Sony used CES to announce a raft of new products for 2017, of which the most exciting was a trio of 4K HDR OLED TVs, with screen sizes of 55-inches, 65-inches and 77-inches.

The screens don’t only produce the images, they also reproduce the on-screen sound using what Sony called Acoustic Surface audio technology (that is, there are no moving-coil speakers in the design). Sony did not go into details about exactly how the screen is actuated.

Some US observers at the launch opined that although the electronics of the new A1E were all in-house Sony technologies, the screen itself was likely to have been made by LG. As for the electronics, Sony says the AE1 uses the Android TV operating system and plays nicely with Google Home. To maintain continuity with older Sony video offerings, the new A1E will be badged in stores as a  BRAVIA OLED set.

Thanks to OLED’s over eight million self-illuminating pixels, the A1E series brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented blacks, authentic colour, fast paced motion and a wide viewing angle,’said Mike Fasulo of Sony. ‘The X1 Extreme precisely controls the tremendous number of pixels and extends the capability of OLED to deliver an exquisite 4K HDR picture.’ Local Australian sources told Sound & Image Magazine that there were no plans to bring the 77-inch screen into Australia. Only the two smaller screen sizes will go on sale here, at a date yet to be announced… we’ll tell you what it is the minute we know.

For more information, contact Sony Australia.