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Sony A95L OLED TV Review

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Ideal for movie gatherings and casual gaming, the Sony A95L OLED TV stands out with impeccable blacks, impressive HDR peak brightness, and rapid response times. Nevertheless, its absence of FreeSync support limits compatibility with older AMD graphic cards.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2023, the Sony A95L OLED is a premium 4K OLED TV with a nearly bezel-less design that comes in 55, 65, and 77-inch sizes. The Cognitive Processor XR powers it, and the TV allows Dolby Vision gaming up to 120Hz. It also supports Dolby Audio, Atmos, HLG, and HDR10, but not HDR10+, and has eARC, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 ports.  Like the best TVs, it has an included remote with backlit buttons to navigate its Google TV interface (version 12). 

Best For

  • Android

  • Dumb

  • OLED

  • Sony

Consensus

our Verdict

Delivering deep blacks with its inf:1 contrast ratio and a fast 9.6ms response time, the ultra-premium Sony A95L OLED TV is well-suited for family movie gatherings and casual gaming. Moreover, it diminishes glare with its high 1262 nits peak brightness, which ranks in the top third of our certified tested TVs. However, the screen exhibits a subtle purple haze in bright rooms.   

While the 16.4ms input lag is slightly high for competitive gaming, you can still play casual games. The 120 Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC compatibility ensure reduced screen tearing, but there is no FreeSync. It displays a wide color gamut (99.96% coverage on DCI P3 xy) and preserves details while upscaling. Lastly, you can navigate the user-friendly Google OS with the voice-control-enabled remote.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Stellar picture quality in the dark
    • The Sony A95L OLED TV is ideal for watching movies in the dark due to its near-infinite contrast ratio (inf:1) that delivers perfect blacks. The expansive HDR color gamut (99.96% coverage on DCI P3 xy) ranks at the top of the category.

  • High peak brightness
    • This TV is ideal for watching content in brightly lit rooms, thanks to its high 1262 nits peak brightness, positioning it in the top third of our certified, tested TVs. 

    • Its glossy screen finish further reduces reflections, so there are no visual obstructions while watching your favorite movies.  

  • Fast response time and low 4K input lag
    • The 9.6ms response time guarantees swift transitions, maintaining smooth visuals in action-heavy movies and games (positioned in the top third of our certified, tested TVs). 

    • But gaming in 4K at 120Hz ensures a relatively lower 8.2ms input lag for fast-paced competitive games (ranking near the top of our verified, tested products).  

  • 120 Hz refresh rate
    • Operating at a swift 120 Hz, this TV minimizes motion blur during gaming. 

    • Furthermore, it ensures reduced screen tearing from consoles and PCs with VRR compatibility (G-SYNC).

  • Ultra-wide viewing angles
    • This TV provides expansive off-center viewing for movie nights with a large gathering, with color washout occurring only after reaching 70 degrees, ranking the best in our verified, tested list.

Reason to Avoid

  • Slightly high full HD input lag
    • The tested 16.4ms (1080p at 60Hz) input lag is more suited for casual games and ranks in the bottom third of our certified, tested list. 

  • Slight purple haze
    • If you place the TV in a brightly lit room, you may notice a subtle purple haze on the screen, though it’s not overly distracting.

  • No FreeSyc support
    • The lack of FreeSync VRR limits the TV’s compatibility with somewhat dated AMD graphic cards. For an OLED model with FreeSync support, read this LG BX OLED review.

Sony A95L OLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeNo
Display TypeQD-OLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI Type2.0, HDMI 2.1
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleYes
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeOLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channelsn/a
Panel TypePanel TypeOLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 77"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformAndroid TV, Google TV
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output60 watts
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyG-Sync
VRRVRRYes

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)99.96
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.97
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)85.78
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)90.25
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)99.9763
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)89
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)309.5
HDR Brightness (nits)1,262
Input Lag (ms)16.4
Response Time (ms)9.6
Color Washout (Degrees)70
Color Shift (Degrees)70
Brightness Loss (Degrees)70
Reflections (%)1
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)84.76
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.45
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2.39
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.139
Intermodulation Distortion @80db0.7
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0022
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0019
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0023

