Panasonic has announced its flagship OLED TV for 2023, the MZ2000 – available in 55in, 65in, and 77in sizes.
With its Hollywood tuning and colour accuracy, Panasonic OLED TVs ‘have often been lauded as the finest choice for films, TV shows, and gaming’. Now Panasonic’s latest flagship model comes with a new panel and heat management system, alongside a host of proprietary picture processing, gaming, and audio improvements. The result is Panasonic’s best and brightest picture, according to the company.
Panasonic’s best HDR picture yet
When it comes to delivering a HDR picture, brightness is everything – and the MZ2000 introduces a completely new era in the possibilities of OLED expression and brightness.
The MZ2000 uses Panasonic’s new custom module, called the ‘Master OLED Ultimate’, which uses a panel with Micro Lens Array, combined with a new multi-layer heat management configuration developed by Panasonic engineers. The result is a step-up in brightness, with peak brightness increases of approximately 150%, and average brightness also improved compared to last year’s models. The combination of the new module with Panasonic’s HCX Pro AI Processor ensures every detail is clear, with realistic highlights and colour accuracy.
Also, as with previous models, the MZ2000 supports a wide range of HDR formats, including Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, and HLG Photo, the still image format that brings still photography into the HDR world.
Cinema quality viewing
The new MZ2000 OLED represents the combination of a brand new panel and module, with Panasonic’s technical accuracy made possible by Japanese knowhow and engineering, merged with the colour-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld – colourist of Top Gun: Maverick, A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, 300 and many more.
In addition, the MZ2000 features an improved Filmmaker Mode that ensures that viewers can enjoy their content as the artist intended – whether they’re watching in a purpose-built cinema room or an airy family living space.
Ambient colour temperature sensing has been upgraded for Filmmaker Mode, ensuring accurate picture reproduction in any lighting conditions.
As well as optimising the picture based on its surroundings, the MZ2000 also improves the streaming experience for most sources.
Important for streamed content that can vary from HD and beyond, the Streaming 4K Remaster algorithm identifies the resolution and analyses textures by area to deliver more detailed, cleaner images through adaptive advanced processing. The result is crisper and more natural-looking streamed content.
Gaming has developed rapidly in recent years. Plots are scripted like Hollywood blockbusters, 3D worlds are bigger and more realistic than ever before, and there are myriad gaming universes to explore.
To fully immerse in this growing world of entertainment, gamers have traditionally turned to monitors to get the most out of the latest consoles and PCs that offer advanced rendering technologies and superfast load times.
However, this can all now be achieved with the new MZ2000, according to Panasonic, with support for HDMI 2.1 key features, full 4K resolution, up to 120Hz refresh rate, ultra-low latency, and input lag, VRR, and AMD Freesync Premium.
The MZ2000 is also NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible. When connected to a system using a NVIDIA RTX graphics card, it automatically optimises input lag and VRR settings for tear and stutter-free gaming sessions, on a TV validated and now recognised by NVIDIA.
The new True Game Mode brings all the colour accuracy features available for movies into the world of gaming, while improved HDR Tone Mapping delivers source-oriented expression from the gaming device. In addition, True Game Mode is calibratable and shows the Calman Calibrated logo after adjustment with Portrait Displays’ Calman Colour calibration software. This means True Game Mode reproduces games as intended by their creators. Meanwhile, Dolby Vision 2 unlocks the most lifelike visuals each game has to offer.
Available to set up in the MZ2000’s upgraded Game Control Board, RPG Sound Mode is designed to make users feel as though they are submerged inside the game’s virtual world, while FPS Mode provides accurate audio location, allowing users to hear subtle sounds such as footsteps for a tactical advantage.
For 2023, the Bass Booster algorithm has been upgraded. When selected from the menu, it delivers a deep, fast responding bass, meaning that customers can enjoy truly dynamic sound through Panasonic’s 360° Soundscape all-in-one TV audio package. Tuned by Technics, the multiple built-in upward-firing, side-firing, and front-firing speaker units produce a fully immersive spatial soundstage with Dolby Atmos 2 that brings movies and games to life.
Running the entire length of the TV behind the front speaker grille, the array speakers allow for a wider, more precise soundstage, as well as the ability to adjust the relative audio volume in different parts of the room.
The MZ2000 comes with three Sound Focus modes: Pinpoint Mode, which allows the sound to be directed to one specific point; Area Mode, which lets you shift the sound to a group of people in a specific area of the room; and Spot Mode, which boosts the volume in one spot while allowing other to still hear the sound.
My Home Screen 8.0 improvements
The MZ2000 features the latest iteration of Panasonic’s smart TV OS, my Home Screen 8.0, which supports all major video streaming services and comes with improvements to the Bass Booster function, accessibility features, and the myScenery function.
Panasonic has worked with the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted to further improve our accessibility options. In the initial set up, the MZ2000 offers different setting options for both hearing and visually impaired users, which then can be guided through the initial setup by Voice Guidance to simplify the first-time installation of the Panasonic TV. In addition, it provides a function for visually impaired users to learn the buttons by audible feedback.
As well as offering these important accessibility improvements, the MZ2000 also helps you relax. The myScenery feature, which allows you to choose a selection of restful images and videos, has new nature sounds, which have been collected from all over the world by the Joy Foundation, and newly encoded in Dolby Atmos 2 format.