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Sony 4k OLED TV

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If you asked us to pick the TV at this year’s CES that delivered the absolute best picture quality, it would be Sony’s 56in 4K OLED TV.

Although only currently a ‘concept’ product with no firm release date or finalised spec, the two demo units of this remarkable 56in screen running on Sony’s CES stand managed to deliver every last bit of everything we’ve already grown to love about both OLED and 4K. Particularly amazing was the amount of detail we could see. Obviously any 4k screen will deliver levels of image information and sharpness you could never dream of seeing on a full HD TV, but couple a native 4K resolution with the lack of motion blurring that’s such a key part of OLED’s appeal and you really have got a level of clarity beyond anything ever seen on a TV before.

We noted this, too, on Panasonic’s 4K OLED. But Sony allowed us to get much closer to its 4K OLEDs than Panasonic did, which really rammed home the picture glories Sony’s screen was serving up.

Sony uses a proprietary OLED design on its new TV so called Super-Top Emission technology, which places the OLED materials right at the top of the panel surface, rather than making their light have to travel through other layers. This appears to lead to even richer colours than you usually get with OLED technology.

Also key to the visceral impact made upon all who beheld the Sony 4K OLEDs was the source material being used. For on one of the screens you could watch some native 4K footage shot at the Rio Carnival in 2012 that was far and away the most stunning 4K demo footage we’ve ever seen.

Everything you could wish for when trying to assess picture quality was there in this footage; deep black night skies, stunning colours in all the extravagant outfits, huge detail levels in the glitzy frequently sequinned and feathered outfits, and ceaseless motion in almost every part of the image. And rather than stumbling over any of these potential picture hurdles, the Sony 4K OLED gobbles them up as if handling them all was the easiest thing in the world.

In particular, the way the screen can produce seemingly infinitely deep blacks without a hint of backlight inconsistency and hold on to even the tiniest of costume details no matter how frenetically the costume’s wearer might be dancing is nothing short of revelatory.

Moving around the screen also reminded us of OLED’s advantage over LCD when it comes to being able to support a wider viewing angle. In fact, Sony’s screens seemed even better than other OLEDs we’ve seen in this respect - another side effect of the panel’s Super-Top Emission structure.

As noted earlier, Sony’s remarkable OLED 4k panel is supposedly only at concept stage right now. But it’s worth noting that while chatting to one of Sony’s American representatives on the stand, he suggested that ‘this is a finished TV, you know. It’s real’. And when pushed on it further, he said the same thing, only with a wink this time. In other words, maybe, just maybe, this show-stealing TV might actually become available sooner rather than later. Mind you, even if it does, we suspect that the chances of us actually being able to afford to buy one are less than zero.

torjs99

January 15, 2013, 2:21 pm

Lovely... yes please! But can I have it a bit bigger say 65in? and less than 3K? :)

Dave Haynie

January 18, 2013, 3:33 pm

Sweet... but given my 71" DLP, I'll need a larger version. Or, more likely, by the time I can afford it, I'll have a smaller house. Maybe that's the plan -- get a cheaper house so I can afford the better TV :-)

One thing to keep in mind, too... much of the motion blur you see on a modern TV is due to switching speed of LCDs. OLEDs, of course, change on the order of 100ns or so... pretty much equal to instantly. But you also don't get that same motion blur on a DLP set, though it did take them awhile to get fast enough to avoid potential rainbow effects. And in modern times, DLP has been relegated to the local cinema house, since consumers all demand super-thin screens (never an issue with me... but, I guess that's the "big house" thing).

Uncle_Fred

January 18, 2013, 8:02 pm

55-56" 4K OLED like this one at a price range below 3.5K = my next TV/monitor.

chanti

February 3, 2013, 9:17 am

i love sony -chanti warangal .ap

matt

September 4, 2013, 5:41 am

SONY is the best.

john

January 23, 2014, 10:13 pm

ive had a 50 inch Samsung HD plasma TV for 5 years now and i purchased it for only $800 at the time, i was planning on a 4k tv a couple weeks back, but i just have a feeling that 4k OLED'S will be the next big thing so i guess i will wait until 4k OLED's are on the market, then i will make my move....

audi lover

April 7, 2014, 3:00 pm

I wish, 4k Samsung 55inch £2300 (new model) and oled in hd def over £4000 so in 4k must be over £8,000 at the moment ill stick with 4k led cheers

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