Is your old TV looking a bit dusty? Or maybe just a little too small? It’s TV season here at Richer Sounds and with exciting new models featuring at Vegas CES exhibition, we’ve lots of new exciting tech coming our way in the next few months. I would like to mention here the new Panasonic models, specifically the EZ1002 and EZ952 OLED, and the EX750 and EX700 LED screens. Read on to find out what we thought…
Whilst Panasonic aren’t new to the world of OLED – they brought out the CZ952 early last year – there wasn’t much hype as they were largely overshadowed by LG. However, the good news is the times they are a changin,’ as LG no longer have the monopoly in the OLED market. This is fantastic news for you the consumer. You’ll enjoy more product choice on offer and frankly, when it comes to spending nearly £4000 plus on a television, this is a very good thing. New products in 2017 include two incredible screens from Panasonic, as well as new models from Sony and Phillips.
To start things off I’m going to introduce Panasonic’s all singing, all dancing flagship model this year… the TX65EZ1002. A full 4K OLED HDR, (including Hybrid Log-Gamma for over-the-air HDR broadcasts) with a smart and beautiful screen, packs nearly twice the brightness of its previous model. How exactly they have done that, I have no idea (I’ve been led to believe it has to do with very clever pixel power distribution, diverting the OLED power from dark areas to brighter areas). It’s very impressive. Jumping on board the built-in soundbar train, the EZ1002 has a soundbar tuned by Technics built within the stand, with 14 speakers and a passive radiator, impressively pushing out 80w of power. As impressive as it is, I would suggest a separate speaker system to match the picture pound for pound.
Panasonic have dropped the Mozilla Firefox operating system. But fear not, they now use “My Home Screen 2” which I can confirm is almost exactly the same. When it comes to Smart features I’m a strong advocate of “don’t fix what isn’t broken”, and with a few little useful tweaks the operating system is familiar and an absolute treat to use, but for anyone who owns surround sound separates, the built-in soundbar will be obsolete.
Next in line is the 55/65EZ952, I’m already excited for this set, it’s just beautiful, Panasonic have finally given us a centre stand, (something us Brits can finally take advantage of) no more full-length stands. Happy days. Another feature, no soundbar, just good old fashioned television speakers, if I want to add a soundbar I can pick my own, or if I want I can add a surround sound, either way I’m happy.
The EZ952 is Panasonic’s second in line for the throne, featuring the same OLED 4K screen with full HDR10 and HLG support, built in Wi-Fi and FreeviewPlay. It’s got all the bells and whistles. What are the differences between the EZ952 and the EZ1002? Well first off the design and built-in soundbar, secondly the EZ1002 features their ‘Absolute Black filter’ that cuts down on glare.
On to the LED screens, the EX750 is one of their top, middle tier LCD panels, and of course, a 4K HDR screen compatible with HLG. Whilst it doesn’t have the THX certification that some of the higher-end LCD panels have, the EX750 promises to pack more contrast in this set than any of its immediate rivals, and benefits from roughly 550nits of brightness. Not quite worthy of Ultra HD premium status, but certainly close.
In keeping with the rest of Panasonic’s aesthetically pleasing sets, the EX750 has a very interesting stand design called “swivel and lift” which does exactly what it says on the tin. The unit can be set down on TV stand, or can be raised up on its own to fit a more contemporary home. Kudos to Panasonic for trying something new, this is the second year in a row they have offered multiple options for their stands.
Don’t expect any corners to be cut with regards to the smart features, the EX750 still features all the benefits of My home screen 2, including Freeview play, and any catch up services plus, all your usual subscription services. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buy OLED, the EX750 could be a sure winner for you, available in 50, 58, 65 and 75inch.
Last and certainly not least is the EX700; a quick glance at the EX700 could leave you scratching your head as to why you would pay the difference, a closer look reveals what it is your paying for. The exterior of the set has a very different design, the EX700 does not benefit from the swivel and lift stand, although it does still feature two little feet that can be adjusted accordingly.
Next up is the slightly lower image processing, coming in at a very respectable 1600hz in comparison to the 2400hz from the EX750. You may find the EX750 has that edge whilst watching anything fast paced, such as sports, or even gaming.
The set comes with full HDR and HLG compatibility, as well as My Home Screen 2, the set does have slightly lower peak brightness, but still looks like a very good mid range television. Panasonic have made yet another fantastic line up and the unique adjustable stand is only adding to that. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on them!
All of the new Panasonic sets are starting to become available in-store. We will have more comprehensive reviews of each panel when we get our hands them! Want to be the first to get your hands on one of these fantastic new TVs? Check out our website, or give your local store call to check availability today!
Author: Garrett, Plymouth store