Sony PVMA170 17" Professional OLED Production Monitor

Sony PVMA170 17" Professional OLED Production Monitor

Sony PVMA170 17" Professional OLED Production Monitor

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  • 16.5" Diagonal Screen Size
  • 10-Bit OLED with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 3G-SDI, HDMI, and Composite Inputs
  • Loop-Through Output for Both SDI Inputs
  • 89° Angle of View at >10:1 Contrast
  • Black Pixels Switch Off Completely
  • OSD Waveform and Vectorscope
  • Recessed Rear Connectors
  • Serial and Parallel Remote Ports
  • Portable Design with Detachable Handle
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Sony PVM-A170 Overview

  • 1Description

The Sony PVMA170 17" Professional OLED Production Monitor is suitable for both field and studio use. It features a 16.5" diagonal OLED panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. Because of the OLED technology employed, each pixel can be switched completely off--unlike typical LCD displays--for a much closer approximation of true black. It can be connected to standard and high-definition video sources via SDI or HDMI, as well as analog standard-definition sources through composite.

The PVMA170 features two SDI inputs with a loop-through out that support 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SD-SDI signals at resolutions up to 1080p60. In addition, 24 fps is supported, including 23.98p, 23.98PsF, 24p native, and 24PsF. It features an HDMI input that supports 1080p60, 24p, 23.98p, standard definition, and several computer resolutions. A composite input with loop-through output provides connectivity for standard-definition analog devices, and is paired with a 3.5mm stereo mini jack audio input. A front panel 3.5mm headphone jack allows users to monitor embedded audio locally, and there is also a 1W built-in speaker.

Two Ethernet ports provide connectivity for serial and parallel remotes. Many third-party options can be used, as well as the separately-sold Sony BKM-15R and BKM-16R. The monitor includes a removable desktop stand, and is compatible with standard VESA 100 x 100mm mounting hardware.

In addition to taking 100 to 240 VAC power, the PVMA170 features a 4-pin XLR DC input. This allows it to be field-powered using a 12 VDC source, such as a professional video battery system.

Display Features

Accurate Black Reproduction
Unlike many alternative display technologies, the OLED panel used in the PVMA170 features the ability to turn each pixel completely off, so no luminance signal is added to parts of the image recorded as black
Super Top Emission Technology
Designed to provide a wide color gamut with accurate color reproduction throughout the luminance range of the picture
Faster Response Time than LCD Panels
The gray-to-gray switching of the PVMA170 is faster than comparable LCD-based displays. This helps eliminate ghosting, motion blur (that is not naturally part of the scene), and other artifacts that reduce image quality
Wide Angle of View
Provides better off-axis viewing than many LCD-based alternatives, allowing users to accurately evaluate the image even if positioned off to the side. It features an 89° viewing angle in all directions, while the contrast ratio remains above 10:1.
Low-Latency Image Processing
The PVMA170's I/P conversion system delivers automatically optimized signal processing per the input signal format, with a latency of less than 0.5 fields. This helps ensure fast-moving images stay in sync with the audio

On-Screen Display (OSD)

Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Provides a built-in waveform and vectorscope display so users do not have to rely on dedicated equipment. Both displays can be magnified from 0 to 20% for detailed analysis, and within the waveform display the Line Select feature allows for a specific portion of the image to be isolated. Level meters for two channels of embedded audio may also be displayed alongside the waveform or vectorscope
Focus Assist with Color Peaking
To aid camera focus operation, an aperture level adjustment displays images with sharpened edges (peaking) displayed in user-selectable colors (white, red, green, blue, or yellow), for increased visibility
Audio Level Indicator
Embedded audio levels can be displayed as stereo pairs or individual mono channels. Up to 16 channels can be selected at once
Closed Captions
OSD can display EIA 608 and EIA 708 captions
Additional Displays
Additional OSD features include a tally overlay, video format overlay, and an on-screen menu system

