Sony XBR-55A1E 55" Bravia OLED 4K UHD HDR TV (Black)

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Sony XBR-55A1E 55” Bravia OLED TV Overview

The XBR A1E from  Sony is a 4K television featuring over 8 million self-illuminating pixels that are precisely and individually controlled by the Sony X1 Extreme processor. The result is a brilliant and clear lifelike picture, four times the detail quality of 1080P. The XBR A1E features Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology, a piece of sonic engineering that delivers sound from the entire TV screen, creating an immersive theatrical experience.

With it’s built-in Android operating system, Chromecast Built-in, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and 4 HDMI inputs you can cast videos and music from your mobile device, binge watch the latest shows from Netflix and Hulu, and have enough inputs for your DVD player, Blu Ray, and video game consoles. There is also a free Sony app that lets you take control of it all right from your smartphone or tablet. The Sony A1E OLED TV is also available in 65” and 77” models. Check out our review of the Sony A1E OLED TV series.

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Precise Contrast. Absolute Blacks.

True reality comes to life with perfect black and color. Sony's OLED TV creates exquisite, unprecedented contrast with over 8 million precisely and individually controlled self-illuminating pixels. Immerse yourself completely in the entertainment with sound that comes from the entire screen, with the world’s first Acoustic Surface.


  • OLED TV with perfect black and color.
  • 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the X1 Extreme processor
  • The dramatic contrast, color, and detail of 4K HDR
  • Pictures and sound in perfect harmony with world’s first Acoustic Surface
  • Enjoy smooth and vibrant colors with TRILUMINOS Display and 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping
  • The stand and speakers disappear, leaving only a brilliant picture
  • Android TV with Google Home compatibility gives you a genius TV
  • 4K X-Reality PRO & Dual Database Processing provides life-like detail and clarity
  • Live TV streaming, no annual contract with PlayStation Vue
  • Life-like motion with Motionflow XR technology

Exquisite Contrast, Perfect Blacks

Sony’s OLED TV is like nothing you’ve ever seen before with truly exceptional black, shadow, and color. Over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by the X1 Extreme processor creating exquisite, unprecedented contrast. 

Pure Black, Perfect Vision

Sony's OLED pixels work individually and can be turned off completely to deliver absolute black. This level of supreme contrast reveals detail, depth, textures, and colors for a view that is stunningly real. 

Uncover the Detail with 4K HDR

High Dynamic Range (HDR) will change the way you look at TV. Combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR video content delivers exceptional detail, color, and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness than other video formats. The result is the most life-like picture TVs have ever been able to create, with brilliant highlights and fine detail. 

Everything Should Look Like 4K HDR

Sony's newly developed 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme outperforms their conventional 4K Processor X1 with 40% more real-time image processing power. It takes everything you watch and improves it to near 4K HDR quality. Object-based HDR Remaster technology can detect, analyze and optimize each object in the picture individually to adjust the overall contrast for a more natural and realistic picture on screen. 

A Revolution in TV Sound

Unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen, immersing you in exciting new entertainment experiences.

Vibrant Colors, Smooth Gradations

Only when surrounded by true black do colors seem really vibrant. Colors are as rich and vivid as nature’s own, thanks to the TRILUMINOS Display with more shades of red, green, and blue than ever before. You’ll enjoy rich, authentic images that evoke the emotion in every scene. And, 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping reveals thousands of shades and gradations of light, for sunsets as bright and clear as real life. 

360 Degrees of Sophistication

No distractions. This OLED TV is more than just beautiful. It's designed so that the stand and speakers virtually disappear—appearing as if it's floating—leaving only the brilliance of its picture. The screen is edged with a slim 4-side frame that maximizes the viewing area. 

A Genius TV, A Smarter Home

Find all the entertainment you can dream of, faster than ever. From movies and TV shows to thousands of apps, Sony’s Android TV brings you everything in an instant. Cast your favorite apps with Google Cast, and Voice Search helps you find the entertainment you want. And with Google Home compatibility, simply voice-control your TV and ask it to do things, like play your favorite YouTube videos. 

Upscale to a More Natural Picture

The difference is clear. You’ll see life-like detail and stunning clarity, no matter what you're watching. Two powerful image improvement databases work together, dynamically improving images in real time. 4K X-Reality PRO upscales images to near 4K clarity, while a second database cleans the picture and reduces on-screen noise. Every single pixel is enhanced beautifully by the powerful 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme. 

Live TV, No Annual Contract

PlayStation Vue now available on Android TV. Enjoy live TV streaming with no annual contract and no surprise fees. Experience premium content, including sports, news, and more from your favorite networks. 

