Announced earlier this year at CES, Sony's BRAVIA A1 OLED TVs have finally dropped in Australia. Here's everything you need to know.
Interestingly, Sony were the first to have OLED TVs all the way back in 2009 with the XEL-1 OLED. Now Sony is the third in market to manufacture big-screen OLED TVs in Australia, following behind LG's extensive range as well as Panasonic's EZ1000 and EZ950 'Master' OLEDs.
Sony has certainty come a long way since 2009's tiny and overpriced XEL-1, and the future is looking bright and beautiful. In fact, Sony's new A1 offering attempts to change the game entirely.
The A1 series combines OLED's unrivalled picture quality with its own in-house developed 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme -- providing rich blacks and what Sony is calling "authentic" colour, as well as a wide viewing angle and the ability to handle fast motion on-screen without blurring or judder. It will also support premium Dolby Vision HDR, which future 4K Blu-rays and Netflix are rolling out limited support for.
The A1 series also boasts apparently revolutionary audio experience in its 'Acoustic Surface' technology, where the sounds are emitted from the screen itself -- this removes the need for dedicated speakers surrounding the television itself. Sony claims that this results in a wider soundstage, as well as perfect audio-to-image synchronisation -- not that we've thought other TVs' speakers were out of sync in the first place.
The A1 series is available from today both online and via all major retailers. The suggested retail price is $4999 for the 55 inch and $7499 for the 65 inch.
- OLED Display
- Accoustic Surface technology
- 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
- TRILUMINOS Display
- 4K X-Reality Pro
- Android TV
- Sony Content Bar
- HDR Compatible
With exquisite picture quality and a striking design, Sony has put forward a worthy contender for the OLED television crown. OLED televisions offer the best home entertainment picture that money can buy, thanks to the fact that – unlike LED-backlit LCD screens – OLED doesn't rely on a backlight. This lets OLED produce perfect blacks and amazing contrast, underpinning phenomenal overall picture quality.