Expectations indeed have been high for Prime Day in which members of Amazon’s Prime subscription program are receiving access to “over one million deals across every category,” including toys, electronics, and apparel, according to the company.
But if you can take a peek outside this mammoth annual deal festival, then you will see that other major retailers are also slicing prices left and right. Look no further than your trusted local Best Buy, where the sixty-five-inch Sony A9G Master Series OLED can now be yours for $2,500, representing a hefty savings of $1,000.
Some of that includes unrivaled picture quality, perfect deep black levels, precise colors, wide-viewing angles, and outstanding uniformity. And here is the all-important question: Does Sony possess the necessary internals to stand toe-to-toe with LG’s much-vaunted panels? It is a resounding yes.
Moreover, know that the A9G is amazing for an unrivaled PlayStation experience—perfect for those waiting patiently for the next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft to be released next month. Just switch over to the dedicated Game Mode and that will help eliminate any screen tearing and stuttering. The end result is noticeably smoother gameplay—no matter how graphics-intensive the games are.
Tapping into the ultra-powerful X1 Ultimate processor, the A9G brings to the table an array of next-generation features, including Pixel Color Booster that has the ability to precisely control more than eight million self-illuminating pixels for enhanced color contrast in high luminance.
One of the coolest features available on any HDTV today is Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology, which utilizes vibrating actuators to transform the entire panel into a giant speaker. The audio is surprisingly clear and balanced and boasts a strong sense of directionality—making voices and sound effects seem to come from their screen’s respective locations.
The A9G makes use of Android TV, a robust platform in terms of apps and content for sure, but does lack the aesthetics and user-friendliness of Roku TV. The TV’s dedicated processor does smooth out all potential hiccups and it also comes with Google Assistant and Chromecast capability.
If you’re in a hurry to hook up gaming consoles and a soundbar to the set, then there are plenty of options to choose from. It comes with four HDMI and three USB ports, a 3.5mm jack for headphones, an optical digital-audio connection, an RF connector for an antenna, and an Ethernet port. For wireless connectivity, it is equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.