Meet Panasonic’s new DX line of 4K ultra HD TVs
Stephan Jukic – March 02, 2016
Panasonic, the major manufacturer of some very high quality but sometimes oddly elusive 4K ultra HD TVs has been busy for 2016. First we had their unveiling of a new and almost unique line of 4K OLED TVs that promise to finally give some competition to LG’s own versions of the same technology, and now the company has also unveiled their new line of 2016 LCD models, the DX Series televisions fir the company’s Firefox OS.
Panasonic’s new DX TVs are promising to be quite exciting, and will partly rely on the company’s proprietary Panasonic Studio Master HCX+ chipset for the sake of outputting HDR display performance. Furthermore, we can also supposedly count on the powerful resources of the TVs internal processing engine combined with the Firefox OS smart TV platform to create a smooth and top-shelf content and visual experience for users.
The new Panasonic DX TVs come in several different ranges and include not only the above-mentioned HDR support but also an improved Firefox OS smart TV platform and THX certified sound along with “Ultra HD Premium” certification from the UHD Alliance.
There are also two HD TV series but it is a telling sign of the changing wins of TV manufacturer focus that the majority of the company’s 2016 TVs are now 4K ultra HD models.
All of the 4K DX TVs will offer HDR content through high dynamic range sources like Amazon Prime and Netflix and will also boast what is called “Hollywood Tuning” thanks to something called the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory tie-up.
Furthermore, there will also be a special design model, going by the number DX802, which will include THX sound certification and a “high quality speaker system” according to Panasonic. Beyond this, the 2016 flagship TV from the company will be the DX902, which comes with what Panasonic calls a “whole new category of LCD” technology, which we ourselves are definitely curious about. Panasonic claims that this new LCD technology will deliver a whole new level of bright, vibrant colors and deep rich blacks for HDR via a new type of honeycomb local dimming technology, which strongly suggests full array LED backlighting in the flagship TV.
This leading Panasonic TV, the DX902, will be available in 65 inch and 58 inch sizes with a 4K LED/LCD panel and what Panasonic calls a “3000Hz Backlight Motion Rate” refresh augmentation technology. This of course sounds to us like more of the usual 4K TV manufacturer sales gimmick talk involving exaggerated and rather arbitrary motion rate technology on top of a much smaller actual native refresh rate but we’re going to wait and see how well the effect created by this technology works in practice.
On the other hand, the Local Dimming Ultra and Ultra Bright Panel with HDR Premium certification for the SX902 do sound quite promising indeed considering Panasonic’s generally great record for previous 4K TVs.
As we said, HDR support runs throughout the new DX ranges of TVs and thus the DX802, DX750 and DX700 all also support the new high dynamic range technology. However, each of these models offer consecutively lower motion processing rates and a few other changes in their core features.
Panasonic is also quite naturally recommending that buyers of these new TVs also get their hands on the company’s new DMP-UB900 4K UHD Blu-ray player, which will be an excellent complement to the TVs.
We will feature more details and specific pricing figures for each of the new DX 4K TVs from Panasonic in our next news article so check back shortly. For now however, these models are looking very interesting indeed.
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