• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display Size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch
  • Display Type: OLED
  • Processor: 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
  • Operating System: Android
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports: 4x HDMI,3x USB, 1x Audio Out
  • Dimensions: 1228x710x339 mm (55-inch), 1451x832x339 mm (65-inch), 1721x993x399mm (77-inch)
  • Weight: 39 kg (55-inch), 49 kg (65-inch), 62 kg (77-inch)
  • Others: Motionflow XR, TRILUMINOS Display, Dolby Sound, ClearAudio+
  • Pros:
  • Design
  • Picture clarity
  • Cons:
  • Price, unless you can afford it

Sony A1 BRAVIA OLED TV

If you’re in the market for a brand-new television with amazing features, then you might be interested with the Sony A1 BRAVIA OLED TV. It comes with some unique features that separate it from the rest of the market.

The A1 is built with a simple ‘‘One Slate” design, much like a work of art. It comes with a few select screen sizes of 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch. The display is near bezel-less, with no visible speakers or gigantic branding in the front that will distract you from immersing yourself with what you are watching. Only a tiny Sony logo and a light indicator can be seen at the bottom of the TV.

Sony has done away with front-facing speakers and replaced them with four Actuators that are located behind the screen. These actuators send sounds through the display, along with positional audio, so you can feel that the actor is talking from the left side of the screen when he is talking from the left. Sony staff has assured that the lifespan of the TV will not be shortened due to vibration. During our testing, we were even encouraged to put our hands on the TV to feel the vibrations. A subwoofer, which will bounce back bass into your face, is placed inside of the stand.

This 4K TV uses its 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme to upscale content from any source, but don’t expect to upscale a 480p video up to 4K. During our test, we were blown away by the quality of the TV. Colours were bright and popped out thanks to TRILUMINOS and the blacks are truly black; you won’t notice a tint of grey/white when looking at a dark corridor. With OLED TVs, most people are afraid that you will screen burn in. But Sony has a solution in a a panel refresh function, which you will have to run once a year to keep your display in tip-top shape.

The TV runs on Android 7.0, with an update to Android 8.0 coming very soon. Its content bar allows easy switching from Netflix to YouTube, without needing to fumble around different menus. If you wish, you can even enable voice search for easier content search.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Sony A1 BRAVIA OLED TV is a work-of-art with TV capabilities. It can spice up your living room while looking sleek and provides you with an amazing viewing experience.

(previously published in issue December 2017)

Sony BRAVIA A1 OLED TV