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

Last updated date: April 30, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 100 expert reviews, the Sony 65" 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED (2018) placed 3rd when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Television for a detailed review of all the top televisions.

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.

Overall Product Rankings

2. Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 13
4. TCL 6 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Samsung QLED 4K UHD
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Vizio P Series
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
7. TCL 32″ HD 720P Roku
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Vizio M-Series
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
9. TCL 5 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
10. TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
11. LG Electronics OLED E8
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Sony Ultra HD Bravia
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 2
13. LG Smart 65-Inch OLED
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
14. Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 2
15. Samsung 6-Series
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
16. Toshiba 720p HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Televisions

TVs have come a long way since the days of black-and-white broadcasts. Not only can you access hundreds, even thousands, of channels through cable and satellite providers, but you can use apps to stream a seemingly unlimited number of TV shows and movies.

But all of this technology has only made finding and purchasing a TV more complicated than ever. When you start shopping, you’ll immediately be bombarded with terms like LED, OLED and 4K HD. When you factor in screen size and access to apps, it gets even harder to figure out what you need.

As you consider picture quality, there are several factors that are important. Not only does the sharpness of the images on the screen matter, but you should also consider whether a set can achieve truly black tones, even in the darkest rooms. Many of the top TVs struggle to provide this, but manufacturers have been fiercely competing to be at the top of their industry in this area.

Another variable when looking at picture quality is glare. If your TV will be in a bright room, the “true black tones” won’t be as much a concern as the sunlight coming in through the windows. There are some TVs that seem to magnify even the slightest bit of light, meaning you’ll never be able to enjoy a good movie during the daytime. However, that same TV in a movie room or basement may work fine.

Once you’ve considered picture quality, it’s time to think about apps. The TCL line of TVs come with the Roku service built in, which means you can access streaming services like Netflix and Hulu without an additional device. But you’ll find the same app connectivity on Samsung’s and Vizio’s TV sets. The interface will just be slightly different.

Since streaming relies heavily on search, voice functionality is crucial. As you’re shopping, look around for a TV with a remote you can control via voice. Some remotes do better with intricate search features like stating channel names, for instance, so it’s important to check into that if you plan to use voice-to-search functionality with your new TV.

Of course, even with all of these features, there’s no denying that the look and feel of your new TV is important. Whether you’re hanging it on a wall or setting it atop an entertainment cabinet, you’ll want a TV set that complements your room’s décor rather than detracting from it. You’ll probably find while shopping that many TVs are basically the same in design, with small differences. But even something as simple as the thickness of the frame around your screen can matter when you’re sitting down to watch a movie.

DYWM Fun Fact

Flat-screen TVs may have first been available to consumers in the early 2000s, but they’ve actually been around since 1964. That year, both the first LCD and first plasma display panel TVs were invented. The technology had to wait several decades for broadcast providers to catch up. In 1996, the U.S. had its first ever high-definition digital broadcast. Even then, it took time for enough HD content to be provided for consumers to invest in the technology. Today, consumers can find a variety of programming for their 4K HD TVs, including original programming on streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Television Buying Guide

