Panasonic has lifted the veil on its 2023 flagship TV model. Its bright tip should make it a benchmark.
As every year, Panasonic uses CES to present the reference model of its TV catalogue. After last year’s LZ2000, make way for 2023’s MZ2000, of course an OLED panel but which the Japanese manufacturer wants to add its paw to. Panasonic’s new premium television will be available in three diagonals, which should result in the following references: TX-55MZ2000, TX-65MZ2000 and TX-77MZ2000.
Oddly enough, it’s the two smallest diagonals of this new trio that will be the most interesting. And with good reason, they will be the only ones embedding the technology that aims to propel OLED into a new era of brightness, the MLA. The 77-inch TV will not have this process and is therefore significantly closer to last year’s model in terms of performance. So keep an eye out when buying. On the other hand, there is much to be said for the lower diagonals. Indeed, the addition of MLA technology, which also equips the new LG panels, would significantly increase the light peak of these OLEDs.
MLA, the capstone of OLED?
As a reminder, LMA (Micro Lenses Array) is a process based on convex microlenses that allow a greater part of the light generated by the diodes to be redirected to the outside of the TV, ie to the screen. . The addition of this new layer makes it possible to reduce light loss, but above all channel it better and significantly increase the light peak, which is the challenge of current OLED panels. According to the manufacturer, 1,500 nits would be possible with the MLA, which is a particularly high value for a panel of this type.
Otherwise, the new MZ2000 leans heavily on last year’s LZ2000, a particularly successful model. The OLED is therefore based on the HCX Pro AI processor, which uses machine learning to adjust the picture quality in real time, but which also feeds into the sound to adjust the audio quality of the 16-speaker soundbar pedestal of the TV (the same as the LZ2000).
Finish on HDR, progress in game
One of the strengths of the Japanese manufacturer, which we find again this year, is its handling of all HDR technologies on the market. This makes the MZ2000 compatible with HDR10+, HDR, Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR Photo. Given the image quality Panasonic has produced to date, this is an important guarantee in that it offers its owner the guarantee of sublimating all HDR content, regardless of its distribution platform.
Finally, in a movement initiated last year, Panasonic seems to have finally taken the game seriously. Of course, the MZ2000 is HDMI 2.1 compatible (ALLM and VRR and eARC), but the manufacturer seems to have finally bothered to lower itss input lag at 11ms. It also adds AMD FreeSync Premium and G-Sync (nVidia) compatibility. Finally, the game mode, Game Control Board, will be improved to give players more customization options.
On the interface side, Panasonic continues to rely on version 8.0 of its My Home Screen home solution. Until now, this choice did not seem particularly relevant to us, especially due to the lack of certain important applications. Nevertheless, the manufacturer promises progress and new features on the OS with a My Scenary customization option and a revised overall display. The Panasonic LZ2000 will be launched in spring 2023, its price is not yet known, but it should be very close to last year’s model prices.