Those who prefer to watch sports or movies in a bright room in the afternoon should consider buying a higher priced QLED from Samsung. The 90T is the strongest model from the 2020 lineup and doesn’t need an automatic brightness limiter due to the LCD panel with integrated Quantum Dots layer. With an outstanding maximum brightness of 1150 nits it is therefore superior to the A8H OLED. Thanks to good full array local dimming, the black level and contrast are also almost as good as in an OLED model. Moreover, with an HDMI 2.1 connection, it is even better suited for gaming with new consoles than the A8.
Similar to the Sony A8H performs the CX OLED by its competitor LG. However, it is available in a choice of 4 sizes, i.e. slightly smaller and larger than the A8H. In a bright room environment, it can still deliver a slightly better picture than the Sony model due to its slightly higher brightness. The CX is particularly interesting for gamers, as it has an HDMI 2.1 port and therefore offers Auto Low Latency Mode and VRR. If you want to get the right TV set for your new console, you’d better go for the CX.
The Sony A8H appears as a new edition of Sony’s Master Class model or flagship model from last year – the A9G. The two models hardly differ in their technical equipment. However, Sony is pursuing two different intentions here: While the A8H is designed with its height adjustable feet so that a soundbar can be added and also has a better operating system with Android 9.0 Pie, the A9G can be seen a bit more as a complete package for home cinema. Here, a soundbar can only be added if the TV is mounted on the wall, otherwise it would cover the lower part of the picture. Instead, the available terminals allow you to add an AV receiver and satellite speakers on both sides to create the setup of a hi-fi system with integrated 4K OLED TV. For this purpose Sony has developed the Acoustic Audio Surface feature, which is also available on the A8H.