When it comes to TV’s, Sony used to build the best TV’s in the world, their Trintron models offered the best picture and sound quality. Having had various Trintron models over the years I can attest to how good they were, but when LCD and LED TV’s came out replacing CRT TV’s, Sony lost their way.
Sony replaced their Trintron models with Bravia models but they never quite got it right until now. Earlier this year at CES 2017 in Las Vegas they introduced their latest Bravia model and Sony has brought back their a-game with the BRAVIA A1 OLED 4K HDR TV. Sony has always been innovators introducing products such as the TR-63, the world’s smallest transistor radio, the Walkman, the world’s first portable music player, the world’s first CD player, the Trintron TV’s which I have already mentioned and the world’s first OLED TV which was released in 2007.
So when Sony went back to their innovate roots for their latest Bravia model they decided not to include gimmicks and instead just give the consumer a TV that has excellent picture and sound quality. Who needs a curved TV? and Sony’s foray into 3D televisions was not a resounding success. The Ultra-Slim BRAVIA A1 OLED 4K HDR TV comes with lots of features including the legendary innovation that Sony is famous for and is available in 3 screen sizes, 77”, 65” and 55”. Last week I got to see all of the BRAVIA A1 models up close when Sony showcased them in the Dean Hotel including the first showing in Europe of the 77’ model and to put it mildly I was blown away.The 65″ model. Photo William Murphy.
The picture quality is astonishing and that’s not surprising as the BRAVIA A1 OLED 4K HDR TV line of televisions supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) which reproduces dramatic contrast with rich, brilliant colour. Sony’s 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme advanced image engine further improves colour accuracy, contrast and clarity and supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision™1 for viewing the growing library of HDR content. The power of the 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme also enables non-HDR content to be improved to near 4K HDR quality with object-based HDR Remaster technology that can detect, analyse and optimise each object in the picture to adjust the overall contrast.
I had mentioned earlier the innovation that Sony is famous for and they did not disappoint. taking advantage of the OLED’s backlight-less structure, Sony has developed Acoustic Surface sound technology which emits superior, powerful sound from the screen itself. The entire screen resonates with rich sound, enabling a unification of picture and audio unattainable by conventional TVs and unlike conventional LED TV’s where the sound emanates from the bottom or sides, the A1 enables a fusion of image and sound, with voices appearing to come directly from the characters speaking and explosions coming directly from the screen.
Additionally, the Acoustic Surface technology produces a wide sound and image synchronisation from all angles, even off to the sides. Together with OLED’s exceptionally wide viewing angle, the A1 series offers an unmatched visual and aural experience regardless of viewing position or angle. The Acoustic Surface technology lends to the cutting-edge design of the A1 series by doing away with conventional speakers usually located to the sides or below the TV. The A1’s design eliminates any visible stand or speakers, leaving nothing to distract from the superior image. The result is a unique form factor with no distraction from the picture. The easel support conceals a powerful sub-woofer and cable management system which can be folded in, against the TV, for wall mounting. The 77″ model. Photo William Murphy.
As Smart TV’s are all the rage at the moment it comes as no surprise that the BRAVIA A1 OLED 4K HDR TVs are also Smart TV’s powered by Android TV which brings movies, TV shows and thousands of apps into the home. This makes it easier to watch TV, download entertainment, as well as using it as a gaming device and TV lovers can enjoy hit shows and timeless movies from the likes of Google Play™, Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube.
There were demos from Sony’s 4K Blu-ray players playing on the 65’ and 55’ models but the best way to show us how good the TV’s are by showing us a movie. We got to watch the movie Passengers via Sony’s latest 4K Blu-ray player on the 77” Bravia and we were not disappointed, Sony has once again set the standards for TV’s. The sound quality was so good that Sony did not need to use their latest Soundbar which comes in a very compact size with a subwoofer that can be placed discreetly under your sofa.
The 65” and 55” are available to buy right now in all the usual stockists at €6,099 and €4.299 respectively and the 77” model will be available later this year with its price yet to be announced.