Sony A1E Review– Sony’s 2017 HDR OLED TV

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Sony A1E

Sony A1E Key Specification

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Size Available  55 Inch (XBR65A1E), 65 Inch (XBR65A1E), 77 Inch (XBR77A1E)
Screen Type Flat
Panel Technology OLED Panel
Backlight Self-Lighting Pixel (No Backlight)
Dimming Technology Pixel Dimming
Features
Support  HDR HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
Picture Engine 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
4K-X reality Pro Yes
Color Technology TriLuminos Display
3D Technology No
Motion Control MotionFlow XR
Smart TV
Platform Android TV
Key Apps Opera Browser, Google Cast, PlayStation Now, and more
Remote Voice Remote Control
Connectivity
HDMI 4
USB 3
Ethernet 1
RF (Terrestrial  Cable) 1
Composite In  (AV) 1
Component In 0
Audio
Speaker Type Acoustic Surface (Actuator + Subwoofer)
Total Audio Output 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W

Picture quality

Peak Brightness reached by Sony A1E is very bright for OLED TV but it is average for overall. What reached by Sony A1E is a bit more dim than what reached by LG OLED C7 as part of LG’s 2017 OLED TV lineup.  Nevertheless, it is still far brighter than 550 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 video set for OLED TV. This means when displaying HDR 10 video, there will no issue on brightness. Additionally, peak Luminance reached by A1E is also bright enough to makes bright scenes look excellently when set in a dark room. But unfortunately, when used in a bright room, especially in an extremely bright room with a lot of lights coming in through the window, the performance of A1E is a bit less stellar due its peak brightness cannot fight the glare well.

Sony A1E

Combination of OLED panel with 4 sub-pixels RGBW and TriLuminos display makes it already supports wide color gamut that required for displaying HDR images. You need to know, it can deliver almost 100% of DCI P3 color space or more precisely around 96% of DCI P3 color space while the minimum requirement for displaying HDR 10 video fully is about 90% of DCI P3 Color space. This certainly makes the color looks very accurate, particularly at lower luminance level. Meanwhile, at higher luminance level, the color accuracy of Sony A1E is reduced a bit due its peak luminance is still below 1000 nits. Still about color performance, with Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR embedded inside X1 extreme, Sony A1E series can display 10 bit signals even 8 bit signal equivalent to 14 bit gradation.

Motion Handling and 24p Playbacks

As we know, one of the main advantages of OLED TV than LED TV is about its very low pixel response time.  This allows Sony A1E perform a perfect job when handling motion blur. The result, the picture displayed looks very smooth and clear with no motion blur when it is used for watching fast moving images like sport programs or fast movies. Following fast moving objects, there is only a short trail where most of people don’t notice at all about that. But unfortunately, when playing 24p movies, particularly via 60i signals or 60p signals, Sony A1E series doesn’t do a perfect job. When displaying native 24p videos like movies from Blu-Ray, Sony A1E might still be able to deliver smooth picture quality with judder-free.

Inputs/Outputs

Sony A1ELike most of 4K HDR TVs that available in the market, Sony A1E is equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3USB Ports as their connectivity. Most of its HDMI ports also already support the format what required to date like HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more. In addition to HDMI and USB Ports, there are also 1 RF IN (Terrestrial), 1 Composite In (AV), Ethernet, Digital Audio Out (Optical), and Analog Audio Out (Mini jack). Meanwhile, the input lag of Sony A1E series is not as low as the brother Sony X930E series. But even so, it still low for most of games, particularly at 4K sources. This certainly makes it is very comfortable when used for playing any kind of 4K games, even for fast paced games.

Smart TV

Like smart TV platforms of other models of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup, Sony A1E series also feature Google Android TV as its smart TV platform. Like the previous version, Google Android TV is a bit more difficult and confusing than its competitor like WebOS of LG or Tizen of Samsung. The user interface is a bit chunky, the recommendation system is not too effective, and customization option is limited.  Additionally, selecting between apps or multitasking also feels responsively. One of the advantages of Google Android TV is about the apps provided where in addition to default Sony and Google apps like Google Voice Search, ChromeCast, Miracast, some most popular apps like YouTube, Netflix, and others, Cloud Games apps like PlayStation Now, and many more, there is also Google Play Store that provides tons of apps, games, and contents where you can download directly from your TV.

Sony A1E

POSITIVES

– Awesome Design
– Perfect Black Level and Infinite Contrast
– Certified by Ultra HD Premium Certification
– Perfect Motion Handling
– Wide Viewing Angle
– Great 4K Up-scaling Engine

NEGATIVES

– No 3D Technology
– Input Lag at 1080p signal is still too high
– The Price is expensive

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