ALLM help.

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The truth that one in all these can also be the eARC port limits your choices additional right here, although its succesful built-in sound system could assist to ease this port stress a bit.

There’s additionally an optical digital out, three USBs, a 3.5mm AV enter and a headphones/subwoofer in. There’s ethernet if you happen to do not wish to use the built-in Wi-Fi, and naturally tuners for terrestrial TV or satellite tv for pc.

Panasonic continues to shun the development for smaller, slimmer remotes, with the inclusion of a completely large one within the field. I might lose a number of the issues on there, but it surely’s complete to say the least, and consists of shortcuts for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, Freeview Play and Rakuten TV on the high.

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It’s fairly plastic-y although, and would not look as premium as you would possibly count on from a TV at this stage.

In contrast to its large competitor, the LG G3, the MZ2000 feels prefer it was made to sit down on its stand. Its built-in sound system makes it comparatively chunky on the again – that makes no odds when you’ll be able to’t see it after all, but it surely’s higher for a TV to be on the slimmer aspect when wall mounting. That does not imply it is not attainable, however if you happen to’d been planning that on your subsequent TV, it is one thing to contemplate.

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Options

The MZ2000 could look similar to its predecessor, however inside, it is a very totally different story.

In fact, there may be that MLA panel I discussed above, nicknamed the Grasp OLED Final, which has one of many greatest impacts on the MZ2000’s efficiency, providing a claimed 50 per cent brightness improve on the five-star LZ2000.

Nonetheless, it is value mentioning right here, that the 77-inch model makes use of a unique panel, which does not use MLA expertise – so efficiency could possibly be very totally different. Should you like what you learn on this evaluate, persist with the 55- or 65-inch variants to make sure you’ll get the identical.

Irrespective of which dimension you go for, the Panasonic’s HCX Professional AI processor is working the present, promising Panasonic’s greatest color accuracy and high notch AI-enhanced image processing. There’s additionally optimised warmth administration too, permitting the the system to push for these brighter footage, with out inflicting it to overheat.

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The MZ2000 has the complete complement of help for HDR, with HDR10 and HLG, in addition to HDR10+ Adaptive as properly as Dolby Vision IQ – which perceive the quantity of ambient mild within the room and tweak the HDR efficiency to go well with.

The ambient mild sensor accountable for this additionally works with the Netflix Calibrated Mode that is on board right here, in addition to an improved Filmmaker Mode – probably the most correct mode you may get out of the field. However extra on that shortly.

Panasonic’s good TV system is dealt with by its personal comparatively easy, minimally invasive My House Display screen 8.0.

Press the “House” button on the distant, and a scrollable bar of round thumbnails will overlay over no matter you might be watching. It has all of the streaming apps you would need, with a pop-up rail of suggestions showing above it once you decide on an app for greater than a second.

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You may also add or take away providers and transfer them round relying in your preferences. Anticipate Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and AppleTV+ amongst others, plus all of the UK’s TV catch up providers, because of Freeview Play.

There’s additionally the choice to load up My Surroundings, which lets you show your selection of “restful photographs or video” – typically accompanied by corresponding Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Take pleasure in a soothing picture of a rainforest with a soundtrack to match, if you happen to want downtime earlier than mattress.

Players can profit from a brand new Sport Management Board on the MZ2000, which – alongside the precise Sport Mode in image settings – ought to make gaming all of the extra insightful.

It will show particulars like decision, HDR and body fee, which you’ll view at any time, in addition to select particular sound modes for the sport sort you are taking part in and improve darker areas of a recreation for improved visibility it (I will not inform if you happen to do not).

Lastly, there may be voice help accessible by way of Alexa (you may have to press the mic button on the distant to activate, as soon as arrange), or you may as well use Google Assistant to get requests to the TV, when you’ve got a appropriate machine within the family.

Image efficiency

Out of the field, you have obtained a minimum of 13 image modes to select from – in SDR mode a minimum of, and virtually the identical in HDR10/HDR10+.

Probably the most correct of those is Filmmaker Mode – for each SDR and HDR content material – which turns off all further processing and preserves issues like color, side ratio and body charges from the unique supply, guaranteeing you see what the director wished you to.

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Whereas different modes is likely to be instantly extra participating, it is the mode I might suggest attempting out first. It will not get you the brightest image although – nor will or not it’s the place these large peak brightness numbers will probably be measured from.

That is reserved for the Dynamic Mode, however – like most modes of this ilk – it verges on cartoonish in its color dealing with, and never one thing I might suggest in any respect.

Should you really feel such as you want a brightness increase on Filmmaker Mode, you would strive the extra palatable Skilled 1. This boosts the luminance whereas conserving further processing off, however you may even see a knock on impact on black stage, so bear that in thoughts.

A fast point out, too, for Auto AI mode, which makes use of AI to detect what you are watching and adjusts the TV’s settings appropriately. Nonetheless, I discovered it a bit unreliable, and that it had an inclination to verge in direction of cooler tones than I would favor.

Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material is fortunately way more straight ahead, with simply three choices to select from. The one to stay with right here – until you’ve got a devoted darkened cinema room – is the default, Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ. Easy.

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Whichever mode you select (and you may set totally different modes for various sources), I might suggest turning off all processing and extra options to start with after which including it again in slowly if you happen to assume the image wants it. Panasonic’s native image dealing with actually would not want that a lot assist in any respect.

That mentioned, there are some things to be careful for. For instance, until you are watching in a extremely darkish room, conserving the Auto Brightness on underneath Ambient Sensor Settings permits the image to subtly dim up or down primarily based in your atmosphere. That is significantly useful in shiny rooms, the place the additional brightness of the MZ2000 actually comes into its personal, and also will be wanted for superior HDR modes, like Dolby IQ, to work.

