Sony A83K: Sony A80K 55'', 65'' and 77'' Oled TV reference update

A look back at the Sony A80K Oled TV series presented in our columns at the CES Las Vegas 2022 show (see our CES 22 news > Sony A80K: 55'', 65'' and 77'' Oled Ultra HD 4K TV , Depth Control, Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode…) to indicate that it is changing its name to Sony A83K.

For the rest, no change, the specifications remain identical and the diagonals also the three Ultra HD 4K references Sony XR-55A83K (55'', 140 cm), Sony XR-65A83K (65'', 165 cm) and Sony XR-77A83K (77'', 196cm).

TV Oled Sony A83K, Woled technology

The main differences between the Sony A95K and Sony A83K TV series, in addition to the 77'' diagonal, concern the nature of the Oled panels, QD Oled signed Samsung Display for the first named and Woled (White Oled) signed LG Display for the second .

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

Sony announces for its XR Cognitive Processor Phase 2 (or advanced) chip a display in progress of colors with a multitude of new shades thanks to an adjustment not only of luminance but also of saturation. The relief of the images would also be improved through finer management of the objects present 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 greater global realism and similar to human vision.

Sony A83K, XR Oled Contrast Pro

While no value is given for the light peak of Sony A83K televisions, Sony specifies however that the latter is more or less similar to that of Sony A90J TVs vintage 2021 thanks to the use of exclusive XR Oled Contrast Pro technology Sony. This requires 100% of the four sub-pixels present in the White Oled panels: white, red, green and blue. In addition to increasing luminosity, this technique preserves color density with a greater available Color Volume. However, in the absence of aluminum foil to dissipate the heat from the diodes and avoid the grid (to avoid marking or Burn-In), do not expect miracles.

Sony A83K: XR Cognitive Processor and XR Triluminos Pro

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

The capabilities offered by the XR Cognitive Processor 2022 vintage 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 composing an image. These are individually optimized to display a sharper texture, greater depth with the aim 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 A83K TVs also feature XR Motion Clarity motion compensation and the exclusive XR Triluminos Pro feature for richer, brighter and more accurate colors. All within an extended color space. Of course, Sony A83K TVs are compatible with HDR10, HDR HLG and HDR DolbyVision.

Smart Google TV

We find on the Sony 2022 Smart TVs the Google TV operating system which gives pride of place to content. Like Android TV, Google TV consolidates and organizes all your apps and streaming 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 affected, including Disney+, Netflix, Canal+, France TV or YouTube and more than 700,000 films. And no more juggling 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.

Precisely, the advanced XR Cognitive Processor is of course also used for the Smart TV functionality, for improved ergonomics via almost immediate fluidity and responsiveness. Finally, the Sony A83K TVs immediately integrate the Google Assistant function and a microphone on the remote control. 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 included, as well as for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

Bravia Cam function

Google Duo is in the game (optional camera to be connected via USB) and a new function appears "Find the remote control" in addition to a new remote control (not backlit) of reduced size (-36%) with far fewer buttons (25 against 49 on the 2021 zappette). Thus it is possible to order aloud the search for the remote control if it is misplaced, the latter then manifesting itself. Smart. And of course, via the optional camera (see second photo below), 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 reverse message and an audible alert if the person looks at the television too closely (very useful for children), allows energy savings by automatically lowering the brightness of the TV if the viewer leaves the room. Last precision, it is possible to completely turn off (via a switch) the camera and no private data is stored on it or the television.

Ambient Optimization Pro mode optimized

With the presence of an optional camera on the television, Japanese engineers have developed the Ambient Optimization Pro mode. In addition to automatically adjusting the quality of the image (Brightness 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, etc.) , another is now operated according to the distance separating the viewer from the screen. Even stronger, the sound balance (right or left) is corrected according to the position of the viewer to preserve a perfect stereo image and intelligibility of voices.