Motionflow Keeps the Action Smooth

TV that keeps up with real life. Sony’s refresh rate technology enhances the OLED’s unique panel speed to allow fast moving action sequences in sports and movies to be seen with life-like clarity. 

Maximize the Viewing Area

The screen is edged with a slim 4-sided frame that maximizes the viewing area. 

Just Say What You Want

Spend less time browsing, and more time watching. Voice search on Android TV provides you with the power of Google search in 42 languages, allowing you to find content across different services without the hassle of time-consuming text entry. 

Send to a Bigger, Better Screen with Google Cast

Send movies and music from your smartphone to your TV with Google Cast. Use your phone as a remote control.

Your Favorite Apps, on Your TV

Enjoy a huge range of apps from Google Play, including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Pandora, and more. Also, play your favorite Android games on the big screen. 

Clean Rear Look

Keep wires out of sight, thanks to a hidden cable panel structure, for a clean look. 

Product highlights

  • OLED TV featuring over 8 million pixels
  • 4K HDR picture quality, along with 4K upscaling
  • Acoustic Surface technology delivers immersive sound
  • TRILUMINOS Display delivers realistic and vivid colors
  • 4K X-Reality PRO enhances picture quality for added clarity
  • Slim, narrow TV frame maximizes viewing area
  • 4 HDMI inputs, and 3 USB inputs
  • Dimension of TV without stand  (W X H X D): 43 ⅜ in x 28 in x 3 ½ in
  • Dimension of TV with stand (W x H x D): 43 ⅜ in x 28 in x 13 ⅜ in
  • Weight of TV without stand: 55.1 lbs
  • Weight of TV with stand: 63.5 lbs 
  • Warranty: 1 year (World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell)
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support




  • Screen size (diagonal): 55"
  • Dimensions of TV without stand: 48 3/8" x 28" x 3 1/2"
  • Dimensions of TV with stand (W x H x D): 48 3/8" x 28" x 13 3/8"
  • Weight (with stand): 63.5 lbs.
  • Weight (without stand): 55.1 lbs.


  • Audio power output: 5 x 10W
  • Bass/Treble/Balance: Balance
  • Speaker configuration: 2.1ch, actuator (25mm) x 4, woofer (80mm) x 1
  • Speaker position: Black
  • Speaker type: Acoustic surface (Actuator+Subwoofer)
  • ARC output format: Two channel linear PCM: 48kHz 16bits, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
  • Advanced auto volume: Yes
  • Alternate audio (Digital): Yes
  • Audio out: Fixed / Variable
  • Auto mute (on no signal): Yes
  • Auto surround: Yes
  • Clear audio+: Yes
  • Clear phase: Yes
  • DTS audio format support: DTS Digital Surround
  • Digital audio out (Optical) format: Two channel linear PCM: 48kHz 16bits, Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Dolby audio format support: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC): Yes
  • HDMI input audio format: 5.1 channel linear PCM: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz, 16, 20, 24bits, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
  • Headphone/speaker link: Yes
  • S-Master: S-Master Digital Amplifier
  • Simulated surround sound: S-Force front surround
  • Sound modes: Standard, Cinema, Live Football, Music

Convenience Features

  • Application store: Yes (Google Play Store)
  • Auto picture mode: Yes
  • Auto shut-off: Yes
  • Channel block (with password): Analog & Digital
  • Chromecast built-in: Yes
  • HDMI-CEC: Yes
  • Multiple language display: English, Spanish, French
  • On-screen clock: Yes
  • On/Off timer: Yes
  • Parental control: Yes
  • Show/Hide channels: Yes (Digital & Analog)
  • Sleep timer: Yes
  • Text input language: BUL / CAT / HRV / CES / DAN / DUT / ENG / EST / FIN / FRA / GER / GRK / HUN / ITA / LAV / LIT / NOR / POL / POR / RON / RUS / SLK / SLV / SPA / SWE / TUR / UKR / THA / VIE / ARA / FAS / JPN
  • USB drive format support: Yes (Supported File System: FAT16/FAT32/exFAT/NTFS)
  • Voice search: Yes
  • i-Manual: Yes

Customizing Capability

  • RS-232C control: Yes

Design Features

  • Cable management: Yes
  • Frame color: Black
  • Illumination LED: Yes


  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Display resolution: QFHD
  • Display resolution (H x V, pixels): 3840 x 2160
  • Screen size (inch, measured diagonally): 55" (54.6")
  • Viewing angle (Right/Left): 178 (89/89) degree
  • Viewing angle (Up/Down): 178 (89/89) degree

