New oled Panasonic TX-65EZ952B
The EZ952 and EZ1002 (EZ950 and EZ1000 outside of the UK) share many of the same features. It has a 2160p 4K/Ultra HD resolution and OLED panel. The panel is flat because Panasonic reckons nobody wants a curved one these days. Samsung is now the only one still pushing that form factor.
We’re also dealing with about double the claimed peak brightness of the last generation: whereas the CZ952 offered a peak brightness of around 500 nits, the EZ952 goes up to 950 nits in its 55-inch version and 1,000 nits at 65 inches. That’s comparable with some of the brightest LCD TVs from 2016, which is quite an achievement considering LCDs still struggle to match OLEDs for black levels. It means the EZ952 can comfortably dole out the dynamism demanded by high dynamic range HDR. That being said, it’s still some way off the 2000 nits claimed by the top LCDs of 2017.
The EZ1000 is intended to be a semi-professional product that will not only be available to consumers but also be used in post-production facilities and at events such as the Cannes Film Festival. To ensure the EZ1000 delivers an uncompromising level of image accuracy, the TVs have been tuned by Hollywood colourists working for Deluxe. Naturally such an approach doesn’t come cheap and the 65EZ1002 will set you back a hefty £6,999. That puts Panasonic’s new flagship OLED TV at the higher end of the price range, although there will also be the more affordable EZ952 model available in 55 and 65 inch screen sizes. So does the EZ1000 live up to it’s promise of delivering the ultimate picture performance
Sadly, there is no Dolby Vision and Panasonic tells me it’s not something that can be added later on with additional software. The key thing about Dolby Vision is that its dynamic metadata can let TVs know how to optimise the picture – but Panasonic is confident in its own in-house calibrations.
Panasonic TX-65EZ1002B costs £6999, which is £2000 more than the TX-65EZ952B. The pro mastering element is overkill unless you’re a professional studio colourist somehow dissatisfied with the wealth of fine calibration settings already on offer. The soundbar is nice, but you can have a good speaker system for a lot less, and I suspect anyone considering a £4800 TV might already have one of those.