The best 55-inch 4K OLED TV to purchase, pound-for-pound, Sony’s A1 consolidates stunning picture quality with unfathomable sound for such a thin board
Motivations to purchase
Great picture quality
Astounding Acoustic Surface sound framework
Jazzy, moderate plan
Motivations to stay away from
We’re not in affection with Android Smart OS
Could be expected for substitution soon…
The Sony KD-55A1 is apparently the most inventive very good quality TV you can purchase at this moment. It consolidates an unequaled OLED picture execution with eye-getting modern structure and a weighty new way to deal with TV sound, with Acoustic Surface innovation meaning the screen is additionally the speaker.
Being a structure symbol, the A1 doesn’t utilize anything as disgusting as a regular platform stand. Rather it wants to lean back on a pivoted help, which likewise happens to shrewdly house an incorporated 8cm subwoofer and grouped network.
This slow posture means a 6 degree lean back, so ensure your AV furniture is stylish and low, so you can watch it at the correct edge. Moderation is the name of the game.
There’s a vanishingly slender bezel and no obvious speakers. That is on the grounds that the board itself makes sound, kindness of two sonic actuators fortified onto the back. These vibrate, making high and mid-go stereo sound (and no, that doesn’t mean the image vibrates also). The all out power yield is a surprisingly amazing 50 watts – 2x20w heading off to the stereo actuators, with 10W saved for the installed subwoofer.
The remote control, on the other hand, is not all that much yet does the imperative activity.
The Sony A1 territory
This audit is explicitly about the Sony Bravia KD55A1 which uses a 55-inch board. Different models in the range are the Sony Bravia KD65A1 which is 65 crawls crosswise over and far and away superior. There’s likewise the humungous Sony Bravia KD75A1, however good karma finding (or bearing) that one…
To put it plainly, picture quality is amazing.
Sony’s 4K HDR X1 Extreme picture motor works superbly with both 4K and ordinary HD sources. Blacks are truly profound, fine detail is high and the set’s Triluminos shading range delightfully wide.
The screen’s HDR execution is articulated. HDR10, DolbyVision and HLG are altogether bolstered, while object-based HDR remastering makes a class driving clench hand of ‘upscaling’ normal SDR material. The most recent emphasis of Sony Super piece mapping innovation additionally expels banding from not exactly immaculate spilling administrations.
This contrives to make for a great home film screen. Anyway OLED’s capacity to convey extreme dark can profit something beyond films. Playing Resident Evil Biohazard (PS4) on the A1 is unquestionably more spine-chilling than investigating it on an ordinary LCD TV. The invulnerable dark regions outside the light emission spotlight become totally frightening.
As referenced, this present set’s sonic presentation is likewise something different. Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio framework is pass on the best TV sound usage I’ve heard in years. There’s no compelling reason to consider a soundbar, without a doubt the main reasonable redesign would be an all out home film framework.
Like all associated Sony sets, this OLED superstar utilizes the Android savvy TV OS with worked in Chromecast. It’s not my preferred savvy TV stage, yet it makes it a simple to cast content (video and JPEGs) from good cell phones, and there’s additionally some invite customisation on top. Sony’s Discover Bar presents helpful thumbnails for On Demand TV and spilling content, in addition to your own arranged video material.
Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube all stream in 4K, while YouView replaces the standard Freeview HD program posting. There’s a full scope of Catch-Up TV administrations (from iPlayer, ITV Hub, My5 and All4) from the move back TV direct.
Network incorporates four HDMIs, all HDCP 2.2 consistent, and a trio of USBs, one of which supports timeshifting onto USB drives up to 2TB. Normally, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standard. The screen doesn’t bolster 3D however. However, at that point you speculated that, isn’t that so?
The A1 can scarcely be portrayed as a spending purchase, yet the 55-inch adaptation feels temptingly evaluated. The bigger screened forms are honestly rather more optimistic, yet the 65-incher isn’t ‘over-estimated’ in that capacity.
In general, the A1 is electrifying 4K OLED TV debut for Sony. It flaunts brave structure, creative sound and take out picture execution. HDR picture preparing is especially amazing with customary SDR sources, which will obviously comprise the majority of your review for quite a while to come.
This is Sony at the highest point of its TV game, and as well as can be expected get without moving into the ‘Genuine Money’ end of the market.