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Panasonic TX-65EZ1000E UHD HDR OLED TV – review


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The first Panasonic’s 2017 TV that I got for the review is also company’s best TV this year. Behind the model name TX-65EZ1000E (TX-65EZ1002B in the UK) is a flat screen 65-inch OLED TV with the new Master HDR UHD OLED panel, THX 4K and UHD Premium certificates, company’s newest Studio Colour HCX2 picture processor, all modern wired and wireless interfaces and “my Home Screen 2.0” Smart TV platform. EZ1000E rolls out together with a step-down EZ950E, making this the second generation of OLED TVs Panasonic is launching on the market (the first one was curved CZ950E/CZ952B in the UK). I had a chance to spend full ten days testing this TV, read on to find out how did it go.

The first Panasonic's 2017 TV that I got for the review is also company's best TV this year. Behind the model name TX-65EZ1000E (TX-65EZ1002B in the UK) is a flat screen 65-inch OLED TV with the new Master HDR UHD OLED panel, THX 4K and UHD Premium certificates, company's newest Studio Colour HCX2 picture processor, all modern wired and wireless interfaces and "my Home Screen 2.0" Smart TV platform. EZ1000E rolls out together with a step-down EZ950E, making this the second generation of OLED TVs Panasonic is launching on the market (the first one was curved CZ950E/CZ952B in the UK).…

Review Overview

Build quality
Menus and user experience
Features
Picture quality - contrast
Picture quality - motion resolution
Picture quality - viewing angles
Picture quality - processing
HDR performance
Picture quality - overall
Sound quality
Gaming

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Summary : Panasonic TX-65EZ1000E is the best TV I have reviewed to date. I have never seen a consumer TV with such accurate picture out of the box in both SDR and HDR and on top of that a wide array of controls to tune every picture aspect to the perfection. On top of the great OLED panel, Panasonic's latest HCX2 picture processor takes care that all content, native UHD or lower-resolution, is rendered with a remarkable amount of details, without any added noise or playback issues. All connected devices worked flawlessly and I did not encounter any issue with HDMI handshaking when connecting to Sony PS4 Pro or OPPO UBD-203. Sound quality is also great, also among the best ones I've heard on any TV till now. Smart TV platform is behind the best on the market and so is supplied Touch Pad remote, but these are small details that do not affect my overall highly positive experience with this TV. There are cheaper alternatives on the market, but if you can afford it and you want to see the content exactly as the director intended without bothering with calibration, this TV gets full recommendation from my side.

Specifications

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Manufacturer Panasonic
Model TX-65EZ1000E
Display technology WRGB OLED TV
Screen geometry flat screen
Screen size 65 inch / 165 cm
Energy class B (180 W, 250 kWh/year)
3D / HDR
no / yes (HDR-10/HLG)
Screen refresh rate max. 120 Hz
Black frame insertion (BFI) available
Resolution Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels)
HDMI connectors 4 (2x with HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2)
Toslink (digital optical audio out) yes
USB interface yes (3 connectors total)
Ethernet yes
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth yes / yes
PCMCIA/Common Interface slot yes
Memory card slot yes (SD)
Headphone output (3.5 mm) yes
Digital tuners DVB-T2/C/S2 (dual, with HEVC support)
HEVC/VP9 support yes/yes
Operating system my home screen 2.0 (previously known as Firefox OS)
CPU Quad-core
VESA yes, 400 x 300 mm
Made in… Czech Republic
Retail price: CROATIA – 56.999,00 kn (check actual price on nabava.net)

UK – £5999.00 (RGB Direct)

 

The EZ1002’s OLED panel is dubbed “Master” as it is able to produce deep silky blacks and we are able to control them with more granularity than ever before. Working with Hollywood colourists at Deluxe we have tuned them to reach their full potential. The EZ1002 is used by filmmakers themselves, who appreciate the ability to add their own “3D Look Up Tables” to ensure that what they see in Hollywood is identical to the picture they can see in London. Source: Panasonic TX-65EZ1002B official UK website

Detailed specifications:

Unboxing

Design and handling

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Just like last year’s finest TVs from Panasonic, so does the new EZ1000E follow the same “Art&Interior” design guideline, combining high-quality materials with an elegant design that will integrate seamlessly into modern living spaces. Even though the design is unique, it is not as extravagant as DX800E from 2016. Beneath the flat screen with thin silver bezel, there is a soundbar tuned by the legendary audio company Technics. Panasonic calls this soundbar “Dynamic Blade Speaker” since with its shape it resembles a blade. Underneath the silver fabric, there are two tweeters, four midrange speakers (also known as squawkers) and as many as 8 woofers that together with Quad Passive Radiator promise a solid low-frequency response. The total speaker output is 80 W.

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Source: Panasonic

As shown in the unboxing video above, there are many steps in the installation process and handling of the soundbar shall be done carefully. This is necessary since the soundbar is very thin in the center where it is mounted to the large metal base. However, once assembled, the base supports it and you can lift up and move the TV without any worry of bending or damaging the soundbar.

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A look to the side of the TV reveals thickness similar to what I saw on LG’s OLED TVs – very narrow upper part and a thicker lower half (42 mm max. depth).

