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Sony MASTER Series XBR-55A9F

55" Smart OLED 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR (2018 model)

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Overview

Our take on the Sony MASTER Series XBR-55A9F

The stunning picture quality of the MASTER Series OLED TVs was modeled on that of Sony's $30,000 pro OLED monitors, used in Hollywood post-production suites. Thanks to a powerful new video processor, the 55" XBR-55A9F delivers Sony's best picture quality yet, no matter what you're watching. That, combined with a unique in-screen speaker system, guarantees immersive picture and sound.

Sony MASTER Series XBR-55A9F

A masterpiece in OLED picture quality

The stunning picture quality of the MASTER Series OLED TVs was modeled on that of Sony's $30,000 pro OLED monitors, used in Hollywood post-production suites. Thanks to a powerful new video processor, the 55" XBR-55A9F delivers Sony's best picture quality yet, no matter what you're watching. That, combined with a unique in-screen speaker system, guarantees immersive picture and sound.

Cosmetically, the XBR-55A9F stands out from the competition as well, featuring the same "lean-back" design as Sony's previous flagship OLEDs, the A1E series.

The industry's best video processing just got even better

The XBR-55A9F's screen has 8.3 million pixels that can brighten, dim, or power off completely. And each pixel is precisely and individually controlled by the Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate — Sony's most powerful video processor ever. It's able to identify, analyze and optimize hundreds of objects in any video frame, rather than applying generic enhancement to the entire frame. So it can make precise adjustments to the color, contrast and sharpness of individual elements, creating a much more natural looking picture.

The X1 Ultimate processor also detects if there is a static image on screen and performs a pixel shift to avoid burn-in or image retention.

Two ways to calibrate your picture for even greater accuracy

I love watching Netflix's 4K content on my OLED TV, and I can't wait to check out the Netflix Calibrated Mode on Sony's MASTER Series TVs. This mode works with the set's built-in Netflix app, and allows viewers to enjoy the same picture quality at home that Netflix's producers see on their evaluation monitors.

Also, MASTER Series TVs are compatible with CalMAN® auto-calibration software, a standard tool for post-production and quality control in the movie/TV industry. It provides deep-level calibration with the ability to fine-tune adjustments not available with conventional picture settings. You'll achieve professional-grade color accuracy that's true to the original TV signal — without having to pay a pro to do it. See requirements in Product Highlights section below.

Immersive sound, too — the entire screen is a speaker!

Instead of using typical tiny speakers, the XBR-55A9F uses the entire screen to generate sound. Sony's upgraded Acoustic Surface Audio+™ technology uses three actuators on the back to send vibrations through the screen to produce sound. Effects and dialogue track the on-screen action, creating an even more immersive experience. A total of 98 watts of power drives the screen speaker system as well as dual rear-mounted woofers.

A line-level audio input is included so you can use the TV's screen sound system as the center channel in a home theater setup. It's a clever solution, especially if you don't have the space for a dedicated center speaker. 

You can tell this TV what you want

The XBR-55A9F's built-in Android operating system lets you easily log in to your Google ID to access a huge collection of apps, games and content from Google Play. Use the Chromecast Built-in feature to stream movies, pictures, and TV shows from your iOS or Android-based phone, or from a laptop.

The included remote control lets you activate the built-in Google Assistant simply by pressing the mic button and speaking into the microphone. Use it to adjust the volume, change channels or inputs, and control other basic TV functions. Search for a particular movie or actor just by saying the name. Google Assistant can also answer everyday questions and control connected smart home devices. The XBR-55A9F is also compatible with Amazon Alexa voice control assistants.

Use the Sanus MountFinder™ to see a list of wall-mounts that work with your specific TV.

Product Highlights:

