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Sony A8H (A8) OLED TV (2020)

MSRP 1700 USDNeoscore 80%NEX score 87%

Product Overview

The A8H is part of Sony's 2020 OLED TV lineup. It features the latest Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, Pixel Contrast Booster, and X-Motion Clarity for OLED technologies to produce superior dynamic range, authentic color, and fluid action.
Sony A8H (also called A8 in Europe) offers eARC support. Its advanced processor is able to deliver object-based HDR remastering and to reproduce more precise range of colors. Like its predecessors, the Sony A8H features in-display speaker actuators that deliver an immersive sound.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED panel
  • High screen-to-body ratio
  • Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
  • 10-bit display panel
Cons

    What external reviewers found***

    NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
    Pros
    • Superb picture quality
    • Superb sound quality
    • Superb smart TV system
    Cons
    • Lack of Android TV support
    • No 4K/HDR support
    • No HDMI 2.1
    • No HDR10+ support
    • Doesn't support variable refresh rate technology
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    Specifications

    Variants:
    55"
    65"

    Connectivity

    Ports
    1x Ethernet RJ45, 4x HDMI 2.0 (CEC), 1x CI+ 1.4, 1x Satellite In (Sub; F-type female), 1x Optical Audio Out, 1x IR Out, 1x AV Composite In (Video + L/R), 1x Satellite In (Main; F-type female), 2x USB 2.0 (max 0.5 A), 1x 3.5 mm Audio Out, 1x USB 3.0 (ma...
    Wireless Connectivity
    WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2 + WiFi Direct + DLNA

    Construction

    Camera
    No
    Colors
    Black
    Drivers | Subwoofer
    2 x 5
    Speakers
    2x 10W
    VESA Mount
    300 x 300 mm

    Dimensions

    55"Bezels
    94.21% screen-to-body ratio
    65"Bezels
    94.82% screen-to-body ratio
    55"Size | Depth
    2.05 in / 52 mm w/o stand, 12.83 in / 326 mm w/ stand
    65"Size | Depth
    2.05 in / 52 mm w/o stand, 12.83 in / 326 mm w/ stand
    55"Size | Height
    28.03 in / 712 mm w/o stand, 28.86 in / 733 mm w/ stand
    65"Size | Height
    32.91 in / 836 mm w/o stand, 33.74 in / 857 mm w/ stand
    55"Size | Width
    48.31 in / 1227 mm
    65"Size | Width
    57.01 in / 1448 mm
    55"Weight
    16.8 kg / 37 lbs w/o stand , 18.6 kg / 41 lbs w/ stand
    65"Weight
    21.8 kg / 48 lbs w/o stand , 23.6 kg / 52 lbs w/ stand

    Display

    Aspect Ratio
    16:9
    Display Color Depth
    10 bits, 1073741824 colors
    55"Display Diagonal
    55" (54.65 in / 1388 mm)
    65"Display Diagonal
    65" (64.53 in / 1639 mm)
    Display Type
    OLED, LG Display
    55"Pixel Density
    80 ppi
    65"Pixel Density
    68 ppi
    55"Pixel Pitch
    0.315 mm
    65"Pixel Pitch
    0.372 mm
    Refresh Rate
    100 Hz / 120 Hz
    Resolution
    4K (3840x2160)
    Viewing Angle
    178° H / 178° V

    Function

    HDR
    Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    Licenses
    ENERGY STAR, UL/cUL
    Operating Humidity
    10 % ~ 80 %
    Operating System
    Android 9.0 Pie
    Operating Temperature
    0 °C ~ 40 °C , 32 °F ~ 104 °F
    Processor
    4 cores
    Tuner
    Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM), DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-S2, DVB-S
    Video
    TRILUMINOS Display, Apple AirPlay, Pixel Contrast Booster, Object-based Super Resolution, Voice command, Precision Color Mapping, Apple HomeKit, Light Sensor, Dual Database Processing, Google Assistant, Object-based HDR remaster, Live Color Technology,...

    Performance

    55"Energy Efficiency
    B
    65"Energy Efficiency
    A
    55"Power Consumption
    131 W (average) / 363 W (max) / 0.5 W (sleep)
    65"Power Consumption
    161 W (average) / 479 W (max) / 0.5 W (sleep)

    Production

    Accessory
    Voice remote control
    Debut
    2020
    55"Model Name
    KD-55A8
    65"Model Name
    KD-65A8

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    3rd-Party Review Videos

    External Reviews

    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

    User Reviews

    References

    1. ^ Sony A8H 4K HDR OLED TV review: Superbly cinematic. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/tv-reviews/sony-a8h-oled-tv-review-4k-hdr/. 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    2. ^ Sony A8H OLED TV Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/a8h-oled. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    3. ^ Sony A8/A8H review (KD-65A8): impeccable OLED TV pictures and great built-in sound. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/sony-a8-a8h-review-oled-tv. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
    4. ^ Sony Bravia A8H/A8 OLED TV review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-bravia-a8h-oled-tv. 2020-06-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    5. ^ Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sony-bravia-a8h-oled-tv. 2021-06-09. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
    6. ^ Review: Sony A8H 4K OLED. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/sony-a8h-4k-oled/. 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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