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Panasonic unveils new OLED TV at CES 2021 with incredible surround sound

Panasonic’s new flagship TV just made its CES 2021 debut, the Panasonic JZ2000 OLED TV. The successor to the HZ2000 4K OLED TV we saw last year, the JZ2000 has a few key improvements and plenty of features that make us glad it’s actually going to be sold in the U.S.

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Like its predecessor, the Panasonic JZ2000 will support both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, and adds ambient-aware versions of these same formats, with Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive support to adjust HDR brightness in response to ambient light levels around the TV. This is especially handy for daytime viewing, when a brightly lit room would otherwise blunt the visual effect of HDR.

Audio on the Panasonic JZ2000 is also getting improvements, with not only upward firing speakers for Dolby Atmos, but side firing speakers as well, for better support of multidirectional sound. Panasonic calls it 360° Soundscape Pro, and it sounds like Panasonic’s answer to Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound and Sony’s Acoustic Multi Audio technologies. As with past sets from Panasonic, the audio has been tuned by Technics.

Panasonic JZ2000 OLED TV

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The Panasonic flagship is powered by the HCX Pro AI Processor, a proprietary chip that enables AI-driven optimizations and auto calibration for the screen. Additional modes include the tweak-free Filmmaker Mode, and HLG Photo, which displays photos with HDR when the necessary metadata is present. The AI aspects also include automatic genre detection, which then automatically switches the TV to the most appropriate picture mode – sports, films and gaming all will benefit.

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