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- Gratifying 4K picture quality – especially with Dolby Vision content
- Very decent upscaling
- Impressive sound by the standards of integrated set-ups
- Quite expensive for an OLED telly these days
- Missing a desirable app or two
- Doesn’t sound quite as big as it thinks it does
A few years, TV innovation takes a definitive jump forward. Different years, most makers appear to be substance to mess around the edges of existing innovation – either safe in the information that they’re now squeezing out pinnacle execution, or excessively crippled and desperate to be any more aggressive.
On account of Panasonic’s HZ1500 OLED TV go for 2020, it’s sheltered to state that a) Panasonic’s been squeezing top execution out of its OLED boards since the splendid GZ1500, and b) this is one of those ‘other’ years.
- Associations: 4x HDMI (all HDMI 2.2 ALLM, 1x eARC), 3x USB
- Ethernet, CI opening, composite, advanced, 3.5mm, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Tuners: Terrestrial TV airborne post; Satellite TV flying post
- Measurements (55in): 722 x 1228 x 58mm/Weight: 25kg
Seen head on, the HZ1500 is all that you need from your moderately costly new TV. That field of screen is encircled on every one of the four sides by a very concise bezel – it’s a solitary bit of metal with pleasant smooth corners.
Beneath the screen, there’s a flawlessly incorporated soundbar. It doesn’t convey a ‘Methods’ identification like a portion of Panasonic’s range-beating screens, yet by and by it’s an announcement of plan. All things considered, sound is one of the significant ways Panasonic is looking to separate its OLED ranges – this HZ1500 highlights a 80-watt sound framework (while the HZ1000 is a simple 30W and the HZ200 a tempting 140W).
On the off chance that you don’t extravagant draping the HZ1500’s 25kg mass on the divider – and its relative profundity and the general unavailability of its attachments may likewise put you off – it’s provided with an incredibly durable, round remain on which it can turn conveniently.
Those precarious to-get-at inputs incorporate four HDMI HDCP2.2 inputs, one of which is eARC empowered. All element Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) ability, as well – however that is the extent that the Panasonic goes with HDMI 2.1 particular. Cutting edge gamers can look at now, and begin perusing surveys of additional ground breaking TVs.
There’s likewise three USB inputs (one of which is at 3.0 norm), an Ethernet attachment, restricting posts for the coordinated earthly and satellite TV tuners, a CI space, and composite video input. Yields hurry to a computerized optical attachment and a 3.5mm earphone jack.
Remote earphones would be more advantageous, however, because of the HZ1500’s push/pull Bluetooth network. There’s additionally Wi-Fi ready, normally.
- High Dynamic Range: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision IQ
- Handling motor: HCX Pro Intelligent Processor
- Implicit Dolby Atmos speaker
- Movie producer Mode
Since Panasonic’s an adult brand that appears to be ready to coexist with its companions, the HZ1500 has widespread high powerful range (HDR) similarity, up to and including Dolby Vision IQ. So in the event that you would prefer not to close the blinds each time you turn the TV on, this Panasonic is prepared to react to your encompassing lighting conditions so as to convey ideal picture quality.
Dolby Vision IQ is one of the territories where the HZ1500’s image based detail has progressed over a year ago’s remarkable GZ1500. Another is with the incorporation of Filmmaker Mode – it shows up related to ‘Clever Sensing’, which is designed to help reestablish a tad of the brilliance Filmmaker Mode is as of now infamous for decreasing. What’s more, while we’re regarding the matter of making pictures a lot more blunt and less intriguing than they in any case would be, the HZ1500 additionally includes Netflix Calibrated Mode.
Somewhere else, it’s top of the line Panasonic nothing new. Generally speaking picture quality conveyed by the Master HDR OLED board is directed by the organization’s top-end HCX Pro Intelligent Processor. A revive pace of 100Hz looks good for movement taking care of as well.
The HZ1500’s most unOLED-like close 60mm profundity is somewhat clarified by its sound particular. In the focal point of the back board there’s a nook for two upward-terminating ‘circuit’ drivers, situated to attempt to convey some important sonic range from a Dolby Atmos (or DTS:X) soundtrack. These two drivers each get 15 of the 80 watts of intensity accessible, while the two indistinguishable drivers at either end of the soundbar do likewise. The last 20 watts is taken by a woofer proposed to add some mass to the Panasonic’s sound.
- my Home Screen 5.0
- works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Panasonic’s working framework is either a model of downplayed straightforwardness or totally bland, contingent upon your perspective. Presently in its fifth manifestation, the restrictive my Home Screen OS is negligible, unintrusive and genuinely sensible to utilize. It’s anything but difficult to redo and, as an outcome, does precisely what you need from a TV interface: it does what you solicit rapidly and afterward gets out from the way.
