CES 22> Sony A95K Master Series: TV QD Oled Ultra HD 4K 55 '' and 65 '', Depth Control, Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode…

Subodorized for months in our columns, the presence of a QD Oled Ultra HD 4K TV series within the 2022 range of the Japanese manufacturer was therefore confirmed with the Sony A95K, at the press conference of the brand in the preamble of the CES show in Las Vegas 2022. Two diagonals are announced, 55 "and 65 inches.

With the Master Series label, the Sony A95K awarded a CES Innovation Award 2022 therefore has two references, the Sony XR-55A95K (55 '', 140 cm) and Sony XR-65A95K (65 '', 165 cm) . As you can see, Sony therefore considers its new QD Oled A95K TVs as its premium models for 2022, with the exception of the Sony Z9K 8K Ultra HD TV series and the Sony A90K dedicated to small Oled diagonals (presentation to come very soon in our columns).

TV QD Oled Sony A95K, viewing angle amplified and magnified

Among the first advantages of QD Oled TVs compared to Woled models (White Oled signed LG Display), Sony mentions an improved viewing angle. Already excellent, it would be significantly more important thanks to the absence of color filters (unlike White Oled technology) which have the effect of fading off-axis colors and stifling brightness. In the presence of Quantum Dots, the light is absorbed by the nanocrystals to be converted into a red or green color emitted in all directions with the same intensity, and while retaining all their light energy.

XR Cognitive Processor Phase 2, Depth Control and new color algorithm

Sony announces for its XR Cognitive Processor Phase 2 (or evolved) chip an improved display of colors with a multitude of new hues thanks to an adjustment not only of the luminance but also of the saturation. The relief of the images would also be improved through finer management of the objects in the foreground which concentrate most of the video processing (precision, color, etc.) vs. those in the background managed with a bokeh effect again very sophisticated for a greater global realism and similar to human vision.

Sony A95K: integrated heat dissipation plate and XR Oled Contrast Pro

If no value is given on the luminous peak of Sony A95K televisions, Sony specifies however that the latter is in progress compared to the White Oled panels signed LG Display present in the Oled TVs of the previous vintages of the brand. For its implementation, among other things, a heat dissipation plate is present behind the panel (as on the Sony A90J vintage 2021) to distribute the heat uniformly and avoid burning the diodes, thus marking the screen. This plate is the main component of Sony's exclusive XR Oled Contrast Pro process.

We do not know if this technique, inspired by that in force on Panasonic Oled TVs equipped with an aluminum plate, is an integral part of the QD Oled technology offered by Samsung Display (see our news QD TV panels Oled Samsung Display under study at Panasonic and Sony) or if it is an addition operated by Japanese engineers, like Panasonic televisions. Likewise, no details are given on the nature of this cooling plate in the Sony A95K Oled TVs. Is this also aluminum or another metal…?

Sony A95K: XR Cognitive Processor and XR Triluminos Max

For the rest of the specifications, we of course find within these two broadcasters the advanced XR Cognitive Processor chip, the most powerful ever developed by the brand, alongside a 10-bit native 100 hertz panel.

The capabilities offered by the 2022 XR Cognitive Processor have enabled Japanese engineers to refine the XR Upscaling 4K technology (formerly X-Reality Pro). This new algorithm, associated with the third image database dedicated to textures, detects and analyzes each object making up an image. These are individually optimized to display a sharper texture, greater depth for the purpose of increased naturalness and reality. Of course, the XR Smoothing process to greatly reduce (or even eliminate) the posterization phenomenon is still on the menu.

Sony A95K TVs also integrate XR Motion Clarity motion compensation and the exclusive XR Triluminos Max function for even richer, brighter colors (+ 200% compared to classic Oled TVs from Sony) and more precise thanks to the Significantly larger Color Volume offered by QD Oled technology compared to White Oled. All within a large color space. Of course, Sony A95K TVs are compatible with HDR10, HDR HLG and HDR DolbyVision.

Smart Google TV

On Sony 2022 Smart TVs, we find the Google TV operating system which gives pride of place to content. Much like Android TV, Google TV consolidates and organizes all your streaming apps and subscriptions in one place. But, while with Android TV, the applications are at the top of the menus, here it is the content that takes precedence, displayed next to each other by theme. More than 6,500 applications are concerned, including Disney +, Netflix, Canal +, France TV or YouTube and read 700,000 films. And you no longer have to juggle from one service to another to find what you want to watch: the hundreds of thousands of films and series are organized and searchable by genre, whatever their origin.