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Market Context

Released in 2023, the Sony A95L OLED is a premium 4K OLED TV with a nearly bezel-less design that comes in 55, 65, and 77-inch…

Released in 2023, the Sony A95L OLED is a premium 4K OLED TV with a nearly bezel-less design that comes in 55, 65, and 77-inch sizes. The Cognitive Processor XR powers it, and the TV allows Dolby Vision gaming up to 120Hz. It also supports Dolby Audio, Atmos, HLG, and HDR10, but not HDR10+, and has eARC, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 ports.  Like the best TVs, it has an included remote with backlit buttons to navigate its Google TV interface (version 12). 

The Sony A95L OLED TV boasts a superior inf:1 contrast ratio, delivering perfect blacks for nighttime viewing, whereas the Sony X95J TV has a lower…

The Sony A95L OLED TV boasts a superior inf:1 contrast ratio, delivering perfect blacks for nighttime viewing, whereas the Sony X95J TV has a lower 30781:1 contrast ratio. Moreover, the A95L OLED TV displays real-life imagery with its expansive color gamut (99.96% coverage on DCI P3 xy), while the X95J TV has a lower 86.83% coverage on DCI P3 xy. For more information, read our Sony X95J TV review.

With a 1262-nit peak HDR brightness, the Sony A95L OLED TV is great for watching movies in well-lit environments, unlike the LG B3 OLED TV,…

With a 1262-nit peak HDR brightness, the Sony A95L OLED TV is great for watching movies in well-lit environments, unlike the LG B3 OLED TV, which has a lower 617-nit peak brightness. However, the B3 OLED TV has a lower input lag (11.7ms) for reduced motion blur in fast-paced games than the A95L OLED TV’s 16.4ms input lag. To learn more about the LG model, read this LG B3 OLED TV review

Bright areas on the screen don’t bloom with the Sony A95L OLED TV, unlike the Hisense U7K, which displays distracting blooming in dim scenes. Moreover,…

Bright areas on the screen don’t bloom with the Sony A95L OLED TV, unlike the Hisense U7K, which displays distracting blooming in dim scenes. Moreover, the A95L OLED TV delivers deep blacks with its superior inf:1 contrast ratio, while the Hisense U7K has a lower 45,311:1 contrast ratio. Conversely, the U7K supports HDR10+, but the A95L OLED TV does not. To know more, check out this Hisense U7K review. And for a budget option, read this Element G Series review.

The Sony A95L OLED is a slightly improved version of its predecessor, the Sony A95K OLED. The A95L offers higher HDR peak brightness (1262 nits…

The Sony A95L OLED is a slightly improved version of its predecessor, the Sony A95K OLED. The A95L offers higher HDR peak brightness (1262 nits vs 978 nits), so you can watch movies without glare in bright ambient light. Plus, gamers will appreciate the A95L’s Dolby Vision compatibility for 4k @ 120Hz, absent on the older A95K OLED.

Backlight Type

No

Full-Array

n/a

Full-Array

Self-Emitting Pixels

Display Type

QD-OLED

LED

OLED

LED

QD-OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

4

4

4

HDMI Type

2.0, HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

2.0, HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

LED Panel Type

OLED

LED

OLED

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

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Expert Score

92

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    92
    The Sony BRAVIA A95L is a fantastic TV for any usage. It looks great in… Read More

    By:

    Samuel Breton
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Looking and sounding tremendous, and loaded with surprisingly useful features and extras, the Sony Bravia… Read More

    By:

    Matthew Murray
  • Digital Trends
    70

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    In my opinion, this is it. The A95L is stunning. Hats off to the engineers… Read More

    By:

    Caleb Denison
  • Pocket Lint
    58.4

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    Sony’s sophomore QD OLED screen has done it again. By combining the considerable brightness and… Read More

    By:

    John Archer
  • What Hifi
    48

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    With super-bright content, the A95L will knock your socks off; with everything else, it’s merely… Read More

    By:

    Tom Parsons
  • Wired
    26.8

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Fantastic peak brightness. Excellent shadow detail and contrast. Deep, pure, and refined color reproduction. Striking… Read More

    By:

    Ryan Waniata

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