Welcome to T3’s Panasonic HX800 (TX-58HX800) overview. With photos tuned along side Hollywood execs, help for each superior HDR format (surprisingly uncommon even in premium units!) and a powerful assortment of good companies, Panasonic seems to be ticking all the correct packing containers with its new HX800 collection of TV. It is available in a number of sizes, however we have examined the 58-inch mannequin right here.
Coming in as a mid-ranger with an edge-lit 4K LCD show, this punches above its weight to place in a number of the most correct and cinematic photos we have seen not too long ago, and is among the finest TVs underneath £1000. It is also top-of-the-line gaming TVs, because of a powerful lack of lag.
It is not good, however its issues can typically be overcome, and we’re large followers of its large 58-inch panel and the element it brings to your 4K films at that dimension.
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Panasonic HX800 overview: Value & options
The mannequin on our check bench is the 58-inch TX-58HX800. If this doesn’t fairly match that area you’ve allotted within the nook of the room, the GX800 can be accessible in 40-inch (TX-40HX800), 50-inch (TX-50HX800), 65-inch (TX-65HX800) sizes. It’s value stating that there’s additionally an HX820 mannequin, however that is merely a variant for sure retailers, with none variations to the mannequin featured right here.
The HX800 supplies a jumping-on level for Panasonic’s 4K LED LCD fashions, and sits under the step-up HX900 and HX940. However that doesn’t imply that it’s wanting premium niceties: there’s help for each Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+ superior HDR codecs, which allow a display to maximise picture high quality on a scene by scene foundation.
The TV can be Dolby Atmos pleasant, though you’ll have to companion it with an exterior sound system to profit from the immersive sound format. The display’s onboard sound system is commonplace two-channel stereo.
There are solely three HDMI ports, which is weak in a world the place 4 is regular (and anticipated at this level), plus two USBs ports (one a quick v3.zero), a digital optical audio out, part AV and Ethernet.
Whereas the HDMI ports are designated at model 2.zero (wonderful for traditional 4K HDR), the display does provide auto-switching ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), an HDMI 2.1 function that mechanically switches the display to sport mode when a console enter is detected (that is supported on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X).
The tuner within the UK model of the HX800 is Freeview Play, full with roll-back programme information, however there isn’t any satellite tv for pc different. Wi-fi help consists of dual-band Wi-Fi (so you may keep away from bandwidth congestion) and Bluetooth, the latter with headphone pairing for late night time listening.
Panasonic HX800 overview: Image efficiency
Panasonic does cinematic sheen higher than anybody. There’s a lushness to the HX800’s photos which is straight away participating. The picture doesn’t prioritise LED brightness, however it’s all of the extra cinematic for that. Color constancy is great. Even the catch-all Regular viewing mode trades glare for big-screen glamour.
The HX800 is edge-lit, somewhat than full-array, however backlight uniformity is mostly wonderful. You’ll discover predictable gentle splodges should you look arduous, however with most full-screen materials they’re unnoticeable.
Native Dimming enhanced Distinction is actually robust for an edge-lit set. Black letterbox bars look suitably darkish, offered you keep some stage of ambient gentle within the room. A 2020 full-array set, such because the Samsung Q80T inevitably has extra brightness and stronger black areas, however it additionally prices a lot extra.
The set additionally appears to be like wonderful with SDR content material, upscaling with a delicate contact. The display appears to be like splendid with Blu-ray and different HD sources – wonderful element will get a raise from the model’s acquainted HCX picture processor, and the typical image stage is excessive.
The selection of picture presets covers Dynamic, Regular, Cinema, True Cinema, Customized and Sport. The Regular mode stays our advisable possibility for many content material, though maybe surprisingly, Dynamic with managed oversaturation additionally proves somewhat satisfying. In darker environments for film screenings, the True Cinema mode is the best choice, because it’s bought extra punch than the common Cinema mode.
Inevitably the panel actually blooms with 4K sources. 58-inches might sound like an inbetweener dimension, however the further actual property over a 55-inch set is a deal with in the case of element and picture depth. Pores and skin tones look sensational, with plausible texture.
Multi-HDR help means you received’t undergo FOMO when watching Amazon Prime (for HDR10+) or Netflix (Dolby Imaginative and prescient). There’s additionally provision for broadcast HLG, which is lastly beginning to arrive, in addition to HLG Photograph, supported by a few of Panasonic’s high-spec mirrorless cameras.
In contrast to static HDR, dynamic HDR know-how like Dolby Imaginative and prescient permits the TV to handle excessive brightness and shadow element on a scene by scene foundation.
HDR efficiency is in keeping with final 12 months’s GX800 mannequin. We measured peak HDR brightness at slightly below 450 nits, utilizing the Dynamic image preset. There’s solely a marginal drop-off with different image modes. Mixed with an admirable stage of distinction, this implies the set has no drawback presenting specular highlights. These parts in a grade designed to pop from the display, like spot gentle or results, actually stand out.
Nevertheless, whereas that is good total for units in this type of worth vary, the brightness is notably decrease than the brightness of the Philips OLED754, which has the double benefit of being an OLED set, so handles distinction a lot better than this TV, which means HDR efficiency is a lot better total. The (UK & Europe-only) 55-inch OLED754 is across the identical value, so is the one greatest competitor right here, and has the sting in the case of HDR picture efficiency total.
