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Panasonic unveils flagship OLED TV for 2022

Panasonic has announced the launch of its flagship OLED TV for 2022, the LZ2000, coming in 55-, 65- and, for the first time, 77-inch sizes, on sale this Summer.

The manufacturer said it “endeavours to deliver the optimum picture and sound quality to users”, and this continues with the LZ2000 with nuanced picture optimisation based on the ambient light colour temperature and smoother Auto AI genre detection.

The complete overhaul of the front-firing speakers also unlocks brand new usability, allowing sounds to be directed accurately within a room.

Gamers will be especially fond of the LZ2000, as it includes an information and settings overlay called Game Control Board, automatic NVIDIA GPU detection, improved 60Hz latency, and HDMI2.1 support.

PICTURE

For 2022, in order to also optimise for the time of day, the LZ2000 uses a sensor to detect the ambient light colour temperature. This is crucial, as humans perceive ‘white’ differently based on ambient lighting. The new sensor works together with the HCX Pro AI processor to adjust each tone individually in the most realistic way based on the ambient light, thus delivering a more comfortable evening viewing experience.

Auto AI mode now also auto-detects what type of content you are watching even more smoothly, and automatically adjusts to the ideal picture and sound quality accordingly.

The 77-inch version of the LZ2000 is what Panasonic calls “Master OLED Pro – Cinema Size”, but all three sizes use the very latest 2022 generation “Master OLED Pro” configuration, which has been custom engineered by the brand to deliver even more brightness through improvements in picture processing. The result is another bump in mid-level brightness, delivering more pop from HDR and improved accuracy in reproducing details in brighter areas.

The TV supports a wide range of HDR formats, including Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Vision, Filmmaker Mode, HDR10+ Adaptive, and HLG Photo, the still image format which brings still photography into the HDR world.

AUDIO

The LZ2000 introduces directional sound in addition to Panasonic’s 360-degree Soundscape all-in-one TV audio package capable of delivering Dolby Atmos immersive audio experiences. The multiple built-in upward-firing, side-firing, and front-firing speaker units produce a spatial soundstage with Dolby Atmos content.

In addition, using a very intuitive and simple-to-use GUI, the LZ2000 makes it possible to adjust the relative loudness of the audio in different parts of the room. It comes with three modes: “Pinpoint” mode which allows the sound to be directed to one specific point; “Area” mode, which allows you to shift the sound to a group of people in a specific area of the room; and a “Spot” mode which boosts the volume in one particular spot while others can still hear the sound.

Directional sound unlocks new usability benefits; one practical application is being able to boost the volume for a viewer who is hard of hearing but not for other viewers.

FUNCTIONS

The LZ2000 supports major voice services built-in, and also features the latest iteration of Panasonic’s smart TV OS, My Home Screen 7.0, which supports all major video streaming services.

Consumers will be able to access all related accessibility settings through a quick menu, which also triggers voice guidance automatically. There’s voice control, audio descriptions, audio dialogue enhancement and hard-of-hearing subtitles can be configured easily.

As well as this, the LZ2000 also helps you relax. The myScenery feature, which allows you to choose a selection of restful images and videos, has added more still imagery and also a set of relaxing nature sounds from all over the globe, including from Hawaii, Madagascar and  Nepal.

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