Panasonic today have announced quite a bit of technology today at the CES tech convention. Below we check out what is on offer and they have plenty of headphones to check out for the headphone fans and is something I am keen on.

Panasonic’s Wireless Technics headphones EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B

Technics has unveiled two new wireless headphones, the EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B. Both models support LDAC/apt-X HD for wireless, high-res-equivalent*1 sound reproduction. Backed by high rigidity and high internal damping, the use of a 40-mm dynamic drivers, consisting of composite performance film (CPF) diaphragm and precise air control structure enables the new models to faithfully reproduce the delicate nuances of music and dynamic sound. The EAH-F70 features Technics’ original wide-band hybrid active noise-cancelling to allow immersion in music under virtually any environment.

A wireless music experience generating real-life sensations of energy and spatial expansion

40mm dynamic driver with newly developed diaphragm

This diaphragm is consisted with newly developed composite performance film (CPF) laminated with a plurality of special materials for high rigidity and high internal damping. The result is a powerful bass that seems to soar from the bottom depths and a spatial ambience that makes you feel as if you are in a concert hall. To maximise the effects of these characteristics, the shape of the diaphragm has been designed with the utmost attention to detail.

The special bullet-shaped dome has realised improved rigidity. The natural and linear high-frequency characteristics provide a smooth and lustrous sound. The rib edge shape has been optimised through simulation to attain high linearity across the entire input range, from weak to large input. All delicate nuances of music and realistic dynamics are faithfully reproduced.

A precise air control structure,

Detailed simulation and fine tuning were repeated to achieve a precise air control structure that results in an optimal air flow. The two carefully designed ports and original construction create an accurate air flow to bring out the wide-range frequency reproduction capability from the driver.

High-res-equivalent*sound quality even in wireless

The headphones support LDAC™, Qualcomm® and apt-X™ HD, and offer excellent response and high resolution even in a wireless configuration to reproduce accurate and faithful high-res-equivalent*1 sound.

*When connected via Bluetooth®, LDAC supports up to 96 kHz/24 bits and apt-X HD supports up to 48 kHz/24 bits (high-res reproduction when connected by cable).

Noise reduction in a wide-range of scenes

Hybrid active noise cancelling – 3 Modes (EAH-F70 only)

The hybrid noise cancelling system combines two different systems to realise high noise reducing performance. A three-level mode selector allows selection of the noise cancelling effect according to the usage situation.

The hybrid noise cancelling system uses two different systems: the feedforward system which uses a microphone mounted on the outside and the feedback system which uses a microphone located near the driver positioned close to the ear. In addition, the circuit was originally designed to provide improved noise cancelling performance.

Smart & Seamless Operation

Wearing sensor (EAH-F70 only)

When the headphones are removed the music stops. Once put back on, music resumes for comfortable, seamless operation.

Ambient sound enhancer (EAH-F70 only)

This function lets you listen to background sounds, such as announcements made on a train or in an airport by simply touching the outside of the housing, without removing the headphones from your head.

Voice assist activation

This function activates voice assistance, such as Siri in the iPhone. By speaking, you can make a phone call, select a music title to play* in linkage with a music streaming service or check the weather or route guidance.

* When using a music streaming service, it may be necessary to link the voice assistance to the account or subscribe to the flat-rate service.

Stylish design and comfortable fit

3D ball joint mechanism

The ball joint mechanism allows three-dimensional movement of the ear cuff to fit the ear at a comfortable angle. The ear pad is made of soft, low-resilient polyurethane foam.

High-grade materials

The outer parts are made of aluminium. The alumite treatment and spin finish bring out the high-grade ambience of the material. The Technics logo mark is laser-engraved and coloured. Every detail reflects the high-grade design.

Swivel & fold mechanism

The swivel & fold mechanism makes it easy to carry and store the headphones.

3D ear pads

The shape of the ear pads is ergonomically designed and low-resilient polyurethane foam is used inside the pads to ensure a snug fit around the ears. The ear pads offer increased isolation and sound insulating performance as well as extra comfort.

Panasonic’s Bluetooth HF410 and NJ310 Headphones

RP-HF410 On-Ear Headphones: Wireless 24hr playback with great sound and comfortable wear

The HF410 overhead headphones enable wireless Bluetooth reproduction with a simple yet fashionable design. 30 mm Driver Units with Neodymium Magnet deliver crisp, strong bass with clear vocals. The Extra Bass System (XBS) combines acoustic bass control optimising air flow via a filte. While an acoustic tuning circuit enhancing low range reproduction for a rich and deep bass sound with less distortion.

