Panasonic might not have had many Ultra HD 4K TVs on show at CES this year but what they did have certainly caught our attention. The DX902 is the culmination of a process that has been ongoing for at least the last three years, after the Japanese manufacturer abandoned plasma and embraced the less familiar LCD market. It hasn’t always been plain-sailing and there have been a few issues along the way but last year’s range was a big step in the right direction, even if there was still room for improvement. As a result, Panasonic have drawn on all their experience to produce a new model that is intended to not only the best LED LCD TV they have ever made but can also hold is own against a professional studio monitor.
The DX902 is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic, THX and Hollywood colourists to develop an LED LCD TV that can deliver a studio monitor level of picture quality. It combines Panasonic’s new Studio Master HCX+ processor with professional quality colour management technology to produce a superior level of image accuracy. Panasonic have not only used 512 LEDs but added their new ‘Honeycomb’ local dimming that is designed to prevent light leakage between each of the zones. There is also a specially developed diffuser that is designed to even-out the backlight and eliminate banding that can be caused by the LEDs being directly behind the panel.
The DX902B also includes many of the features that we would expect on any high-end Ultra HD 4K TV in 2016, including a 10-bit VA panel, an effective Smart TV platform, HDMI 2.0a inputs, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, HEVC decoding, 3D and support forHigh Dynamic Range (HDR). Panasonic also claim that the TV can reach 96% of the DCI-P3 colour space and, as a result of all these factors, the DX902 was among the first to be awarded Ultra HD Premium status by the UHD Alliance.
All these elements should combine to significantly reduce haloing and deliver a better contrast performance than has previously been seen from an LED LCD TV. What’s even more surprising is that despite all the cutting-edge technology in the DX902B and its high-end level of build quality, the TV is also priced quite competitively. The TX-65DX902 retails @ €4499 and the TX-58DX902 retails @ €3799. The DX902 will be on display in store week commencing March 1st.