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Sony Bravia XBR-A1E

Sony Bravia XBR-A1E

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These days Sony might be better known for the PlayStation than its stellar line of Bravia televisions, but the company's first 4K OLED set comes out swinging. The A1E is a top-tier display, with a picture and design capable of competing in a growing market currently dominated by LG.

The A1E differentiates itself almost immediately by virtue of its design. Instead of employing a stand like most thin sets, it instead rests on a kickstand. Tom's Guide says this "odd, leaning-back position" might be distracting to some, especially if it reflects overhead light. But CNET points out that this lets the set look like "all picture," just a "minimalist black rectangle, all business." It certainly makes a statement.

With no stand to embed speakers into, Sony's done something a bit clever and turned the screen itself into the audio source. It may seem gimmicky, but TechRadar was pleasantly surprised, commenting that the A1E's audio "humbles that of most rivals" with "open, warm and large in scale" sound. It's certainly no slouch, with Pocket-Lint noting its sound stage was enough "to fill a big room" and What Hi-Fi says it has a "good amount of punch." Gizmodo Australia says it struggles a bit with the bass, "producing low frequencies that are a bit boomy and muffled." But in exchange, you get dialogue that Tom's Guide says feels as if it were "coming straight out of an actor's mouth on screen. "

In addition to picture and audio Sony also distinguishes itself from LG by utilizing Android TV, which TrustedReviews says is "great if you’ve already bought into the Google ecosystem," and "works well" according to Tom's Guide. However, Forbes does not that the system tends to favor quantity over quality in its apps.

With the A1E you're buying one of the most unique OLED sets on the market, rivaled only by the bendable LG W7. However, the W7 is also twice the price, making the A1E the better choice for for budget-conscious fashionistas. Everyone else though, might be better served grabbing one of LG's other OLED sets. They're not as eye-catching as the A1E or W7, but they get the job done and still look pretty good doing it.

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OLED
Screen size
5522
Native resolution
3840 x 2160
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5522
3840 x 2160

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