Equipped with a high-capacity rechargeable battery that enables a full 24 hours of continuous play, the HF410 Headphones are ideal for reliable, long-time use on the go. A lightweight design brings their weight down to 130g, and optimal side pressure adds a comfortable fit for hours of listening.

These headphones inherit the inside folding design with swivel mechanism that distinguishes the HF Series, allowing them to fit compactly inside a bag for easy carrying. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function enjoy hands-free operation right from your smartphone.

RP-NJ310 In-Ear Headphones: Easy to wear with symmetrical design

The NJ310 Headphones have a compact and deep colour design that blends naturally with athleisure fashions. The intergrated 9 mm driver for acoustic insulation achieve clear sound and robust bass.

The Extra Bass System (XBS) combines a port design that optimises air flow and an acoustic tuning circuit to enhance low range reproduction for enjoying crisp, robust bass sound with reduced distortion.

Their double-hold shape makes them easy to wear, fitting firmly into the ears to resist falling off. Even with their wireless design, the lightweight, compact body provides a comfortable fit.

The NJ310 Headphones deliver a full 6 hours of continuous playback on a full charge. Quick Charge function allows the user to charge the battery in 15 minutes, while getting ready to leave the house, for 70 minutes of playback. Also featuring built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, enjoy easy to use hands-free operation.

Product Highlights

RP-HF410B

  • 24 hours, Wireless Playback All Day Long: 24 hours of Battery Life Bluetooth® Compatible
  • Enhanced, Robust Bass: Extra Bass System (XBS) with Original Acoustic Structure and Circuit Design
  • Slim Design, Deep Tone Colours: Deep Tone Colours Coordinate Well with Athleisure Style

Panasonic’s SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable System.

Technics today unveiled the new SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable System. The SL-1500C inherits the brand’s high-end sound quality concept and adds a host of original Technics technologies, such as a coreless direct drive motor and high-sensitivity tonearm. To simplify the playing of analogue records, the built-in Phono EQ connects to a wide variety of devices. The SL-1500C also comes equipped with a high-quality Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge.

 

The SL-1500C is a complete turntable system designed for a wide range of users, including dedicated audio enthusiasts and vinyl record music lovers.

Sound quality technology at its best

Coreless Direct Drive Motor achieving stable rotation

The high-quality sound realised by the exceptional S/N ratio and high rotation accuracy of the direct drive system uniquely employed in Technics turntable products has captivated the hearts of audiophiles throughout the world. The SL-1500C inherits the high-quality performance found in Technics’ high-end turntable models. It uses a single-rotor, coreless direct drive motor in which the stator has no core and eliminates the rotation irregularity called cogging. In this motor, the magnetic force of the rotor magnets was improved to the highest possible level, and the gap between the coreless stator and rotor magnets was optimized. This has achieved high torque performance equalling that of the SL-1200MK5 while eliminating cogging. Furthermore, the motor control was optimized in accordance with the platter weight. As a result, the SL-1500C has realized high rotation accuracy and high performance, and eliminated the need for parts replacement and maintenance. The direct drive system is also long-lasting and highly reliable.

Built-in Phono EQ enables connectivity with a variety of devices

The SL-1500C has a built-in phono equalizer amp compatible with MM cartridges so it can be connected to an audio product that does not have phono input terminals. The dedicated power supply for the phono equalizer is isolated from the power supply for the motor and control circuitry to reduce the effect of noise. Furthermore, the shield structure suppresses the effect of external noise. As a result, high-purity signal amplification is realized. Using the SL-1500C and the audio equipment you have, you can enjoy music from a vinyl record in high sound quality.

Simple Design with Functional Beauty

The SL-1500C sports a simple design without unnecessary frills, while retaining the superb operating feel that is a Technics tradition. The attractive appearance ensures you will enjoy playing records to your heart’s content.

Accurate rotation and precise tracking for faithful sound reproduction

High Accuracy Motor Control

In the direct drive system, the motor is connected directly to the platter so that the motor rotation speed becomes the rotation speed of the phono record. Therefore, it is extremely important to control the drive motor’s rotation speed to ensure stability. The SL-1500C utilizes the latest motor control technology refined through the development of Blu-ray disc products. Furthermore, the FG coil pattern of the full-circumference detection FG system was improved in precision to achieve more detailed measurement of platter rotation speed.