Display Features

  • Display type: OLED
  • TRILUMINOS display: Yes

Energy Saving & Efficiency

  • Power saving modes: Yes

General Features

  • Closed Captions (CC): Analog
  • Closed Captions (CC): Digital
  • Demo Mode: Yes (only pre-installed 4k demo video)
  • Hotel Mode Menu: Yes

General Features

  • Closed captions (CC): Analog
  • Closed captions (CC): Digital
  • Demo mode: Yes (only pre-installed 4k demo video)
  • Hotel mode menu: Yes

Inputs and Outputs

  • 4K 60P high-quality formats: Up to 18Gbps: 4K 60p 4:4:4(8bit), 4:2:2(8,10,12bit), 4:2:0(8,10bit) HDR included for HDMI 2/3
  • AC power input: 1 (Bottom)
  • Analog audio input(s) (Total): 1 (1 Bottom analogcConversion)
  • Audio / headphone output(s): 1 (Bottom / Hybrid w/HP and Subwoofer Out)
  • Bluetooth profile support: Version 4.1 HID / HOGP / SPP / A2DP (via firmware update) / AVRCP (via firmware update)
  • Composite video input(s): 1 (Bottom analog conversion)
  • Digital audio output(s): 1 (Bottom)
  • Ethernet connection(s): 1 (Bottom)
  • HDCP: HDCP2.2 (for HDMI1/2/3/4)
  • HDMI PC input format: 640 x 480@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 800 x 600@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1024 x 768@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1280 x 1024@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1600 x 900@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1152 x 864@75Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1680 x 1050@60Hz
  • HDMI PC input format: 1920 x 1080@60Hz
  • HDMI signal: 4096x2160p(24, 60Hz), 3840x2160p (24, 30, 60Hz), 1080p (30, 60Hz), 1080/24p, 1080i (60Hz), 720p (30, 60Hz), 720/24p, 480p, 480i
  • HDMI inputs total: 4 (Bottom4)
  • Headphone output(s): 1 (Bottom / Hybrid w/ audio out and subwoofer out)
  • RF connection Input(s): 1 (Bottom) (Terrestrial/Cable)
  • RS-232C input(s): 1 (Bottom / Mini Jack)
  • Subwoofer out: 1 (Bottom / Hybrid w/HP and audio out)
  • USB port(s): 1 (Side), 2 (Bottom)

Network Features

  • Featured (Content Bar): Yes
  • Home network feature: Home network client / Home network renderer
  • Internet browser: Opera (not pre-installed)
  • Live football mode: Yes
  • Photo Sharing Plus / Photo Share: Yes
  • Screen mirroring (Miracast): Yes
  • Social viewing: Yes
  • TV SideView: Yes
  • Trending on Twitter: Yes (only US)
  • Wi-Fi certified: Yes
  • Wi-Fi direct: Yes
  • Wi-Fi frequency: 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Wi-Fi standard: a/b/g/n/ac
  • Wireless LAN: Integrated


  • Annual power consumption: 182kWh/year
  • Power consumption (in operation): 357W
  • Power consumption (in standby): 0.5W
  • Power requirements (frequency): 60Hz for UL cUL 50/60Hz for other
  • Power requirements (voltage): AC 120V for UL cUL AC 110-240V for other

Regulation and Standards Compliance

  • VESA hole pitch: 15 3/4" x 7 7/8" (400mm x 200mm)
  • VESA hole spacing compatible: Yes

Sensing Features

  • LightSensor technology: Yes

TV System

  • Channel coverage (Analog): VHF: 2-13/UHF: 14-69/CATV: 1-135
  • Color space: sRGB/BT709, BT2020, AdobeRGB, DCI
  • Color system: NTSC
  • Number of tuners (Terrestrial/Cable): 1 (Digital / Analog)
  • OS: Android 6.0, Marshmallow
  • On-board storage (GB): 16GB
  • TV system (Analog): M
  • TV system (Digital Cable): Clear QAM
  • TV system (Digital Terrestrial): ATSC
  • Tuner channel coverage (Digital Cable): CATV: 1-135
  • Tuner channel coverage (Digital Terrestrial): VHF: 2-13/UHF: 14-69

