The 7 Best Sony TVs of 2019

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Best Overall: Sony Bravia A8G 55-Inch 4K Smart TV

Sony Bravia A8G 55-Inch 4K Smart TV

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One of Sony’s most stunning TVs, the Bravia 55-inch A8G 4K Smart TV projects an exceptionally gorgeous picture and cinematic sound throughout your living room. One of the main perks of an OLED screen is its ability to expertly render dark scenes. The A8G’s OLED display, in particular, boasts more than eight million pixels. Offering lifelike 4K picture, the A8G even upscales non-4K content to come close to the same quality as native 4K. HDR, complete with Dolby Vision and IMAX Enhanced, brings the movie theater to your home.

More than just a pretty face, the A8G uses the unique and game-changing Acoustic Surface technology to achieve its incredible sound. Rather than pushing audio through speakers located below or behind the screen, the A8G’s sound filters through the screen, upping the immersion for an impactful audio experience that renders your soundbar obsolete. Whether you’re watching movies and TV or playing games, the A8G exhibits a consistently impressive viewing and listening experience.

Google Assistant is built-in for voice commands and the Android TV interface lets you easily navigate and access your connected devices and applications.

Best for Small Rooms: Sony 900F 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

If you’re looking for Sony’s best combination of size and quality, you won’t do any better than the Sony X900F 49-inch 4K smart LED TV. For its size, the 4K image quality on the 900F is outstanding. Utilizing Sony’s HDR X1 Extreme processor ensures that colors look lifelike. The only full-array dimming television in Sony’s lineup, contrast is especially good. Blacks and whites also look great as X-tended Dynamic Range keeps scenes darker or brighter as necessary. Even action shots are worth raving about as Sony’s X-Motion Clarity tech reduces blur to almost zero.

If the picture is good, the sound is even better. Sony opted for IMAX Enhanced audio, which fully envelopes you in the soundtracks of your favorite movies. As the manufacturer of the Sony PlayStation 4, gaming is a priority for all of Sony’s televisions. HDR gaming maintains vibrant colors while IMAX sound invites you to play again and again. Beyond gaming and sound, Sony’s TV is smart. As an Android TV, it’s easy to find a favorite movie, check sports scores, or control other smart devices with Google Assistant.

Best Splurge: Sony XZ9F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA LED TV

For the absolute best Sony has to offer, look to the 65-inch Z9F smart TV. A part of Sony’s “MASTER” series, the Z9F is the LED counterpart to the A9F’s OLED screen. Running on the Android TV platform, the TV has a bounty of features and services that help justify the premium price tag. Built-in Chromecast is perfect for streaming from a smartphone or tablet. Miracast adds another streaming option with the ability to mirror what’s on a smartphone or tablet display onto the screen.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant both add a voice search component as well as the ability to control other smart devices in the home. There’s even a specialized mode just for Netflix that mirrors studio production quality for an almost movie-theater-like experience.

However, it’s not just Netflix that looks good on this display. Pairing 4K resolution and HDR compatibility, the colors on the screen are vibrant, and Sony's X-Wide Angle tech makes the picture look great from any viewing angle. Manufactured with Sony’s X1 Ultimate processor, this TV also includes industry-leading 4K content upscaling.

Best OLED: Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Master Series TV

At the high end of Sony’s television offerings is the XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV, which is an all-around winner with a special knack for smart features. Because this model is part of Sony’s MASTER series, it is jam-packed with technology including built-in Google Chromecast for streaming video from your smartphone or computer to your TV; Sony SideView connectivity so you can control the TV from your smartphone; screen mirroring with Miracast; voice control with built-in Amazon Alexa; and Google Assistant on the TV to help you find anything you ask for.

All of these features are just part of the package, as the XBR55A9F also has an incredible 4K OLED picture that gives you High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a 120Hz refresh rate to eliminate blur during fast action scenes. There’s also realistic sound from Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology. If you’re the sort of person who has all kinds of smart gadgets and demands stunning picture and sound on their TV, the XBR55A9F is the probably your best bet.

Best Value: Sony X750F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

While most eyes are on Sony’s higher-end and premium TV models, their mid-range provides excellent value. Such is the case with the X750F 55 inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV. Combined with a 4K picture, high dynamic range video ensures viewers see superb color and contrast. That it includes some of the best 4K upscaling for the money, which makes it an even better value. X-Reality Pro can nearly upscale to 4K clarity, making older movies and TV shows clearer and more natural looking.

Fortunately, the X750f’s value doesn’t end with picture quality. Sony took a hard look at the design, specifically to avoid unsightly wires. They are kept out of sight within the structure of the television itself for a clean, clutter-free look. The same great care was spent on the smart TV aspect of the TV as well. Running Android TV, Google Assistant is the driving voice behind voice commands, though Amazon Alexa is available as well. PlayStation Vue live-streaming TV is also built into the Android TV menu for easy signup. 

Best Smart TV: Sony X830F 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

There’s no shortage of smart TVs in today’s market, but if you’re looking for one that stands out, Sony’s X830F 4K Smart TV is one such choice. Built with Android TV as the primary interface, the TV makes it extremely easy to find the content you want. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa enable voice commands by saying “OK, Google (or Alexa), Show me The Crown on Netflix”. For streaming directly to the television, Sony built Google’s Chromecast right into the hardware so any compatible app can play on the large screen. Sony doubled down on making the 830F truly smart by adding PlayStation Vue, their own live TV streaming service. Sports, news and premium content are all available with a paid subscription.

The X1 Extreme processor works flawlessly to optimize 4K and HDR content for colors that pop right off the screen. Everything from a face to a small object looks richly detailed for a natural feel. Motionflow XR keeps details crisp and sharp, whether you're bingeing Netflix or gaming on a PlayStation. A 120Hz refresh rate also works to keep motion blur to a minimum during fast-moving scenes. 

Best for Gaming: Sony X850F 75-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV

Gamers looking for a picture-perfect TV should consider the Sony X850F 4K HDR smart TV. It’s the perfect partner for PlayStation 4 (and Pro) consoles, placing gamers into a detail-rich environment. Textures are vivid and colors pop right off the screen with High Dynamic Range. Four HDMI inputs give you connectivity options for any third-party devices. When switching from gaming to television, the 850F’s screen richness doesn’t end. X-Reality Pro upscales content to near 4K quality so every image looks sharper.

While gaming may be this TV’s highlight, Sony’s decision to incorporate Android TV adds even more value. With both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on board, voice commands are the ideal way to navigate the 850F. Just ask the TV to play a favorite movie or see the day’s sports scores. Even the weather is instantly accessible right from the home screen. Sony’s infrared remote also has shortcuts to the Play Store for purchasing movies and shows you can store on the television to watch any time. 

What to Look for in a Sony TV

Android TV - Sony’s higher-end sets include Android TV, which is a version of Android OS specifically designed for smart televisions. This allows you to download and install apps from the Google Play Store to watch content from services like Netflix and even play games right on your TV.

Motionflow XR - If you watch a lot of fast-paced sports or play video games, look for a Sony television that includes Motionflow XR. This technology is capable of reducing blur and judder during fast-moving scenes by analyzing video content on a frame-by-frame basis and then inserting new frames, adjusting the backlight controls, and cleaning up blurred objects in existing frames.

Acoustic surface technology - Built-in speakers usually aren’t that great, but televisions all come with them, and they take up valuable space. If you want an exceptionally thin TV with a tiny bezel, look for one that comes with acoustic surface technology. Using this technology, a TV can actually emit sound from its screen, so it doesn’t need bulky speakers or a thick bezel to house them.