Highly Sensitive Tonearm Accurately Reads the Signal Stored in the Record Groove

The tonearm, which is responsible for accurately reading the signal by tracking the groove on the phono record, is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm, another Technics tradition. This is achieved by the tonearm tube being made of lightweight, high-rigidity aluminium. The bearing section of the gimbal suspension construction tonearm also consists of a machined housing and high-precision bearing to provide high initial motion sensitivity.

Two-layer Structure Platter with Improved Vibration Damping Performance

The platter on which a vinyl record is placed features a two-layer structure with deadening rubber on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminium die-cast platter. The platter offers high rigidity and outstanding vibration-damping characteristics to prevent harmful vibration from being transmitted to the record and therefore delivers clear sound.

High Rigidity Cabinet and High Damping Insulator for Thorough Shut-out of All Vibrations

The chassis, an essential part for reducing external vibrations, inherits the audio quality enhancement technology fostered through the development of high-end turntables. The aluminium die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fibre to achieve a two-layer construction. The combination of this special high-rigidity material and a metal chassis raised the rigidity and vibration-damping performance to higher levels, resulting in a robust cabinet for beautiful sound reproduction.

The insulator is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal frequency characteristics. This not only assures high sound quality and superb howling resistance but also effectively shuts out external vibrations under high sound level conditions.

Superb operability for enhanced record playing enjoyment

Phono Cartridge (Ortofon 2M Red) Included

The supplied universal head shell is mounted with an Ortofon 2M RED cartridge. You can therefore play a record immediately after purchasing the SL-1500C. The tonearm height can also be easily adjusted within a range of 6mm to enable the use of various other phono cartridges. Using the auxiliary weight that comes with the product, a cartridge weighing 14.3 to 25.1g (including the supplied head shell) can be used.

Auto-lift Minimises Wear on Records and Stylus

When the tonearm reaches the end of the record, the auto-lift automatically raises the tonearm. This prevents unnecessary wear on both your valuable vinyl records and stylus, thus allowing you to enjoy your records more comfortably.

Panasonic’s UB450 and UB150 Blu-ray Players

Both players feature Dolby Atmos compatibility, enabling you to enjoy an exceptionally immersive 3D soundstage with a compatible audio device such as a TV, soundbar or AV receiver. In addition to conventional surround sound, Dolby Atmos uses height channels to precisely place sound effects or the sounds of individual objects at or above ear level. Paired with an audio system that can decode Dolby Atmos, the result is breathtaking movie sound from the UB450 and UB150 series.

UB 450

The addition of the UB450 and UB150 series to Panasonic’s UHD Blu-ray family follows the recent launch of the highly acclaimed ‘EISA High-end UHD Blu-ray Player 2018-2019’ reference model, the UB9000 Series.

UB 150
Stunning picture quality from 4K/HDR content

Support for HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology and Dolby Vision

Both players feature HDR (high dynamic range), which has a wider, brighter dynamic range than conventional SDR (standard dynamic range) to produce more natural, more lifelike images when viewed on an HDR compatible TV.

More than that, both models are also compatible with HDR10+, the latest version of HDR, which uses ‘dynamic’ metadata to re-optimise the brightness continually throughout the movie rather than sticking to a single ‘static’ setting. The result is the ultimate home cinema experience, with even more dynamic, colourful and realistic HDR images that precisely match the creator’s intention. In addition, the UB450 supports Dolby Vision, a similar alternative to HDR10+. With the UB450 UHD Blu-ray player and a compatible TV (such as the new Panasonic GZ2000) consumers are assured of seeing fully what the filmmaker intended, regardless of which dynamic HDR format has been used.

 

4K camcorder video and JPEG playback

4K videos (MP4 format) made with a camera or camcorder can be reproduced using Panasonic’s 2019 Ultra HD Players, while JPEG data can be output in 4K resolution so users can enjoy the memories of vacation trips in all their natural beauty.

High Quality Sound: Unique audio technologies achieve rich sound reproduction

High-Resolution Audio playback from a wide range of formats

Panasonic’s new Ultra HD Blu-ray players are equipped with High-Resolution Audio reproduction. In addition to conventional MP3/AAC/WMA formats, additionally high res audio music files such as DSD (11.2MHz/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) ALAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF can be reproduced. Simply by connecting to a home audio system users can enjoy music sources with the unmatched studio master sound quality.