Video Features

  • CineMotion/Film Mode/Cinema Drive: Yes
  • 24p True Cinema: Yes
  • 4:3 default: Yes
  • 4K processor: X1 Extreme
  • Auto wide: Yes
  • Blinking type: Frame blinking
  • Dual database processing: Yes
  • Dynamic contrast enhancer: Yes
  • Face area detection: Yes
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatiblity: Yes
  • Live Color technology: Yes
  • Mastered in 4K: Yes
  • Motionflow XR Technology: Motionflow XR
  • Object-based HDR remaster: Yes
  • Panel refresh rate (Native Hertz): 120Hz
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes
  • Picture modes: Vivid, Standard, Custom, Cinema Pro, Cinema Home, Sports, Animation, Photo-Vivid, Photo-Standard, Photo-Custom, Game, Graphics
  • Precision color mapping: Yes
  • Super bit mapping 4K HDR: Yes
  • Video processing: 4K X-Reality PRO
  • Wide mode: Wide / Normal / Full / Zoom
  • Wide mode: Normal / Full1 / Full2 for PC

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • XBR-55A1E 55" Bravia OLED 4K UHD HDR TV
  • Voice remote control
  • Batteries
  • AC power cord
  • IR blaster
  • Operating instructions
  • Quick setup guide
  • Tabletop stand


Customer Reviews for Sony XBR-55A1E 55" Bravia OLED 4K UHD HDR TV (Black)

4.7 / 5.0
54 Reviews
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Had TV about a week. In a word AWESOME! Did some research prior to purchasing very pleased thus far!
May 11, 2017
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Incredible combination of features
Had seen this at CES. Bought it right when it was ready for omship. Only complaint is that the Android Dreamscape screen save
May 6, 2017
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Best TV on the Market
Waited a year for this TV to be available. Best picture and sound quality of all the 2017 models I compared it to.
June 17, 2017
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Incredible for expensive!
The picture is by far the most amazing I've seen. I replaced a 2 year old Sony with my new AE1 and I'm not sorry.
September 4, 2017
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Potentially the best tv if it gets Dolby Vision
I bought this XBR-55A1E because it was OLED , because the superior video processing for upgrading vintage resolutions 1080i and because Sony promised to bring Dolby Vision as a firmware upgrade before the end of 2017
The first two features are a big success. No I hope Sony will keep its promise
September 27, 2017
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Love it!
All that I read and heard about picture quality and color were spot on.
October 7, 2017
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Incredible picture Terrible Android software
So I bought this TV as it was supposed to be the mature OLED after coming from the Kuro plasma. Having had the LG last year and returning it, I was pleased that the Sony’s motion processing had corrected all the soap opera fact that was in the LG.

For some reason Sony elected to use android TV as it software and it’s a nightmare. There is this thing called Samba interactive TV, which you cannot turn off as if you force shut it, a warning will appear on your screen every 10 seconds so I actually had to turn on to get rid of the notifications. This is the sort of thing that really p iss es me off having no control of your device and being forced to run junk software that is collecting information from me.
October 19, 2017
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I Must Admit - Best Picture I've Ever Seen!
Had this TV about 30 days now, and see Sony wants me to rave on it. Very well.
Out of the box -which was the "Heaviest Hurdle" due to the weight of its Stand! I also don't know what is inside the huge boxed portion in the middle behind the TV? Coming from a wall Mounted High End Samsung 55" 4K TV, I was shocked to see the Sony Mounting Holes (For the Wall Mount Device) so incredibly smaller than the Samsung, but after several tries I got it mounted and level.

Connections are a breeze with all pertinent HDMI ports, etc. (Caveat-If you own this TV or any other OLED Device, going a Product Forum ASAP! The actual manual for this TV is wasted paper IMHO. Get on a Forum to learn Which HDMI Ports TRULY produce the best picture quality (Not 1 as I thought) Learn how to use your Picture Settings from many others who have put this OLED technology thru every test imaginable! Sony even has a great Community where you truly learn things from. I use the AVS Forum where the thread on this TV .

Since I wall mounted mine, I cannot talk about its 30 pound stand, or why thats needed to support this very thin TV (Except for that big box area behind) One thing I really hope is that, whomever you bought your Sony OLED from told you that you'll need some form of "Android" Cell Phone Account? Once my Gmail info was entered, the TV puts you thru the entire Setup Process in a very simple manner that a layman can understand. Audio Visual Tech folk will love that you can use all your other components with it just as easy, if not easier than other TVs. As stated above, and I do admit it could be considered "Hearsay" I did read that HDMI Ports 2-3 are those which present the best picture quality. Well, that and whatever it is you intend to watch on this beauty too! I use Verizon Fios which is better than some.

