If you want a TV and great sound without the hassle of additional hardware, the new Sony A1 BRAVIA OLED boasting a highly innovative audio design is it.
You might have added a soundbar to your TV in an attempt attain a semblance of audio nirvana. But what if you could attain high quality sound without the additional hardware? Just when you think you've seen it all, Sony's new OLED TV with integrated Acoustic Surface sound technology shows up to dispel the notion.
What's the deal with Acoustic Surface technology?
The first thing you will realise about the Sony A1 BRAVIA OLED is that you can't find the speakers. The screen's bezel is so incredibly thin that whether you look at the A1 BRAVIA OLED from the front or from the side, you'll be cracking your head trying to figure out where they slotted the audio.
The reason is quite mind-boggling when you find out why. The sound comes to you from the screen itself. Yes, indeed.
Sony has come up with a highly innovative speaker-less design where the screen functions as the speaker itself. While it has been unattainable thus far by conventional TVs (even taking into consideration the very slim LED range of TVs), the ultra-thin nature of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) now makes this technology technically feasible and hence, a reality. It works by having two pairs of actuators behind the OLED panel that serve in shaking the screen and creating the sound you hear.
Sceptical as you would rightly feel, on listening to the TV, you'll realise that the sound quality is able to punch well above its weight.
When Sony was thinking of the sound development for the A1 BRAVIA OLED, it was certainly not an afterthought but a carefully researched solution that aims to deliver a satisfying experience not just visually but also for the ears. The volume can get loud but there is minimal sound distortion.
The A1 BRAVIA OLED comes with a subwoofer integrated into the flap-like stand that props the TV upright. This results in the delivery of resounding bass that solidly stamps its authority in a room and yet is designed such that the screen does not shake.
That's the principal behind Sony's Acoustic Surface tech – great sound that emanates directly from the screen itself. When people speak onscreen, you feel like you're hearing itfrom someone standing across from you. This adds a touch of realism and creates an increasingly immersive experience resulting in a perfect harmony of visuals and sound