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Sony A8H Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 80%
Pros**
  • Gorgeous OLED panel
  • High screen-to-body ratio
  • Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
  • 10-bit display panel
Cons**

    Summary

    Sony A8H OLED is an undeniably premium TV with a premium price to match. It is Sony's entry-level OLED for 2020, sitting below their Master series. It has a very sharp roll-off towards the TV's peak brightness and doesn't support HDMI 2.1.
    This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

    Rundown

    digitaltrends[1]

    Sentiment Score[*] 91%
    Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
    Sony's A8H OLED is an undeniably premium TV with a premium price to match. Out of box color is superb, with very little tweaking left for a professional calibrator to perform. A TV this good deserves a bigger system, but the onboard sound is totally respectable.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Superb picture quality
    • Excellent build quality
    • Superb sound quality
    Cons[**]
    • No HDMI 2.1

    rtings[2]

    Sentiment Score[*] 82%
    Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
    The Sony A8H is an excellent TV for most uses. Its picture quality is amazing thanks to an infinite contrast ratio and near-instantaneous response time. It upscales lower resolution content well, which is great for watching cable TV or sports. Like all OLEDs, there's a risk of permanent burn-in, but this shouldn't be a problem if you watch varied content.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Fantastic motion handling
    • Image remains accurate no matter what angle you watch from
    • Excellent viewing angles
    • Incredibly bright
    Cons[**]
    • Near-instantaneous response time
    • Doesn't support variable refresh rate technology

    t3[3]

    Sentiment Score[*] 87%
    Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
    The A8/A8H sees Sony's OLED story really come of age. Sony's unique Acoustic Surface technology continues to deliver impressive sonics. The way the A8 harnesses Sony's processing quality to OLED's self-illuminating charms results in pictures that often take your breath away. The A8's dependence on Android TV for most of its smart features doesn't make it the easiest TV to use.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Superb image quality
    • Superb smart TV system
    • Excellent build quality
    Cons[**]
    • Lack of Android TV support

    techradar[4]

    Sentiment Score[*] 89%
    Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
    The 65A8 has been formally approved by IMAX as being capable of unlocking the full potential of the IMAX Enhanced picture mastering system. The screen responds well to Dolby Vision's extra scene by scene image data, enjoying a little more dynamism and refinement. Sony's Dynamic Contrast Enhancer needs to be handled with care, and actually works best with non-movie content. There's not a great deal of height to the 65a8's Dolby Atmos sound stage, but the precision and dynamics of object-based sound playback is still unusually effective.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Brilliant picture quality
    • Impressive HDR performance
    • Excellent sound
    Cons[**]
    • No 4K/HDR support
    • No HDR10+ support

    tomsguide[5]

    Sentiment Score[*] 87%
    Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
    Sony Bravia A8H OLED lets you take advantage of the best Google Assistant commands. Android TV's rows show a steady mix of your favorite content and recommendations for what to watch next. Chromecast comes built in and worked smoothly when we tried casting our Chrome browser to access a recorded Zoom workout class.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Sleek, premium design
    • Excellent picture quality
    • Google Assistant and Chromecast support
    Cons[**]
    • No HDMI 2.1

    wired[6]

    Sentiment Score[*] 83%
    Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
    The Sony A8H boasts a set of speakers inside the display itself, and the sound is decent. It's like listening to a movie on your Apple earbuds. For a cinematic experience to match the killer display, you should absolutely pair it with good speakers or a soundbar. This is a TV that handles color, contrast and brightness with a deft hand.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros[**]
    • Vibrant, vibrant, and lifelike picture
    • Excellent motion smoothing
    • Solid build quality
    Cons[**]
    • Motion smoothing is an abomination

    References

    1. ^ Sony A8H 4K HDR OLED TV review: Superbly cinematic. digitaltrends. 2020-06-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    2. ^ Sony A8H OLED TV Review. rtings. 2021-01-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    4. ^ Sony Bravia A8H/A8 OLED TV review. techradar. 2020-06-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    5. ^ Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review. tomsguide. 2021-06-09 Retrieved 2021-06-12.
    6. ^ Review: Sony A8H 4K OLED. wired. 2020-09-25 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
    *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
    **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
    ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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