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Sony XBR-55A8G (USA version)

SCORE:
92
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Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED Display
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display
  • Perfect Viewing Angle
  • X1™ Extreme Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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Overview

Sony XBR-55A8G was introduced in 2019. It has a OLED screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 Hz/120 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and IMAX Enhanced. Its powerful X1™ Extreme picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-55A8G TV 92 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
94
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
88
OTHER FEATURES
83
CONNECTIVITY
96
FORMAT SUPPORT
83
OVERALL
92

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-55A8G.

PROS
  High Resolution
  High Refresh Rate: 100 Hz/120 Hz
  Perfect Viewing Angle
  Color Depth
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  HLG
  IMAX Enhanced
  DSEE
  Clear Phase
  Dolby Atmos
  DTS Digital Surround
  Wi-Fi
  Wi-Fi Direct
  Bluetooth
  Works with Alexa
  HDCP 2.3
CONS
  No HDR10+
  No AMD Freesync™
  No NVidia G-Sync
  No 4K HFR
  No 2K HFR
  No VRR
  No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)

Predecessor

A predecessor of 2019 A8G series is 2018 A8F series. In this section we show their comparison.

UPGRADES Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8F
Pixel Contrast Booster vs
Dolby Atmos vs
Dolby AC-4 vs
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC vs
More RAM 4 GB vs 2 GB

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8F
Loer Speaker Poer Rating 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W vs 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W
Sound Processing vs ClearAudio+
Content Bar vs

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the predecessor - model XBR-55A8F. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8F where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

Selected Features

OLED Display

Sony XBR-55A8G has an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This is a self-emissive display which can completely turn off individual pixels leading to the ideal black levels and better contrast during HDR compared to any LCD displays. This makes them to be the best choice for dark rooms. OLED enables a simpler internal structure than conventional displays. With just a few layers, OLED TVs are very lightweight and thin. OLED displays also have better viewing angles. However, they are not able to achieve such high brightness as modern LCD displays which makes them less suitable in bright rooms.

HDR10

Sony XBR-55A8G supports HDR10 which was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It is not backward compatible with SDR. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits of brightness and uses 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.

Dolby Vision

This TV also supports Dolby Vision which is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.

Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for Sony XBR-55A8G.

BASICS
BrandSony
SeriesA8G
ModelXBR-55A8G
Size55"
CountryUSA
Release Year2019
Bezel ColorBlack
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Display TypeOLED
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6" (138.8 cm)
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
ContrastInfinite Contrast
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing AnglePerfect Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage99%
Contrast Ratio
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision IQ
HLG
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorX1™ Extreme
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR
Filmmaker Mode
X-Reality™ PRO 4K
Dual database processing
Object-based Super Resolution
Live Color™ Tech0logy
Precision Color Mapping
Super bit mapping™ 4K HDR
Contrast Enhancement Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Object-based HDR remaster
Pixel Contrast Booster
Auto Low Latency Mode
AUDIO
Speaker TypeAcoustic Surface Audio+™ (Actuator x2 + Subwoofer x2)
Speaker Poer Rating10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W
DSEE
Sound Processing
Clear Phase
Simulated Surround SoundS-Force Front Surround
TV Center Speaker Mode
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Pulse
Dolby AC-4
DTS Digital Surround
WiSA Ready
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Input
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version4.1
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Video & TV SideView (iOS/Android)
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0b
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI-CEC BRAVIA Sync
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Ports1
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm input
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
DLNA
OTHER
SoCMediaTek MT5891
CPUARM Cortex-A53
CPU Cores4
CPU Frequency1100 MHz
GPUARM Mali-T860 MP2
GPU Cores2
GPU Frequency700 MHz
RAM4 GB
Storage16 GB
Operating SystemAndroid
Internet BrowserVewd
Content Bar
Voice Command
Light Sensor
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
Application Store Google Play Store
Teletext
Auto Calibration with CalMAN
Picture-In-Picture
Closed Captions(Analog) Closed Caption
(Digital) Closed Caption
PVR Function
USB HDD Recording
USB Drive Format SupportFAT16 / FAT32 / exFAT / NTFS
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER
Digital Tuner 1
SAT Tuner
Analog TunerNTSC-M
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC3.58 / NTSC4.43
FM Radio
GENERAL
Energy EfficiencyB
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)355 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1.229 x 710 x 51 mm (48 1/2 x 28 x 2 1/8 in)
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1.229 x 730 x 290 mm (48 1/2 x 28 3/4 x 11 1/2 in)
Stand SizeWidth: 657 mm (25 7/8 in)
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1.411 x 836 x 185 mm (55 5/8 x 33 x 7 3/8 in)
One Connect Box
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)300 x 300 mm (11 7/8 x 11 7/8")
Weight Without Stand17.6 kg (38.8 lbs)
Weight With Stand19.8 kg / 43.7 lbs
Weight of Package (Gross)27 kg (59.5 lbs)
Warranty1 Year
ACCESSORIES
Optional AccessoriesWallmount Bracket (SU-WL855)Depends on country selection

Successor

The 2019 A8G series has a successor - 2020 A8H series. Let us now display the changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony XBR-55A8H vs Sony XBR-55A8G
4K HFR vs
VRR vs
Object-based Super Resolution vs
Auto Low Latency Mode vs
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 vs 4.1
HDMI Version 2.1 vs 2.0b
Auto Calibration with CalMAN vs
USB HDD Recording vs

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-55A8H vs Sony XBR-55A8G
Loer Speaker Poer Rating 10 W + 10 W + 5 W + 5 W vs 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the successor - model XBR-55A8H. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8H where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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