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Sony A80J OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed May 19, 2021 at 10:44 am
Sony A80J OLED Picture
8.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
9.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.1
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG C1 OLED
9.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio OLED 2020
8.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
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Type OLED
Sub-Type
WRGB
Resolution 4k

The Sony A80J OLED is an excellent 4k OLED TV. It's a slightly more affordable alternative to the Sony A90J OLED but comes with many of the same features and similarly amazing performance. Its self-lit pixels have a near-infinite contrast ratio, and it displays pitch-perfect blacks without blooming. It doesn't get quite as bright as the A90J, but it's still on par with other OLED TVs, and it can deliver a satisfying HDR experience thanks to its wide color gamut and near-infinite contrast. Gamers should be pleased with its nearly instantaneous response time and low input lag. Unfortunately, its advertised variable refresh rate (VRR) support hasn't been implemented yet, but it's set to be added in a future firmware update. On the upside, it has two HDMI 2.1 ports and supports a 4k @ 120Hz signal. Like other OLEDs, it may be susceptible to permanent burn-in, but the risk is small if you watch varied content.

Our Verdict

8.8 Mixed Usage

The Sony A80J is an excellent TV for mixed usage. It performs well in dark rooms, whether gaming or watching movies, thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio. It also has a nearly instantaneous response time, so motion looks clear in fast-moving content like sports or video games. It doesn't get overly bright for HDR, but HDR content still looks amazing due to its OLED panel and wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Image stays accurate at most viewing angles.
  • Nearly instant response time for smooth motion.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • May not be bright enough for very sunny rooms.
9.4 Movies

The Sony A80J is a fantastic TV for home theater. It can display perfect blacks with no blooming thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, ideal for watching movies in a dark room. It also has no problems upscaling lower resolution content and removes 24p judder from any source. Due to its fast response time, however, low frame rate content can appear to stutter.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from any source.
  • No issues upscaling lower resolution content.
Cons
  • Low frame rate content can appear to stutter.
8.1 TV Shows

The Sony A80J is great for watching TV shows. It upscales lower resolution content well, and it has wide viewing angles, so the image stays accurate from the sides. It also has a semi-gloss finish with incredible reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue, despite its peak brightness being just okay. That said, it may not be bright enough for very bright or sunny rooms.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Image stays accurate at most viewing angles.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • No issues upscaling lower resolution content.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • May not be bright enough for very sunny rooms.
8.5 Sports

The Sony A80J is excellent for watching sports. It has a nearly instantaneous response time, so fast-moving sports look exceptionally clear. It also has wide viewing angles, which is great for watching with a group, and there's almost no dirty screen effect. Unfortunately, its brightness is just okay, so it may struggle with glare in very bright rooms. On the upside, it has incredible reflection handling.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Image stays accurate at most viewing angles.
  • Nearly instant response time for smooth motion.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • May not be bright enough for very sunny rooms.
9.1 Video Games

The Sony A80J is fantastic for playing video games. It has a nearly instantaneous response time for smooth motion, and its input lag is low. Its near-infinite contrast ratio can produce deep inky blacks, great for dark room gaming. Unfortunately, its advertised VRR support hasn't been implemented yet, but it has two HDMI 2.1 ports for 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instant response time for smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • VRR isn't functional yet.
8.8 HDR Movies

The Sony A80J is amazing for watching movies in HDR. While its HDR brightness is only okay, it still delivers a satisfying HDR experience thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio and wide color gamut. It can produce perfect blacks with no visible blooming and has no issues upscaling lower resolution content. Unfortunately, low frame rate content can appear to stutter due to the TV's fast response time.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • No issues upscaling lower resolution content.
Cons
  • Low frame rate content can appear to stutter.
  • Can't hit the brightest highlights in HDR.
8.9 HDR Gaming

The Sony A80J is excellent for HDR gaming. It delivers a smooth and responsive gaming experience thanks to its nearly instantaneous response time and low input lag. It also has a near-infinite contrast ratio for deep, uniform blacks. Although it only has okay HDR brightness, HDR content still looks amazing due to its near-infinite contrast and wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instant response time for smooth motion.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Low input lag.
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • VRR isn't functional yet.
  • Can't hit the brightest highlights in HDR.
8.4 PC Monitor