The Sony Remote is actually something I use quite often, despite being a HUGE Harmony One fan (Though extinct) The remote enables you to hit all your desired settings for picture & sound quality (Will come back to Sound later if they give me room) All finite settings and picture modes appear on the right side of TV. Using the "Home" button on their remote you can easily scroll thru these, enter account passwords, bring up the Google App Store, and also use their specially featured "Voice Technology" by simply pushing a white button on top of the Remote. I found this just as useful as typing on Google on your cell. (I truly wish you could use this voice feature to help you navigate the TV itself. Such as-"Change to Vivid Mode" or "Open Netflix)-Which there is actually a Red Button for!..All your typical, Amazon Video and tons of other Google Stuff I wish I could remove too. You can actually put them in order of appearance on this "Home Screen" which Thought was cool. 2Another feature they showcase is "Samba TV" which I chose NOT to use by "Unchecking" the radio button on this mode. BE SURE to read all about that one before committing! If your'e just into your Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and a few other Apps (Like on your Cell) than this Remote & TV get you there easily! Also using the "Home Button" They have some very helpful Videos that pop up which play all sorts of "How To's" and such. The "Action Menu" on remote is where you will spend most of your time! This is where ALL the TVs settings are. PLAY WITH THEM ALL and try to do this watching different things = Dark Movies (HDR Stuff) Football Games (Vivid Colors) and try tweaking them ALL, because you can ALWAYS hit "Reset" and you are back to a Clean Slate again! There actually is a "Back" Button on the Remote too which they no doubt configured it to be in the perfect spot your thumb rests (If you are a Right Handed of course) So, IMHO the Remote gets 4 Stars, but the Harmony One is my Go To Remote for EVERYTHING in my AV System for sure!

**On "Sound" - I Highly Suggest using a reputable AV System & External Speakers, but that just my personal POV. However, I have read that the Sound Quality on these new OLEDS is out of this world! That it resonates from the "Screen Itself" which is unreal. One day I think I will try using it, just to see (and hear) what Sony did.

If you are still reading this, I bet you will ask yourself the same exact question I did when I finally got my new Sony 4k OLED Creme De La Creme TV working!! Why don't I see that same picture quality I saw while staring at it inside the store?? Well, I asked this to the place I got mine (A High End section worthy to be named after a "tree or shrub with large, typically creamy-pink, waxy flower widely grown as ornamental trees") The Actual Sony Rep was there the day I stood drooling at the 65" OLED Model. Of course he went into all these extremely technical variations on why & how Sony can produce the best picture and sound quality on the planet. The video loops they use are derived from cameras that take the most incredible shots, processors that clean out things we don't know exist, and replicate the experience of standing right next to that Drag Racing Car - imagine what that Sound would be!! lol
The thing is, we will NOT be able to replicate that picture quality in our homes, even though this TV is hands down better than the LG in my opinion. I bet you looked back and forth at Sony & LG before making the choice to buy this one OR if you are reading this novel Im writing here BEFORE making that purchase,, Take this Note:!!!

Wherever you go to witness this TV in person, ask the Rep to play the exact same loop on BOTH the LG & Sony OLEDs at the same time!! Matter of fact, ask them to use something with DARK backgrounds -"The Black Knight" or again "Pelham 123" - Go to the LG Model, and take mental notes of EVERY detail you can think of. Have them play that same scene over over on the Sony TV and go over those same mental notes. Then (This is what made my decision right here!) Have them "Freeze" BOTH TVs on the same movie but something lighter-such as city streets. Look at every window and its reflection, street signs, pebbles on sidewalk or better yet on a rooftop walking back n forth between these two Highly Proficient and Beautiful Masterpieces! I'm Dead Serious folks....THAT is EXACTLY how I made the choice to purchase this unbelievably awesome Sony and now Im Loving it !!
Granted, I am no where as "Tekkie" as others, but I do love the feeling of when you personally put several high end Audio Visual Components together (Using the best HDMI 2.1 Cables, etc) and once all is connected - firing this TV up for the first time!

I watched BOTH NFL Championship Games this last weekend (BTW- using the Remote, there is a "Live Football" setting which you can almost see individual blades of grass on the field! I loved using that Remote to tweak their uniform colors, and how well you can even see the fans in background too. Hailing from New England, I must say "Go Patriots!" and will most definitely have remote in hand during that game!

If my review helps just ONE person take the plunge on this Sony 55" OLED or even better, the 65" Model--Then I have "Paid it Forward" in life. Isn't that what we all should do with our lives regardless of anything? Pay It Forward!!

Semper Fidelis

January 23, 2018
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Incredibly life-like picture.
After a careful study of all the reviews about this product, I definitely find it the best OLED TV in the market today. Better than LG OLED TV's combined.
August 27, 2017
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Great TV
Sony still the best OLED
You coulLd this TV for days and still be impressed
February 17, 2018
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The top-notch display
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The top-notch display
Demetrius S on Dec 27, 2017