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

Last updated date: December 19, 2019

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

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Sony Sony XBR65A8F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV (2018 Model) placed 12th when we looked at the top 27 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Smart TV for a detailed review of all the top smart tvs.

Expert Summarized Score
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
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.
May 4, 2018 | Full review
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.
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.

Overall Product Rankings

Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR
1. Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 2
TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV
2. TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
Samsung Flat 65-Inch 4K Smart TV
3. Samsung Flat 65-Inch 4K Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
Insignia 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
4. Insignia 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
Sony 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
5. Sony 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
Toshiba 55LF711U20 55-in Ultra Smart LED TV
6. Toshiba 55LF711U20 55-in Ultra Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
7. LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV
8. Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
Toshiba 55-Inch Ultra Smart TV, 55LF711U20
9. Toshiba 55-Inch Ultra Smart TV, 55LF711U20
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
TCL 40-Inch Smart LED Roku TV
10. TCL 40-Inch Smart LED Roku TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
LG 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
13. LG 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
Samsung Flat QLED 4K UHD 9 Series
15. Samsung Flat QLED 4K UHD 9 Series
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
16. Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
Vizio P Series
17. Vizio P Series
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED
18. LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
TCL 32″ HD 720P Roku
19. TCL 32″ HD 720P Roku
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
Vizio M-Series
20. Vizio M-Series
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
TCL 5 Series (2018)
21. TCL 5 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
TCL 6 Series (2018)
22. TCL 6 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV
23. TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
Sony Ultra HD Bravia
24. Sony Ultra HD Bravia
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 2
LG Smart 65-Inch OLED
25. LG Smart 65-Inch OLED
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
Samsung 6-Series
26. Samsung 6-Series
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
Toshiba 720p HD Smart LED TV
27. Toshiba 720p HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Smart TVs

Smart TVs are a type of streaming device that gives you all the great features of a high-definition TV with the added bonus of connecting to the internet to run a variety of media apps and other on-demand services. They are made by every major TV brand and range from very affordable to luxurious. There is not one type of operating system so each smart TV will have a slightly different interface and apps available. Get to know more of the basics so you can choose the right smart TV for your home.

You may already be familiar with other streaming devices sometimes called digital media players (DMPs), streaming sticks and media streamers. These devices from companies like Roku, Apple, Amazon and Google are separate units that usually plug into an HDMI output in your TV. They connect to Wi-Fi, or ethernet in some cases, to run apps and other media.

Some people prefer them to smart TVs because you can easily move the media player to a different TV or take them wherever you want. Many apps may be updated or added more regularly with a digital media player than with a smart TV. The menus on streaming devices may also be easier to navigate because they’re made specifically for streaming content, whereas with some smart TVs, it’s just an add-on.

If you just want to stream and don’t really need a new TV, a streaming device is a much more cost-effective option. However, if you’re in the market for a new TV anyway, you will probably be looking at getting a smart TV.  It is very convenient having everything you need to watch TV however you please in one device — and most smart TVs do just that!

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and other major media apps should all be available on most, if not all, smart TVs. Still, it’s a good idea to check what apps are available for the TV before you buy to make sure it has what you want right now. Popular apps will likely be added at some point, but smart TVs may be slower to add new apps. 

Each smart TV has a different start screen or interface. Some use a bar or other proprietary system that houses all of your apps at the bottom of the screen. Others use an interface from another major platform like Roku. If you’re already familiar with a particular platform, it may be a good idea to go with a smart TV that uses the same one for ease of use.

Some smart TV remotes may be a little different than you’re used to. Some use remotes that work with their native platforms like Roku and Amazon Fire. They might be a little smaller and have fewer buttons and controls. You will be able to do the same things, but many of the controls will appear on screen instead of on the remote itself. They also feature voice search, which allows you to bring up apps or even specific video content just with the sound of your voice. If you’ve already used Roku or an Amazon Fire Stick, you will be very familiar with the setup.

Certain company’s offer TV series that have their own versions of smaller remotes. Samsung uses its own built-in voice search option called Bixby voice. To use voice controls with most Vizio TVs, you need to have a separate Alexa or Google Assitant device. With any of these TVs, you also have other remote options, such as your phone or tablet, that may give you more enhanced options.

Because smart TVs are, well, smart, they usually have connections to other smart devices or platforms you have in your home. If you already use the Amazon Echo, you may want to go with a smart TV that has a built-in Fire TV because it allows you to easily control your other smart home devices with Alexa voice commands. Some Samsung TVs work with the Samsung Smart Things app to allow you to control your TV and other connected devices from one screen.