General Features

Emphasis on Portability
The PVMA170 is 40% slimmer than the previous generation and weighs in at 9.3 lb. In addition, a detachable handle simplifies transport
Recessed Connector Panel
The connectors do not protrude from the back of the monitor, helping ensure they will not be damaged during transport or if the monitor is laid flat
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Sony PVM-A170 Specs

Panel Type OLED
Display Size 16.5" / 42.2 cm
Active Area 14.5 x 8.1" / 366 x 206 mm
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Viewing Angle Horizontal: 178° (89/89)
Vertical: 178° (89/89)
Bit Depth / Color Support 10-Bit (1.07 Billion Colors)
Image Controls Focus Peaking, Image Flip, Screen Markers, Waveform
Video 2 x BNC (SDI) Output
1 x BNC (Composite) Output
2 x BNC (SDI) Input
1 x HDMI Type A Input
1 x BNC (Composite) Input
HDCP Support Yes
Audio 1 x 3.5 mm Input
1 x 3.5 mm Monitor Output
1 x 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In Speaker 1 x 1 W
Power 1 x 4-Pin XLR Input
Other I/O 1 x Parallel (RJ45)
1 x Serial (RJ45)
Card Slot None
Format Support
Video Format SDI
1080p: 23.98/24/60 
1080PsF: 23.98/24 
1080i: 60 
720p: 50/60 
1080p: 23.98/24/60 
1080i: 60 
720p: 50/60 
PC Resolutions 1360 x 768
1280 x 1024
1280 x 768
640 x 480
AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 0.9 to 0.5 A
DC Input Power 12 to 16 VDC
Battery Type None
Power Consumption 75 W (Maximum)
60 W (Typical)
Mounting-Hole Pattern 100 x 100 mm
Operating Humidity 0 to 90%
Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.24 x 10.75 x 2.6" / 43.8 x 27.3 x 6.6 cm
17.24 x 11.89 x 6.5" / 43.8 x 30.2 x 16.5 cm, Including Stand
Weight 9.3 lb / 4.2 kg

Sony PVM-A170 Reviews

PVMA170 17- Professional OLED Production Monitor is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great monitor for grading with a tweak We bought this monitor after much speculation and research. It came down to this monitor vs. the Flanders CM250. The Sony was more cost effective than the Flanders, but had slightly less features, such as the ability to load in custom LUT's. Since I'm not using this monitor on set as a DIT would, that wasn't very important to me.The Sony was also much, much lighter than the Flanders, which again wasn't important to me as I'm not lugging it around, but still a nice feature. It's really light weight!After talking to the Flanders rep on lead time, I couldn't get the Flanders for at least 3 weeks. We have graded over 300 hollywood feature films and this was a big deal as we can't afford any downtime.After much scrutiny the Flanders rep told me that they actually buy their panels from Sony, so the actual OLED panel was the exact same one that they used. The main difference being the feature set that they offered that the Sony didn't. Mostly stuff that wasn't crucial to my work as a colorist.So we went with the Sony. When the Sony arrived, and we turned it on I was shocked to see that it was very yellow / green. Oh no! Is this one wacked out? Did I make the wrong decision? As it turns out, Sony know about this and has a white paper about it. If they know about it, I wonder why they don't calibrate it differently (but whatever). After calibration the Sony looks great and I'm sure this was a great purchase (whew!)The only thing that's kinda weird about it, is there's no way to tilt or rotate the screen. It sits firmly on two feet and is in a fixed position. No biggie, but I feel that's kind of a design flaw.Overall I would recommend this purchase to anyone who is serious about grading and wants a consistent, reliable result.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shows Everything as shot. This monitor is used for my ENG shoots with the Canon C300. The blacks are incredible and the resolution is 100% spot on with the camera. This monitor, weight-wise,is super light. Clients say this is the best monitor they have seen. Make-up artist hate it, its too good. Worth the money
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I have found I am a LD for live broadcast etc and this is the best all round monitor I have found. The scope function is a huge asset and being OLED, blacks are black which I love. I was usually second guessing myself if I didn't have a scope and using an LCD monitor if the haze levels were too high but a glimpse at this monitor tells me everything I need to know.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again. I am a professional Jib Operator ... Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, etc.. with over 44 years experience as a camera operator. This monitor is a great tool as it let's me see critical focus even on a wide shot. I can't believe I was using such inferior monitors before on my Jibs. This IS the new normal for me as an operator!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great monitor!! This monitor is a great update to the PVM2541A. Much lighter with the same great picture. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing monitor, but glossy screen It's got the truest blacks of any monitor I've seen, but I'm afraid the semi-glossy screen was a deal breaker.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chewmus's Favorite Absolutely stunning picture. Love the resolution. Perfect for food promos.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best we use it extensively at work for professional use, it is one of the best.
Date published: 2018-01-05
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What is the NITS brightness value of this monitor? I don't want to pay Small HD 6K for an LCD.
Asked by: David
This is an indoor OLED monitor therefore the NITS level is not listed.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

