The world’s largest electronics trade show, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES gathered monster tech companies in Las Vegas in January to show off their newest products. Sony was there, of course, with their amazing televisions for 2018.
Sony TVs in general are a safe bet with great picture quality and loads of polish. Even Sony’s TV “build quality” in their budget models hold their own in the line, but their high-end and especially their mid-range TVs are industry winners.
Sony’s “Bravia” branded models (XBR model name) are definitely contenders for the Best TV’s available in 2018 according to CES.
BEST SONY 4K TV
Reviews site the Sony A1E 4k OLED TV as having the best picture quality ever seen due to its use of OLED technology. Because each pixel can be turned completely off, the TV reproduces perfectly deep and uniform blacks, giving it an infinite contrast ratio. It’s amazing to see.
In addition to its striking design and great picture quality, the A1E is a very versatile TV overall. Thanks to its great handling of motion, great viewing angles and great handling of reflections, this Sony TV is hard to beat. Its ability to reproduce a wide gamut of colors also makes it a top performer for HDR.
The experts at CES thought the A1E to be the best Sony TV currently available.
BEST MID-RANGE SONY 4K TV
The Sony X900E packs a punch and makes a great mid-range TV. In its price range, it’s very difficult to beat.
This Sony LED TV offers most of the performance of the more expensive X930E, but for about 60% less money. Contrast is about the same and both feature a nice local dimming feature that enhances it even more. The X930E edges it on that aspect a little bit and gets significantly brighter, but that still makes for a fairly small difference.
The Sony X900E will please the vast majority of television looking for great TV at a mid-range price.
BEST BUDGET SONY 4K TV
If you’re looking to get an entry-level Sony 4k HDR TV, the X800E is the best Sony in that range reviewed this year. It has a wider than average viewing angle, so it’s well suited for a living room where you’ll often be watching it from the side.
It doesn’t have as good a picture quality as the pricier TVs above, but it will still provides a great watching experience, especially if you don’t plan on watching your TV in a dark room all the time. It’s great for watching sports and playing video games thanks to its low input lag and low motion blur. Games feel snappy and fast moving element aren’t blurry or followed by long and distracting trails. It has some HDR capabilities too, thanks to its wide color gamut and 10-bit color support.
Call me and let me compare and contrast for you my three preferred television manufacturers, LG, Samsung and Sony. Making the right choice of all the TV’s currently available can be mind boggling. Let me help you make the choice uniquely right for you. Howie Foreman, owner of Connections Plus Custom Audio Video. 972-524-6225.
A treat for the eyes is how Sony describe its Bravia OLED TV. Others use even more superlatives such as “This could be the best OLED TV money can buy” By Jon L. Jacobi, Freelance contributor, TechHive. Another says “the Sony XBR-A1E 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 standless design is almost all picture when seen from the front.” and the praise goes on.
What are they talking about?
Well first of all it’s OLED, organic light-emitting diode. Everyone who sees OLED TVs will tell you that they produce the best picture quality you there is. It’s all because the black on this screen is absolutely black because there is no back light at all. Consequently, all the colors seem so much brighter compared to other TV screens where the black is not really black, but some kind of really dark gray. Couple that with Sony’s electronics wizardry and they have produced a marvel. OLED TV’s once got a bad rap for being challenged when rendering fine details, but not so with the A1E.
The Sony XBR-A1E is a very thin TV and Sony have pulled out all the stops to come up with a pretty unique way of supporting the screen in its viewing position. This TV has a hidden kickstand that houses all the electronics and connection ports, power supply, sub-woofer etc. This is definitely not the usual little legs or kickstand shipped with other TV’s. In fact, I’ve heard it described as a big-ass kickstand! A locking hinge joins the kickstand to the panel and a weight inside its base keeps the television from falling over. It’s radical, beautiful and practical.
State of the Art
The A1E features four HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 ports, one USB port on the side and two in back USB ports, an Ethernet port, an ATSC tuner, and integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 adapters. It’s state-of-the-art all the way!
Sony runs Google’s smart TV system which is their secret weapon as it beats everyone else in the most important area; app coverage.
Now to Blow your Mind
As if all this wasn’t cutting-edge enough, Sony added little transducers onto the back of the panel and turned the screen itself into the speakers! This is a freaking first for any television anywhere. Sony calls this technology Accoustic Surface and coupled with the sub-woofer in the stand, the sound quality even blows Howie Foreman’s mind and he’s been THE speaker guru for decades! He swears you can’t see the sound vibrations at all. This is so cool!
The manufacture says to “make sure you have a friend there when you unpack the XBR-A1E.” Why don’t you just call Howie at Connections Plus AV before you even buy the Sony XBR-A1E. He’ll make sure you get the best deal possible on the TV AND he’ll bring his own tech friend to help unpack it 😉