UB 450

Twin HDMI Pure AV (Audio/Video isolated twin HDMI)

The UB450 series and UB159 model feature dual HDMI outputs for isolating and separately transmitting TV (4K video) and amplifier audio. By separating audio and video signals unwanted noise is suppressed, which results in the highest-quality sound reproduction. The Player can also output the latest surround formats including Dolby Atmos*. When using a sound system compatible with Dolby Atmos soundtracks, it creates the most sonically immersive soundstage available.

* For Blu-ray Discs which include Dolby Atmos.

DP-UB450 Main Features

High Quality Picture

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback (4K/HDR)
  • Supports HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology
  • Supports Dolby Vision
  • 4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 output
  • 4K video / 4K JPEG playback
  • Full HD 3D Blu-ray disc playback

High Quality Sound

  • High-Resolution Audio playback (DSD (11.2MHz/5.6MHz/2.8MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
  • Twin HDMI Pure AV (isolated twin output)
  • Digital audio output (coaxial)

DP-UB159 Main Features

High Quality Picture

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback (4K/HDR)
  • Supports HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology
  • 4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 output
  • 4K video / 4K JPEG playback
  • Full HD 3D Blu-ray disc playback

High Quality Sound

  • High-Resolution Audio playback (DSD (11.2MHz/5.6MHz/2.8MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
  • Twin HDMI Pure AV (isolated twin output)
  • Digital audio output (coaxial)

DP-UB150/154 Main Features

High Quality Picture

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback (4K/HDR)
  • Supports HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology
  • 4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 output
  • 4K video / 4K JPEG playback
  • Full HD 3D Blu-ray disc playback

Panasonic GZ2000: World’s Most Cinematic TV

The GZ2000 is the world’s first* OLED TV to support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR as well as HLG Photo, the new still image format which brings still photography into the HDR world.

Furthermore, the GZ2000 is the world’s first* TV with built-in Upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos® immersive audio with total ease and convenience. The total audio system has also been tuned by Technics engineers.

With support for voice assistants, the GZ2000 can integrate seamlessly with a Smart Home setup.

Yasushi Murayama, head of Panasonic’s European TV business, says: “Thanks to our customized Professional Edition OLED panel and our most powerful processor ever, together with the uncompromising sound combination of Tuned by Technics and Dolby Atmos, the GZ2000 is the most complete television we have ever made.”

Panasonic’s flagship OLED panel tuned by Hollywood

Leading colourist works with Panasonic to guarantee the filmmaker’s intent

Available in 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes, the new GZ2000 OLED represents the combination of Panasonic’s technological accuracy with the colour-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld. Stefan Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of Company 3, is a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Sonnenfeld is among a handful of leading artists who has championed the power of color grading to tell stories and communicate emotion. Described by NPR as a “da Vinci of the movies,” Sonnenfeld has applied his skills as a colorist to many of the most acclaimed and popular features of the past decade: A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, 300 and many more. Like many other leading colourists, he uses Panasonic OLED screens as large-format client reference monitors in his daily workflow.

No ordinary OLED panel, the bespoke Professional Edition 4K OLED panel has been exclusively customised by Panasonic R&D engineers. This has resulted in even greater control of the parameters that affect picture quality. In particular, the average brightness level has been boosted significantly and contrast handling improved, resulting in increased dynamic range. HDR content now looks even more impactful, with the GZ2000 effortlessly able to reproduce tricky scenes of variable brightness and contrast – often found in live sports broadcasts and in action movies. As a result of this level of customisation, combined with the exceptional colour-optimising skills of Sonnenfeld, Panasonic has created some of the most accurate, cinematic images ever seen on a TV.

In response to requests from Hollywood’s professional users, Panasonic has extended the range and reduced the interval between calibration steps at the darkest end of the RGB and gamma scales. The GZ2000 is also one of the first TVs to support CalMAN PatternGen test patterns from Portrait-Displays’® CalMAN® software along with AutoCal functionality. Imaging Science Foundation (isf) calibration settings are also supported.

HCX PRO Intelligent processor delivers superior OLED panel control while supporting both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

The GZ2000 uniquely covers all the popular dynamic HDR bases

The GZ2000’s HDR OLED panel is powered by Panasonic’s most advanced processor ever, which rapidly analyses the colour, contrast and clarity of 4K video content, optimising them and giving more control over the screen’s all-new Panasonic-customised OLED panel. Featuring an even faster Dynamic LUT, the GZ2000 is Panasonic’s most advanced TV ever at selecting and displaying the correct colour for every single brightness level. Even when brightness levels and contrast vary rapidly within a scene the GZ2000 unfailingly delivers the most accurate colours, resulting in a more satisfying image than ever before.

