Sony A1 OLED 4K TV assessment: Back to OLED with a bang

While ultra-high priced Sony OLED screens have lengthy loved enviable popularity within the professional video mastering global, the logo hasn’t dipped its feet into the consumer OLED market because it released a minuscule eleven-inch model lower back in 2008. Until now.

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In 2017 Sony ultimately re-entered the OLED TV internationally in a massive way. Literally. Its new A1 collection of OLED TVs come in fifty-five-inch, sixty-five-inch, and 77-inch variations, with each screen squeezing in a 4K-decision pixel depend.

As you’d anticipate of a top rate TV range in recent times (the A1’s starting rate is £3,500 for the 55-inch version below scrutiny here), the 4K local display screen decision is sponsored up by assist for wide dynamic variety (HDR) technology and a revolutionary, appealing design.


In fact, Sony claims that part of the cause it’s taken see you later to jump again in with an OLED TV is that its handiest now felt capable of making contributions enough of its personal layout and performance DNA to stand out from the gang. Does this ring actual?

From the front, it seems as though the best visible thing is the image. Partly because the body around the display screen is skinny and completed in a black tone that suits perfectly with the quite deep blacks you get with its OLED photos (extra in this later). But additionally, due to the fact, there’s no visible stand, Sony has designed the A1 like a photo frame, in which the display is supported using a fold-out rear leg.

Even more modern is Sony’s answer for purchasing invisible speakers into the 55A1. Essentially, the A1’s display screen is the audio system; twin excited arrays constant behind the OLED panel vibrate the screen to supply the TV’s sound. Sony has even provided you with a manner of permitting each left and proper half of the screen to supply its very own sound, to deliver a right stereo impact.

The downside to the 55A1’s extraordinarily minimal front view is that it’s chunkier across the again than the maximum of trendy TVs. Also, at the same time as the fold-out leg guide cleverly consists of a bass speaker to underpin the innovative front audio system, the way this leg whilst folded in, becomes a wall mount does mean wall-mounting this small screen television can compromise its bass performance.

Using an OLED panel in a 55A1 way, every one of its 3840 x 2160 pixels can produce its personal light and color, independent of its neighbors. AV fanatics have long been aware of the high-quality effect this could have on assessment, instead of LCD TVs that proportion outside mild assets across a couple of pixels.

The 55A1’s photographs are powered by Sony’s X1 Extreme engine, which happens to be the most powerful processing system Sony has ever created. Among its highlights is a dual-database machine that compares incoming sub-4K content material against a built-in treasure trove of Sony’s TV enjoy to supply better noise discount and stepped forward upscaling on the fly.

The X1 Extreme processor additionally offers you Sony’s splendid Triluminos coloration management, which keeps serving magnificence-leading tonal subtleties amid continuously incredible wealthy tones. Sony’s precise and incredible Super Bit mapping machine is well worth a point out, too, for how it eliminates shade striping from HDR sources of the type that now and again infiltrate HDR playback from the maximum if not all other TV brands.

X1 Extreme also offers us arguably the greatest movement processing inside the TV International, Sony’s Motionflow device, in addition to being powerful sufficient to feature guide for the top rate Dolby Vision superior HDR machine (that’ll be thru a firmware replace later this 12 months). Right now, the A1 can deal with playback of the industry fashionable HDR10 format, and the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR platform broadcasters are anticipated to start using soon.

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