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Panasonic GZ1500/1000/950 Owners Thread

Now that the GZ950 is out in Europe and the 1000 is starting to show up in Canadian stores perhaps it is time to start an owners thread.
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Almost got myself the GZ1000 last weekend but went with LG E9. Waiting for delivery. GZ2000 release date is very late, otherwise would have probably went with that one. There's always next time.

Anyways looking forward to user experience.

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The GZ950 or 1000 should be sufficient for most people it has the same processing as the high end model, and considering how much they are charging for their high end model and all the sound crackling issues that are being reported, that is shoddy quality control on panasonic's part. I would take the 950/1000 over the high end model. If next year they come up with a successor without the soundbar and the sound issues at a lower price, then that might be worth it.
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Apparently the GZ2000 is scheduled to arrive in Canada at the end of the month. The 950 is here now. I’ll probably hold off until it arrives before making the final decision.

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Hi guys,

I recently purchased a GZ1500 and I have a small problem with the Nvidia Shield. The connection is on HDMI 1 and essentially the image immediately appeared a little distorted. Going to the settings of the Shield to adjust the overscan, the screen with the 4 green arrows, basically the one on the left was slightly "eaten", but when I went to adjust it I ended up also shrinking the other 3, reducing the viewing window .

Furthermore, as you can see from the screensaver images, the lower left corner is "eaten". It is the first time that such a thing happens to me, I wonder if you have ideas to remedy this problem, thanks.

https://imgur.com/73ASADV

P.S. The same problem also appears on the other HDMI outputs.
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I have a small problem with the Nvidia Shield.

I have the same issue with my regular Panasonic plasma TV, so this might be a Shield issue. It is only evident when the screensaver is activated (as in your screen shot), otherwise the picture is perfectly balanced.
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I have the same issue with my regular Panasonic plasma TV, so this might be a Shield issue. It is only evident when the screensaver is activated (as in your screen shot), otherwise the picture is perfectly balanced.
"Happy" to don't be alone... It's a bit annoying but as long as it doesn't occur while playing a media content it's better than nothing.
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Why does this thread have so little activity? The GZ950 is on top of my consideration list, however there is literally no input or impressions to read here from any owner. The higher end model GZ2000 also don't have any owners thread when I searched. On the other hand, I can count about 4-5 LG oled threads on the first page spanning multiple pages, while this thread doesn't go beyond one page. It looks like LG is the much more preferred tv on this discussion board.
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Why does this thread have so little activity? The GZ950 is on top of my consideration list, however there is literally no input or impressions to read here from any owner. The higher end model GZ2000 also don't have any owners thread when I searched. On the other hand, I can count about 4-5 LG oled threads on the first page spanning multiple pages, while this thread doesn't go beyond one page. It looks like LG is the much more preferred tv on this discussion board.
Think it's because Panasonic don't sell TV's within the US

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Why does this thread have so little activity? The GZ950 is on top of my consideration list, however there is literally no input or impressions to read here from any owner. The higher end model GZ2000 also don't have any owners thread when I searched. On the other hand, I can count about 4-5 LG oled threads on the first page spanning multiple pages, while this thread doesn't go beyond one page. It looks like LG is the much more preferred tv on this discussion board.
This is mainly north American user forum. Canada and Mexico has Panasonic OLEDs not USA.

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Why does this thread have so little activity? The GZ950 is on top of my consideration list, however there is literally no input or impressions to read here from any owner. The higher end model GZ2000 also don't have any owners thread when I searched. On the other hand, I can count about 4-5 LG oled threads on the first page spanning multiple pages, while this thread doesn't go beyond one page. It looks like LG is the much more preferred tv on this discussion board.
I saw GZ1000 & GZ2000 at a store last week, I saw NO DIFFERENCE in PQ between those two tvs. Also I prefer Dolby Vision on the LG more.

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This is mainly north American user forum. Canada and Mexico has Panasonic OLEDs not USA.
A few thoughts: Pana Oled are not readily available in the US, Pana placed a priority on the Canadian market but are slightly over priced compared with the competition even with the current sale. It appears the big players are agreeing to split their markets ie: TCL does not give a crap about Canada but drives the US (quite normal as the market is huge), Sony A8G C9 and GZ 1000 are all made from the same OLED panel and the processing A8G and GZ are suspiciously similar and superior to C9.. so Pana in Canada, Sony in US, TCL US, LG everywhere, at least that what I am seeing.