Panasonic’s acquainted movement dealing with know-how, Clever Body Creation, as soon as a motive to go for the off swap, is definitely very efficient. The model lists the power of IFC right here as 1600 Hz BMR, which is, after all, gobbledygook. We had no qualms utilizing the Min setting for normal TV content material.
Inevitably, movement artefacts are extra evident on the Mid and Max settings. If you happen to’re watching films from Blu-ray (at 24 frames per second) our recommendation stays to modify IFC off. This eliminates all movement artefacts, however you’ll must reside with a stage of panning judder.
Panasonic continues to over ship on its gaming efficiency. We measured a low latency of 10.2ms (1080p/60fps) in Sport mode on the HX800, which is phenomenal. Play with the Regular viewing mode, and this jumps to 140ms – fortuitously, the inclusion of ALLM (talked about earlier) means it should auto-switch to the Sport mode when a console that helps ALLM tells it to (which each the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X will).
Panasonic HX800 overview: Sound high quality
One draw back to a TV being as deliciously svelte as this one is that there actually isn’t a lot room to accommodate a flowery sound system. So the most effective we may moderately hope for is that the HX800 places in a workmanlike efficiency straight out of the field – and it does.
There’s a 2x10W energy plant on-board, able to a certain quantity of stereo gusto. However you’ll wish to companion it with top-of-the-line soundbars sooner somewhat than later.
The excellent news is the set recognises a Dolby Atmos stream, and can cross it out over HDMI ARC – an ideal pairing with the Sony HT-X8500 should you’re searching for one thing cheap that makes probably the most of Atmos, and offers a giant sound to match the large display dimension right here. That Sony soundbar has an HDMI passthrough, so that you received’t lose an HDMI port by connecting, which is clearly important when there’s solely three to start with.
Panasonic HX800 overview: Design & usability
The TX-58HX800 is fashionably minimalist in the case of design, however there’s some pleasing consideration to element. Simply as we noticed on final 12 months’s GX800 fashions, the LCD panel seems to sit down on prime of, somewhat than inside, the encircling bezel. This glass-on-frame aesthetic is kind of stylish.
The panel itself stands on a central singular pedestal, so there’s no have to scour furnishings catalogues searching for an extremely vast AV bench.
The distant management is a normal Panasonic unit, distinguished solely by devoted Netflix and (within the UK) Freeview Play buttons.
Good connectivity comes by way of Panasonic’s personal My Dwelling Display platform, now as much as v5.zero. It stays intuitive and simply customisable, with strong streaming TV service help.
It is probably not a far-reaching good platform as Android TV, however Dwelling will nonetheless have interaction with Google Assistant and you need to use Amazon Alexa good integration too, if that’s extra to your style.
Total performance stays unchanged. You possibly can add further buttons to the default trio (Gadgets, Apps and Reside TV), for most well-liked streaming companies and linked gizmos. If you happen to’re large on Amazon Prime, stick a button for it on the Dwelling web page.
The Machine button stays a go-to for linked sources, like TV packing containers, video games consoles or Blu-ray participant. It additionally recognises networked NAS units with media servers.
Along with Netflix, there’s Rakuten.television, YouTube and Brit Field, however no Disney+ as of but – that is a fairly main miss for anybody with children, or who loves Star Wars, or who loves Marvel films… which covers most of us.
Nevertheless, you may watch Disney+ with top-of-the-line 4K media streamers although, which don’t price very a lot (though you do have to make use of an HDMI port connecting one).
Hopefully, an replace sooner or later will repair the dearth of Disney, in any case.
Panasonic HX800 overview: Verdict
The HX800 is strictly the LED thinscreen we wish it to be. There’s a lush, cinematic authenticity to its photos which is definite to fulfill film fanatics. Photos are able to blistering element, with out trying over-emphasised or pressured. Color accuracy is excellent.
Good usability can be prime notch. This newly refined model of Panasonic’s Dwelling platform is simple to customize and use, however we actually want to see Disney+ onboard.
Complete HDR help is the icing on the cake. In contrast to comparable flatscreens from rivals like Sony, LG and Samsung, there’s no want to decide on which dynamic metadata commonplace to help. This set does all of them. In all, the HX800 comes extremely advisable.
There are two units accessible for the time being in a comparable value vary you also needs to take into account. The Philips OLED754, talked about earlier, is round 50% brighter than than the HX800, and its OLED display presents distinction that this TV can solely dream of, actually. It additionally has Philips’ Ambilight tech, which we actually price. It is processor is barely older, however T3 charges it barely above this TV total – although we would not argue should you needed to commerce its extra dazzling and punchy HDR for the hardcore accuracy right here.
The opposite actually robust possibility is the Samsung Q80R, which is a TV from final 12 months that is had its value roughly halved, and is barely cheaper than this one for the 55-inch mannequin. As a result of it began value as a really premium set, its QLED LED display has a full-array backlight with actually exact backlight dimming. Consequently, it is roughly twice as brilliant as this set, which has a big impact on how spectacular HDR appears to be like, and makes it a lot, far more seen in brilliant rooms that get a number of daylight, when the sunshine is streaming in. Once more, T3 thinks it is total a barely higher purchase than this one whereas shares final – the truth that it is had such an enormous value drop as a result of it is being changed is what makes it such a powerful purchase.