Panasonic HX940 4K TV review: Elevated imagery

OUR VERDICT

The HX940 lacks a few features we might have hoped to find on a flagship LCD TV – including some key video streaming apps and next-gen gaming features. Its clever new backlight system, though, ensures that picture quality is good enough to make the HX940 seriously worth considering for anyone after a big screen on a mid-range budget.

FOR

  • Wide ranging HDR support
  • Dolby Atmos sound
  • Effective backlight control

AGAINST

  • Some black level issues
  • Lacks some gaming features
  • Lacks some key streaming apps

Brief survey

With Panasonic using OLED technology for the majority of its very good quality TVs nowadays, the brand’s LCD center is by all accounts progressively about discovering approaches to improve quality without pushing up costs.

Its new TX-75HX940 LCD TV consummately represents this way of thinking. From one perspective, it keeps the 75-inch set generally reasonable (notwithstanding it being Panasonic’s leader LCD model for 2020) by utilizing a moderately fundamental, edge-based LED lighting framework. Then again it looks to improve splendor control with another Local Dimming Pro framework that raises the image quality you’d hope to get from such a huge edge-lit TV.

The HX940 additionally conveys a lot of associations on its massively uncompromising bodywork, including four HDMIs – however it’s a disgrace none of these HDMIs support cutting edge gaming highlights such as 4K at 120Hz or variable revive rates.

Keen highlights get through the most recent refinement to Panasonic’s appealingly introduced and exceptionally customisable My Homescreen 5.0 smart TV platform. This OS is simple on the eye and cerebrum, however does not have two or three key video web based applications (Disney Plus among them).

Generally, the 75-inch HX940 performs well for its cash. Its photos are sufficiently brilliant to deliver common looking HDR pictures, and its hues are both unobtrusive and characteristic. Panasonic’s Hollywood-tuned picture preparing gives an extremely true to life flavor to procedures as well, with just some intermittent staining and grayness during the haziest scenes allowing the side to side.

The HX940’s speakers have enough capacity to drive sound into your room without it sounding slim or contorted, and enough exactness to make an occupied, precise soundstage – particularly with Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

To put it plainly, while the HX940 isn’t great, in case you’re searching for film agreeable big-screen thrills without burning up all available resources, the HX940 has bounty to offer.

Cost and accessibility

Panasonic pulled out of the US TV advertise two or three years back, and did likewise for Australia in 2020. The HX940 territory is accessible in the UK, however, in a fairly of three rather odd sizes: the 75-inch model we’re taking a gander at here, a 65-inch version, and a tiny 43-inch version. It’s difficult to comprehend why Panasonic didn’t offer 50/55-inch versions, however

The HX940 speaks to Panasonic’s leader LCD TVs for 2020 – however the brand does likewise offer ‘advance up’ TVs that change to OLED innovation. Given this leader LCD status, however, the 75-inch retails for a costly yet sensible £2,499. The 65-inch model expenses £1,699, while the 43-inch model is selective to John Lewis for £899 – however both of those utilization an IPS screen innovation instead of the 75HX940’s VA screen.

Panasonic doesn’t offer some other 75-inch LCDs over its range, or any 77-inch OLED TVs. So the TX-75HX940 is an interesting recommendation from Panasonic’s for anybody after such an enormous screen. It’s important that last year’s proportional model, the 75GX940, is not, at this point accessible.

PANASONIC TX-75HX940 SPECS

Screen Sizes: 43-, 65-, 75-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | 4K: Yes | HDR: Yes | Panel technology: Wide Color LCD | Smart TV: Yes, My Home Screen 5.0 | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1680(w) x 966(h) x 70(d)mm | Weight: 53kg | 3D: No | Inputs: 4xHDMI 2.1, 3xUSB, RF, optical advanced sound, earphone yield, CI opening, part video input, simple video input

Plan

Inconceivably all around fabricated – and overwhelming!

Great number of associations

Shockingly smaller, halfway mounted stand

Typically I’d state even a 75-inch TV establishment is only a two-man work. Not for this situation, however, except if you have an emergency vehicle on reserve.

When the hard work is done, however, the TV’s appearance is quite vaporous. The halfway mounted plinth remain, for example, is shockingly little contrasted and the screen land it’s supporting, which means the HX940 can be set on a generally restricted household item.

The bezel around the screen is conventionally thin for such a TV heavyweight, as well, and the top portion of the set’s back is likewise shockingly thin.

The base portion of the back lumps out more than your normal 2020 TV – probably to oblige the TV’s speakers and gadgets, and give an adequately solid highlight the screen to connect to the stand. In any case, as I frequently end up calling attention to, a massive back doesn’t appear to be a serious deal given that a great many people watch the front of their TV as opposed to the back.

