The Sony A8F OLED TV is up there with the best OLED TVs. Given its current $500-off promotion, throw in Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, Android TV OS, acoustic surface sound and it’s a winner.
It is available in 55 and 65-inch for $3,999 and $5,999 respectively. Then take $500 of each, and it is cheaper than other brands premium LED/LCD TVs.
It has been a huge month. We have had 2018 TV launches from
We have reviewed
- LG’s 65C8 OLED
- Samsung’s Q9 QLED
- Hisense Series 9 QLED
- And we have the Panasonic OLED/LED and many more in our test labs.
I only tell you that because a) we are getting 16:9 eyes, b) we are tired of the half a dozen 4K UHD HDR, Dolby Atmos, Blu-rays and c) we get better at reviews each time we do one.
I am going to start by letting the cat out of the bag. Sony and Panasonic (and as far as I am aware any other OLED TV makers) are using LG OLED panels.
Sony et al. say it is what they add to the equation regarding electronics, operating systems, sound and more that makes the difference.
Me – I am having a hard time choosing what I would buy with a lazy $5 grand or so.
Why? Well, all the premium 2018 TVs from each brand are so good. I have asked every manufacturer why I should buy from them. The answers without fail all include innovation, heritage, brand cred, technology.
So, with that confusion on with the review
Review – Sony A8F OLED TV, 55-inch, 4K UHD
Looks and design
From the front, it is a single pane of edgeless, bezel-less, glass. A Small Sony power indicator LED sits under the centre of the screen. There is an option to disable it.
The ‘dark silver slate’ stand, a small ‘neckless’ centre pedestal is 255mm deep so it can sit on top of a 300mm shelf or ledge. The TV slants slightly back (a few degrees only) for stability.
The screen sits on a ‘neckless’ stand meaning there is no room for a sound bar underneath. I suspect you will need to look for something like the Sonos Playbase that supports TVs up to 35kg. A full Sonos kit may cost as much as the TV so think carefully.