Highly saturated blacks, a wide color palette with accurate brightness control is what makes the XBR65A8F worth its high-end price. The picture features the maximum detail, and the highlights are accurate providing a realistic and colorful image. Still, the smart platform doesn’t work as fast and easy, as some competitor models.
The A8F series from Sony has two display sizes to offer: 55 and 65 inches. TVs are OLED-type, with multiple technologies implemented for picture processing, and a powerful X1 Extreme processor. They feature a high native refresh rate and support the most developed HDR formats delivering the bright and contrast picture.
The darkroom performance is the first thing to nail down in this Sony XBR65A8F review. The panel uses the Super Bit Mapping technology to regulate the brightness in each of million pixels on the screen. The pixels respond instantly dimming or getting brighter depending on the content change. This results in profound, zero-light blacks, solid greys without the whitish issues, and pure whites. The color palette is additionally boosted with the Triluminos technology bringing a wider color range and mapping the multiple hues and color gradations precisely.
The Sony XBR65A8F supports the developed HDR formats like Dolby Vision, HDR10 , HLG. There’s also the IMAX-Enhanced mode applied to the IMAX content, bringing the extra highlights and preserving the slightest shade detail. Each part of the screen, whether in focus or not, features sharp contours and saturated lifelike colors.
The Motionflow XR panel implemented in this TV brings the native refresh rate of 120Hz with the interpolation to 240Hz. What should be noted in the XBR65A8F review is that the content with the lower refresh rate might feature stuttering issues, especially on the long-pan. Still, the 60Hz content looks good, and the objects and shades feature good uniformity throughout the pictured motion.
The Sony XBR65A8F manual states that the incorporated Android platform features multiple apps including the most popular Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, etc. While the content is streamed in good quality, the app navigation is rather slow. The TV can be paired with the smartphone or tablet through the Miracast functionality to display the photos and pictures, and the SideView app provides a fast platform for video streaming.
Connections are plenty in this TV, with a composite port for older video devices. There are four HDMIs (ARC, CEC enabled, HDCP 2.3 protected), three USB, a LAN port, and analog and digital audio ports. The wireless connection is performed through Bluetooth (4.1 version) and fast two-band Wi-Fi.