Sony Bravia 65A9F OLED TV Review - Still Unbeatable
Sony Bravia 65A9F OLED TV will make your mouth wide open
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Type: OLED Sub-Type: WRGB Resolution: 4K UHD
Sony has an outstanding OLED masterpiece in his bag which still blows out other similar models of this genre. A shiny new X1 Ultimate image processor and the arrival of the Android Oreo TV OS make this a panel every 4K enthusiast will be lusting after. The Sony Series A9F OLED TV is one of the best OLED TVs on the market and blows away the competition with its great picture quality, an innovative sound system and an improved version of Android TV. Like all OLEDs, it delivers perfectly deep blacks and has wide viewing angles. HDR looks great thanks to the excellent wide color gamut and the best color volume that have been measured so far on an OLED. Even better, as it’s coupled with an enhanced version of its Acoustic Surface Audio technology, it sounds tremendous great, too. The only major drawback is that some Dolby Vision content looks a little dark and the TV is extremely expensive. But if high-quality performance is what you are looking for then this is one.
Price Range and Amazon’s Deal
The A9F is available in two screen sizes, 55- (KD-55A9F) and 65-inches (KD-65A9F) but in the Indian market, it is available in only 65 Inch on Amazon and also on other places. But Amazon is delivering it in with a great discount of nearly 30% or more. The price of Sony Bravia 65A9F is presently carrying 5,79,900.00 rupees but in Amazon offering a price of ₹ 4,21,990.00. Whereas it is not worthy to trust only on us better you check yourself on Amazon.
The 65A9F has an outstanding look. The TV tilts back by about 5-degrees and stands just like a picture frame should, putting the display at an angle. An adjustable counterweight is provided that can be affixed to the bottom of the kickstand, to keep the TV stable on a stand. Without it, the TV remains light enough for wall-mounting. When placed on a table, the only thing you will see is the screen. There is a small white LED at the bottom of the display that glows when the TV is on and if you find this disturbing, you can switch it off from the settings. The bezels surrounding the display are quite thin.
The bezel around the top and sides are about 0.3 inches and at the bottom, it is 0.5 inches. The bezels are decorated in black brushed metal, and a single, subtle Sony badge in the lower-left corner is the only branding on the design. Unfortunately, the design makes the A9F difficult to move, but most people are not going to be moving the TV often, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
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 65A9F appears outstandingly gorgeous with the covers on, and has a great cable management. The back panels have a fabric cover on them, the same with the speaker panels.
The stand design of the 65A9F is quite large and bulky, but supports the TV extremely well. The stand cannot be removed, as it houses the major of TV hardware, from a covered connector panel to an integrated subwoofer. The rear stand adds significantly to the overall thickness of the set and appears to play a larger role in supporting the TV. These feet require a surface at least 12.8″ (32.5 cm) wide.
The 65A9F borders are very thin and stylish, there is no noticeable gap between the border and the first row of pixels.
The only downside is unlike traditional stands, there is no space between the table and the bottom of the screen. So, if you place a soundbar in front of the TV, it will obstruct your view. If you are someone who places like a Blu-ray player, gaming console, etc. below the TV, you will have to reconsider its placement.
The Sony Bravia65A9F OLED beat many high ground players in picture quality. The TV delivers excellent picture quality. The OLED panel is especially well suited for a dark room, as the self-emissive technology delivers perfect blacks. In darker scenes, shadows were deep and rich, without sacrificing ultra-fine details. Some OLED TVs will struggle with crushed blacks, where anything below a certain brightness becomes a single, undifferentiated black mass; the A9F had none of these issues. The A9F is bright enough for most rooms, but it doesn’t get very bright with bright white scenes. It has an excellent wide color gamut. A9F is powered by the X1 Ultimate chip. The X1 Ultimate is said to be double powerful as the X1 Extreme and also brings with it better picture processing along with object-based HDR rendering. Like all OLED TVs, since each pixel is self-emitting there is no local dimming as each pixel can dim individually.
Sony has packed 65A9F with all the video processing and optimizing tricks it has, from the Sony’s top image-processing chip (X1 Ultimate) to Sony’s Triluminos Display, which configures images from a wider color palette to the Pixel Contrast Booster, which emphasizes the contrast offered by OLED’s perfect blacks and uses object-based enhancement that makes on-screen objects more unique. Decent peak brightness in HDR and Good peak brightness in SDR on the 65A9F. The 65A9F has decent viewing angles nearly identical to the other 2018 OLED TVs, like the 65A8F, the image remains very accurate even at wide viewing angles.