    Picture:
    • 54.6" screen (measured diagonally)
    • Ultra High Definition TV with 4K screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)
    • High Dynamic Range (HDR 10, Dolby Vision®, and HLG) extends picture contrast and brightness when viewing HDR content from connected sources or streamed from the TV's built-in apps
    • self-illuminating OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display panel produces infinite picture contrast and absolute black
    • pixel-level dimming enables each of the panel's 8.3 million pixels to brighten, dim, or power off completely, displaying exceptional picture detail, contrast, and depth
    • Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate includes powerful real-time image processing for ultra-detailed pictures
      • Object-based Super Resolution identifies up to hundreds of on-screen objects and enhances their resolution individually for exceptional picture accuracy and detail
      • Object-based HDR remaster improves color and contrast for SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content
    • 4K X-Reality™ PRO upscales images to near-4K clarity while working at the pixel level to clean the picture and reduce noise
    • Pixel Contrast Booster enhances color contrast in high-luminance scenes
    • TRILUMINOS™ Display technology for a wider color range
    • Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR employs 14-bit processing to minimize color banding and create smooth transitions between shades of a color
    • 10-bit panel can display over one billion colors
    • MotionFlow™ XR blur/judder reduction
    • CalMAN® autocalibration capability (requires Windows PC to run CalMAN software, SpectraCal C6 colorimeter or equivalent, and a video pattern generator)
    Video Source Compatibility:
    • watch streamed 4K video sources like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube (requires Internet speed of at least 20Mbps)
    • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
    • Clear QAM tuner decodes unencrypted digital cable signals up to 1080i without a set-top box (subscription required to receive cable channels)
    Smart TV Features:
    • Android TV™ with Chromecast built-in lets you cast your favorite entertainment apps and video content from your Android™ or iOS® device, or laptop
    • supports voice control of compatible apps:
    • dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi® provides fast, reliable wireless streaming
    • Netflix Recommended TV — offers a unique feature set that makes Netflix even easier to use and enjoy
      • Netflix Calibrated Mode mimics the settings on Netflix's mastering monitors to ensure an accurate picture
    • mobile-to-TV wireless mirroring with Miracast™ enabled phones and tablets
    • free downloadable apps for iOS® and Android™ let you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control
    Connections:
    • 4 HDMI 2.0a
      • all inputs are HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources
      • to view the highest-quality 4K and HDR content from connected sources, use the TV's HDMI 2 or 3 inputs, and a compatible high-bandwidth HDMI cable
    • 1 composite video (3.5mm A/V minijack — adapter cable required)
    • RF input for antenna/cable signals
    • optical digital audio output (can pass Dolby® Digital/DTS multichannel or 2-channel audio from connected sources)
    • 3.5mm stereo minijack headphone output — can also be connected to a sound bar or other audio system
    • Ethernet port for a fast, reliable wired network connection
    • 3 USB inputs for connecting a thumb drive or other device
    Sound:
    • Acoustic Surface Audio+ makes the entire screen a speaker (3.2-channel system with 98 watts total power)
      • Center Speaker Mode allows dialogue, effects and music to come directly from the screen, complementing an existing home theater system
    • Bluetooth® wireless audio streaming to a compatible speaker or set of headphones
      • you can set up the TV to output sound from Bluetooth, the built-in speakers, and the headphone output at the same time
    General Features:
    • Voice Remote with built-in microphone
    • "kickstand" folds against the panel for wall-mounting (stand is 15-3/4"W)
    • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
    • 48-3/8"W x 28"H x 3-1/2"D (28-1/4"H x 12-5/8"D on stand)
    • weight: 66.1 lbs. with stand
    • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    Display
    Screen Size 54.6"
    Screen Design Flat
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Screen Resolution (pixels) 3840 x 2160
    Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
    Display Type OLED
    Backlighting Type (for LCD TVs) N/A for OLED TVs
    Quantum Dot Color (for LCD TVs) N/A for OLED TVs
    HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
    3D No
    Features
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,Amazon,HBO
    Bluetooth Audio Streaming Yes
    Voice Remote Yes
    MHL-compatible No
    Picture In Picture No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Type of Warranty Service In-home
    Connections
    Total Video Inputs 5
    HDMI Inputs 4
    Component Video Inputs 0
    Composite Video Inputs 0
    RF Inputs 1
    Ethernet Port Yes
    USB Ports 3
    Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
    Analog Audio Output 3.5mm Rear
    Power Consumption
    Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) 265 kWh
    Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) $32
    Dimensions & Mounting Information
    Width (inches) 48-3/8
    Height with Stand (inches) 28-1/4
    Height without Stand (inches) 28
    Depth with Stand (inches) 12-5/8
    Depth without Stand (inches) 3-1/2
    Stand Width (inches) 15-3/4
    Weight with Stand 66.1 lbs
    Weight without Stand Not available
    Wall Mountable Yes
    Wall Bracket Included No
    Pedestal Stand Assembly required
    Bezel Dimensions ---
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