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Think it's because Panasonic don't sell TV's within the US

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So it's to do with lack of availaibility than brand recognition, but I do find panasonic discussion in the plasma sub forum just not here.
Being curious, I just checked panasonic country sites, and on US and mexico site, they don't have GZ oleds listed so it would mean GZ models did not launch for those two, Canada site has them listed.
But again, in this thread, I don't see any canadian owner posting either, it's been a good while since the GZ950/1000 launched. So might have something to do with panasonic not being popular or more pricier.

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A few thoughts: Pana Oled are not readily available in the US, Pana placed a priority on the Canadian market but are slightly over priced compared with the competition even with the current sale. It appears the big players are agreeing to split their markets ie: TCL does not give a crap about Canada but drives the US (quite normal as the market is huge), Sony A8G C9 and GZ 1000 are all made from the same OLED panel and the processing A8G and GZ are suspiciously similar and superior to C9.. so Pana in Canada, Sony in US, TCL US, LG everywhere, at least that what I am seeing.
TCL only concentrates on producing lcd's, they're not an oled player. From where I am, we also have Metz and Hisense oleds, apart from the brands you mention, but I haven't looked into them because I do not expect their processing to be on par. And in europe, with oled there is philips, toshiba (manufactured by vestel) and previously B&O (who has now ceased production). The common denominator being all use lg supplied panels. Had there been more than one panel supplier, the brand you went with would've mattered even more.
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I saw GZ1000 & GZ2000 at a store last week, I saw NO DIFFERENCE in PQ between those two tvs. Also I prefer Dolby Vision on the LG more.
I've been watching as many video reviews as I can find for these models and you're mostly right about GZ950/1000 vs 2000, in the AVForums video review of the 2000 posted on youtube, the comparison footage shows that the 950 is quite close to the 2000 in picture, in SDR they look almost same, with HDR in few shots the 2000 has subtle benefits but overall I think it comes 95% close to the 2000 so not a real difference. And that's why I want to save money and go with the 950 or its next year successor. 2000 isn't great value for money unless you can get it in a deal for a much lower price. Dolby vision on GZ oleds according to vincent teoh's review uses the same hardware implementation like LG does, so there shouldn't be a difference apart from some tone mapping.
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I've been watching as many video reviews as I can find for these models and you're mostly right about GZ950/1000 vs 2000, in the AVForums video review of the 2000 posted on youtube, the comparison footage shows that the 950 is quite close to the 2000 in picture, in SDR they look almost same, with HDR in few shots the 2000 has subtle benefits but overall I think it comes 95% close to the 2000 so not a real difference. And that's why I want to save money and go with the 950 or its next year successor. 2000 isn't great value for money unless you can get it in a deal for a much lower price. Dolby vision on GZ oleds according to vincent teoh's review uses the same hardware implementation like LG does, so there shouldn't be a difference apart from some tone mapping.
950-1000-1500 vs 2000, other than the audio isnt there also some kind of surface process (electronic processing or physical) that is done to allow higher nits and prevent image retention, Vincent quoted another German you tuber I believe in his review.
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950-1000-1500 vs 2000, other than the audio isnt there also some kind of surface process (electronic processing or physical) that is done to allow higher nits and prevent image retention, Vincent quoted another German you tuber I believe in his review.
Yeah you're talking of the 'custom panel' that the 2000 uses, panasonic places a big, large heatsink at the back of the panel for heat dissipation and changes the drive electronics to push more current, which allows higher panel peak whites. Also claims to improve the burn in resistance. But to me, doesn't really matter, I'm not concerned about BI and peak whites while they measure higher on the 2000 because of the custom panel, in real world comparisons vs the 950/1000, the differences look minimal.
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Flatpanelshd spoke about ''far to early to conclude'' and the risk of burn-in ''most likely'' reduced. And they were the only ones that wrote about it.
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'' "how much does it take"? We cannot answer that question during our time 2-3 week review period but curiously GZ2000 exhibits different behavior than other OLED TVs. Normally, we can provoke temporary retention through the use of our test patterns for calibration. This retention will disappear again soon after. GZ2000 seemed almost immune to our torture tests. Even after long test sessions with a 1000 nits static window there was no retention to be found on the panel - not even on a grey verification pattern. Of course, it is far too early to conclude that Panasonic has cracked the code but one possible explanation could be that since the panel is equipped with a more effective heat dissipation solution, cool off time for the diodes is reduced. If this is indeed the case, the risk of burn-in is most likely be reduced, too, since ageing of diodes is greatly accelerated the warmer they get (that's why accelerated tests typically take place at elevated temperatures).''
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I'm wondering if someone can answer a question. I just bought the GZ1000 and was wondering does the tv have a plastic cover over the screen that needs to be peeled off. It looks like there might be but no clue how to get it off.
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I have a different model but mine did not have plastic. But even TV's of the same model can come out of different assemblies causing their packaging to be different. You'll have to look. Place the tv below eye level, assuming it's not set up yet, and look at the top corners in bright light. Put a finger through and see if you can peel a layer, if you remove a tiny bit then it'll be easy, run your hand diagonally across the screen to the bottom corner and it'll keep coming off.
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Phil Hinton review of GZ950 https://www.avforums.com/reviews/pan...d-review.16674
Given best buy award
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Phil Hinton review of GZ950 https://www.avforums.com/reviews/pan...d-review.16674
Given best buy award
Not surprised. There's very minimal difference between GZ2000 vs. the rest of GZ OLEDs.

