Sony produces the best TVs in the world. This is not an exaggeration, but the fact – OLED technology belongs to this brand, and it guarantees accurate color transfer and has the widest dynamic range. True, the price of Sony TVs with OLED-matrices can reach up to $4000. But this is the price for quality, technology and brand – in the high price category Sony is winning its closest competitor – Samsung with QLED technologies.
In this review, we will cover all price categories and present the best TVs by Sony, which collected positive feedback from customers.
1 place – Sony KD-55XE9005 with diagonal of 55 inches ($1500)
The first place gets a model with a screen with diagonal of 55 inches, 4K UHD-resolution (3840 × 2160) and HDR 10 support.
This model uses a qualitative VA-matrix of 120 Hz with a color coverage of DCI-P3 of 95%. It received Direct LED-backlighting, has a brightness of 900 cd / m2, and a contrast ratio of 4700: 1. The backlight has active zones (35 pieces), that further increases the contrast. And although the matrix is not a TOP-level (not OLED), it shows a detailed picture.
The model received 3 independent TV tuners, 24p True Cinema support, built-in 16 GB disk, a bunch of different interfaces and Smart TV based on Android. Inside there is a powerful processor, so Smart TV works fast.
2 place – KDL-40RE353 ($400)
Second place – a panel with a smaller screen and resolution. This model received a classic diagonal – 40 inches and Full HD resolution. This TV is the leader in a low price category.
- VA-matrix with LED-backlight.
- One independent tuner.
- Two speakers with a total power of 10 watts.
- Interfaces: USB, HDMI, etc.
The panel has no advanced technologies – classical solutions in the form of VA-matrix and LED-backlight are applied here, but Sony bets on picture quality, not functionality, so device didn’t get Smart TV. This allowed to create a relatively inexpensive solution.
- Color rendering – watching movies at 1920 × 1080 is a pleasure.
- Affordable price for the device with such characteristics.
- Convenience of management.
- Thin frames.
There are some disadvantages. We saw a lot of users complaints about the uneven distribution of the backlight, which is invisible when watching a video. Also the TV can not run “heavy” content with a resolution of 4K – it slows down.
The model in its price segment is one of the best, but if you want, you can search similar screens for the characteristics and color rendition of the competitor Samsung. But here we are talking about Sony panels.
3 place – KDL-32WD603 ($300)
This is a budget model by Sony with a screen diagonal of 32 inches and HD-resolution. Unlike previous models, this device got an IPS matrix with more accurate and deeper colors.
- Resolution: 720p HD.
- Viewing angles are 178 degrees.
- Sound: 2 dynamics of 5 watts.
- Interfaces: USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi.
- Smart TV.
- One independent tuner.
Since the IPS matrix is installed here, the color reproduction is clearly at a high level. Users notice a wide dynamic range – the ability of a display to show details in bright and dark areas of the scene. Other advantages: high-quality sound, small dimensions and weight, remote control.
- There is no support for DVB-S and S2.
- USB standard 2.0, although almost everywhere 3.0 is used.
- The stand is weak.
- HD resolution, which at a diagonal of 32 inches gives a low pixel density.
- If electricity is lost, all settings are reset.
Despite the shortcomings, the TV in lineup is one of the best thanks to the cool IPS matrix with accurate transmission.
4 place – KD-49XE8096 ($1100)
No less interesting device – KD-49XE8096 with a diagonal of 49 inches. This panel received an IPS matrix with a resolution of 4K (3840 × 2160) and HDR 10 support. Also available is Smart TV, which works quickly thanks to a powerful “hardware”.
- Brightness: 400 cd / m2.
- Contrast ratio: 1500: 1.
- Viewing angle: 178 degrees.
- Sound power: 2x10W.
- Several independent TV tuners.
- A bunch of different interfaces.
Among all the TVs with 49-inch IPS-matrix and 4K-resolution support, this model is the best. It is impossible to find for this money an analogue of South Korean brands Samsung or LG, which could demonstrate such wide viewing angles and transmission of shades without distortion.
The sound in the panel is acceptable, but not the best (for example, there are no basses). There are user complaints about the buggy of a built-in player, but this problem is solved by installing the MX Player application from the Google Play Market service.
- There are complaints about inaccurate sound output 5.1.
- Some reviews about arbitrary reboots (perhaps, the problem of firmware).
- Huge external power supply.
Taking into account the pros and cons, prices and customer feedback, we put the model on the 4th place in the rating.
5 place – Sony KD-55A1 ($3500)
When ranking Sony TVs, we have to include the model with OLED-matrix. This TV costs $3500 and is the representative of the top class.
It received an OLED-matrix with a diagonal of 55 inches and 4K-resolution, HDR10 and Smart TV support. The second feature is a powerful audio system, represented by five speakers with a power of 10 watts. The picture on the screen is detailed, colors are accurate – the screen displays small details in the dark and light sections of the scene, that indicates a wide dynamic range.
Watch an example of an image on a Sony A1E TV and a Samsung Q7 with a QLED matrix:
Obviously, the sky at the top is blue, not turquoise, as in the QLED matrix.
The only drawback is the price. Not everyone can pay $3500 for such a device. Hence the 5th place in the ranking.