The Sony KD-55A1 is arguably the most innovative high-end TV you can buy right now. It combines a peerless OLED picture performance with eye-catching industrial design and a groundbreaking new approach to TV audio, with Acoustic Surface technology meaning the screen is also the speaker.
This big, cool cat is the current king of the TV jungle as you can see in our list of the best TVs you can buy.
Being a design icon, the A1 doesn’t use anything as vulgar as a conventional pedestal stand. Instead it prefers to recline on a hinged support, which also happens to ingeniously house an integrated 8cm subwoofer and assorted connectivity.
This languid pose translates to a 6 degree recline, so make sure your AV furniture is trendy and low, so you can watch it at the right angle. Minimalism is the name of the game.
There’s a vanishingly thin bezel and no visible speakers. That’s because the panel itself creates audio, courtesy of two sonic actuators bonded onto the rear. These vibrate, creating high and mid-range stereo audio (and no, that doesn’t mean the picture vibrates as well). The total power output is a remarkably powerful 50 watts – 2x20w going to the stereo actuators, with 10W reserved for the onboard subwoofer.
The remote control, by contrast, is nothing fancy but does the requisite job.