  • The most important differentiator when you’re choosing a TV is picture quality. The TCL 6 is at the top of the list in this area, although it does have some weaknesses. The lower letterbox bar can appear cloudy when you’re watching in letterbox format. You’ll also find that brightness and video processing aren’t quite on par with what you’ll get with much more expensive TVs.
  • Dolby Vision has become a sought-after feature in TVs. It’s included with the TCL 6 and 5 Series, as well as the Vizio P Series. The Samsung QLED uses HDR 10+. While that standard is better than HDR10, it pales in comparison to the TVs with Dolby Vision built in.
  • Glare is an important issue, especially if your TV will be set up in a room with plenty of windows. The Samsung QLED 4K UHD’s finish is designed to combat those reflections, while other sets simply can’t overcome them. The TCL 5 Series is a great TV, but it doesn’t get as bright as other TVs, making it a bad fit for an especially sunny room.
  • One of the most frustrating things about a newer TV can be finding that it looks great, but only when you’re seated directly in front of it. Both the Samsung QLED and TCL 5 Series struggle to provide consistent image quality as you move around the room.
  • A crisp, vivid picture isn’t worth much if the colors you’re viewing are off. The Vizio P Series features deep blacks, combined with rich colors and bright brights. This is especially valuable if you’re taking advantage of the TV’s HDR.  The Samsung QLED provides impressive color accuracy, even in bright rooms.
  • If you’re setting up your TV in a home theater, contrast is especially important. You’ll enjoy watching even the darkest scenes on the TCL 6 Series, which uses local dimming and native contrast to display dark colors even in low lighting. You’ll notice the Samsung QLED struggles a little when switching to dark scenes, especially if the center of the screen is bright.
  • Although all the TVs have access to apps, the TCL TVs have integrated Roku, so they’re set up to make accessing your streaming content easy. However, the Samsung QLED’s Universal Guide takes you directly to your content. The Samsung TV has a bit of difficulty recognizing channel names, though. Vizio’s Smartcast app doesn’t quite keep up with competitors, with app access coming across as sluggish. However, this app uses Google Chromecast, which may make it a preference if you’re accustomed to using it.
  • One issue with the TCL 6 Series is with the remote. Unless you successfully pair it during initial setup, it won’t work correctly.
  • If you’re a gamer, pay close attention to the TCL 5 Series. It has a low input lag, which means when you press a button, you’ll get an instantaneous response.
  • The Samsung QLED is a 65-inch model, setting it apart from the others, which are 55 inches. The TCL 6 Series may be the same size, but it isn’t quite as wide as the Vizio and TCL 5 Series.
  • Unless you move every few months, chances are your TV will stay in the same place for most of its lifespan. Still, it’s always nice to have a TV with a durable build. The Samsung QLED has a sturdy feel, along with a uniform thickness throughout.
  • If you aren’t planning to mount your TV, note the type of stand it uses. The Vizio P Series has two clawfeet stands on either side, which means you’ll need to set it on a tabletop wider than it is. With center-stand TVs, you have the luxury of using a smaller table and having the TV hang over slightly if necessary.
  • Before you buy a TV, determine whether you plan to mount it or set it on its stand. Since not all TVs come with mounts, you may need to buy one when you purchase your TV.
  • With some TV purchases, you can add on expert installation for a small fee. If you aren’t comfortable hanging your TV, this may be the way to go.
  • Cables are an important consideration when choosing a TV you plan to mount. The Samsung QLED plans for this by providing one slim cable that hooks all of your equipment up to the TV. This is through the use of the One Connect Box, a small box that lets you connect all your devices in one place. Since you’ll need somewhere to store the box, this setup is ideal if you have an entertainment cabinet beneath your wall-mounted TV.
  • For the many householders that have joined the cord-cutting revolution, the Vizio P Series brings back the built-in TV tuner, giving you access to local channels when you aren’t streaming.
  • Sound on most of the TVs you buy today will prove inadequate, so set some of your spending money aside so that you can add on a soundbar. If you want full surround sound, you’ll need to invest in a speaker system, which can get pricey.
  • Although today’s TVs are much less conspicuous than TVs from previous generations, appearance is still important. The TCL 6 Series includes an attractive frame, making it a more pleasing alternative to the standard black thin frame. The Samsung QLED model includes a new feature called Ambient Mode, which provides decorative content and optional background music. You can even upload your own photos to display when the TV is idle.
  • Price may be the biggest differentiators in this lineup of TVs. Although the Samsung QLED is significantly larger at 65 inches, you’ll pay for it with a price tag well over $2,500. Compare this to the impressive TCL 6 Series and the Vizio P Series, which are priced in the $600 range. You can save even more money by going with TCL’s 5 Series, retailing for less than $500.
  • Compatibility is an even bigger factor than ever when choosing a TV. Check to make sure the devices you already own are ideal for the TV you choose.