Sony A8F 65 inch OLED TV Review And Specification: The Sony A8F is a 2018 4k OLED TV with excellent performance for a variety of different usages.
It is available in two sizes 55 inches and 65 inches. Though a newer model of this item: A8G is available in the market but still we are further going with Sony A8F because of its awesome look and performance.
It has excellent picture quality, with perfectly deep blacks that look impressive in a dark room.
Motion handling is excellent due to the instantaneous response time, but this lack of blur can make low frame rate content appear choppy.
The A8F is an update to the A1E from 2017, and with a sleek design. It isn’t perfect as the brightness changes depending on-screen content and there may be a risk of burn-in with static content. A8F is more traditional, with a base at the bottom that supports the TV.
Sony A8F 65 inch OLED TV Review And Specification
Design and Look
The Sony A8F OLED TV is extremely well designed. The stand has a very small footprint and fits well in any decor. The TV is well built and there are no obvious gaps or loose panels. The TV has a very small frame and delivers an immersive viewing experience, especially when wall mounted. This design makes it much easier to mount on a wall than before.
The display is quite thin and the stand behind the display is large. The stand can be folded in when wall mounted.
The back of the TV is very clean. There are plastic panels that cover all of the bolts and connections and provide cable management.
The stand has very small and will fit on most tables. The stand adds very little height to the TV. There are two small rubber spacers (not shown) that add stability, but don’t necessarily need to be on the table.
The design of the stand is significantly changed from the previous model and it takes up less space and the TV does not tilt as much.
Footprint of the 55″ TV stand: 15.4″ x 10.0″
The borders are very thin on the Sony 55A8F. When watching TV from a few feet away, they are almost not noticeable.
The Sony A8F OLED TV produces excellent picture quality. It is able to produce true blacks and infinite contrast ratio, which combined with the perfect black uniformity, makes for excellent dark room performance. Can produce bright highlights and although the whole screen can’t get that bright, it should be good enough to combat glare in most rooms.
Color accuracy is good out of the box, and most people won’t need to calibrate their set. It also has an excellent wide color gamut. It is prone to temporary image retention and could experience permanent burn-in, although we don’t expect most people to experience this. Sony claims that its processing technology is what separates its TVs from other OLEDs and that the A8F’s proprietary X1 Extreme 4K HDR processor is the key to even better image quality.
The motion handling of the Sony A8F is excellent. It has a near-instantaneous response time and is flicker-free, so there is very little motion trail and only slight persistence blur. The perfect response time causes stutter, especially with 24 fps content, but this can be helped with the optional Black Frame Insertion feature or by enabling Motion Interpolation, but it is judder-free. It does not support a variable refresh rate, and there are no plans announced by Sony to add support for this in the future.
Native Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate: No
The Sony A8F has an above-average sound. It gets quite loud and produces a decent amount of bass along with clear dialogs. However, their bass doesn’t have any thump or rumble to it, and it doesn’t have a room correction system either. For a better sound, a dedicated sound system or soundbars are recommended. All of the sounds come from Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology, which uses the panel itself to project sound forward. The front-firing system is augmented by a rear-firing subwoofer for added bass. Most of the high-end TVs aren’t selling for its sound, and they are likely going to use an external sound system alongside the TV anyways. No, they are paying that price for the picture, and the A8F’s image quality is impressive.
|Sound Mode||Standard, Music, Cinema, Game, Sports|
|Audio Power Output||50 Watts Output|
|Dolby audio format support||Dolby® Digital|
|Sound Technology||Acoustic Surface Technology|
The A8F supports a wide variety of input formats and resolutions. It has low 4k input lag, but not as good as the LG C8. Like all Sony TVs, only HDMI ports 2 & 3 support full bandwidth, but port 3 is also the audio return channel. If you have a receiver that supports ARC and you are planning on connecting more than 1 full bandwidth device, you may wish to consider connecting your receiver using an optical (Toslink) cable.
OS – Android Version – 7.0
The Sony A8F runs Sony’s customized Android TV interface. The layout is very simple, there are multiple rows used to group similar functions together making it easy to navigate. The TV has performance issues when navigating the menus, as it froze repeatedly and animations were choppy. It is especially slow when accessing the menus from within an app. It has a great voice assistant, although it is not as good as the ThinQ AI found on 2018 LG OLEDs.
The interface is easy to use but slow. Animations are choppy and the interface stutters and freezes frequently. Performance is especially bad when accessing the menus from within an app, for example, if you are trying to change picture settings while watching Netflix.
Sony’s smart TV will also work with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices. It also comes with Google Assistant capability, effectively making your TV a Google Home, which lets you search for content, find online information, use online services and even control smart-home devices.
The remote is the same as last year’s, with the soft-touch buttons. It has a wide array of buttons that provide quick access to most functions. At the top is a microphone button that provides access to the Google Assistant voice search.
The voice controls work well, it can change inputs on the TV, open apps, search within apps, and answer basic questions such as the weather in a certain location.
- Size: Large
- Universal Remote: Yes
- Voice Control: Yes
Control from TV
Very basic physical controls on the TV. There are three buttons; the middle button controls the power to the TV and can change inputs. The other two buttons can be used as a directional cursor to increase/decrease sliders in the settings menu, as well as changing the channel or changing the volume.
In The Box
The Sony A9F is slightly better than the Sony A8F. Both TVs have excellent dark room performance thanks to the OLED panel which can produce perfectly deep blacks. The A9F has better color volume and displays gradients better.
The A9F also has lower input lag, native support for 1080p @ 120Hz, great for Xbox One S/X owners, and all four ports on the A9F support HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth. The A9F also has faster smart features, thanks to a newer version of Android TV OS, and a newer chipset.
Other than the design changes, there is almost no difference between the Sony A8F OLED and Sony A8G.
The A8G has slightly worse sound, but most people won’t notice this, and it’s slightly less bright in HDR than the A8F, but this could vary between units.
Overall Usage: Excellent TV for a variety of uses. The perfect blacks of the emissive display result in excellent dark room performance. In a bright room, reflection handling is excellent. Motion handling is also excellent due to the instantaneous response time, which is great for sports or gaming. Unfortunately, the brightness of the screen changes depending on the content and there may be a risk of burn-in with static content.
Movies: Outstanding TV for watching movies. Picture quality is impressive when viewed in a dark room due to the perfect blacks and black uniformity. Not only that it”s an excellent TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. Picture quality is remarkable due to the perfect blacks. The Sony A8F can produce a good peak brightness in HDR and also has a wide color gamut to produce saturated colors.
Gaming: Excellent performance for gamers. Instantaneous response time means only a short trail of blur can be seen behind fast-moving objects. Superb TV for gaming in HDR. Input lag is low with 4k and HDR so the TV feels responsive. It has excellent picture quality due to the perfect blacks and can produce a good HDR brightness especially with small highlights.
Monitor: Great choice for a PC monitor. The TV feels responsive due to instantaneous response time and low input lag at 4k. The edges of the screen also remain accurate when viewed from close.
An OLED screen features its own pixel structure, called WRGB. Instead of utilizing rows of different pixels, like RGBW, each pixel is identical. These pixels can independently produce color and white light. This is possible because each pixel consists of red, green, blue, and white subpixels stacked on top of each other. With the help of a filter, only the desired colors are shown. This technology helps ensure an extra accurate color representation.