Panasonic’s new 4K Pro Viera HDR TVs with “Hexa Chroma Drive are coming
Stephan Jukic – August 14, 2016
Panasonic may not be quite the major seller on the North American market that it once was but the company definitely hasn’t stopped innovating in its generally excellent 4K TV designs while it continues to promote its 4K televisions heavily overseas.
Now, in the latest of these developments, the electronics giant has unveiled its expanded and impressively decked out new lineup of 2016 4K UHD LED HDR TVs, of which several are designed to offer some of the most premium 4K TV display and high dynamic range rendering specs on today’s competitive market.
The new 4K ultra HD TV ranges, of which there are five in total, all come with larger screen sizes, premium design features, Ultra HD Premium certification from the UHD Alliance (In the case of two of them) and a number of other powerful specs.
Starting with the company’s flagship TV, the new DX900, Panasonic has offered up one seriously powerful piece of 4K HDR home entertainment technology which seems like it could easily be a powerful rival to most of the better-known, top-shelf Sony and Samsung HDR 4K models for this year.
Thus, the DX900 is not only Panasonic’s first ever “Ultra HD Premium” certified 4K TV but also comes with several robust and advanced new features such as a “super-accurate” Studio Master HCX+ chipset with a new LCD panel that offers up deep rich black levels, superb peek brightness and an overall viewing experience which is literally cinematic or better in its quality. Many of the same features and Ultra HD Premium certification also apply to the lower-down DX700 4K HDR TV, which thus obviously also offers up premium high dynamic range specs as well.
The inclusion of “Ultra HD Premium” certification in these new 4K TVs should mean that the specific models with the label given to them can offer black levels of at least 0.02% and stunningly high peak brightness levels of 1000 nits (cd/m2) or more. Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs offer these specs with brightness levels of 1400 nits or more and black levels well below 0.02 nits and Sony’s latest XBR-Z 4K HDR TVs manage the same. We’ll have to see further down the road how well Panasonic’s DX-Series models compare to such powerhouse specs. At the very least however, if these new TVs are UHD Alliance certified for Ultra HD Premium, then at a minimum they must offer the above 1000 nit/0.02 nit contrast range and also deliver wide color gamut with 10-bit color and at least 90% DCI-P3 advanced digital cinema color space coverage.
In any case, all of the new TVs come with Panasonic’s latest version of the Firefox OS smart TV platform integrated into them and come with ergonomically and aesthetically inspired physical designs according to Panasonic.
Furthermore, the new 4K TV models come with the company’s Hexa Chroma Drive chipset for superb levels of picture quality rendering, HDR calibration and non-4K content upscaling that works at enhancing lower resolution video sources.
For 2016, Panasonic has of course introduced the above-mentioned flagship HDR Ultra HD Premium 4K TV models but in addition to them, 12 other TV models have been released with somewhat weaker specs. These include three more 4K TV models in the form of the TH-55DX650S, TH-49DX650S and TH-49DX400S. The remaining TV editions beyond these five 4K TVs are all HDTVs of one type or another.
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