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The Sony A9G 4K OLED TV ditches the A9F's dorky kickstand, will support Dolby Atmos after a firmware update

By Ng Chong Seng - on 7 Mar 2019, 10:00am

The Sony A9G 4K OLED TV ditches the A9F's dorky kickstand, will support Dolby Atmos after a firmware update

In addition to the Master Series Z9G 8K LCD TV, Sony has also unveiled the Master Series A9G, which is a 4K OLED TV.

The A9G is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV, and it’s available in 77, 65, and 55-inch screen sizes. Like the current A9F, it sports the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate and features proprietary Sony technologies such as Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, and dual-database processing. Still present is the Acoustic Surface Audio+ system with its two actuators and two powerful subwoofers to create the sound-from-sceen experience; Android 8.0 Oreo with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in; and support for HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

One obvious different between the A9G and the A9F is the appearance. With a more traditional-looking base and a super-slim body, the A9G has ditched the dorky kickstand found on the A9F. It also looks nicer when wall-mounted, thanks to a new SU-WL855 slim wall bracket that can also swivel.

Like the Z9G, the A9G has a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and is compatible with IMAX Enhanced content. The first IMAX Enhanced content will come from Sony Pictures, and they include Venom, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It’s unclear if Singapore would be getting any of these.

Support for Dolby Atmos object-based sound format, AirPlay 2 wireless streaming, HomeKit - all this is on the A9G as well. Strangely, Sony didn't mention anything about HDMI 2.1. The current A9F already does eARC and HDCP 2.3, so I think this is the minimum for the A9G.

Two actuators and two subwoofers behind the TV vibrate to create acoustics that move with the picture.

A8G 4K OLED TV

Sitting one rung below the A9G is the A8G, which is available in 65 and 55-inch screen sizes. This 4K OLED TV uses the slightly less powerful 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, and a less powerful Acoustic Surface Audio system. Unlike A9G, you can’t have the A8G’s speaker act as only the center channel. One thing it does have that the flagship A9G doesn't is a stand that you can rotate 180° for it to rise up to give you space to put your soundbar.

Otherwise, the A8G can do roughly the same things as the A9G, such as Dolby Vision and IMAX Enhanced content playback (no mention of Dolby Atmos support, though). It also runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Google Assistant built-in. The A8G, however, doesn't support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

Update, Mar 7: Sony has announced that the A9G and A8G OLED TVs will arrive in Singapore stores starting 2Q 2019. Prices have yet to be announced.

Source: Sony.