HIGHS

  • Excellent color
  • Incredible screen uniformity
  • Solid black levels and shadow detail
  • Outstanding upscaling
  • Great substitute for plasma

LOWS

  • Heavy; bulky stand
  • Poor smart TV interface

In case you’re a fanatic of top of the line TVs, then you might think this survey is past its prime. It’s actual that most surveys of Panasonic’s AX900 leader were distributed a while back, however I’ve clutched this audit which is as it should be. I’m happy I did, on the grounds that I now see more about this present TV’s place in a tumultuous scene than I evened a month prior. Permit me to clarify.

When I first saw the AX900 at IFA 2014 in Berlin, I suspected there was more to it than only 4K determination and plasma-like dark levels (however I guarantee you, the majority of that was bounty energizing). At that point, when I got the chance to get very close with the TV at the Luxury Technology Show in Beverly Hills?just over a month later, I savored its dazzling picture and encountered the pride and delight Panasonic obviously took in the TV as they clarified somewhat about what made it so diverse.

In the wake of encountering the AX900 in my testing lab for about a month, I am presently sure Panasonic has something unique going on. Still, I have worries over how well this TV is prepared for the future, and whether it will stay applicable in the midst of a tempest of changes encompassing 4K UHD, including an ocean of new TVs with extended shading and high element range abilities.

Basically: Even however this TV was unleashed in December of 2014, its prepared to tackle the most sultry presentations that are just now beginning to touch base on store racks, including SUHD TVs from Samsung, LG’s progressed ColorPrime showcases, Vizio’s Reference arrangement, and Sony’s simply declared cutting edge 4K UHD TVs ? regardless of the possibility that it can’t do HDR.

Out of the box

I appreciate seeing what every producer has done to switch up its TV plans a seemingly endless amount of time, particularly where TV stands are concerned. Some of the time it’s difficult to make something that is so fundamentally utilitarian hot, yet consistently they all attempt, and where Panasonic’s endeavors are concerned, I am thankful ? they truly went for something else.

It’s stunning how shut the AX900 gets to some of Panasonic’s best plasmas.

Panasonic has discarded the average nabbed style stand for a dainty bit of chrome that runs the width of the TV, making the feeling that the showcase is by one means or another gliding over whatever surface it’s been set on. It’s a quite smooth trap, yet pulling it off includes what is basically a 33-pound box of counterbalance appended to the back of the TV. That counterbalance is difficult to wield, makes the TV difficult to move around, and essentially expands the profundity of the TV (from 2 inches to 14 inches). It additionally makes an effectively substantial TV (81.6 lbs.) significantly heavier (114.7 lbs.)!

Still, the AX900 is a genuine looker, and a ton of that weight can be credited to the utilization of premium parts which, for this situation, decipher into premium execution. In short: We’ll take it.

In the container with the TV you’ll discover two sets of uninvolved 3D glasses, a touchpad remote, and conventional wand-style remote.

Features and design

At the point when 4K UHD TVs were initially presented, the offering point was higher determination. You’d see bunches of discuss “four times the determination of HD,” “higher pixel thickness,” et cetera. Presently, UHD has gotten to be about more than only a higher pixel tally.

At the point when the UHD Alliance?issues a standard for UHD, we can securely anticipate that it will incorporate specs for wide shading extent and high element range (HDR). The specifics require some resolving, and there’s some dissention in the positions with regards to how to approach a portion of the specs, however when it’s set, we’ll have standard that a TV will need to meet with the end goal it should be perceived as an UHD TV.


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The THX-ensured AX900 is prepared to meet that standard as far as shading (it covers 98 percent of DCI Color space) however while it can accomplish up to 700 nits of splendor, it isn’t in fact ready to handle HDR. Is that a major issue? Not for me, in light of the fact that while I see the worth in HDR, it is only one component of picture quality. I’m more keen on fantastic execution over a more extensive scope of components, and on account of its unrivaled shading exactness over an expansive scope of brilliance levels, I think the AX900 remains an extremely alluring TV.

With numerous TVs, shading exactness regresses as hues get darker. Panasonic addresses this issue with what it calls “Super Chroma Drive” which (going to get tech-y here) continually examines shading exactness utilizing 3D lookup tables at different shine levels. All things considered, seeing, this means skin conditions that are as exact in sunny scenes as they are in the shade, for instance. This may seem like a minor thing, yet we guarantee you, it has a major effect. Furthermore, when this TV begins getting nourished with wide shading array material (would we be able to have our UHD Blu-beam now, satisfy?) the effect will be much more huge.

Likewise in the engine are immediate (perused: not edge-mounted) LED backdrop illuminations separated into 128 zones of for nearby darkening, all sitting behind an IPS LCD board, a sort known for its astounding shading precision and off-hub seeing, however chastised for its mediocre dark levels (more on this later and it’s uplifting news). The TV likewise has a large group of exclusive Panasonic advances which we’ve seen executed with incredible accomplishment in its fabulous plasma shows.