What it doesn’t do, it merits bringing up, is offer admittance to Disney+. Bizarre, isn’t it, how the accessibility of a web-based feature can go from ‘ideal to need’ to ‘significant’ in close to no time? Freeview Play is an invite sight in any working framework, yet it’s possible that the absence of Disney+ may put off the same number of likely clients as the absence of full HDMI 2.1 particular.
As common with Panasonic, the HZ1500’s set-up menus find some kind of harmony among exhaustive and direct. In the event that you need to begin sitting in front of the TV very quickly, it’s conceivable to get the HZ1500 set up in a matter of minutes; in case you’re an ingrained tweaker, you can mess with the subtleties of the HZ1500’s settings for quite a long time.
Exploring the working framework and the set-up menus is straightforward. The HZ1500 works with both Alexa and Google Assistant (if there are mic-prepared speakers on a similar system), or there’s the controller. Any individual who’s claimed a Panasonic TV during the level screen time will remember it: it’s sensibly consistent, genuinely clear, and its immediate access ‘Netflix’ and ‘Freeview Play’ catches are bounty sufficiently large.
The HZ1500 utilizes a similar OLED board as the screen it replaces – the year-old GZ1500. What’s more, that is an unquestionably beneficial thing, in light of the fact that (as effectively watched) Panasonic has been removing truly great execution from it.
Fire up a Dolby Vision-helped 4K Blu-beam plate of The Joker and the broadness of the Panasonic’s ability is clear from the off. It conveys a criminological degree of detail, offers profound and interminably differed dark tones, and enormously wide differentiations. Picture commotion is essentially not an issue, edge definition is similarly practiced, and (when you’ve enjoyed a concise examination of the movement significant zone of the HZ1500’s set-up menus) development is grasped with something moving toward enthusiasm.
Skin-tones and surfaces can uncover a horrendous parcel about a TV’s capacities, and here they’re convincingly exact. The bashful high detail levels are liable for a lot of this devotion, obviously, however the Panasonic’s far-extending shading palette and noteworthy control of differences additionally contribute.
As befits an item from an organization with legitimate Hollywood nearness, the HZ1500 is – in the correct conditions – a luxuriously realistic watch. Dolby Vision IQ contributes to great impact where splendor control is concerned, which is more than can be said for Filmmaker Mode. Pictures utilizing this image preset are just more obscure and more blunt, neither of which help the true to life feel. About as well as can be expected be said for Filmmaker Mode is that it’s not exactly as injurious as Netflix Calibrated Mode.
Stick with Dolby Vision IQ for a Netflix stream of the remarkable Fear City: New York versus The Mafia narrative arrangement, however, and the outcomes keep on intriguing. The advanced film is glossy, richly definite and appreciates great nuance of differentiation, while the vintage stuff is amazingly low-clamor. Watchable may appear to be an excess depiction of a TV, yet the HZ1500 is by the by amazingly simply that.
It’s additionally an entirely noteworthy upscaler of less present day material. A 1080p circle of Killer Joe appreciates also profound and point by point dark tones, perfect and changed whites, and an exceptionally wide shading palette in the middle. Edges are steady as well, and keeping in mind that there’s a sprinkling of picture commotion presented in the areas of most uniform shading, it’s rarely meddlesome.
Gamers who’ve stayed with us this far should realize that the Panansonic is bounty sufficiently quick (sub-20ms reaction time fast) for current-gen consoles, and persists all the best pieces of its exhibition to games as well. Hues are striking however not exaggerated, movement is watched out for, and edge definition is also amazing.
By the common norms of OLED TVs, the HZ1500 is a sweeping and astonishingly beefy tune in. The forward-terminating speaker exhibit is sufficiently particular to give exchange legitimate articulation, with voices conveying adequate detail to stack them with character. The introduction is sensibly intense and appropriately adjusted, with a wonderful measure of nibble and assault to the head of the recurrence extend and a legitimate motion towards the base end as well.
The upward-terminating speakers showed at the back of the screen without a doubt offer an a lot taller sound than would be conceivable from a forward-terminating cluster alone. It’s sheltered to state there’s no genuine proposal of overhead impacts from the Dolby Atmos soundtracks to The Joker or Fear City: New York versus The Mafia, mind you, and in case you’re expecting genuine Dolby Atmos object-based overhead stable you will be disillusioned.
However, keep things in context – this is a sound framework coordinated into the body of the TV itself, all things considered. On these footing the Panasonic sounds more fit and dynamic than most comparably evaluated other options. So for once another soundbar to go with your glossy new TV is more a choice than a need.
Judged absolutely on the ‘screen-size/value’ proportion, the Panasonic HZ1500 isn’t too encouraging. However, its awesome picture execution, perfectly coordinated and beneficial sound framework, and all around acknowledged ergonomics make it a bona fide alternative.
In case you’re a cutting edge gamer you’ll look somewhere else, however for anybody and every other person in the market for another OLED TV, the HZ1500 requests close examination.