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OLED-TV review: Sony XEL-1
Sony's (size-challenged) commercial OLED TV



All hail OLED, the new technology that's set to take the TV world by storm. Well, it was set to actually, apart from this hugely expensive 11-inch Sony (~2,200 USD) and a 15-inch LG that's knocking about in South Korea, OLED has struggled hard to produce working consumer models.
Now seemingly eclipsed by the arrival of 3D, OLED hasn't disappeared altogether and will presumably get its act together at some point over the next couple of years.

But what can an OLED TV do in reality? Sony's XEL-1 gives us a taste of what's to come, but as an 11-inch TV with a resolution of just 960 x 540 pixels, it definitely offers just a taste. Still, plenty of OLED's potential is crammed into the tiny casing. The maximum contrast ratio, for example, measures an astounding 93,913:1, and the black level is a cool 0.00 cd/m². Impressed? We were!

It's tempting to forgive the XEL-1 for its (many) shortcomings because of what it represents the first commercial OLED TV. After all, it blows most TVs out of the water in a couple of respects. But it'd actually be pretty lousy for watching films. With just a quarter as many pixels as a Full HD TV, its resolution is poor for the price. The screen diagonal would be small even on a laptop, never mind a TV, and the video connectivity two HDMIs and an antenna connection is limited, to say the least. The Sony's multimedia capabilities consist only of photo playback via USB.


Size matters at least when it comes to finding enough space for video inputs.

And what about the other benefits of OLED? One big benefit we hear of is the improved viewing angle, but there's none of that to be seen here: At 60 degrees, the picture's brightness drops to a pathetic 18 percent worse, in fact, than many LCD TVs released at around the same time.
The promised higher motion clarity, on the other hand, has materialized in the XEL-1: Even in ultra-fast tennis serves, the ball resolves perfectly, without double edges or blur. In fact, the only display that could do better in some pictures was our studio-reference CRT.

So it's a mixed bag in some ways, the XEL-1 lets you sample OLED's potential. In others, it just reminds you of how far OLED has to come before it's ready to take on LCD and plasma for real.


Read the full review of the Sony XEL-1 at Televisions.com. Any comments on the device or our review are most welcome. Has anyone seen the XEL-1 in action?

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"the video connectivity two HDMIs and an antenna connection is limited, to say the least."

come on now, how many devices do you want to plug into an 11" TV anyways?
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Sony is pulling the plug on OLED tv for consumers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUST...technologyNews
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Sony is pulling the plug on OLED tv for consumers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUST...technologyNews

Yeah I thought it was pretty ironic seeing a review up here as soon as that happened.
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Anyone else find it humorous that the only device with better motion is their CRT?
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I'm curious as to what your "studio reference CRT" is. Make/model...
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Anyone else find it humorous that the only device with better motion is their CRT?

no in fact sounds about right as nothin is as close to crt yet how many tvs now in day can do test as well as crt or oled

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Devo235,

we're using broadcast monitors from JVC as a CRT reference.
It's a JVC DT-V1700CG (for ITU BT.709 signals)
and a JVC BM-H 2000 PN (for ITU BT.601 signals)

Other than that, we think the latest/last Kuro-PDPs from Pioneer were reasonable Phosophor-references as well, so one of these is in our rooms as well.

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wowwww I love it, its really a cool looking TV.
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i saw the pictures last year but it's a bit expensive i'll wait till the price drops
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is it monitor contrast produced by oled's better than standard led's?
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Size matters — at least when it comes to finding enough space for video inputs.
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