For associations, the AX900 offers an aggregate of four HDCP 2.2-consistent 4K/60Hz HDMI inputs fit for 18Ghz throughput and 4:4:4 Chroma subsampling ? at the end of the day, it’s prepared for whatever you’ll have the capacity to toss at it in the following quite a long while, spare HDR metadata. The second HDMI port backings ARC. You’ll additionally get an optical computerized sound yield, three USB inputs (one USB 3.0), and an Ethernet jack (Wi-Fi is likewise on board). Constrained legacy associations incorporate cross breed part and composite RCA inputs. At long last, Panasonic goes and tosses in a DisplayPort info ? an irregularity in TVs ? which may speak to PC clients.

With respect to fancy odds and ends, there are a lot of them, however none of them worth getting into too profoundly, as I would see it. Yes, the TV has facial acknowledgment programming so it can identify when you’ve strolled into a room and respond as indicated by pre-modified guidelines (for example, it could influence on and tune to a particular information or channel), however these are the kind of oddities that are more diversion than advancement. Same goes for the brilliant TV stage, which I’ve never been especially partial to (don’t stress, Panasonic is jettisoning it for Firefox OS soon). What’s more, at long last, I could manage without the Trackpad remote, which favors swiping and tapping for more routine route, however I’ve generally been somewhat out-dated that way ? it’s okay on the off chance that you by and by lean toward trackpad remotes, truly!

Performance

Amid my assessment, I had the Panasonic AX900 set up right beside a Sony X950b (both 65-inch models) so I could see the same material on every one. Following a year of testing each lead 4K UHD TV I could get my hands on, I was sure it would come down to a fight between these two correspondingly highlighted (and evaluated) models for the title of best 4K UHD LED TV in 2014. I trust I was correct.

The Sony X950b fared marginally superior to the Panasonic AX900 when it came to profundity of dark levels, however by verging on each other significant perception, the Panasonic has a slight edge. Obviously, that doesn’t mean I think easygoing viewers will fundamentally favor the Panasonic ? the Sony has a photo that truly pops, and it is exceedingly enlivening to watch. Be that as it may, consistent with Panasonic’s legacy of creating remarkable plasma TVs, the AX900 conveys the kind of exactness and accuracy that experts and aficionados need; myself included.
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It’s stunning how shut the AX900 gets to some of Panasonic’s best plasmas. I was somewhat worried that Panasonic ran with an IPS board, since I’ve had for the most part disillusioning encounters with their dark levels, yet Panasonic’s backdrop illumination take a shot at this set is out and out remarkable. What little the AX900 surrenders inside and out of blacks, it more than compensates for with commendable shadow point of interest, insignificant radiance impacts with brilliant items on dull foundations, and verging on unnoticeable backdrop illumination diminishing ancient rarities. Also the shading truly is extraordinary on this TV. Consider me stricken.

I have this fun little torment test I jump at the chance to put TVs as the days progressed, and it makes an incredible showing with regards to of testing a TV’s backdrop illumination framework. I’ll load up a motion picture or TV show on Netflix (ideally in 4K) with a lot of dull symbolism (House of Cards is awesome for this) and turn on shut inscription subtitles, which typically show up on the base of the screen in brilliant white. With edgelit LED shows, the whole base of the screen tends to gleam, indicating hotspots obviously, and changing the blacks around it into a dim grime. With full-cluster nearby diminishing sets like the Panasonic AX900, the upside of the neighborhood darkening is instantly obvious as the screen zone to one side and right of the subtitles for the most part stays dull, however relying upon what number of zones are affecting everything, a few TVs will have more backdrop illumination “creep” than others. The AX900 did to a great degree well with this little torment test, minimizing sparkle around the splendid white letters, and keeping up as uniform a photo as could be normal. I ought to note that the AX900 performed best with its Adaptive Backlight Control setting at least. Turning the setting up to medium or most extreme would bring about some darker blacks, yet in those modes the diminishing got to be observable while watching content with somewhat more sprouting around splendid items and lost some shadow subtle element. Tradeoffs.

With respect to screen consistency, I honestly didn’t surmise that LCD-based showcases could pull off anything near execution so plasma-like. The AX900 doesn’t uncover its backdrop illuminations from the corners like such a large number of different showcases will, and splendor over the screen shows up impeccably even. Therefore, the AX900 produces a particularly true to life picture.

Best of all, once I killed the basic investigation bit of my cerebrum, I could kick back and truly take in the amazing picture this TV is link of delivering. I never tired of the way it rendered pictures, whether I was viewing a most loved flick on Blu-beam, making up for lost time with a TV show by means of Netflix, or watching sports by means of link. I felt like the AX900 made everything look great, and I not even once ended up wishing it could accomplish more. It might not have the Sony X950b’s glimmer and flair, but rather it makes you have an inclination that you’re nearer than at any other time to seeing what content makers expected you to see, and for me, that is an uncommon deed in reality.

Conclusion

Panasonic knew exceptionally well it was going to irritate its dependable fan-base when it covered its plasma TV business, yet the organization has pulled off what numerous were certain was inconceivable: a LED TV that looks and feels like a plasma TV. For the individuals who aren’t persuaded OLED is the approach, the AX900 is an extraordinary alternative right at this point. Furthermore, if Panasonic keeps this up, it will remain to a great degree aggressive heading into the following couple of years, when 4K UHD truly makes its mark.