With the JZW2004 4K OLED TV, Panasonic provides a first glimpse into its 2021 TV lineup. The major innovations include the implementation of HDMI 2.1.
Panasonic has announced its new top model for 2021 in a short preview. The JZW2004 (JZ2000) is a 4K OLED television – available in 55 and 65 inches – which inherits the previous year’s model HZW2004. The extended “HCX Pro AI Processor” forms the new heart of the 4K OLED TV. As you can probably guess, Panasonic is taking a similar approach to AI integration as its competitors. A learned algorithm is supposed to analyze the content and optimize it according to its characteristics. Initial objective tests will show whether there are any advantages.
4K OLED with “Master HDR OLED Professional Edition” panel
As with last year’s model, Panasonic relies on its optimized “Master HDR OLED Professional Edition”Panel, the most luminous OLED panel to date. In 2021, however, the in-house development of the Japanese will have to compete with Sony and LG Electronics. In order to stay true to the motto “Hollywood to your Home”, the JZW2004 supports almost all relevant HDR formats such as HDR10, HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma), Dolby Vision, HDR10 + as well as the new adaptive versions Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 + Adaptive.
360 ° Soundscape Pro + Dolby Atmos
While there is probably not much left to optimize in terms of image display (at least on paper), there was still room for improvement in terms of the sound equipment of the JZW2004. Panasonic has it Dolby Atmos sound system of the predecessor with the speakers pointing upwards, and gives the TV additional, lateral “surround speakers”. Panasonic calls the whole thing “360 ° Soundscape Pro”. Thus, the JZW2004 has loudspeakers facing directly to the front, two reflection speakers radiating upwards and the side speakers. The sound experience should already convince “out-of-the-box”.
HDMI 2.1 with VRR & HFR
The absolute highlight is of course the implementation of the HDMI 2.1 interface. Finally a Panasonic TV supports HDMI 2.1 incl. VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and HFR (4K @ 120Hz). eARC (enhanced audio return channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) are also on board. How many of the connections support the full HDMI bandwidth and whether 4K @ 120Hz displays also work with HDR will only be revealed in March 2021. In this context would be the new one “Game Mode Extreme” to mention, which minimizes the input lag even further. With a 4K @ 60Hz display, this should now be around 14.4ms (2020 models were still 21.7ms).
My Home Screen 6.0 and dual bluetooth
Finally there was a brief look at the new one My Home Screen 6.0 User interface. The function “My Scenery” provides the user with relaxed pictures and videos to relax after a stressful day or to get ready for bed. So basically an “ambient mode”. It is more interesting, however “Dual Bluetooth”, with which two separate Bluetooth devices can be connected to the JZW2004 in parallel. Some TV sets from previous years are also to be equipped with My Home Screen 6.0. Unfortunately, Panasonic was unable to answer the question about integrating the Disney + or Apple TV app.
Price & availability
As usual, at this point there is no price or an exact date when the JZW2004 4K OLED TVs will be launched. We will receive more detailed information in March 2021 when the complete TV lineup will be presented. As a rough direction for the market launch, one can aim for the summer of 2021.
Main features Panasonic JZW2004:
- 4K OLED TV with “HDR OLED Professional Editon” panel
- Available in 55 and 65 inches
- Rotatable stand
- HCX PRO AI Processor
- HDR10, HLG, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, HLG Photo
- HDR10 + Adaptive, Dolby Vision IQ
- Filmmaker Mode “Intelligent Sensing”
- HDMI 2.1
- eARC (enhanced audio return channel)
- ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
- VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
- HFR (High Frame Rate) 4K @ 120Hz
- 360 ° Soundscape Pro (additional top firing and side speakers)
- Dolby Atmos
- My Home Screen 6.0
- My Scenery – NEW
- Dual Bluetooth – NEW