How good are TVs from Sony?
For many people, the Japanese company Sony is one of the luminaries in the field of consumer electronics. Sony has been producing audio and video products, cameras, cell phones and smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles and much more since 1946. Of course, the product lineup also includes TVs, which are now among the best known on the market.We have compiled a selection of the best Sony TVs and present them for you on this page. If you are interested in a Sony TV, there is certainly something for you here.
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The best Sony TV 2021: Sony A8H OLED
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Sony A8H OLED compared to the alternatives
If you exclude the Z8H, which is the 8K model of the 2020 lineup and probably a bit too expensive for most users, the Sony A8 OLED is probably the best 2020 TV from the Korean tech company.
The A8 has the picture quality typical of OLEDs that will captivate viewers. Perfect blacks and theoretically infinite contrast make for excellent picture quality in a dark home theater environment, which is further optimized by Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits and Sony’s outstanding image processing algorithms – and in this area, no other manufacturer is as advanced as Sony.
The A8 seems to have been designed precisely for home theater, because in addition to the excellent picture, it also uses Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio, which generates the sound directly in the center of the display and thus creates a very high degree of immersion.
At around 780Nits, the A8 is comparable for an OLED, but it can’t quite keep up with high-end LED-LCD models yet, which means they clearly perform better in very bright rooms. Still, its performance is better than most other TVs even in bright environments, and as long as it’s not watching TV in an extremely sunlit room, the quality is still extremely convincing.
Even though Sony is the producer of the Playstation 5, that apparently doesn’t mean they equip their TVs with the necessary hardware to fully utilize it. Therefore, there is unfortunately no OLED TV in Sony’s 2020 lineup that has an HDMI 2.1 interface with the corresponding gaming features.
So, if gaming is not that important and you are looking for the ideal home theater TV, the A8 OLED is the right choice,
Sony A8H OLED Pro / Contra
- Perfect Black
- ContrastRatio ∞:1
- Clear movements
- Viewing angle
- Dolby Vision
- Image processing
- Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
- No HDMI 2.1
- No VRR
- No ALLM
Alternatives to the Sony A8H OLED as Sony TV
The Sony X950H is the 4K LED-LCD flagship from the Sony 2020 lineup. Unlike the A8, this one can get exceptionally bright with ~1200Nits, so it can be used exceptionally well especially in bright environments. Furthermore, this, combined with Dolby Vision and the excellent Full Array Local Dimming feature, creates a decidedly impressive HDR performance that approaches that of Sony’s OLED.
The contrast ratio of the VA panel is high enough at ~3200:1 to produce a good picture even in dark environments. While there are LED LCD TVs with higher contrast, Sony’s X-Wide Viewing Angle reduces it somewhat on the X950H, and in return, the viewing angle is massively widened – which is always worth it in our opinion.
Just like the A8, the X950H doesn’t have an HDMI 2.1 interface. Gaming is quite a bit of fun on the X950H due to the excellent motion handling and average input lag of 19ms, but [email protected] and a Variable Refresh Rate for screen tearing free gaming is also not possible with the X950H.
In 2020, the X950H was one of the best LED LCD TVs and even became dangerous to giants like the Samsung Q90T. However, it could not really be perceived as a future-proof TV by many due to the non-existent HDMI 2.1 interface.
So far, the interface is only useful for gaming. However, Dolby Atmos is possible despite HDMI 2.0, since an HDMI eARC port is available.
The Sony X900H is, so to speak, the gaming TV of the Sony lineup – except perhaps for the ZH8, which also has an HDMI 2.1 interface.
The VA panel has a good picture quality, but is not quite on par with the other two Sony models. It has the deep blacks typical of panels with Vertical Alignment technology, with a high contrast ratio of 4800:1, and gets bright enough at 740Nits to show off HDR details well. Full Array Local Dimming improves contrast immensely, but 32 dimming zones are a bit too few for larger variants of the X900H to effectively avoid blooming. Still, the X900H is one of the TVs with the best picture quality in its price range.
Unfortunately, the viewing angle is quite narrow, so colors look washed out quite quickly even from slightly oblique angles.
But picture quality isn’t really the X900H’s key qualification. In 2020, the X900H was one of the few TVs with an HMDI 2.1 interface and Dolby Vision support. That means it supports an ALLM, HDMI eARC and [email protected]. Unfortunately, though, the resolution is reduced to keep input lag and refresh rate as low as possible. The Variable Refresh Rate is also not yet available, but is supposed to be delivered via update – that VRR is coming is certain according to Sony, but the question is when it will come.
The gaming features make the X900H one of the most important TVs of 2020, since the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 consoles were launched here. The only real competitor was LG’s NANO85, which has a significantly inferior picture quality due to its IPS panel and the Edge Lit Local Dimming feature.