One other factor to look out for is Clever Body Creation – that is the title for Panasonic’s movement processing. I discovered the MZ2000 handles movement fairly properly with none further assist, however if you happen to assume it wants it, a ‘minimal’ setting may also help to clean out any niggles with out being too heavy handed. Something greater than that causes unnatural smoothing and distracting image artefects, which is far worse than a little bit of movement blur in my books.

So now you are arrange, how does the TV look? Briefly, it is as about as cinematic because it will get.

Panasonic is understood for its image processing prowess, and that is on present right here from the second you begin watching. There is a actually pure dealing with of all footage, however with loads of punch to color once you want it too.

From a brightness perspective, there’s in all probability not so much in it compared with its 2023 flagship competitors, however the step up from final yr – and certainly from this yr’s succesful vary of sub-flagship fashions – is obvious.

Even in my comparatively shiny front room, the brightness on provide right here is sufficient to hold distracting reflections at bay, and isn’t just including punch to highlights but in addition elevating the APL (common image stage) to be general brighter too.

Beginning with the good things, and a 4K HDR10+ streaming of John Wick: Chapter 4 from Prime Video seems to be excellent. Within the scene the place the Harbinger visits the New York Continental to present its proprietor an hour’s discover earlier than its destruction, the variable lighting of the moody setting is excellently dealt with.

Blacks are as inky deep as solely an OLED can muster, however an excellent stage of shadow element is retained too, giving depth and texture to every part from go well with jackets to leather-based briefcases.

As daylight pours by means of some excessive home windows into the darkened room, it exactly highlights areas on in any other case shadowed faces.

Leather-based chairs choose up a wealthy reflection the place they dimple, lamps glow warmly on aspect tables, and the sand timer that counts down the hour till the lodge’s destiny glistens simply so – the brightness of those delicate highlights won’t be one thing you’d assume to select normally watching, but it surely’s this consideration to element that makes all of the distinction to the broader viewing expertise.

In John Wick’s desert chase scene, simply moments earlier, the MZ2000 additionally exhibits what it will probably do with brighter scenes. The gloriously daring, burnt orange sand sits dramatically towards the brilliant blue sky, with very good element retrieval giving a tangible depth to the sweeping surroundings, in order that it virtually seems to be 3D.

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Colors are brilliantly dealt with throughout the board too. As this scene exhibits, there’s a richness accessible when it is wanted, however there’s subtlety in spades too, and pores and skin tones look spot on.

Switching to a Dolby Imaginative and prescient Netflix stream of Intercourse Schooling and there is a slight elevate in general image brightness, with but extra left to push behind the white writing that overlays once you pause it. It is piercingly shiny.

Colors look simply as nice right here, with loads of pop behind the 80s-inspired clothes. But swap to the low-lit scenes of Seven Kings Should Die, one thing many TVs can battle with, and the MZ2000 takes them in its stride, retaining element, avoiding black crush and looking out nearly as good as I’ve seen it.

Drop right down to a full HD stream of Drive and the MZ2000’s upscaling skill is laid out for all to see. It is very good, and free from noise and another processing quirks. Except you’re being very choosy certainly, it is virtually not possible to decipher that this isn’t 4K.

HD TV broadcasts won’t be fairly so undetectable, with some faint element softness in faces and descriptions, but it surely’s solely actually normal definition broadcasts the place issues get questionably fuzzier. Color dealing with stays actually stable throughout the board although, making something you throw on the MZ2000 very watchable certainly.

Sound efficiency

It is not fairly often that I will say this, however with the MZ2000, you may make do and not using a soundbar long run. The sound system that’s inbuilt right here is actually that good.

You will be prompted to set it up correctly once you arrange the TV, with a comparatively quick, however loud, calibration course of referred to as House Tune – displaying it means enterprise. As soon as completed there are additional choices to re-run the method or tweak the ends in the menu do you have to require them, however I did not have to.

There’s additionally the choice for various sound modes, however I discovered the default Normal labored for many issues. There’s additionally Speech, Music and Stadium choices, the latter attempting to emulate the expertise of being within the crowd at sports activities occasions, plus a customized consumer setting – or you’ll be able to depart it within the arms of Auto AI to pick out for you.

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It is a loud, ahead presentation, which has quantity to spare. Voices sound pure and targeted, there’s weight within the low finish for giving combat scenes authority, and encompass results are pushed fairly huge too. It is a significantly greater sound than you’d count on from a TV.

Watching one thing with an Atmos soundtrack on Netflix delivers a noticeably extra ethereal and open presentation, and whereas peak results are dangled in a 3D house someplace above the TV somewhat than above you, the soundspace is far greater, and extra detailed than just about any TV I’ve heard this yr.

Should you actually end up wanting extra, there may be the choice for including a subwoofer, although I feel what’s on provide right here will probably be greater than sufficient for almost all of individuals.

Verdict

The Panasonic MZ2000 is a superbly shiny OLED TV that serves up all the standard advantages of OLED, with a brighter general image and extra impactful HDR.

It is nice to have all HDR codecs supported too, and whilst you might spend loads of time within the menus tweaking settings if you want, deciding on Filmmaker Mode out of the field will provide you with a stable beginning floor inside minutes of getting it out of the field.

The photographs that the Panasonic MZ2000 is able to are nothing lower than very good, producing a finely detailed, cinematic image that appears nice with every part you throw at it. The image processing right here is simply effortlessly good.

Add in a surprisingly succesful built-in sound system, and the MZ2000 delivers an excellent efficiency that raises the bar, as soon as once more, of what an excellent TV seems to be like in 2023. It is a complete dwelling cinema package deal.

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