Sony Bravia has excellent motion response compared to others. The OLED panel has an instantaneous response time, the image produced is free of motion blur and distortion. But it may appear irrelevant for someone as it leaves no trail behind fast-moving objects. Due to the instantaneous response time of the OLED panel, 24p motion in movies can look strange to some people and appear to stutter. This is especially noticeable in slow, wide-panning shots. The 65A9F has a native 100 Hz panel, but like all Sony TVs, it does not support VRR. The 65A9F can insert black frames to simulate flicker, which can help motion appear clearer.
Native Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate: No
Sony Bravia 65A9F OLED has better sound quality than A8F. Acoustic Surface Audio Plus, the updated version of Sony’s excellent sound-from-screen audio technology. With three audio drivers directly behind the glass of the OLED display, the TV uses the glass panel as the vibrational surface of the speaker, literally producing sound with the 65-inch screen. This TV gets loud enough for most environments, produces clear and intelligible dialog, and has a decent punch to its bass. However, it has no sub-bass and tends to produce pumping and compression artifacts under heavier loads. We really enjoyed the performance of the audio from the 65A8F and the same can be said about the A9F. One feature that is quite impressive and unique to the 65A9F is the ability to use the TV as the center channel of your home theatre. At the back, you will see the option to connect the TV as a center channel with your amplifier. Although this TV may sound good enough for some people, getting dedicated speakers is still recommended for a better sound. It all adds up to a 3.2 speaker system built into the TV, offering rich and varied sound. Between the great sound quality and the powerful volume, this is one of the best audio experiences you’ll get from a TV.
65A9F OLED is outfitted with a wide selection of ports, with everything you need to connect your home theater equipment. The set is equipped with four HDMI ports – three on the stand and one on the side of the TV – an RF antenna connector, three USB ports – two on the stand, one on the side of the TV. And also an optical port for digital audio, two speaker connectors, and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
The A9F has a good low input lag that should most people like. It supports all common resolutions, including native support for 1080p @ 120 Hz, great for Xbox One S/X owners. Great for use as a PC monitor. The Sony 65A9F supports Dolby Vision, but advanced external devices must be used to support it.
OS – Android Version – 8.0
The 65A9F has great smart features. Oreo comes up with plenty of nice new features, including a recently watched content rail, curated recommendations, and a favorite channel listing. The updated Android TV OS and faster chipset make for a much faster experience than the previous Sony TVs. The Android Oreo interface is well organized and easy to navigate. Some common apps, like the settings menu, are now easier to access as they have been moved to the top of the page. Streaming services include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, all of which support 4K. Netflix and Amazon also offer HDR according to availability.
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.
Sony’s 65A9F remote has rubberized back, and soft-touch buttons. There are a lot of buttons, more than most remotes from other brands. There is also a quick access button for Netflix, the Google Play Store, and Google Assistant voice control. Most of the remote functions require direct line-of-sight to the TV.
In the Box
LG - OLED65B8PTA
The Sony 65A9F OLED and the LG 65B8PTA are both OLED TVs, and they perform almost identically. The LG 65B8PTA is a bit brighter and has slightly less input lag. Although the Sony 65A9F supports eARC, the LG 65B8PTA supports the extra bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 on all four HDMI inputs. Whereas LG has a motion rate of 120 Hz and a really good outstanding picture quality with a decent wide-angle view.
Sony Bravia - 65A8F
The Sony 65A9F is slightly better than the Sony 65A8F. Both TVs have excellent dark room performance because OLED panel which can produce perfectly deep blacks. The 65A9F has better color volume and displays gradients better. The 65A9F also has faster smart features, due to a newer version of Android TV OS, and a newer chipset.
Overall Usage: The Sony KD-65A9F is an excellent TV that can stretch your TV viewing experience to the ultimate mark. The superb OLED panel offers rich color and deep black levels without sacrificing detail or brightness. The built-in audio is superb, offering 3.2 sound with room-filling volume without the need for a soundbar. It is an outstanding TV for watching movies or gaming in a dark room. It has excellent motion handling and great for fast-paced content or gaming. The 65A9F is outstanding for watching movies in a dark room. The OLED panel delivers a perfectly dark room viewing experience, and the image looks great, even if you are viewing it from the side.
Sony 65A9F is a great choice for watching TV shows during the day. The wide viewing angles make it a perfect choice for someone that likes to move about with the TV on. It has excellent reflection handling also.
HDR Movies: The Sony 65A9F delivers an outstanding HDR movie experience. The blacks deliver a perfect darkroom experience, and the wide color gamut and very good color volume deliver outstanding picture quality.
Gaming: Excellent TV for playing gaming. It has excellent low input lag and supports all common resolutions. Fast-moving objects are crisp and clear, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve motion. It is also is an excellent TV for playing games in HDR.
Monitor: The KD-65A9F is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. The wide viewing angles ensure an accurate image, even when sitting up close.