OTT Service Bravia Core

Like all Sony Bravia XR televisions, the Sony A83K offer the exclusive Bravia Core (for Center of Real Entertainment) streaming platform. This one, mainly animated by Sony Pictures productions, offers for the purchase of a TV Bravia XR the possibility of watching for free for 24 months a selection of 10 films of the greatest films of the Hollywood studio and the largest collection of long - films bearing the Imax Enhanced label, to be chosen from a catalog which is regularly enriched. For example, in 2022, the latter should host 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, ie a speed of up to 80 Mbps for consumers with an adequate subscription.

Acoustic Surface Audio+ and HDMI 2.1 sound feature

The 3.2 sound section of the Sony A90K series is called Acoustic Surface Audio+. It uses three exciters placed behind the slab (called Actuator) with a power of 10 W each (20 W on the 77'' specimen). These vibrate the surface of the slab to transmit the sound information. Precision, the Sony A90K benefit from two subwoofers (10 W each) for a total power delivered of 50 W (3 x 10 + 2 x 10), 60 W on the 77 '' (2 x 10 + 20 + 2 x 10). Support for Dolby Atmos, already on the program last year, of course remains in place. The same goes for the Acoustic Center Sync function. The latter offers, like the Q-Symphony function that appeared last year on Samsung QLED TVs and from which it is inspired, to leave the TV sound system active if (exclusively) a Sony soundbar is connected to widen the scene. sound.

Sony A83K TVs have two HDMI 2.1 inputs. One of them handles VRR, ALLM, eARC and 4K/120… functions via 48 Gbps bandwidth, the other handles 4K/120, VRR and ALLM functions via 48 Gigabit bandwidth. There are also two other HDMI 2.0 connectors (18 Gbps bandwidth).

Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode and Bravia Core Calibrated Mode functions

Among the other advantages of Sony A83K TVs, in addition to 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 the environment, dark or bright) and Imax Enhanced, we notice in 2022 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

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, Sony A83K 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 features, 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 A83K TVs . Last precision, the feet of the Sony A83K TVs can adopt four different positions: none if the TV is fixed to the wall, placed at the ends of the screen, placed further inside the screen to place the TV on a support that is not very wide or even raised to accommodate a sound bar under the screen (see photos below).


Availability announced for spring. Indicative prices still unknown.

Reminder of the key features of the Sony XR-65A83K:

• 10-bit panel

• 100 Hz panel

• Oled panel

• Ultra HD 4K panel

• Processor: XR Cognitive Processor Phase 2

• Wide Color Gamut function

• UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function

• Acoustic Surface Audio+ function

• Screen Mirroring function

• eARC function

• VRR function

• ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) function

• 4K HFR 120 function

• CalMan Ready function

• Ambient Optimization function

• XR Motion Clarity function

• XR 4K Upscaling function

• XR Smoothing function

• Calman Ready function

• Acoustic Center Sync function

• 3D Surround Upscaling function

• XR Oled Contrast Pro function

• Bravia Core function

• XR Triluminos Pro function

• HDR10 and HDR HLG compatibility

• Bluetooth compatibility

• Compatibility Chromecast, Google Home, Google Assistant

• NTFS compatibility (via USB)

• Miracast compatibility

• HDR Dolby Vision compatibility

• Wi-Fi compatibility

• HEVC compatibility

• NFC compatibility

• Dolby Atmos compatibility

• HDCP 2.3 compatibility

• Imax certification Enhanced

• Netflix Calibrated Mode certification

• Bravia Core Calibrated Mode certification

• Inputs: 2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0

• AirPlay 2 multimedia

• HomeKit multimedia

• Multimedia Works with Alexa

• Multimedia Works with Google Assistant

• Multimedia Google TV

• Tuner Dual tuner DVB-T2

• Tuner Dual tuner DVB-S2

• Tuner Dual DVB-C tuner

• Sound section: Acoustic Surface Audio+