For movie and series fans, both the newer A8H OLED from Sony’s 2020 lineup and the A9G OLED from last year are of interesting. Both televisions offer an immersive experience, but which of them can bring real cinema feeling into the own four walls via sound?
Sony A8H and Sony A9G compared
Which TV is better?
- Space for an additional soundbar
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Picture quality in bright rooms
- Only 1 actuator
- Available in 2 sizes
- Slightly brighter
- Connection to receiver
- 2 Actuators
- Available in 3 sizes
- Android 8.0 Oreo
Detailed comparison: Sony A8H or Sony A9G
The Sony A8H OLED is the second strongest model from the manufacturer's 2020 lineup and offers a great picture as well as excellent motion handling. As an OLED, it has the characteristic features of perfect black and almost infinite contrast. However, due to the automatic brightness limiter, which is also typical for OLEDs, it is better suited for dark than for bright room environments. Gaming is not its strength, but the A8 offers the sound formats DTS and Dolby Atmos, and its height-adjustable feet offer the perfect space for an additional soundbar. It also has the Acoustic Surface Audio feature from Sony via an actuator. The A8H thus represents a high-quality allround model.
The A9G OLED is Sony's flagship model from the 2019 lineup and belongs to its so-called "master class". The picture quality and motion handling also appear promising. Due to the slightly higher maximum brightness, the picture is a little better in bright room settings than with the A8H. By connecting it to a receiver, a surround setup can be developed, which becomes even more vivid due to the 2 actuators behind the screen. Unlike the A8H, the A9G still has the previous OS, which doesn't run as well as the newer Android 9.0 Pie.
|Panel type||OLED Panel||OLED Panel|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p||3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p|
|Contrast ratio||infinitely :1||infinitely :1|
|Frequency||120 Hz||120 Hz|
|Input Lag||< 19 ms||< 27 ms|
|Color space coverage|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android Oreo 8.0|
|Improved viewing angle|
Our conclusion: Similar models, but different purposes
If you compare the technical features of the Sony A8H OLED from 2020 with those of the Sony A9G from 2019, no serious difference is noticeable at first. At second glance, however, it becomes clear that the manufacturer is pursuing different intentions with the models and thus also addresses different target groups: The A9G can be used as a central loudspeaker in a surround setup by connecting it to a receiver via the built-in speaker connections. It has a very low, central stand. This does not allow a soundbar to improve the sound, as this would cover the lower part of the panel. Therefore, the use of a soundbar is only possible with wall mounting. All in all, the A9G can provide a real home cinema feeling.
The A8H on the other hand has height-adjustable feet on the left and right outside, which in the higher setting provide the perfect space for an additional soundbar. It also has the newer OS Android 9.0 Pie installed, which works much better than its predecessor. Both are on the same level in terms of picture quality and motion handling, but the A8H is much more of an allround model. The purchase of the A9G makes sense if you want to use the appropriate surround setup and bring the cinema feeling into your living room. Both TVs feature Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio, which enhances the 2.2 channel speakers by actuators that vibrate the screen. The A9G has two of these actuators, while the A8H has only one. In addition, the A9G is also available in 77 inches, unlike the A8H.