The Sony A80J is a great TV to use as a PC monitor. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for text clarity. Unfortunately, we had some issues displaying 1440p. Also, it may be susceptible to permanent burn-in with static elements like a desktop interface. On the upside, it has wide viewing angles, so the image should stay accurate whether viewing from the side or sitting up close.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instant response time for smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • May be susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • VRR isn't functional yet.
  • Issues displaying 1440p resolution.
  • 8.8 Mixed Usage
  • 9.4 Movies
  • 8.1 TV Shows
  • 8.5 Sports
  • 9.1 Video Games
  • 8.8 HDR Movies
  • 8.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.4 PC Monitor

Video

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony A80J is part of Sony's premium BRAVIA 4k OLED lineup, sitting below the Sony A90J OLED. It mostly competes with other OLED TVs, like the LG C1 OLED, the Vizio OLED 2020, and the LG A1 OLED.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The design is similar to the Sony A90J OLED, except for the back panel, which features a grid-like pattern. It's a sleek TV that should stand out in any living room.

Design
Stand

The stand has three different setup positions. The standard position lets the TV sit closer to the table. Then there's a narrow position for smaller tables, and finally, a soundbar position that raises the TV to give you space for a soundbar in front.

Footprint of the 55 inch stand:

  • Standard position: 41" (W) x 13" (D)
  • Soundbar position: 41" (W) x 13" (D) x 2.71" (H)
  • Narrow position: 27.3" (W) x 13" (D)

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The panel and feet are made of metal, while the rest of the back is textured plastic with diagonal grooves in a grid pattern. It looks good, but aside from the cable tie included in the box, which we didn't use, there's no cable management. Unlike the Sony A8H OLED, the power cable is detachable.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The actual border is the same thickness as the border on the Sony A90J OLED, but it looks bigger on the Sony A80J because it has thicker physical bezels.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.09" (5.3 cm)

The Sony A80J is thin and should look great mounted on a wall, although not all of the inputs are side-facing and may be harder to reach when wall-mounted.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

When it comes to build quality, the Sony A80J feels superb. The materials feel premium and it's very sturdy with no wobble. There's a bit of flex to the plastic back, mostly on the sides, but overall it feels very solidly put together.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Thanks to its self-lit pixels, the Sony A80J has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black levels. It's ideal for watching movies.

6.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
298 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
484 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
481 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
471 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
306 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
166 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
445 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
456 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
458 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
302 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
164 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.066

SDR brightness is on par with other OLEDs, and it even measured a little higher in real scenes than the Sony A90J OLED; however, brightness can vary a bit between test runs, and the difference between the two is small. Overall, it performs well in moderate lighting conditions but may have trouble overcoming glare in sunny or bright rooms.

We measured SDR brightness after calibration, using the ‘Custom’ Picture Mode, the ‘Expert 1’ Color Temperature, Peak Luminance set to ‘High’, and Brightness at max.

We also tested the brightness with Peak Luminance turned off and measured the following:

  • Peak 2% Window: 126 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 132 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 132 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 132 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 131 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 124 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 129 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 129 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 129 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 129 cd/m²

As you can see, it's a lot dimmer, so we recommend leaving Peak Luminance enabled.

To get the brightest possible image at the expense of accuracy, set the Picture Mode to ‘Vivid’, then set Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'High', Peak Luminance to ‘High’, Brightness and Contrast at max, Color Temperature to 'Cool', and Live Color to 'High'. We were able to hit 726 nits in the 2% window using these settings.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

As with other OLEDs, the Sony A80J has self-lit pixels, so it doesn't require a backlight, meaning there's no local dimming feature, but it can produce perfect blacks without visible blooming. The videos above are provided for reference only.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The videos above are provided for reference only.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
593 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
865 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
726 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
489 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
293 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
155 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
751 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
667 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
476 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
290 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
152 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.096

The Sony A80J has okay HDR brightness, but it's still good for an OLED. The EOTF follows the target well until it rolls off at higher brightness levels. As with SDR, there's a lot of variation in brightness across different scenes, in part due to the aggressive ABL. Scenes with small highlights get very bright, but dim more and more with larger areas of brightness. HDR content should still pop, but it may not be able to bring out the brightest highlights.

We measured HDR brightness before calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max, Contrast at '90' (by default), Color Temperature set to 'Expert 1', and HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Gradation Preferred'.

We also took measurements using the Brightness Preferred setting and got the following:

  • Peak 2% Window: 874 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 733 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 494 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 295 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 157 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 757 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 672 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 479 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 293 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 153 cd/m²

It results in a brighter EOTF, but doesn't significantly improve the luminosity.

