The Sony A95L QD-Oled TV was one of the most exciting TVs of 2022, and given the success of that model, it was only natural to expect that the company would introduce a successor for 2023.A95L QD-Oled
The Sony booth at CES 2023 was oddly empty of items like TVs, but in due time I received an invite to check out its new premium sets up close and personal. Among them was the Sony XR-A95L QD-OLED, and while the company hasn’t yet announced pricing for it or any other 2023 TVs, the A95L looks ready and raring to go.
Well, almost ready to go. The 65-inch A95L model that Sony had on hand at the Sony Music building in NYC was only finalized for its Vivid picture mode. And while I didn’t get an opportunity to do an actual hands-on test, just basking in its vivid presence gave me a sense of what to expect from the company’s new flagship QD-OLED TV, and the prospects are looking good for it to rank among the best TVs of 2023.
Sony’s next-gen QD-OLED looked great in our eyes-on evaluation, and increased brightness over last year’s model combined with new gaming and picture processing enhancements make it one of the more most promising new TVs for 2023.
- +Impressive brightness
- +Excellent black depth
- +Great gaming support with new Game Menu
- +A95L QD-Oled
- -Will most likely be pricey
- -Limited range of screen sizes compared to regular OLEDs, A95L QD-Oled
- The A95L will be available in 77-, 65-, and 55-inch screen sizes. Sony claims it delivers up to two times the peak brightness of last year’s A95K, something it achieves via increased panel efficiency along with thermal analysis by Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR plus a physical heat sink. Beyond that, the new QD-OLED features Sony’s new XR OLED Contrast Pro, XR Triluminos Max, XR Clear Image, and XR OLED Motion processing to enhance picture quality.Sony is one of the few brands whose models consistently pop up in our best TVs for sound list owing to its careful attention to that performance aspect. For the A95L, viewers can expect Acoustic Surface Audio+, a feature that uses actuators positioned behind the OLED panel (two in this case, along with dual subwoofers) that vibrate the screen to emit sound. It also has Acoustic Center Sync, which lets the TV work with Sony soundbars to elevate voices so they more directly match on-screen visuals, and 360 Spatial Sound mapping processing, which creates phantom speakers for even more immersive sound.
Gaming Oled tv
- Gaming will also be a big draw for A95L, which has 4K 120Hz and Dolby Vision gaming support. The new QD-OLED is ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’, which means both an auto genre picture mode and auto HDR tone mapping will kick in when the TV detects an input from a connected PS5, so that you get a picture optimized to both the game you’re playing and the TV you’re playing on.There’s also a new Game Menu that lets you easily turn settings like VRR, motion blur reduction, and black equalizer on and off according to preference, as well as set up an on-screen crosshair target. You can now customize screen size, making the picture larger or smaller within the screen for specific games – a unique feature, according to Sony – and use multi-view to play games while simultaneously watching walkthrough videos on YouTube.The A95L has a three-way stand with Standard, Soundbar, and Narrow (77-inch size only) positions and a new Immersive Edge design. A Sony Bravia Cam is included that enables video chats on Google Meet.A95L QD-Oled