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Panasonic OLED JZW1004 and JZW984 with HDMI 2.1 presented


4K and 8K TVs are overtaking 1080p models.
4K and 8K TVs are overtaking 1080p models.

Panasonic today presented two new OLED series: the JZW1004 and JZW984 with HDMI 2.1. The televisions are available with diagonals of 48, 55 and 65 inches.

Panasonic also advertises these OLED models by stating that they were coordinated “in close cooperation with leading colorists in Hollywood”. The HCX Pro AI serves as the processor. My Home Screen 6.0 is used as the operating system and Panasonic has provided a newly designed remote control and voice control. Like Panasonic’s flagship, the JZW2004, the JZW1004 has a UHD Master HDR panel, while the JZW984 integrates a UHD HDR panel.

The HCX Pro AI Processor enables a new image mode called Auto-AI, which analyzes scene by scene in real time and automatically adjusts the settings. We are rather skeptical because such interventions in the image usually falsify the display, but this would still have to be tested. Panasonic’s new OLED TVs support HLG Photo, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 + Adaptive. You basically take all the important standards with you.

Thanks to HDMI 2.1, the new OLEDs also have 4K with 120 Hz, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM and eARC on board. Both models offer two ports with HDMI 2.1. AMD Freesync Premium is also brought on board. The Reference Surround Sound Plus system with Dolby Atmos of the JZW1004 (JZW984: Reference Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos) is supposed to provide sound. In addition, the OLED TVs offer a connection option for an external subwoofer.

Panasonic JZW1004 and JZW984: Prices are still pending

The Panasonic JZW1004 and JZW984 have Dual Bluetooth Audio Link, which means, for example, that two headphones can be paired independently of each other via Bluetooth. A penta tuner with twin function is also new. It is ready to receive cable, satellite and antenna. Two CI slots allow the decryption of pay TV programs. With the TV> IP Server & Client and the new IPTV, two additional TV reception channels are available. Panasonic OLED TVs have already integrated the Google Assistant and Alexa.

Unfortunately, there is a huge downer for gamers: Panasonic admits a problem with 4K at 120 Hz and 4K at 120 Hz and active VRR. In both cases, unfortunately, the vertical resolution is halved. According to the Japanese manufacturer, an update is already being prepared that will enable full resolution at 120 Hz. In the case of 4K @ 120Hz VRR, no specific information can be given.

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