One week with the Panasonic Viera TH-65DX900S TV

Bang Ong waxes lyrical about his time with Panasonic’s first Ultra HD Premium TV

Godzilla waltzed into my living room with the help of two delivery men.

The gigantic 65in Viera DX900S loomed over the rest of my possessions as an magnificent machine behemoth. I sat too close to the screen, the only distance available to me within the apartment, and turned on the TV- the beginning of my week with Panasonic's latest 4K marvel.

DAY 01 - First impressions count

The Panasonic TH-65DX900S is a 65-inch behemoth of a 4K TV, and it is the brand’s top of the line as far as ultra HD televisions go. 

Packed to the brim with the latest in imaging tech, it will often leave you wondering if you’re in the presence of a technological marvel or if you are looking through a magic portal to another part of the universe. Let us clear it up for you – it’s certainly a technological marvel, so do NOT attempt to step through, fondle or kiss anything that seems implausibly realistic on screen – that’s a job for VR headsets, not 4K TVs.

The Panasonic TH-65DX900S might not be the lightest or thinnest of 4K TVs, but we doubt anyone would spend this amount of money on something they constantly want to move around. It has a bezel so thin and unobtrusive that you could easily miss it, which is slightly annoying when you actually have to shift the set since you end up getting your fingerprints all over the glass. Otherwise, it is sleek and minimalist, like most 4K televisions of today and will fit comfortably in any mid-sized room of the house. No curves or structural gimmickry for this telly, just no-nonsense straight lines, with the speakers set into the back. 

DAY 02 - Getting acquainted

Panasonic’s Hexa Chroma Drive Pro gives you six colour reproduction – in a nutshell it means that this 4K television can broadly replicate reality to the extent that prolonged exposure to viewing might cause its users never to leave the house again. Why go outside when the door to Narnia is sitting in your living room?

But if you’re interested in the details, Panasonic’s proprietary tech adds three colours on top of the RGB spectrum that we grew up with – cyan, magenta and yellow. As a result, the TV is able to reproduce the natural tones and hues of the world outside within its bezels, and the results are fantastic. The built-in speakers are actually pretty good, but if you’re already spending that much on the TV, you’re probably not going to settle (and you shouldn't).

Aside from accurately recreating our reality, the TH-65DX900S comes tuned by Hollywood colourists and filmmakers, so you can watch your favourite movies and television series the way they were meant to be seen, thanks to the rigorous colouring standards of the film industry. This Ultra HD Premium lark seems like it isn’t quite a gimmick after all, and Netflix and chill might never be the same again.

Can I keep this TV, please? 

DAY 03 - Down the rabbit hole we go

It occurred to me that before there were televisions, an audience devoid of entertainment had to rely on art and each episode of Dante’s Apartment would take years to paint. In classical art, chiaroscuro is the idea of using the strong contrast between light and dark tones to give life and dynamism to an image. In which case, the TH-65DX900S would then be a master artist. Its ultra-bright LED panel with local dimming allow for the lightest lights and blackest nights without losing contrast and detail.

The not so good – the uncomfortable visibility of all the pores on your favourite newscasters’ faces, thanks to the incredible sharpness of the display – brrr. But you’ll get used to it, and you can’t (more like won’t) go back.

In use, the TV isn’t just bright for brightness’ sake – colours are rich and lines are sharp; I’ve grown used to the detailed minutiae on-screen, and I have quickly taken it for granted. Chances are, you will too.

God help me when the time comes to return it. 

DAY 05 - Getting around the content

Unlike many TVs, the TH-65DX900S comes with Firefox OS and a dedicated Netflix button on its remote. I like it; it gets bonus points for the crisp UI design and lack of menu navigation clutter that so many TVs seem to enjoy pouring over users nowadays.

The touchpad that comes along makes the TV well-placed for casual internet activities, not that it isn’t easily mirrored or connected to all your other alternative control devices anyway. All this time, the onboard CPU doesn’t feel like an afterthought. Despite the lack of details in the spec sheet, Panasonic’s mysterious “unique processor” is a quad-core processor that moved things along quite smoothly.