Sony went overboard releasing more than 20 new consumer electronic devices and sending nine press releases to prove it.
If you are keen you can read up on all the releases here but following is GadgetGuy’s summary of the devices that will reach Australia. Web links to Sony Asia are noted as Australia should, but may not get the same specifications.
Sony 4K, HDR, TVs
While the AF8 OLED (Asian site) is the ‘ultimate” its new X9000F and X85F LCD series breathe new life into premium large screen LED/LCD market.
GadgetGuy could (and does) wax lyrical about OLED screens (black blacks, infinite contrast, vibrant, accurate colours, HDR10, Dolby Vision, etc.) it is what Sony do with the panel, electronics and Android TV operating system that make the AF8 stand out.
Available in 55 and 65” sizes it features the X1 Extreme processor for smooth motion, accurate rendering, TRILUMINOUS colour processing and an acoustic screen where the sound comes out of the screen surface (but hey you will be buying a sound bar or AV receiver – right?).
The X9000F (Asian site) has many of the OLED smarts and comes in 55, 65 and 75” models.
The X85F (Asian site) has slightly lower specified adds an 85” panel to the range.
No matter what your budget Sony has a large range of OLED and LED TVs to cover most bases. Note that the letter F at the end of the model number denotes a 2018 model.
HT-Z9FR Dolby Atmos 3.1 sound bar
Dolby Atmos creates a soundscape that fills the room coming from left, right, rear and overhead. More and more movies, games and TV shows are using this format.
Sony’s take on Atmos is a little different – the obligatory sub-woofer and a front sound bar using Sony’s new Vertical Surround Engine to provide a virtual three-dimensional surround sound experience, without the need for ceiling reflection or up-firing speakers. There also optional rear wireless 50W speakers.
It also has a 2.1 Dolby Atmos HT-X9000F (Asian site) at a lower cost that produces simulated, upscaled 7.1.2 sound.
Having heard Sony’s 2017 model sound bars all it needed was Dolby Atmos to round out its premium sound quality offerings.
Dolby Atmos enabled 4K Blu-ray player, AV Receiver and speakers
The UBP-X700 (Asian site) is a Dolby Atmos enabled, 4K Ultra HD, HRD10, Dolby Vision Blu-ray (and DVD/CD) player that also supports a full range of Dolby sound up to 7.1 channels. It’s the Swiss army knife of players offering one of the widest ranges of format and content playback.