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#262207 10-Jan-2020 09:26
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Looks like Sony NZ have some 2018 stock still kicking around to get rid of, as they have this guy for $2499. For comparison, the 2019 A9g, which is largely quite similar, is $5499.95 RRP.

 

The A9 Master series is Sony's higher range OLED, so it gets all the goodies like the X1 Ultimate Processor, eARC, and HDCP 2.3 compliant HDMI ports, which makes it a good buy even in 2020 if you can handle the older OS. RTINGS review here


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  #2389509 10-Jan-2020 09:47
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Edit.... opps... you are talking about the A9F (2018) not A9G (2019) as I mentioned below.   I must go invest in some glasses!  That's still cheap for a very good quality OLED though.

 

 

 

I paid $2755 for the A8G 55" on Black Friday.  At that time the A9G was about $3500 on sale. I would have bought one but I couldn't rationalise the price difference with a comparison.  





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  #2389516 10-Jan-2020 09:51
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For comparison this is currently being sold retail for $4299-4399

 

 

 

 





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  #2389597 10-Jan-2020 11:24
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ShinyChrome:

Looks like Sony NZ have some 2018 stock still kicking around to get rid of, as they have this guy for $2499. For comparison, the 2019 A9g, which is largely quite similar, is $5499.95 RRP.


The A9 Master series is Sony's higher range OLED, so it gets all the goodies like the X1 Ultimate Processor, eARC, and HDCP 2.3 compliant HDMI ports, which makes it a good buy even in 2020 if you can handle the older OS. RTINGS review here



All Sony TVs use the same firmware so OS wise it will be the same as a9g. I would suspect a9h will be the same as well since there is no major hardware change. Sony support their Android TVs for quite a long time (more than other manufacturers where they basically abondon their TVs as soon as new models come out)

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  #2389638 10-Jan-2020 13:24
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I guess with Harvey Norman not selling Sony any longer they've probably lost a lot of TV market share in NZ.

 

 


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  #2389685 10-Jan-2020 15:02
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I so miss my Sony A1. Cries. 


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  #2389715 10-Jan-2020 16:06
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What happened with HN and Sony?

 

 


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  #2392572 15-Jan-2020 13:34
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networkn:

 

What happened with HN and Sony?

 

 

 

 

$$$ store credit for the full purchase price. They then offered me the Panny TH-65GZ2000U at a very impressive best price discount. I had money left over could spend on anything. Overall while I still would have preferred to stick with Sony glad the issues are behind me and can just enjoy watching a nice picture again.


 
 
 
 


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  #2392575 15-Jan-2020 13:44
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Quinny:

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What happened with HN and Sony?



 


$$$ store credit for the full purchase price. They then offered me the Panny TH-65GZ2000U at a very impressive best price discount. I had money left over could spend on anything. Overall while I still would have preferred to stick with Sony glad the issues are behind me and can just enjoy watching a nice picture again.



I think he's asking why HN no longer sells Sony TVs

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  #2392579 15-Jan-2020 13:55
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zyo: 

 

networkn:

 

What happened with HN and Sony?

 

 

I think he's asking why HN no longer sells Sony TVs

 

I got the feeling HN decided it was pointless stocking TVs that would be price matched and sold directly from the Sony stores (is there two left?). It didn't appear to impact the HN AU branches.




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  #2398885 16-Jan-2020 11:55
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Looks like the deal is still going; if I weren't so shackled to a minimum requirement of 65", I would pick one up myself.

 

I spoke to someone at HN, they are definitely parting ways with Sony. No specified reason from HN HO, but they suspected that Sony's relationship with HN had soured a bit as Sony had been apparently slipping on customer service and support.

 

Looks like they have picked up Konka and Phillips though, so since both those brands are doing OLEDs now, might be a few more players in the market.


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I recently received an A9G from Sony as a warranty replacement for my A8F.

 

The A9G is everything I was hoping for in a TV.  The A8F was excellent but the Android TV OS was a little cumbersome and I had to revert to an Nvidia Shield and/or Apple TV 4k (I'm a media centre addict).

 

Since upgrading to the A9G I no longer need an external box.  The A9G is really quick, easily handles Kodi with a heavy skin (I'm running Aeon MQ8), IPTV streams perform brilliantly and Netflix is fast.

 

All-in-all the A9G OS performance is comparable to the Shield for streaming (probably wouldn't be as good as the Shield for gaming but I only used it for streaming).  The reviews I read of the A9G didn't do enough to highlight the improvement in OS performance IMO.  The A9G is the complete package especially considering the acoustic surface.

 

Sony did a great job with the Android TV OS on the A9G but in saying that it should've been much better on the earlier models if they hadn't scrimped on the processor.

 

I highly recommend the A9G if anyone is looking.


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networkn:

 

What happened with HN and Sony?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoke to a mate that works there, as alluded to above, HN was not happy with Sony selling direct through their own stores at cheaper than HN. Then also not providing as much stock as HN would like and just generally preferring to do their own retailing. HN said okay go on your own then, NL etc obviously don't mind as much

 

I'd be all over the deal in the OP if only it was 65"





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  #2426375 24-Feb-2020 15:39
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I don't think there are too many sony retail stores left anymore, and mainly seem to sell online. They used to have one in Wellington under the black BNZ  / State tower. But Sony have  sold direct to the consumer for at least 20 years. Many people prefer to actually see the TV first to look at the picture quality. I also remember when Sony used to  produce the Pulse Magazine where you could view all the products in a magazine, and learn about all the new stuff. 
Personally I prefer sony stuff, as it is often better designed, I find it more reliable,  and looks better in the room. 


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