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^ He is rating it as best buy compared to all 2019 tv's, not just among the panasonic oleds. I would agree with him. Though brand and model pricing varies among countries and panasonic is more expensive in some countries, from where I am, the GZ950 after dealer discounts can be had cheaper than LG C9, E9, Sony A8G, A9G, even Sony X950G LCD. And GZ950 you get dolby vision and HDR10plus and best out of box SDR calibration compared to those tv's. So in terms of value for money, GZ950 is best.
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Why can't they figure out this tinting with off axis viewing thing. Great tv but likely going back as half my screen shows a red tint when viewing from off centre and the placement changes with where you sit. Really thought they could have this figured out by now. Same with LG, thry are all like this
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I have reviewed the best I can on the GZ series TV (.ca) and I have decided on the GZ1000 from Panasonic. The panel looks wonderful for the price point. Will be ordering it soon.

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I have reviewed the best I can on the GZ series TV (.ca) and I have decided on the GZ1000 from Panasonic. The panel looks wonderful for the price point. Will be ordering it soon.

Thanks for all the feedback so far here everyone. LOVE the AVS community!
Ditto,

I purchased mine tonight (65GZ1000) at the local Visions store. Being delivered tomorrow afternoon/evening. Can't wait.

I already have a receiver and 5.2.4 setup of Atmos, so I don't need the sound bar, that the GZ2000 offers, I understand that it may have some other perks but not worth the extra $$$$$ in my books.

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Especially when you look at the avforums review of the GZ200 where they show the comparison footage with the GZ950 and they look so close in terms of picture. The GZ950/1000 should suffice for most people with a good surround sound setup. I don't know what price they sell the GZ1000 in canada but avforums rated the GZ950 as the best value for money tv of 2019.
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Especially when you look at the avforums review of the GZ200 where they show the comparison footage with the GZ950 and they look so close in terms of picture. The GZ950/1000 should suffice for most people with a good surround sound setup. I don't know what price they sell the GZ1000 in canada but avforums rated the GZ950 as the best value for money tv of 2019.
I couldn't find difference in GZ2000 vs GZ1000 that I demoed a few weeks ago, but I may pay extra to get the GZ2000 just to get the best.

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Bad that rtings doesn't do panasonic reviews despite their office located in canada, would have liked to see a side by side comparison between the 950/1000 and 2000 with all the respective measurements. Visually they look very close, if you have a good surround system, I think you're wasting money 'to get the best'. A 2000 without the fancy sound system and lesser price would be more worthwhile, it's rumored next year they'll bring such a model.
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The EZ1000 remained flagship for 2 years, I believe. The GZ2000 is special order and takes several weeks. I will probably see what is revealed at CES or I get a good discount on the GZ2000.

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