Perhaps the most important consideration for many is picture quality. The good news is that many smart TVs offer a 4K resolution with some kind of HD support because it’s becoming the standard technology and expectation. But picture quality is also affected by the screen type, which can be LCD, LED, OLED and QLED. So what do all of those letters mean when it comes to how you see your favorite movies and TV shows? All of these screen types support 4K resolution. However, they differ in cost, type of technology and the quality of lights, darks, and colors.

LED and LCD are the most cost-effective and very similar, but LCD is more outmoded technology and you likely won’t see smart TVs using it.  LED screens are backlit, which makes them a little thicker than screens that use OLED or QLED. They still get good, dark blacks and bright lights but may not be quite as crisp and rich. OLED and QLED are made by LG and Samsung, respectively, and while they cost significantly more, you will get a much slimmer TV and stunning light and colors. The difference is that OLED is lit from within and QLED is lit from the edges. Some TVs from Samsung use something called quantum dot color filter, which makes colors really pop and look brighter than OLED. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to get picture quality that is significantly better than older TVs.

Finally, it should almost go without saying, but you will need to make sure it has the correct inputs and that you have the right cords to connect your existing devices to your new TV. Make sure you check where the inputs are and what type and how many are included. The new gold standard of inputs for 4K TVs is the HDMI 2.0, and smart TVs can have anywhere from three to six ports. You can optionally use an AV receiver if you require more for a large sound system. You’ll also want to make sure you have a stable, fast internet connection so you can take advantage of all your smart TV has to offer.

DWYM Fun Fact

So, you’re getting a beautiful new 4K HD smart TV with all of the latest streaming apps for enjoying your favorite shows? Not so fast. First, you have to make sure you have a fast enough internet speed to actually enjoy all of those great features.

Internet speed refers to the speed with which content travels from the World Wide Web to your smart TV (or other devices). Speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps or Mb/s). The type of internet connection and the device receiving the connection can also play a part in the speed.

It’s generally recommended that you have between 1.5 and 3 Mbps internet speed to stream standard definition video. If you have an HD or 4K TV, you will need a much higher speed. If you want to stream HD video and get great sound quality, between 4 and 5 Mbps is recommended. To take full advantage of a new 4K TV, you need at least 15 Mbps but 25 Mbps is better.

Some services, like Netflix, will automatically adjust your streaming quality based on the internet speed detected. Others will let you test speeds before you try to stream higher quality video, saving you from sitting through buffering. There are a number of sites on the internet where you can check your speed, and you can also reach out to your provider to check or determine what speed you’re supposed to have. If you have a very old modem or router, you may also need to get them replaced.

The Smart TV Buying Guide

  • Before buying, it’s a great idea to measure your entertainment area to make sure your desired TV will fit nicely. Screen size is measured diagonally, so you’ll want to check the full dimensions of the smart TV you’re interested in. The good news is, most new 4K smart TVs are very thin so they are not as intrusive as older large TVs.
  • Because new TVs are so thin and in many cases can now be mounted flush to the wall, you may want to think about mounting needs when you’re buying. The Samsung QLED TV even has an ambient mode that lets you display imagery on the screen, so when mounted on a wall, it has the seamless look of a piece of artwork. Just make sure to check where you plan to mount to make sure the wall can hold the TV and that there are outlets nearby. Also, check the placement of the inputs on the TV you plan to buy. If they’re on the back, you’ll need to get a telescoping mount so you can get to them more easily.
  • While your new 4K UHD smart TV may look stunning, its sound may be less than theater quality. To get the sound to match that beautiful picture, you may want to consider upgrading your sound system. Just make sure you have enough inputs or opt for a wireless soundbar.
  • Make sure your smart TV  has enough ports for all of your other devices. At least three to four HDMI ports are recommended because many devices, including video game consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players, soundbars, media players and cable boxes need that type of port. Some TVs have as many as five HDMI inputs while many other models have only one or two. Also check to see if your chosen TV has at least one USB port.
  • If you end up not being in love with the smart TV interface you have or certain apps are missing or not working well, you can always add a separate streaming device as long as you have an open input available.
  • You do have other remote options if you want to consolidate all your devices on one remote or your small smart TV remote isn’t cutting it. There are universal remotes now available that are not only compatible with your smart TV but will also connect with many other devices in your household. Some also have voice controls and can even connect with a compatible smartphone app.