Sony rolls out 2018 TVs, soundbars

Enhanced picture quality, user experience.

Sony has launched its 2018 OLED and 4K HDR TV line-up and accompanying soundbars, which first made their debut at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

The flagship A8F OLED TV (pictured), available in 55-inch (RRP $3,999) and 65-inch ($5,999), delivers enhanced contrast, colour and clarity thanks to Sony’s proprietary 4K HDR picture processor X1 Extreme, that is also used to upscale content.

First introduced in the A1 Series in 2017, the latest OLED also features Acoustic Surface Technology to emit sound from the TV screen itself, although it has been improved upon from its predecessor with the addition of two subwoofers at the rear of the TV with two bass reflex ports for added bass.

It is HDR compatible and supports HDR 10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision. Android TV enables users to explore movies, music, photos, games, search, apps and more, while Voice Search functionality allows users to find the content, ask questions and control the TV. Chromecast is built-in and users also have access to Google Play.

The X9000F Series 4K HDR TVs, currently available in 55-inch (RRP $2,799) and 65-inch (RRP $4,099) and from July in 75-inch (RRP $6,999), is also equipped with the X1 Extreme processor, in addition to a new technology – X-Motion Clarity – to keep fast action images smooth and clear, using Sony’s proprietary direct LED local dimming and backlight boosting algorithm.

The X8500F Series 4K HDR TV, currently available in 65-inch (RRP $3,499) and 75-inch (RRP $5,799), and in 55-inch ($2,299) and 85-inch (RRP $8,999) from July, sports an ultra slim design with a narrow aluminium frame and clean cable management for table top mount.

Sony continues to offer key technologies on its 4K Ultra HD TVs including Triluminous Display, X-tended Dynamic Range Pro and Dolby Vision.

Soundbars

Sony has also launched two new soundbars – the HT-Z9RF (RRP $1,499) and HT-X9000F (RRP $799; pictured below).

The HT-Z9RF with Dolby Atmos was developed through Sony’s unique virtual technology. The new Vertical Surround Engine means users experience three-dimensional surround sound without the need for reflection.

S-Force Pro Front Surround technology provides a true home theatre environment and the Vertical S button on the remote mixes 2 channel stereo content up to virtual 7.1.2 channel.

The HT-X9000F has been designed to fit against the legs of the Sony X9000F 4K HDR TV.

Both soundbars support 4K HDR and Dolby Vision to allow the original picture quality to be passed through the bar directly to the TV without loss of quality. They can also be used cable-free via Bluetooth.

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