Panasonic TX-55JZ2000


Panasonic TX-55JZ2000 with sumo wrestling

The Panasonic JZ2000 is a gorgeous high-end OLED TV that doesn’t just thrill with movies, but plays nice with next-gen games consoles, too, thanks to 4K 120fps support and VRR. Its pro-style OLED panel is still class-leading, and a new AI processor makes getting great results easier than ever. Frustratingly expensive it may be, but it’s undeniably fabulous too.

Pros

  • Delicious, dynamic imagery
  • Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive support
  • 360-degree Soundscape Pro audio system
  • 4K/120fps HDMI inputs

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Sound system may be unnecessary for AV fans

Key Features


  • Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, HDR10, HLG, HLG PhotoSupports all of the HDR formats currently available

  • Filmmaker modeFilmmaker mode offers the TV’s most accurate picture mode

  • 125W Dolby Atmos sound systemBuilt-in Atmos system capable of firing sound above and to the sides

Introduction

With the JZ2000, Panasonic has partnered its Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel with an all-new AI processor – and with spectacular results. Then, for good measure, it’s added extra side speakers to its Dolby Atmos sound system for even greater immersion. You may never feel the need to go to the cinema again…

The JZ2000 is the latest Panasonic flagship to be built around its Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel, which has been engineered to deliver a higher average picture level than regulation OLED screens.

It’s an update on the HZ2000, and looks much like its predecessor. It has the same dark grey livery, Technics-branded front-facing speaker bar, and upfiring Dolby Atmos height speakers mounted high on the back panel.

But make no mistake, this is a significantly upgraded model, with a number of distinguishing features. Finally, there’s support 4K 120FPS gaming, courtesy of HDMI 2.1, and it also boasts the first big AI upgrade for Panasonic’s tinsel-town inflected HCX processor.

Availability

  • UKRRP: £2699
  • USAunavailable
  • EuropeRRP: €2999
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

The Panasonic JZ2000 comes in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, the TX-55JZ2000 and TX-65JZ2000. We have the smaller of the two on test. They’re priced at £2699 and £3499 respectively, which puts them in low earth orbit (the kind of place you’ll find Branson and Bezos) when it comes to affordability.

There’s no North American equivalent to the JZ2000, as Panasonic pulled out of the TV market stateside some time ago.

Design

  • Built-in Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Swivel pedestal stand
  • Premium remote control

Considering just how many speakers are built into the Panasonic JZ2000’s cabinet, it’s remarkable that this set looks as svelte as it does. The gun-metal grey bezel is almost inconsequential, effortlessly blending with the forward-facing speaker array. In addition to the upward-firing height speakers on the rear panel, there are now two matching side-firing enclosures, too. Panasonic dubs this new seven-channel configuration 360º Soundscape Pro.

Connectivity is a step up from last year’s Panasonic models. Two of the four HDMI inputs are v2.1-enabled for High Frame Rate 4K/120HZ video. There’s also eARC, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) Game mode support.

Connectivity on the Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

In addition, there’s a trio of USB ports, a digital optical audio output and Ethernet to back-up Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The latter now supports dual connectivity, so you can partner up for private listening late at night. 

The screen sits on a neat circular pedestal stand with swivel action, so you can tweak the angle of view to suit your seating arrangements.

The remote handset is festooned with buttons, including shortcuts for Netflix, Rakuten TV and Prime Video, but it’s nicely finished with a brushed metal effect, and feels good to wield.

Remote control for Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

Features

  • Improved My Home Screen smart platform
  • Low input lag
  • Freeview Play for catch-up and boxsets

While Panasonic has opted for Android on some of its lower-end models, its proprietary My Home Screen remains in place here, now in its 6.0 incarnation. The good news is the brand has dramatically improved the user experience.

Redesigned menu bar on Panasonic TX-55JZ2000 OLED

It still launches with customisable Home buttons, but there’s greatly enhanced menu navigation and content curation. A My Scenery Gallery doesn’t just run JPEGs; it also has the option of gently moving videos, such as a star field for when you’re feeling particularly chilled.

Naturally, there’s voice control with Google Assistant and Alexa, too.

My Home Screen 6.0 on Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

The set also comes with Freeview Play, which guarantees all your mainstream catch-up TV needs will be covered (BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5, UKTV Play and so on). This opens the door to a huge selection of boxsets, too.

The streaming app selection covers Netflix, Amazon Prime, BritBox and Rakuten TV, but there’s no Disney+.

Input lag is on the right side of winning. We measured it at 14.5ms (1080/60), which is more than good enough to keep keen gamers alive longer.

Picture quality

  • All-new HCX Pro AI processor
  • Master HDR OLED Professional Edition

The big new deal on the JZ2000 is AI processing. Panasonic has lagged behind rivals when it comes to AI and deep learning, but this year its HCX processor graduates with honours. The level of fine detail and sublime colour gradation this new silicon delivers is thrilling. HD upscaling is also first-class.

You won’t need to do much to see this set look its best, either. An Auto AI mode does most of the heavy-lifting, auto-optimising both sound and vision to match whatever you’re watching.

Panasonic goes all out when it comes to HDR compliance. There’s Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive, both of which use an onboard sensor to adjust the image based on ambient lighting conditions.

Panasonic has made it clear to us that it isn’t sourcing a variant of LG Display’s Evo panel here, and is instead following the path taken on previous panel iterations. This seems a wise move, since this panel more than holds its own, offering brighter, intense peak HDR highlights than its LG rival.

Zack Snyder's Justice League on Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

We measured HDR peak brightness, within a 5% window using the Normal picture mode, at more than 900 nits. Opting for Dynamic garners around 950 nits.

With a larger 10% measuring window, HDR peaks fall to around 830 nits. It should be remembered that the kind of specular highlights that stand out in a movie or TV show are usually small and intense, and this plays into Panasonic’s design.

As is Panasonic’s wont, fine colour tuning comes via Hollywood colourist Stefan Sonnenfeld.

There’s a richness to the set’s colour performance; it’s vibrant without ever looking overcooked. Only the over-saturated Dynamic setting goes a tad too far.

Sound quality