Do you ever wonder how the TVs of today pack such amazing display panels, speakers and a wide variety of connectivity options in a package that is so compact?
If you ask me, the television is the most underrated piece of technology that has improved by leaps and bounds ever since it came into existence. From being owned by just a few thousand Americans in 1947 to finding a place in millions of homes around the world, the TV has undergone some mind-boggling transformations. Let’s rewind the clock and have a look at how televisions of today came to be.
At the Beginning
Prior to electric televisions, we had mechanical televisions that were extremely rudimentary. The mechanical televisions of the early 1900s involved mechanically scanning images and transmitting those images onto a screen. Fast forward to 1927, and the invention of the world’s first electronic television by Phil Farnsworth disrupted the world of mechanical televisions. Electronic signals were more easy to be captured and reproduced, and they had superior fidelity and higher resolution. Televisions of this period used Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) which built up thousands of red, green or blue dots to create a picture on the screen. This technology dominated for the longest time in the history of televisions. But things started to change when flat-screen sets started to appear in the 1990s.
Rise of the LCD TV
The flat-screen sets were much lighter and took less space as compared to the CRT TVs. They primarily used two kinds of display technology; LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or Plasma. Plasma screens had superior black levels, contrast, better viewing angles and high refresh rates but they weren’t as energy efficient as LCD sets. Hence, when LCD screens started to improve, Plasma sets found fewer homes and eventually stopped being produced altogether.
In the early-2010s, 3D TVs were introduced to the market and said to be the next big improvement in TVs. But despite efforts by OEMs, 3D TVs failed to capture the public’s attention as they weren’t comfortable to watch (because of 3D glasses) and there wasn’t enough content either.
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Age of the Smart TV
In the mid-2010s, LED (Light Emitting Diode) screens became a popular technology that used tiny LEDs as a backlight instead of CCFL lamps that LCD TVs used. This made them more energy efficient and thinner. Just around that time, TVs started to get smart as well. Smart TVs have built-in internet connectivity and offer various applications and streaming services to tailor and enhance your viewing experience.
But the latest development in television display technology is already changing the very structure of it. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV sets are a variation of the LED screens but without a backlight. Each pixel lights up individually and hence when switched off provides with exceptionally deep blacks. These OLED screens can be as thin as 1mm and are physically flexible too. This has spun off developments of televisions that are as thin as credit cards and can roll up when not in use.
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While there are a lot of OEMs making TVs, only some manage to nail each and every tiny detail that goes into making a wholesome and an immersive experience. Sony happens to be one such brand.
The Sony KD-55A9F is a part of Sony’s Master series that offers the ultimate TV watching experience and also stands as an example of how far televisions have come from their earlier days.
The 4K OLED TV has a 55-inch display and boasts of being powered by the most sophisticated image processor yet seen in a 4K screen. This processor does a phenomenal job in enhancing definition to a display that already has perfectly deep blacks and vibrant colours. The panel also supports various HDR formats including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision among others.
Although a lot of OEMs tend to nail the display quality, audio quality usually takes a backseat. But with the KD-55A9F, Sony has decided to take audio a notch higher. With Acoustic Surface Audio+, sound comes directly from the screen with 3 actuators behind the TV that vibrate the OLED panel. Throw two side-facing subwoofers in the mix and you’ll be host to one of the best TV audio experiences.
The KD-55A9F is an Android TV and runs on Android Oreo and lets you enjoy your favourite smartphone and tablet experiences on a bigger and a better screen. With the help of built-in Chromecast you can easily cast content you like from your smartphone or your laptop without the use of any wires. This television can also be controlled by Google Home or Alexa-enabled devices.
To be honest, this can’t be classified as your regular television. It’s an indulgence!
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