Precision, the advanced XR Cognitive Processor is of course also used for the Smart TV functionality, for improved ergonomics through almost immediate fluidity and responsiveness. Finally, Sony A95K TVs immediately integrate the Google Assistant function and a dual microphone, one on the remote control and the other on the TV. It will then be possible to exchange vocally directly with the screen without using the remote control. Works with Alexa certification (need for an Amazon Echo-type connected speaker) is also part of the game, ditto for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

Bravia Cam Function

Google Duo is there (camera included) and a new function appears "Find the remote control" in addition to a new backlit remote control of reduced size (-36%) with much less buttons (25 against 49 on the zappet) 2021). Thus it is possible to command aloud the search for the remote control if it is lost, the latter then appearing. Smart. And of course, via the camera built into the box, gesture control is back.

But the Bravia Cam function has many other features. In addition to gesture control, the camera triggers the display of an automatic reversing message and an audible alert if the person watches the TV too closely (very useful for children), allows energy savings by automatically lowering the brightness TV if the viewer leaves the room. Likewise

Last precision, it is possible to turn off the camera completely (via a switch) and no private data is stored on it or on the television.

Ambient Optimization Pro mode optimized

With the presence of a camera integrated into the television, Japanese engineers have developed the Ambient Optimization Pro mode. In addition to automatically adjusting the quality of the image (Brightness, White Balance and Contrast) and sound (acoustic correction according to the room, optimal position of the listening point) according to the ambient conditions (ambient light, sound environment ...), another is now operated according to the distance separating the viewer from the screen. Even more strongly, the sound balance (right or left) is corrected according to the viewer's position to preserve a perfect stereo image and intelligibility of the voices.

OTT Bravia Core service

Like all Sony Bravia XR televisions, the Sony A95Ks offer the exclusive Bravia Core streaming platform (for Center of Real Entertainment). This, mainly animated by Sony Pictures productions, offers for the purchase of a Bravia XR TV the possibility of viewing for free for 24 months a selection of 10 films of the greatest films of the Hollywood studio and the largest collection of features -measures bearing the Imax Enhanced label, to be chosen from a catalog which is regularly enriched. For example, in 2022, the latter should host the feature films The Man From Toronto, Morbius, Uncharted, Where the Crawdads Sing, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, The Nightingale, I Wana Dance Somebody, Bullet Train, Kraven The Hunter… And this, with extreme quality, up to 80 Mbps speed for consumers with a suitable subscription.

Acoustic Surface Audio + and HDMI 2.1 sound function

The sonic section 2.2 of the Sony A95K series is called Acoustic Surface Audio +. It uses two exciters placed behind the slab (called Actuator) with a power of 20 W each. These vibrate the surface of the slab to transmit sound information. Precision, the Sony A95K benefit from two subwoofers (10 W each) for a total power delivered of 60 W (2 x 20 + 2 x 10). Support for Dolby Atmos, already on the program last year, remains of course. The same goes for the Acoustic Center Sync function. The latter proposes, like the Q-Symphony function which appeared last year on Samsung QLED TVs and from which it is inspired, to leave the TV sound system active if (exclusively) a Sony sound bar is connected to broaden the scene. sound.

Last details, Sony A95K TVs have two HDMI 2.1 inputs. One of them manages the VRR, ALLM, eARC and 4K / 120… functions via a 48 Gbps bandwidth, the other manages the 4K / 120, VRR and ALLM functions via a 48 gigabit bandwidth. There are also two other obedience 2.0 HDMI connectors (18 Gbps bandwidth).

Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode and Bravia Core Calibrated Mode functions

Among the other advantages of Sony A95K TVs, in addition to the Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode certifications (to enjoy series, documentaries, films, etc. on your TV with the same quality as that of Netflix post-production studios regardless of l environment, dark or bright) and Imax Enhanced, in 2022 we can see the Bravia Core Calibrated Mode. The TV adapts its settings perfectly to those of Bravia Core content for maximum picture quality.

Label Perfect for PlayStation 5

The Perfect for PlayStation 5 certification with its two features Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode is also on the program. As a reminder, the Sony A95K Bravia XR TVs automatically switch to Game or Standard mode depending on the nature of the signal sent by the PS5 console.

Otherwise, still in terms of functionalities, the Calman Ready function (for fine calibration of the TV with the tools of the same name), and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility are still part of the range of Sony A95K TVs . Last precision, the Sony A95KJ TVs can adopt three different positions: no stand if the TV is fixed to the wall, placed on a front support foot, or a rear support foot (Dual Style function), to move the screen more or less away. 'a wall for example (see photos below).

Availability announced for spring. Indicative prices still unknown.