Sony A9G 55 Inch 4K UHD Smart TV Review: A Scene to Watch!

April 2, 2022 0 Comments

OLED TVs have been around for almost a year now and in 2019 we saw for the first time a brand launching an OLED TV below Rs 100,000. We will find out if we review whether that TV is a game-changer for the market. Until then, we have Sony’s 2019 flagship, the A9G. OLED TV is a scene like watching and it brings an interesting feature set. Does it deserve your attention, though?

Glasses at a glance

Panel size: 55-inch (also available 65-inch)
Panel type: OLED
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 120Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: Yes
Weight (including stand): 22.3 kg
HDMI port: 4
USB port: 3
Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Ethernet: Yes
Built-in storage: 16GB
Price: MRP Rs. 2,99,900

Display and image quality

Let’s dive into the most important thing – display and image quality The Sony A9G has an OLED panel with support for HDR 10 and 4K resolution with Dolby Vision support. It also has a ‘Netflix mode’, which was first introduced when Sony launched the Master Series of TVs. Just like the Sony TVs we’ve tested in the past, the TV has come up with Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark for HDR content. Considering the panel as an OLED panel on TV, there is no need to worry about viewing angles. OLED panels are quite reflective, so if you use a TV in a brightly lit room, this is something you want to keep in mind. We will run through all of this in the section below.

4K and HDR performance

The A9G has the same X1 Ultimate chip that powers it as the 2018 Sony OLED, A9F. Honestly, it would take a keen eye to notice the difference between the two. So, if you are wondering which of the two is right for you, it is not based on the performance of the image processor but on the features that the TV brings. More on that in a moment.

Coming to the visuals, firing our test sequences of modified carbon using the built-in Netflix app and the first frame immersed me. Season 1 Episode 7 features a fight sequence that shifts between slow-moving and fast-paced action into a warehouse filled with dark corners and sunlight coming through the roof. The dynamic range and maximum brightness in this situation makes the content look submerged while the details are well preserved. If you see this sequence in a pitch dark room, it’s a treat courtesy of deep black, OLED panels. Needless to say, every detail stands out vividly in every frame. If lighting comes into the room, I recommend using the Dolby Vision bright setting so that the highlights can be made a bit brighter while still retaining the details.

Other HDR content, including Daredevil, Love Death + Robot, and more, showed the same amount of detail in each scene they presented. The description of each frame of content captures my attention. The only question in my mind is how well the LG C9 holds up against this TV and we will comment on that when we get the C9 for review.

FHD performance

We played FHD content from TV Wonder Woman, Young Sheldon and many more and the FHD content is also beautifully presented. Young Sheldon’s scenes look brilliant and the characters’ facial features are visible with many details. Even Wonder Woman had a treat with the war-ravaged Gretchen environment.

Gaming performance

Our trusted Xbox One X was our favorite console and we played the following games Forza Horizon 4, Doom and Gears of War 4. The point here is that Gears of War 4, a 4K HDR game, is a benchmark for TV gaming performance. After playing Gears 5 (read our review here), a benchmark for 4K HDR games and HDR performance, we were itching to try it on this TV, but sadly, the TV left our labs before we did.

In Doom, which is a game in 4K but SDR, the surface of Mars looked dusty orange as expected. Sometimes when Doom loads a new area, you can see the texture pops in The pop-in was so obvious in some sections that it demonstrated the ability of TVs to render close to sharp details.

Like the X95G that we reviewed earlier (read our X95G review here), the A9G also supports eARC and is compatible with all HDCP 2.3 ports. So, if you want to invest in an eARC capable soundbar or home theater, you can go with this TV. With eARC, customers will be able to get DTS-X and Dolby Atmos audio from TV in compatible audio gear.

Audio performance

Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology also makes a presence here and is a well-sounding TV speaker we tested. The dialogue is clear, the music is enjoyable but the overall punch is missing, especially during action movies or games. Of course, when you regularly watch TV or TV shows, your TV should be well equipped with speakers. They sound a lot better than what we saw on TV at a price point of around Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 1,50,000.

UI

Sony has been running Android TV OS since the beginning of Smart TV and A9G is running on Android TV 8, just like X95G. The overall experience is smooth butter. There was never a moment when gaming on the console, streaming using the native app, or the UI did not respond when logged in to the Play Store. It works very smoothly. One of the best things about Sony TV is turning it on and off using your voice. Be aware that this only happens when you put the TV in standby mode. But it’s really great if you don’t know where you put the remote control and want to start using the TV. This is a brilliant feature and others need to implement.

There are some subtle changes to the UI, again, just like what we saw on the X95G. If you want to change the source, image or audio settings, you do not have to drag the bar on the right side to disrupt the viewing experience. For basic setting changes like picture mode, audio, source and much more, a small strip appears at the bottom of the display and is easy to navigate through. You can add some specific settings that you want to change in this bar below to make it easier to change your most used settings.

Remote control

We also get an upgraded remote control with A9G. It comes with a textured back which gives it a good grip. The buttons are well spaced and have a nice rubber click. If you hold the remote in the center, you will be able to access most of the functions within the reach of your thumb. Unlike the LG TV UI, Sony’s TV Remote still doesn’t have a mouse feature and typing still manually navigates the onscreen keyboard, but you can use the Android TV app on your smartphone to make the typing process easier. Since apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and more can be stored in your Google login, all of your streaming service apps are on and off without the need to log in again once you log in to the TV.

Construction and design

Finally, let’s talk about the construction and design of the TV. The TV is slim and has connectivity options on the back and the TV’s motherboard. Port placement is quite standard. They are all on the right side of the TV. On the back, we have an antenna port, a LAN port, an optical audio port, three HDMI ports (including an eARC) and a USB port. On the right, we have an HDMI port, 2 USB ports, a headphone port and a video-in port. The beauty of this TV is the cable management that it brings. The back has a modular panel which is basically a plastic cover that can be pulled out and the wires can be handled by wires, outside the base stand to make sure you get a clean setup. For those of you who want a clean cable set up with your TV, this is definitely one thing you will love.

In the case of bezels, the TV has a really thin bezel that does not interfere with the viewing experience. There is a small white LED on the bottom of the TV but you can control its intensity in the UI of the TV. This is not a hindrance while watching TV.

If you decide to place a TV on a tabletop, make sure there is no space between the base of the TV and the table to hold a console or soundbar. If you put it in the tablet, the TV will flash. So this should be a consideration when setting up a TV in your home entertainment center.

The last row

The Sony A9G is a flagship OLED TV to consider. No one can say in terms of cons for TV. The only thing I can think of is that it flushes when placed on a tabletop but it feels like that when you put the TV aesthetically. But here the question needs to be answered, which Sony 2019 flagship, namely X95G or A9G is for you? Well, if you watch TV in a well-lit room, go for the X95G because the VA panel works a bit better for handling reflection. However, if you watch TV in a relatively dark room and are looking for a cinematic experience, A9G is the way to go.

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