Sony XBR65A8F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV (2018 Model)

Last updated date: May 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Sony Sony XBR65A8F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV (2018 Model) placed 3rd when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.8
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
474 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Sony A8F is without a doubt the brightest OLED TV we’ve reviewed so far in 2018. Not only does it literally outshine any of LG’s 2017 4K OLED HDR TVs in terms of maximum peak brightness (particularly when set to display high dynamic range content), it also delivers superior performance in terms of sustained, broad area brightness, again particularly for HDR content but also when displaying ordinary SDR video. This by itself is impressive by the standards of OLED UHD TVs (which have been steadily getting brighter year over year), but it’s even more impressive due to the simple fact that the peak brightness this TV is capable of goes well above what even most premium LCD HDR 4K TVs can deliver. At its maximum, the A8F can shine at over 800 nits. Only a small few ultra-premium LCD HDR 4K TV models for 2017 or 2018 can pull that same feat off. That an OLED TV does this is fantastic.
- 4K
June 4, 2018 | Full review
The perfect blacks of the emissive display result in excellent dark room performance. In a bright room, the reflection handling is excellent. Motion handling is also excellent due to the instantaneous response time, which is great for sports or gaming.
- RTINGS.com
May 4, 2018 | Full review
- Best10.ai
This television is also great as a PC and is ideal for anyone who enjoys gaming. The Sony Bravia XBR65A8F has a dedicated Game Mode that switches off most of the processing to reduce latency and input lag.
- TV Review Land
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Offers picture quality that has been described as stunning thanks to the 65-inch screen, 4K UHD resolution, and OLED techology that produce clear images, realistic colors, and exceptional contrasts. 120Hz refresh rate is enhanced by the brand's Motionflow XR technology. Alexa compatible.
- BestReviews
The motion handling of the Sony A8F is quite top notch. The response time is so low that nearly any type of content looks perfectly crisp. That is complemented well by the strong motion interpolation features and 24p playback support.
- Top Rated TVs
They’re thin, have a really wonderful picture in 4K, of course, and really, I think a pretty good value.
- New York Mag
November 1, 2018 | Full review
The XBR65A8F TV from Sony can take your games to the next level. Perfect for mounting on the wall (if you want a truly immersive experience), this TV can actually keep up with your gameplay and delivers cinema-quality audio to bring your virtual environments to life. It automatically reduces latency to anywhere between 30ms to 45ms so you don't miss a beat and includes Sony's unique Acoustic Surface technology to pump out simulated stereo sound across the entire surface of the screen.
- Lifewire
February 28, 2019 | Full review
- Best Reviews Guide
- Top Reviews
What experts didn't like
First and foremost, the A8F is expensive for what it offers. This is the only flaw we could find for this television which might actually be something of a deal breaker for buyers who aren’t dedicated Sony fans. Yes, OLED 4K TVs do generally cost more than equally sized LCD counterparts but in this case, LG’s C8 OLED model for 2018 offers virtually identical display, motion and audio performance but costs several hundred dollars less than the A8F. This is almost inexcusable from our point of view.
- 4K
June 4, 2018 | Full review
This TV comes at a steep price and has a lot of competition from both LED and OLED TVs.
- RTINGS.com
May 4, 2018 | Full review
The Sony Bravia XBR65A8F is a high budget top-shelf television. You may have to save for some time before you can include this TV in your budget.
- TV Review Land
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Some issues with the AndroidOS have been reported, including slow update donwloads. Sound is just OK. Expensive.
- BestReviews
Dolby Vision is not supported out of the box.
- Top Rated TVs

From The Manufacturer

Power and finesse. Sony’s A8F BRAVIA OLED TV combines processing power with beautiful OLED picture and a sleek design to bring in a new standard of home entertainment. The X1 Extreme processor up converts your content to near-4K HDR quality, bringing stunning contrast and absolute blacks to your favorite shows and movies.

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