The Sony KD-65AF8 TV demonstrates how, based on democratic Android, you can create a real premium device with excellent picture, sound and equipment. However, such a device will be expensive both in terms of power consumption and in terms of price.
To begin with — about the best. With Acoustic Surface technology, Sony has achieved a highly innovative yet very high quality audio experience. The device makes the entire surface of the panel vibrate, that is, when playing sound, the screen acts as a speaker. During testing, the sound was good, with great bass and clear highs.
The device from Sony belongs to the premium class not only acoustically, but also in terms of image. Whether you’re using one of the three dual tuners (DVB-T2, DVB‑S(2) and DVB‑C), HDMI cable or streaming apps for playback, This OLED TV exhibits excellent contrast ratio and superb colors. Sony TV content in 4K resolution can be streamed with HDR enhancement if desired. HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG standards are supported. The results are noteworthy whether the content comes from an SD or HD source.
In addition to six TV tuners, on the back of the device you will find as many as four HDMI ports, a composite video output, and three USB interfaces. Through the latter, you can connect any media storage device and play video or music in all popular formats. At the same time, you can also record TV programs using the USB recording functions of the digital tuner.
Android with high performance and good control
This Sony TV can be connected to your home network via a LAN cable or a WLAN module. Android 7 is used as the operating system. The advantages here are seen first of all in a very intuitive and fast-working menu, as well as in a surprisingly large selection of available applications. The Google app store has the appropriate apps for almost any media service, and there are more than enough games. Another feature is the integrated Chromecast. This allows you to play smartphone videos directly on your TV with the touch of a finger and enjoy the full glory of a 65-inch OLED panel. Despite the abundance of functionality, remote control using the remote control remains simple and straightforward. In addition, the integrated voice control from Google also has something to praise.
Not for the budget conscious
But in the end, we have a reason for criticism. For all its merits, the TV’s wonderfully bright OLED display has the side effect of a rather high power consumption of 136W in normal operation. Of course, it can be reduced a little thanks to the inclusion of an integrated ECO mode. At the same time, regardless of the settings, the TV in standby mode will consume about 1.9 W, which, in our opinion, is excessive. Thus, the device deserves the energy efficiency label “B” according to EU standards.
QLED alternative: Samsung QE65Q8C
In the face of the QE65Q8C, Samsung is launching a real competitor to OLED — a TV with a Quantum Dot LC display. The image quality of this 65-inch device is exceptionally pleasing to us, and the sound does not give any reason for criticism. Since the features and ease of use are also at a very high level, this member of the Samsung range also occupies a fairly high position in our ranking of 4K TVs with a diagonal of more than 56 inches.
Sony KD-65AF8 test results
Specifications and test results Sony KD-65AF8
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 max contrast)|
|Vertical Viewing Angle (1/2 Max Contrast)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Maxdome|
|Smart TV: Erweiterbar|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
|screen inch price|
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