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Thickness of the upper part compared to Ultra HD Blu-ray packaging

While the upper part has elegant, semi-glossy texture, the bottom is made of plastic of rougher texture and of lower-quality than one would expect for TV of this class. The very same approach I saw on TX-65DX900E I had a chance to review last year.

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TV has 4 covers – 3 of them in the back

There are no less than 4 covers – 1 in front and 3 in the back to help keep the TV attractive from all angles. There is also a cable management system that hides power cord (permanently fixed to the TV) and a cable connecting the soundbar to the TV. The amount of details Panasonic’s team have put to the routing of the latter cable is incredible – there are many fixation points so that cables go precisely where they are meant to go – check the installation video for more details.

Speaking about connectors, the 65EZ1000E offers the following:

  • 4x HDMI
  • 1x antenna and 2x satellite inputs
  • 3x USB (1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0)
  • Toslink
  • SD card slot
  • component audio and video (with supplied adapters)
  • Ethernet (LAN) – 10 BASE-T/ 100 BASE-TX
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 2x Common Interface (complies with CI Plus)

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TV has a good range of connection options that even include SD card slot, so you can view photos and videos directly from your camera which is a neat feature.

At the end, it is worth noting that you can mount the TV on the wall together with the soundbar. In that case you will need to use special accessories for speaker wall-hanging, supplied with the TV.

Remote control

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65EZ1000E comes with 2 remote controls – the same 2 I saw previous year supplied with 65DX900E. The first one is a classic remote control that I saw several years ago on AX800E and AX900E models and Panasonic has supplied ever since with its best TVs. It is a remote with silver metal face and buttons and black plastic back side.

Buttons are also well made, separated just right and they have a backlight so you can find your way even in the pitch black environment.  Remote has a dedicated Netflix button and quick access to many different options and menus. The only new thing is the addition of My App button on not so convenient spot – at the very bottom left of the “Stop button”. The purpose of this button is to open any app you have selected in the settings – it can be YouTube or the web browser for example.

The other remote is “Touch Pad Remote” that is smaller in size and offers fewer buttons. Its main features are a built-in microphone and a large touchpad. Similar as in years before, I do not like Panasonic’s approach to the “smart remote” as the touch pad can be used only for moving in four directions – not to allow movement with a pointer like LG has on its Magic remote or as Samsung had a few years ago.

Menus and Smart TV

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Panasonic was never the top player when it comes to Smart TV platform and this year the story continues. The company was the first to embrace Firefox OS in 2015, but as of the end of 2016, Mozilla stopped all commercial developments of the platform, including its variant for the TVs. However, as the Firefox OS code is open source, Panasonic continues to use the platform by simply calling it as before – my Home Screen 2.0.

When it first came out, Firefox OS on Panasonic TVs was a unique system with very simple home screen menu that user could adjust in his own way. Definitely a step in the right direction after failure company had with my home screen 1.0. The most prominent was the home screen that was simple and allowed to place all kinds of different shortcuts – not only of apps and inputs, but also network sources, TV programs or even a link to a website. This flexibility is still ahead of competitors such as Samsung with Tizen OS, LG with webOS or those using Android TV platform.

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App market

My home screen 2.0 looks exactly the same as Firefox OS and offers the same features except for the Firefox browser. Now you can only browse the web with Panasonic’s own browser that is not as sophisticated and tends to crash from time to time. As mentioned in the section about the remote control, the new feature is that you can assign an app you want to the button on the remote control, but due to the limited selection of apps, I doubt that many will use this feature, except for YouTube or DailyMotion apps.

Media player support

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The built-in media player supports modern video codecs and MKV container, so you can play via USB or network everything from SD MPEG-2 up to UHD HDR H.265 (HEVC) content. The playback was smooth over 100 Mbit network to the Synology DS214se NAS and I was able to play even a 100 FPS UHD video without any issues. This is a much better result that when I tried playing same files on Philips or TCL Android TVs – even with Kodi installed, the playback was not smooth and it was practically impossible to watch.

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Subtitle options

The not so good news is that DTS audio is still not supported, so you will have to use an external device to play files with this codec. On the other hand, subtitles are supported, either in MKV container or as a separate file. Sometimes external subtitles would not appear for no particular reason, but you can easily solve it by placing them in an MKV container.


About Darko Hlušička - Darco

Osnivač i glavni urednik HD Televizije. Licencirani ISF kalibrator (Level II). Veliki ljubitelj tehnologije koja ga danas očarava jednako kao i kada je po prvi puta pokrenuo .exe datoteku u DOS-u u 90-im godinama prošlog stoljeća. Uživa slušajući filmsku glazbu.

2 comments

  1. Recenziju na stranu, volio bih da je tekst na HR jeziku jer na ENG je mogu pročitati na AVForums-u, Rtings-u, …

  2. Thanks for review. So your opinion is that this TV has the best picture processing, and SD program upscalaing,, from the 4K TVs you tested?
    About screen glare,, have you any experience with Anti-glare film? yes,, I understand that mounting a film to 65 inch monitor is not easy :)

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