Finally, we ran the test with Peak Luminance turned off and measured the following:

  • Peak 2% Window: 144 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 147 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 146 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 146 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 145 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 143 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 146 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 145 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 144 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 144 cd/m²
You can see the EOTF here.

Just like in SDR, turning Peak Luminance off dims the image significantly, so we recommend keeping it on.

The brightest image we achieved was 962 nits in the 2% window, using 'Vivid' mode, with Brightness and Contrast at max, Advanced Contrast Enhancer set to 'High',Peak Luminance at ‘High’, Color Temperature set to 'Cool', and Live Color set to 'High'.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
567 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
875 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
725 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
488 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
294 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
155 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
753 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
669 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
475 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
293 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
152 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.096

In 'Game' mode, HDR brightness is about the same as outside of 'Game' mode. For the most part, the difference is hardly noticeable, although real scenes appear slightly dimmer.

We measured this using the same settings, only in the 'Game' Picture Mode.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.436%
50% DSE
0.124%
5% Std. Dev.
0.589%
5% DSE
0.104%

The Sony A80J has excellent gray uniformity, although this can vary between units. The screen looks very uniform with practically no dirty screen effect, and we didn't notice any banding or issues in near-dark scenes, which can sometimes occur on OLEDs with more extensive use over time.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.326%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Like all OLEDs, the Sony A80J can completely turn off individual pixels to achieve perfect black uniformity, with no visible blooming around bright objects.

8.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
55°
Color Shift
28°
Brightness Loss
59°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
52°

The Sony A80J has great viewing angles, but they're not quite as good as the LG A1 OLED. The image stays accurate from the sides, which is great for accommodating more people or wide seating arrangements.

9.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.0%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.6%

The Sony A80J has a slightly matte finish, unlike the Sony A90J OLED and other OLEDs we've tested. The reflections are duller but more widely diffused than on a typical glossy screen. The reflection handling is still superb overall, so glare shouldn't be an issue, but placing it directly opposite a window or light source may still be distracting. Note that we've seen reports that the 77 inch version has a glossy finish and may perform a bit differently.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.97
Color dE
1.29
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,970 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The Sony A80J has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy. While this can vary from unit to unit, Sony TVs are generally known to have good out-of-the-box accuracy. The colors are very good, as is white balance, with very few noticeable inaccuracies. Gamma also follows the target quite well, with only some brighter scenes appearing either darker or brighter than they should. The color temperature is on the colder side, so the image has a blue-ish tint.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.21
Color dE
0.93
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,517 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the accuracy is fantastic. Gamma is nearly perfect, and the color temperature is almost right on target. There are almost no remaining inaccuracies with colors or white balance, at least none that would be noticeable without the help of a colorimeter.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Sony A80J has no issues upscaling 480p content like DVDs.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

It upscales 720p content, like cable TV, well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-ray movies, looks good with no upscaling artifacts.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Sony A80J displays native 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Sony A80J doesn't support 8k.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Sony A80J has a WRGB sub-pixel layout, like other OLED TVs. All four are never on at the same time, but you can see some of the blue sub-pixels lit up in this photo.

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
97.89%
DCI P3 uv
98.88%
Rec 2020 xy
71.34%
Rec 2020 uv
73.69%

The Sony A80J has an excellent color gamut, considered wide for HDR content by our testing criteria. It has full coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

7.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
83.0%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
40.9%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
63.8%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
32.7%

Color volume is decent. It has a bit of trouble with colors at higher luminance levels due to its limited brightness, but it can display dark saturated colors well.

9.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.060
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.075
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.047
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.070

Gradients look fantastic on the Sony A80J, with very little visible banding aside from a bit in the grays and greens. If you notice banding, enabling Smooth Gradation can help even out gradients, although you may lose some fine detail.

9.5
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.20%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There's a slight amount of temporary image retention but only immediately after displaying a high contrast image for ten minutes, and it fades quickly. Note that this test is only indicative of short-term image retention and not the permanent burn-in that may occur with longer exposure to static images. This can also vary between individual units.