Network is comprehensively as you’d expect of a genuinely top of the line TV. Four HDMIs are joined by three USBs, Ethernet/Wi-Fi organize choices, a Freeview tuner input, and a physical earphone jack. Taking a gander at the HDMIs all the more intently, however, prompts some mistake: to be specific, no help for either 4K at 120Hz or variable revive rates, the two of which are valuable for the following gen PS5 and Xbox Series X game comforts.

The HDMIs just help ARC sound passthrough as well, as opposed to the higher data transmission eARC.. This implies the TV can just pass compacted Dolby Atmos sound to connected soundbars or AV Receivers, instead of the lossless sound eARC bolsters.

The HDMIs do, however, bolster Auto Low Latency Mode, which means they can distinguish when games are being played on good consoles or PCs and consequently switch the TV into its quick responding Game preset.

The HX940 ships with a solitary controller. This feels somewhat lightweight and plasticky, yet at the same time conveys a metallic-looking completion and sensibly legitimate, roomy catch format.

Keen TV (My Home Screen 5.0)

Clear symbol based design

Simple to utilize and redo

Missing a few key streaming applications

Panasonic keeps on opposing the bait of outsider shrewd frameworks, for example, Android TV and Roku TV, staying with another refinement of its My Home Screen OS.

There’s a dazzling straightforwardness to the interface’s look and approach, as its enormous brilliant symbols give simple to-see, simple to-discover access to any application you add to the home screen.

The procedure for adding applications to the home screen couldn’t be more clear, either, and you can likewise now look down from the home screen to numerous substance columns giving direct access to shows and recordings from any semblance of YouTube and Netflix.

Tragically, however, Panasonic’s emphasis on producing its own brilliant TV way has a drawback: moderately restricted application support.

This isn’t really an awful thing, as some brilliant TV stages convey an excessive amount of application mess. Notwithstanding, while the XH940 supports such key huge hitters as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and the Freeview Play app that unites the entirety of the UK’s key earthly supporter make up for lost time applications, there’s no help for Apple TV Plus or Disney Plus. Panasonic can’t as of now give whenever outline for these applications showing up, either.

You can get round this by considering something like an Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV price tag. In any case, it’s a disgrace Panasonic can’t get these two major administrations ready, given that essentially the entirety of its adversaries do.

The XH940 has one stunt up its sleeves that most adversaries don’t, however: support for both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision advanced HDR formats. So whether or not you’re viewing HDR10+ on Amazon Prime Video or Dolby Vision on Netflix, this TV will play it. Most opponent TV marks just help one premium HDR group or the other.

Similarly as with most premium TVs nowadays, the HX940 bolsters screen reflecting and Bluetooth network with your own gadgets. You can connect the TV up with external Google Home or Amazon Alexa devices as well on the off chance that you have one.

Picture quality

Refined, for the most part common shading

Advantages from both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support

Restricted review points and some dull scene issues

The story behind the 75-inch HX940’s screen is genuinely confounded by lead LCD TV norms. For a certain something, it utilizes a high-differentiate VA-type LCD board, while the littler sets in the HX940 territory utilize an IPS-type board with lower differentiate however more extensive review edges.

Furthermore, the screen utilizes edge instead of direct lighting – a bizarre choice for such an enormous and premium LCD model. Yet, Panasonic uses another Local Dimming Intelligent Pro framework which, as per Panasonic, utilizes progressed advanced tone planning to impersonate the activity of thousands of virtual neighborhood diminishing zones. Supposedly, however, the screen just has eight ‘physical’ LED neighborhood diminishing zones, put along the top or base edge.

As intriguing as this is – we trust – all that truly matters is the thing such an image quality this weird blend of details converts into. The short answer is acceptable – particularly with regards to past big-screen edge-lit LCD TVs we’ve seen.

With regards to taking care of dull scenes, the HX940 works superbly. General dark levels are notably better than truly anything we’ve seen from an edge-based LED lighting framework – particularly on a screen as large as this. This is particularly obvious with the moderately low brilliance requests of standard powerful range content – regardless of whether you infuse more ‘shimmer’ into SDR pictures by means of Panasonic’s Dynamic Range Remaster highlight.

With HDR, dull zones do look a little greyer when a picture likewise contains splendid components – yet not unreasonably so. Truth be told, we’ve seen a lot of direct-lit screens convey shallower dark levels with such HDR content than the HX940 does. Indeed, even the most outrageous splendid on-dark substance just creates swoon hints of vertical light groups down the picture, as well – regardless of Panasonic’s screen not darkening stand-apart brilliant items as much as we’d anticipate.