The HCX PRO Intelligent is also compatible with multiple formats of dynamic HDR metadata and ensures that viewers experience the best possible TV pictures available regardless of their source. The GZ2000 is the world’s first model capable of displaying both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision® formats*. And with Multi HDR support, the GZ2000 is also compatible with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), which is a HDR format expected to be widely adopted by TV broadcasters. HLG Photo, a new still image format is also supported. The screen also supports regular HDR10, as found on most UHD Blu-ray discs and many streaming services.

World’s First TV with Built-in Upward-firing Speakers Capable of Delivering Dolby Atmos

The GZ2000 boasts cinematic audio with support for Dolby Atmos

The GZ2000 is the world’s first* TV with built-in upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos. It uses multiple speaker units to produce an immersive spherical soundstage with Dolby Atmos content.

Dolby Atmos transports you from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio — sound that fills your room and flows around you with breathtaking realism to create a powerfully moving entertainment experience. You’ll feel like you’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space. And because Dolby Atmos is built into the GZ2000, it’s never been easier to experience immersive audio in your home.

Despite its impressively thin profile, the GZ2000 delivers a powerful and dynamic output complemented by a powerful bass. The total sound system has been tuned by engineers from Panasonic’s acclaimed audio brand, Technics, and also feature Technics’ proprietary JENO Engine for accurate, refined sound.

“Together, Dolby and Panasonic are bringing best in class audio and imaging technology to Panasonic’s TVs,” said John Couling, Senior Vice President, Commercial Partnerships. “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos perfectly complement the GZ2000’s advanced display, transforming it into an entertainment powerhouse.”

My Home Screen 4.0 takes smart TV to the next level

The GZ2000 features Panasonic’s new My Home Screen 4.0 allows the viewer to tailor the TV user interface to their own preference with more freedom and flexibility. The layout of the home screen can be reconfigured to allow customized layouts. Access to VOD and broadcast content is also easier thanks to a redesigned GUI that includes icons for decks that provide shortcuts to live TV, connected devices and apps such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Users can even add frequently watched TV stations to the home screen.

The GZ2000 also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing users to operate some key TV functions, just using their voice.

Key functions for new LUMIX full frame mirrorless camera 

Panasonic has announced the development of two Mirrorless camera models with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor: the S1R and the S1. Equipped with the world’s first*1 4K 60p/50p video recording function and a Dual I.S. image stabilisation system, these cameras form the new LUMIX S Series due for global release in early 2019.

Panasonic will also expand its line-up of LUMIX S Series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50mm/F1.4 prime lens, 24-105mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens.

The key features of the newly developed S1R and S1 cameras are as follows:

1. Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine (Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)

2. World’s first*1 support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

3. World’s first*1 full- frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. image stabilisation enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required additional equipment

4. A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards: a first for Panasonic

5. A rugged triaxial tilt LCD: emphasising ease of use and supporting professional photography and videography

6. Utilising Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use alternative lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of partners*4 Leica Camera and Sigma, increasing options for alternative lenses

Designed to incorporate an entire array of Panasonic technology refined over a century in the consumer electronics business and ten years developing Mirrorless cameras, the new S1R and S1 models will retain essential user-friendliness and robustness as tools for photography or videography by professionals.

For the existing LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic will begin developing a Leica DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world’s first*5 zoom with a constant aperture value of F1.7. In addition, support services for professional photographers and videographers will be available in selected European markets and the United States this year.

The GH5, G9, and GH5s high-end Mirrorless cameras that Panasonic has released since 2017 have already gained a solid reputation among professionals and high-level amateurs across the world for the quality of their pictures and ability to capture the vitality and beauty of life. This success is thanks to Panasonic’s world’s-first*6 support for 4K 60p/50p video recording, and the world’s fastest autofocus*7 function using the company’s proprietary DFD technology.

Panasonic will continue to reach the professional market through the introduction of the full-frame LUMIX S series and the greater reach of its support system, as well as continuing to support the Lumix G Micro Four Thirds System.

The products in development in this release will be exhibited at Photokina 2018*

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

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