Sony XBR-55A8H Review and Specs

Sony XBR-55A8H (USA version)

SCORE:
85

Highlights

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

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Sony XBR-55A8H Overview

Sony XBR-55A8H was introduced in 2020. 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™ Ultimate picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-55A8H TV 85 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
95
VIDEO FEATURES
85
AUDIO FEATURES
66
OTHER FEATURES
66
CONNECTIVITY
92
FORMAT SUPPORT
56
OVERALL
85

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-55A8H.

The TV has strengths such as High Refresh Rate, Wide Viewing Angle, Color Depth, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, IMAX Enhanced, 4K HFR, VRR, Clear Phase, Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround. And it has weaknesses sush as no 3D Capability, no HDR10+, no Advanced HDR by Technicolor®, no AMD Freesync™, no NVidia G-Sync, no 2K HFR, no HGIG Compatibility, Weak Picture Processor, no Filmmaker Mode, no TV Center Speaker Mode, no WiSA Ready and no NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0).

PROS
High Refresh Rate 👍
Wide Viewing Angle 👍
Color Depth 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
IMAX Enhanced 👍
4K HFR 👍
VRR 👍
Clear Phase 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS Digital Surround 👍
CONS
No 3D Capability 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👎
No AMD Freesync™ 👎
No NVidia G-Sync 👎
No 2K HFR 👎
No HGIG Compatibility 👎
Weak Picture Processor 👎
No Filmmaker Mode 👎
No TV Center Speaker Mode 👎
No WiSA Ready 👎
No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

A predecessor of 2020 A8H series is 2019 A8G series. In this section we show major changes from the predecessor.

UPGRADES Sony XBR-55A8H Sony XBR-55A8G
4K HFR
VRR

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

Selected Features

OLED Display

Sony XBR-55A8H 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. OLED displays also have better viewing angle than IPS panels. However, OLEDs are not able to achieve such high brightness as modern LCD displays.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for Sony XBR-55A8H.

BASICS
BrandSony
Country VersionUSA
SeriesA8H
ModelXBR-55A8H
Release Year2020
Size55"
Bezel ColorBlack
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TechnologyOLED
ContrastInfinite Contrast
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing AnglePerfect Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
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™ Ultimate
Frame Interploation TechniqueX-Motion Clarity
Filmmaker Mode
X-Reality™ PRO 4K
Dual database processing
Object-based Super Resolution
Live Color™ Technology
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 Channels2.2
Speaker Type and ConfigurationAcoustic Surface Audio+™ (Actuator x2 + Subwoofer x2)
Speaker Power Rating10 W + 10 W + 5 W + 5 W
Clear Phase
Simulated Surround SoundS-Force Front Surround
TV Center Speaker Mode
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus
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 ProtocolIEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version4.2
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.1
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
CPU Cores4
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
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
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)341 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1,227 x 712 x 52 mm
48 3/8" x 28 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1,227 x 733 x 326 mm
48 3/8" x 28 7/8" x 12 7/8"
Stand SizeWidth: 1,004 mm (39 5/8")
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1,416 x 832 x 184 mm
55 3/4" x 32 7/8" x 7 1/4"
One Connect Box
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Dimensions (W x H)300 x 300 mm (11 7/8" x 11 7/8")
Weight Without Stand16.8 kg (37.1 lbs)
Weight With Stand18.6 kg (41 lbs)
Weight of Package (Gross)25 kg (55.1 lbs)
ACCESSORIES
RemoteStandard Remote Control
WARRANTY
Warranty1 Year

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