CNET First Look
Sony's OLED TV dares to be differentWith its sleek lean-back design and hidden speakers, the XBR-A1E tries its best to differentiate itself from LG's cheaper OLED TVs.
If you thought you'd seen every kind of TV, think again, this ultra expensive OLED TV from Sony is one of a kind. It has unique stunning style thanks to this giant kick stand. It's speakers are actually part of the TV screen itself and best of all it delivers some of the best picture quality of any TV we ever tested. Let's take a closer look. The first thing you notice from the front is that there doesn't appear to be any stand at all. The bottom edge of the TV rest directly on a able or other furniture for a look that's basically all picture. From the side, you can see it leans back slightly, supported by this big kick stand. Which are the heavy weight at the bottom so it doesn't slip forward. The panel itself is ultra thin, typical of all LED. So all the connections, the power supply and even a sub lifter has a kickstand that can hide behind this panel for a clean look. A locking hinge lets you pull the kickstand out for wall mounting. And at first the other TV we tested the rest of the sound comes through the TV itself. A little activator in the back of the screen vibrated the LCD screen to deliver dialogue and most of the other sound. [INAUDIBLE] here. In our listening test the Sony sounded better than a traditional flat panel tv but still couldn't compete with inexpensive sound bars. The sound might be no big deal. But the picture on the Sony is phenomenal. It uses the same OLED panels as LG. And in a side by side comparison it ran neck and neck with that company's 27 OLED TVs. Black panels are perfect and combine with bright highlights to deliver unbelievable contrast. Unbelievably beating the LCD TV that you compared it to. [MUSIC] Differences between the Sony and LG is minor however. And overall picture quality is essentially a tie. The main reason to pay extra actually for the Sony would be the guys if you need styling. Or if you really like its android TV powered operate System. That's a quick look at the Sony XBR A1E OLED TV. I'm David Katzmaier for CNET.