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The Sony XBR55A1E looks impressive from the front due to the lack of a visible stand and minimalistic appearance. Unfortunately the TV does lean back at a fairly significant angle, but this isn’t too noticeable after a while. All of the inputs and the controls are located on the stand of the TV, and so can be difficult to access depending on the TV placement.
With the exception of other 2017 OLED TVs, the Sony XBR55A1E outperforms every other TV we’ve tested. It delivers perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a great bright-room picture. Its unique stand-less design is almost all picture when seen from the front.
The Sony XBR55A1E has an impressive picture quality. The infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity result in a superb dark room performance and with its high contrast, dark and bright scenes are displayed excellently. When set in a bright room, the performance is a bit less stellar, since the peak brightness is average at best even if it can deal pretty well with reflections.
The Sony XBR55A1E is much better than the average TV, but it has issues when listened close to max volume. Unlike most TVs, the sound is well directed, which is also a plus.
The Sony XBR55A1E runs Android TV, which is a bit more difficult to navigate than other smart platforms but also has access to the Google Play Store, which has more apps than many other platforms.