This, along with some noteworthy multiplication of shadow itemizing in dim scenes, recommends that the Local Dimming Intelligent Pro element truly is a really astute development as opposed to simply some extravagant new promoting term.

There is, however, one bizarre issue with the HX940’s treatment of dim scenes; in particular, that the blackest pieces of dull pictures can now and then be penetrated by unobtrusive shading tones that simply should be there.

“The 75-inch HX940 utilizes a high-differentiate VA-type LCD board, while littler sets in the range utilize an IPS-type board with lower differentiate however more extensive review edges.”

My current go-to circle for dull scene testing is the 4K Blu-beam of 2017’s blood and gore flick It. When watching the comedian Pennywise show up in a tempest channel, there’s a really perceptible somewhat blue color to the extremely dim zone to one side of Pennywise’s face. There’s a greenish color to the dull pieces of the image you see when the camera switches in this scene to Pennywise’s perspective, as well.

In the film’s most obscure scenes, the image can take on a serious assortment of green, blue and purple tones – particularly in case you’re watching utilizing the TV’s Dolby Vision Bright or Dolby Vision Vivid picture modes.

The True Cinema preset to a great extent tackles this bizarre dull scene shading issue, however we speculate numerous clients will locate this preset makes pictures excessively dim, at any rate with HDR content.

Indeed, despite the fact that the 75HX940’s shrewd backdrop illumination the executives implies the TV doesn’t need to diminish splendid HDR picture components down as much as common with edge-lit screens, it’s not really the most brilliant leader LCD TV around. The most noteworthy splendor we estimated from it – on a full white HDR window covering 10% of the screen – was around 550 nits. This isn’t excessively noteworthy, given there are premium LCD TVs out there hitting splendor levels of 1000-2000 nits.

The 75HX940’s brilliance dependability, however, is noteworthy with both dull and splendid HDR shots, and there’s absolutely still enough splendor to convey a HDR experience that really looks like HDR.

The 75HX940’s shading execution is noteworthy as well, aside from the unusual dull scene tones referenced before. Panasonic’s HCX video processor commonly exceeds expectations on the shading front, and here it again conveys its natural stunt of astoundingly inconspicuous and valid looking shades and tones.

“There isn’t exactly enough brilliance in the image to let the 75HX940 open as much shading volume as some opponent leader LCD TVs.”

There isn’t exactly enough splendor in the image to let the 75HX940 open as much shading volume as some opponent leader LCD TVs. The constrained reasonable review edge of the VA board likewise implies hues can lose immersion whenever saw from the side. From a sensibly head-on seating position, however, the shading nuance on show truly is noteworthy, whether or not you’re viewing HDR or SDR.

The 75HX940’s deft touch additionally applies to its sharpness with local 4K sources. It’s not the most honed looking 4K TV, yet it doesn’t expect to be. The HX940 is outfitted more towards inconspicuous shading tone moves and fine surface goal – taking full advantage of the genuine substance of the 4K picture, essentially – than it is in misleadingly honing things up as some opponent TVs are enamored with doing.

It’s a comparable story with upscaled HD pictures. The outcomes aren’t as sharp and definite looking as such pictures we’re seeing from TVs that utilization profound learning (AI) calculations in their upscaling procedure, yet they positively look regular and refined.

The sharpness additionally holds up well when there’s movement in the picture. The Minimum setting of Panasonic’s most recent Intelligent Frame Creation framework works superbly of taking the harshest edges off 24p judder, yet it doesn’t streamline things so much that they begin to look fake. Nor does it produce numerous unplanned computerized commotion reactions.

Going at long last to the 75HX940’s gaming execution, while its absence of 4K/120Hz and VRR backing may restrict its presentation with the cutting edge supports, input slack of only 13.7ms during Game mode is noteworthy.

Sound execution

Worked in Dolby Atmos interpreting

2 x 10W force

Amazing, room-filling sound

As we’d trusted from the 75HX940’s enormous form quality, the TV sounds great. There’s sufficient force in the twin 10W speakers to scatter sound far and wide, and enough exactness in the sound preparing to put explicit sound impacts with astounding accuracy.

The sound even has a little forward projection, just as spreading out to left and right. This makes the sound more vivid, and causes its on-board Dolby Atmos decoding to feel like a beneficial expansion.

The mid-run is open, itemizing is colossal without causing unnecessary to notice itself, and the TV’s hard core case never surrenders to shaking or humming.

Bass profundity is constrained. However, while this can leave the densest soundtrack minutes sounding a touch unforgiving, it’s desirable over such a contortions you can get with TVs that attempt to push bass lower than their speakers can reasonably deal with.