Sony And Panasonic OLED TVs For 2017 Aim For The Top

Posted: Mar 16 2017, 5:17am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 16 2017, 5:49am CDT , in Technology News


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2017 OLED TVs from Sony and Panasonic

Sony and Panasonic both have TVs launching this year in the OLED market, the big question is will buyers like them.

OLED TVs are the best type of TV set to give you the best image quality possible with your favorite shows and movies. OLED technology is able to produce the darkest blacks and brightest colors with fantastic contrast. This all means that your images are less grainy and transitions from shadows to bright areas of the screen are smoother.

The only real downside to OLED TVs is the cost. These TVs typically cost more than TVs with similar features in LED flavors. Two of the biggest companies in the OLED TV market are Sony and Panasonic, both have OLED TVs or have at least announced their OLED TVs for 2017. Check out their available or coming models for 2017 in the list below.

Sony has recently given up some more details on its coming OLED TV line. At the starting point for its OLED series will be the XBR-55A1E 55-inch TV selling for $4,999.99. Stepping up the ladder in the range gets you the XBR-65A1E 65-inch TV selling for $6,499.99. There is a XBR-77A1E TV that has a 77-inch screen, but Sony isn't talking prices on that TV just yet. All of the TVs get the same exact specifications with Google Assistant integrated that allows users to control devices around their home from the TV.

Smart TV functions are handled by the Android TV OS for streaming content from sites like Netflix, Amazon, and others. The most interesting feature of the Sony OLED line is the Acoustic Surface Sound Technology. This feature emits powerful sound from the screen and Sony claims that feature creates a unification of sound and image not possible with other TVs. The sound and image are synchronized from wide angles as well. The feature also means there are no speakers hanging off the sides or bottom of the TV. The entire line is 4K HDR and claims deep blacks and bright colors. The line will begin shipping in April.

Panasonic TX-55EZ952B 55-inch THX Certified OLED TV
For 2017 Panasonic is stepping into the OLED TV realm with four different modes. The first of them is the TX-55EZ952B that is THX Certified and has Stucio color HCX2 processor for color accurat.It supports 4K Pro HDR tec and uses Panasonic's OLED Superb Motion Drive system. The internal processor is a quad core unit and it has Panasonic's voice assistant. The TV has four HDMI inputs and three USB inputs. Pricing on the TV is unknown as is the exact launch date.

Panasonic TX-65EZ1002B 65-inch OLED TV
Panasonic also has a TX-65EZ1002B OLED TV that is THX Certified Master OLED display with an absolute black filter. It has Studio Color HCX2 processor and comes with twin terrestrial and satellite tuners. It has all the same connectivity and the main difference between this set and the first Panasonic offering is a larger 65-inch screen.

Panasonic TX-65EZ952B 65-inch OLED TV
So far Panasonic is doing a bad job of actually making it clear what the difference between its OLED models really is. The only difference in specs I see is that the panel on this offering is a THX Certified OLED Display rather than having a THX Master OLED certification.

This list is much shorter for Panasonic and Sony combined than the LG line of OLED TVs for 2017. Sony and Panasonic both seem to be betting on the high-end of the OLED market whereas LG has something for entry, mid, and high-end shoppers.The largest line up of OLED TVs for 2017 comes from LG, you can check out details on LG's OLED line for 2017 here.

LG's best-selling OLED TVs on are still dominated by the 2016 models as the 2017 LG OLED TVs are not released yet. Prices are under pressure on the 2016 LG OLED TVs in the wake of the release of the new LG OLED TVs. The LG Electronics OLED65E6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV sells for $3,497 instead of $5,000.

What is OLED?
According to Wikipedia, an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. This layer of organic semiconductor is situated between two electrodes; typically, at least one of these electrodes is transparent. OLEDs are used to create digital displays in devices such as television screens, computer monitors, portable systems such as mobile phones, handheld game consoles and PDAs. A major area of research is the development of white OLED devices for use in solid-state lighting applications.

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