Sony Launches the MASTER Series 4K HDR TVs
Sony Launches the MASTER Series 4K HDR TVs with the A9F OLED and Z9F LED as the Pinnacle of Picture Quality at Home
The MASTER Series A9F and Z9F televisions feature a new next-generation Sony processor and an exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode to bring the very best picture quality into viewers’ homes by faithfully conveying the creators’ intent.
NEW YORK, July 31, 2018 (12pm ET) – Sony Electronics announced today two new television models, both offering unprecedented picture quality by virtue of employing multiple proprietary technologies and solutions, leading with the next-generation Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate. The new A9F and Z9F models arrive as the MASTER Series – a name Sony has reserved exclusively for its highest picture quality TV models. Sony’s goal is to create a TV capable of displaying images that faithfully convey the creators’ full intent. Sony’s new MASTER Series provides picture quality approaching that of a professional-grade monitor in a movie studio and was developed by following a very strict set of product evaluation criteria by its most experienced picture quality engineers.
“Sony’s focus has always been on quality, and our new MASTER Series is a game changer,” said Mike Fasulo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sony Electronics North America. “Netflix is redefining the way in which content is produced, and together we have created an offering that has never been done before. Our new line of TVs featuring Netflix Calibrated Mode truly optimize the entertainment experience.”
Both the A9F and Z9F MASTER Series models come equipped with a newly developed, nextgeneration Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate. This processor plays a vital role in delivering the high-quality picture in the MASTER Series. With a long history and expertise in developing professional cameras and monitors, Sony recognizes that precision in constructing fine components of signal processing results in an immediately visible difference to the whole image. The Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture through Sony’s new Object-based Super Resolution for exceptional accuracy and detail. The Object-based HDR remaster has been updated and now allows each object to be remastered individually for better depth, accurate texture and overall more realistic picture.
Introducing Netflix Calibrated Mode Over the years, Sony Electronics has worked with television and movie industry professionals to develop new viewing technologies. In 2000, Sony Electronics introduced Cinema Mode which was developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 2012, Sony introduced its first 4K television, working with the industry to bring this new standard from the movie studios to viewers’ homes. For the MASTER Series, Sony has worked with Netflix to develop “Netflix Calibrated Mode.” The new feature was specially developed to mirror the same picture quality as a studio evaluation master for television in order to preserve the artists’ creative vision and intent. By clicking one simple menu setting, Netflix Calibrated Mode faithfully reproduces the visuals that help bring a story to life, and entertainment enthusiasts can now enjoy this experience when watching their favorite TV series, films, documentaries and more on Netflix.
Additionally, the MASTER Series is ready for CalMAN®, the industry-leading display calibration software from Portrait Displays. CalMAN is widely used by professionals as a tool to ensure quality control of the strict requirements demanded by content creators in broadcast, production, and post-production. CalMAN eliminates the struggle of maintaining the picture quality throughout the life of the TV.
Innovation in TV picture, sound, and design The flagship A9F OLED TV comes equipped with the Pixel Contrast Booster, which is Sony’s original panel controller for OLED, which maximizes the dynamic range by widening the area of color reproduction at high brightness. Pictures are enhanced with extra detail and texture. The A9F OLED TV has top-of-the-line sound quality thanks to its new Acoustic Surface Audio+TM technology. Acoustic SurfaceTM was first introduced last year with the critically-acclaimed A1E series followed by the A8F this year. The improved Acoustic Surface Audio+TM gets an additional actuator in the center of the screen and an extra subwoofer channel, totaling to a 3.2 channel sound system. The additional center actuator acts just like center speakers hidden behind an AT (acoustically transparent) screen, which are found in movie theaters. With the three actuators and two subwoofers facing sideways, the A9F creates a rich sound field that greatly enhances the viewing experience. The A9F also has a TV Center Speaker Mode that allows the Acoustic Surface Audio+TM to be used as the center speaker of a home theater system.
The Z9F’s new X-Wide Angle ensures the picture retains its quality regardless of the viewing angle. It enables a wider viewing angle that reduces color shifts when viewing the screen off-axis, so colors stay true no matter the viewer’s position. Together with X-Motion ClarityTM, which minimizes motion blur without sacrificing screen brightness, it helps the Z9F overcome the usual challenges LCD panels face.
Both the A9F and Z9F have built-in microphones that will free users’ hands. Viewers can simply talk to the TV using the Google Assistant to find what they quickly want or to play TV shows, movies, and more. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)
MASTER Series A9F (65” and 55” Class models) 4K HDR OLED TV • Features OLED as display device with Pixel Contrast Booster. 8 million self-illuminating pixels and Sony-original panel controller for OLED brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, authentic color, and a wide viewing angle. • Features Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate providing the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with the following technologies: Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR and Dual database processing. • Features Netflix Calibrated Mode that brings the creators’ vision directly to the TV. • Acoustic Surface Audio+TM creates a rich sound field delivered from three actuators and two subwoofers facing sideways, that greatly enhances the viewing experience. • Supports CalMAN’s professional-grade calibration. • Features vibrant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS™ Display, further enhanced for color accuracy. • Android TV with hands-free help from the Google Assistant: Find what you want quickly, simply by talking to the TV. Ask your Google Assistant to help you play TV shows, movies, and more. Dim the lights and control your compatible, connected devices while you watch a movie for a better viewing experience. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.) • Minimalism styled with softness: the screen being a single slate with only a stand in the back to hold it up.
MASTER Series Z9F (75” and 65” models) 4K HDR LED TV • Features Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate providing the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with the following technologies: Object-based Super Resolution, Objectbased HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR and Dual database processing. • Features Netflix CObject-basedode that brings the creators’ vision directly to the TV. • Features X-Wide Angle that minimizes color change when seen from the side. View faithful shades and hue from wherever you watch the TV. • Features Full-array LED Backlight for ultra-high contrast. • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth. Moving images are precisely controlled to minimize blur. Even during fast-moving scenes, pictures stay true with no loss in brightness. • Supports CalMAN’s professional-grade calibration. • Includes X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO to produce better contrast by precisely balancing the light output across the screen, dimming some areas and boosting others. It reveals a brightness range three times that of a conventional LED-backlight TV, and it enhances any source to near HDR quality with a wider range of brightness. • Features vibrant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS™ Display, further enhanced for color accuracy. • Android TV with hands-free help from the Google Assistant: Find what you want quickly, simply by talking to the TV. Ask your Google Assistant to help you play TV shows, movies, and more. Dim the lights and control your compatible, connected devices while you watch a movie for a better viewing experience. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.) • Clean cable management for tabletop mount.
Pricing and Availability The MASTER Series A9F and Z9F will be available across North America in the fall of 2018. Pricing to be announced along with retail availability.
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