I am wondering how much calibration needs to be ...

I am wondering how much calibration needs to be done when initially purchased? Do I need a spectrophotometer, software...etc. or is it acceptable to do a qualitative manual calibration? Obviously quantitative calibration is always more accurate, but #1, I am not an engineer and #2 hoping to not spend too much more $$$. Would it be better to purchase an FSI that comes pre-calibrated from the factory? Thanks!
Asked by: Scott
Hi Scott, The PVMA170 is a very well calibrated and stable monitor straight from the factory. That said, for super critical applications, one can always use an inexpensive X-rite probe with Sony’s free calibration software. ~Ralph
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-05-30

Is it capable of monitoring HDR content?

Is it capable of monitoring HDR content?
Asked by: Thomas
This monitor is not capable of displaying HDR content. The Sony BVM-E171 along with Bvmlh-E171 HDR License Key allows for that capability.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2019-02-27

Is this capable of grading HDR video?

Is this capable of grading HDR video?
Asked by: Thomas
This monitor is not capable of displaying HDR content. The Sony BVM-E171 along with Bvmlh-E171 HDR License Key allows for that capability.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2019-02-27


Can you power this monitor with a V-lock battery with a maximum output of 16.8 Volts? Specs say 11-16 Volts.
Asked by: Mark P.
According to Sony that is the specification. Therefore I would have to say officially you cannot go over 16V. In the real world however, I find batteries often are not their rated voltage plus the circuitry of the monitor can deal with overvoltage. However, i would look for another source of power.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Can i do split screen from SDI A and SDI B?
Asked by: Diego S.
it had split screen with 2.0 firmware
Answered by: Fred
Date published: 2018-12-06


Does this come with a rack mount option? Hoping to rack mount on the sides via rack ears, and not via VESA mount.
Asked by: Nicholas D.
Purchased seperately. Sony # MB-P17
Answered by: Jerold K.
Date published: 2018-08-25


I do understand this is a professional video monitor, but will this device accept Sony Playstation (SCPH-1002) PAL signal? Apperantly one needs some analoge to digital adapter to get from the consoles multi A/V output (with capeability to attach RGB Scart cable) to SDI / HDMI respectively, but I'm uncertain about the signaling.My prime goal is to play Wip3out SE, that was soley released as a PAL version, in its native 16:9 aspect ratio.I owe different Sony equipment (30 LCD TV; MBR30-MR1), but I want a smaller screen for retro gaming and oled (where black actually is black). Any input on this is highly appreciated. Maybe you even have the proper adapters or know if one can modify the monitor itself.Thank you very much.
Asked by: Anonymous
One solution that would work would be this converter box. Ocean Matrix Component and VGA to HDMI Pro Mini Converter B&H # OCOMXCOMPVGA.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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