The Panasonic 2019 AV range has eight TV models, three
soundbars, thee headphones, two microsystems, an entry-level Blu-ray player and
a partridge in a pear tree…
The Panasonic 2019 AV range is large enough to cater for most AV needs. The focus this year is ‘Hollywood to your home.’
Gadgeteer and AV expert Thomas Bartlett attended the launch
and will report separately on what excited him (and he is not easily excitable).
This is an overview of the launch, prices and availability.
4K OLED – Good, better and best (GZ1000, GZ1500 and GZ2000)
The Panasonic Australia OLED website reveals that all 2019 OLED TVs will have a GZxxxx and 2018 has FZxxxx. You will see a lot of run out deals on FZ series as the new GZ appear in July and the GZ2000 in September.
All three models feature
HCX PRO processor
HDR10+ (Panasonic and Samsung use this nomenclature), HLG, HLG Photo
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
Hollywood colourist tuning
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
My Home Screen 4.0 smart TV operating system works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
The GZ2000 adds what it calls a ‘professional edition’ OLED
panel (supports CalMAN calibration), twin free-to-air tuner, and a Technics tuned
3.1.2 Dolby Atmos speaker system with left/right upwards-firing speakers.
Price (all models have a GZ prefix)
2000U 65-inch September $8299
1500U 65-inch July $6199
1000U 55/65-inch July $3599/5799
GadgetGuy’s take – 2019 OLED
This Panasonic’s third generation of OLED. It buys the panels from LG (as does Sony) and wraps around its custom electronics, sound, design and support. It’s too early to tell if the GZ2000 Professional Grade OLED is the best, but trust Panasonic to give it a good shot.
4K Premium LED/LCD (GX880, GX850)
These use the same HCX
Pro processor as the OLED and share the OLED features. These are edge-lit.
Price (all models have the
880A 75-inch July $4999
850A 55/65-inch July $1899/2499
4K LED LCD (GX800, GX740)
These get most of the
Premium kit with a 100Hz MRR panel.
Price (all models have a GX prefix)
800A 55/65 Now $1749/2399
740A 55/65 Now $1549/2099
4K LED/LCD (GX600 – 43/49/55/65-inch)
The Panasonic Australia website classifies these as an entry level, edge-lit IPS, LED/LCD TV featuring
HDR (will play HDR10/HLG) – depends on the source
Price (all models have a GX prefix)
600A 43/49/55/65-inch Now $999/1199/14491999
Panasonic Soundbars – good, better, best (HTB510, HTB700 and HTB900)
The HTB900 is a Technics tuned, 3.1, 505W, Dolby Atmos soundbar. By that it decodes 2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 or 7.1.4 to 3.1. It has 4K/HDR passthrough via HDMI ARC. It has a Panasonic Music Control app and supports Bluetooth SBC, Chromecast streaming and Google Assistant.
The HBT700 is 3.1, 376W and loses Chromecast, multi-room and Google Assistant.
The HBT510 is 2.1, 240W, and gains Chromecast, multi-room and Google Assitant.
Price (all have an HTB prefix)
900GNK July $1349
700GNK July $899
510GNK Now $549
Dolby Atmos is the go and Panasonic are using psychoacoustics
to trick your mind into believing sounds are coming from overhead etc. The effectiveness
depends a lot on room size and layout. It’s a shame that it did not bring in a
high-end 7.1.4 system as Samsung and LG have – after all, if you drop $8K on the
GZ2000, you want the best possible Dolby Atmos experience.
Blu-ray – UB150
It joins last year’s premium DP-UB9000 reference class Blu-ray
($1649) that does everything
And entry-level, ($279) HDR10+ that supports Dolby Atmos but down mixes Dolby Vision to HDR10+.
Micro System PMX92 and Mini System AKX320
micro ($549) has AUX-IN Autoplay feature, which makes listening to streamed
music via devices such as Chromecast Audio completely effortless – the system
will automatically switch on and select the correct input.
Bluetooth, FM/DAB+ radio and CD playback
Optical input for TV
120W, 2.0, three-way speaker using Panasonic’s
The AKX320 mini ($359) has 450W, 2.0 and features a slew of
DJ effects compatible with the MAX Juke app.