Sony recently launched a range of devices that consume their consumer product catalogs in several steps – the 4K HDR MASTER Series with A9F OLED and Z9F LCDs are supposed to have superficial image quality at home, the noise-suppressing WH-1000XM3 headphones could easily compete with Bose to-date industry leaders and the WF-SP900's wireless and waterproof headphones are a very handy set for everyday use.
4K HDR TVs
The new A9F and Z9F series televisions are part of the Sony MASTER series (the name is the company offering its own TV models with the highest image quality). To provide the audio and video that is closest to the creator's purpose, both the A9F and the Z9F MASTER series are equipped with the newly developed next-generation X1 Ultimate image processing engine.
What does this mean?
The Sony's largest A9F TV has the Pixel Contrast Booster, which is Sony's original OLED control panel. What it does is improve the images with additional details and texture.
In addition to the image enhancer, the A9F TV also has the highest level of sound quality with the new Acoustic Surface Audio + technology. We tested it in the average living room size setting and is kickass's home entertainment system – with two sidewalls on the side, the A9F has a "TV center loudspeaker mode" that allows the above-mentioned "Acoustic Surface Audio +" to be used as a home theater center speakerphone So TV becomes central speakerphone. We watched the bits from last year Spider-Man: Homecoming with this setting and it was like actually being in the cinema!
MASTER Series Z9F (75 "and 65" models) is a 4K HDR LCD TV with better Object Based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Rectifier, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual Database Processing. It may sound like a lot of 4K TV jargon, which significantly reduces the color change when seen from the side so you can see the true tones and hue from where you watch the TV. What's really an element of the TV – for example, it's really useful if you're busy in an open-plan kitchen watching TV playing in the living area. The full array LED backlight provides a very high contrast with the TV, and Netflix Calibrated Mode ensures that the TV viewing environment is closer to the content originally intended for viewing.
A9F Master Series TVs are available in Australia since October. The Z9F Master Series TVs will be available early in 2019.
WH-1000XM3 muffler headsets
This is the latest addition to the Sony 1000X family. Like its predecessor, these headphones drown traffic noise; they also cancel everyday background sounds, such as street noise and human voices. We tried to use these headphones with simulated air travel noise, medium office buzz and busy station – and the headphones worked great!
A very powerful headphone feature is that you can customize your sound through fast focus mode – it lets you hear what's going on around you, without turning off the headphones.
- Just place your right arm on the right side of the head to immediately lower the volume of music. It allows you to quickly respond to all your surroundings. For example, in the cafe when you are on your way to work, you can use this mode to order your headset without switching off the headphones unnecessarily, but with a good speaking of the barist.
These headphones also have other ways to control the sound – you can roll over the touchpad on the right part of the head to switch the volume up / down or change the recording.
Another improvement that Sony has made is that these new headphones have the "Custom Auto Power Off" mode on the accompanying "Headphone Jack", which essentially means that the headphones can remain in the Noise Cancel mode without connecting to the device. For example, for example Imagine flying, you want the noise canceled without listening to music. This is a feature that Bose has been in for some time in his noise-canceling headphones, and it's good to see, as well as Sony arrives on board.
The WH-1000XM3 headset has 30 battery life with noise suppression and Bluetooth connectivity. The new and improved Quick Charging feature provides five hours of wireless playback after 10 minutes of charging. To be honest, it would be nice if, for example, the Bose could have a Sony headset as a wired headset, not just wireless / Bluetooth, to save battery life.
The WH-1000XM3 headphones have been available in Australia since September.
The WF-SP900 is truly a wireless sports headset
Wireless and smartphone disappointment, the Sony's new WF-SP900 "truly wireless" sports headset is a perfect addition to listening to music while doing workouts. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can listen to music with this headset for three hours (and up to 12 hours with a charging case).
It has become a bit about the tendency to call the wireless headset as "truly wireless." Of course, the wireless quality of the headphones in the water means you have to access the stored memory – in this case you can enjoy the music stored in the WF-SP900 4GB memory (approximately 920 songs) and six hours of battery life (up to 21 hours with the charging case) .
These headphones are obviously waterproof, and the IPX5 / 8 standard allows the headphones to swim in the pool or sea up to a depth of 2 m. They are also washable, so you can keep them clean after intense and sweaty workouts.
Who really separates these Sony headsets from others (for example, We reviewed JBL's Dive headphones a couple of months back) is not so much wireless, but the fact that they are resistant to salt water and sand / dust. This makes them an excellent beach accessory!
The "Quick Mode" version of the WF-SP900 is Ambient Sound mode – you can choose from the "Normal" mode (which allows you to hear everyday sounds while listening to the music in the background) or from the "Voice" mode (which allows you to listen to music without interruptions, continue to call notifications, etc.).
This month's WF-SP900 headphones in Australia are available for $ 499.95.