2.0
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Yes

Like all OLED TVs, the Sony A80J is susceptible to permanent burn-in, which can happen with constant exposure to static elements like a channel logo or desktop interface. However, we don't expect it to be an issue for most people who watch varied content, and there are built-in features to minimize the risk, including Pixel Shift and Panel Refresh. You can read more about those here.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
2.7 ms

The Sony A80J has a nearly instantaneous response time, like other OLED TVs. Motion looks exceptionally clear, for the most part. You may still notice some blur as a result of persistence and the way our eyes track movement. We also noticed that the A80J overshoots and then dips back more quickly in darker transitions than the Sony A90J OLED; however, this shouldn't be noticeable.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Because of its OLED panel, the Sony A80J doesn't have a backlight, but it can still emulate the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of LED TVs by turning its pixels on and off. For that reason, it isn't completely flicker-free; the slight dip in brightness that you see in the chart every 8ms is due to the TV's 120Hz refresh rate, which shouldn't be noticeable.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The Sony A80J has an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature, which helps reduce motion blur by inserting black frames into content at regular intervals. It can flicker at both 60Hz for 60fps content and 120Hz for 120fps content. For a BFI frequency of 120Hz, set Motionflow to 'Custom' and set Clearness to '1' or '2'. For 60Hz, set Clearness to '3' (max). Note that our BFI score is based on the range at which it flickers and not its actual performance.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Sony A80J can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps to make motion look smoother, otherwise known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It performs fine during slower scenes, but it introduces some artifacts in busier scenes, although there isn't too much haloing. To use it, set Cinemotion to 'High' and slide Smoothness to max.

5.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
38.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
13.9 ms

Due to the TV's fast response time, low frame rate content can appear to stutter since each frame is held on longer. Motion interpolation can help if stutter bothers you.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Sony A80J can remove judder from any source. You don't need to enable any additional settings for native 24p content. For 24p content via 60p, 60i, or native apps, set Cinemotion to 'High' and Motionflow to 'Custom' but leave the sliders at 0.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Sony A80J doesn't currently support VRR, although it's supposed to receive VRR support via a future firmware update.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
16.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
143.9 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
17.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz
16.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
16.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
16.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
152.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
143.9 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
8.9 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
8.7 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Sony A80J has very little input lag, although it's not the lowest on the market. It should still be fine for most gamers, though. For low latency gaming, set the Picture Mode to 'Game'. For 4:4:4, you can use either 'Game' or 'Graphics', but we recommend 'Game' mode for the lowest latency.

9.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Sony A80J supports most resolutions, including proper 4k @ 120Hz. However, we couldn't get 1440p to work properly. First off, it can't display 1440p @ 120Hz, just like the Sony A90J OLED. Then, when forcing 1440p @ 60Hz, it downscaled from 4k with a black border that couldn't be removed or adjusted because the screen settings were grayed out. We retried it a few days later and were able to force a 1440p signal, although it only allowed for RGB output. Despite that, it still displayed proper chroma 4:4:4. For 4:4:4 subsampling to work properly, the TV must be in either 'Game' or 'Graphics' mode, with 'Enhanced Format' turned on in the HDMI Signal Format menu. 'Enhanced Format' is also required for full bandwidth signals.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Sony A80J supports most resolutions on the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, it can't do 4k @ 120Hz on the Xbox while 'Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision)' is enabled, so if you want to play in 4k @ 120Hz with HDR, you have to set it to the regular 'Enhanced Format' and won't be able to use Dolby Vision. It also doesn't have proper ALLM, but it will automatically switch into 'Game' mode with compatible Sony devices if you enable Auto Picture Mode. This feature doesn't work with the Xbox.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The Sony A80J has two HDMI 2.1 ports, but HDMI port 3 is also the ARC port, so if you have both an Xbox Series X and a PS5, you may have to give up one of the HDMI 2.1 ports for audio passthrough.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 3
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

To enable eARC, set Speakers to 'Audio System', turn on eARC Mode, and then set Digital Audio Out to 'Auto 1' and Passthrough to 'Auto'.

Sound Quality
7.5
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
59.93 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.72 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.90 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.03 dB
Max
92.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.56 dB

The Sony A80J has good built-in speakers, noticeably better than the Sony A90J OLED, especially with respect to bass, which sounds significantly punchier. Overall, the sound profile is well balanced, so dialogue should sound clear. The TV's built-in speakers can also reportedly be used as a center channel speaker in a surround sound setup, but this isn't something we test for.

6.8
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.063
Weighted THD @ Max
2.032
IMD @ 80
1.85%
IMD @ Max
12.53%

There's a lot of distortion at the TV's max volume, but it's much better at moderate volume levels. However, distortion depends on the content and not everyone can hear it.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 10
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

Like the Sony A90J OLED and other 2021 Sony TVs, the A80J runs on Google TV, which replaces Android TV. It's a little more streamlined than Android, and it runs very smoothly. We didn't experience any bugs while using it, either.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Google TV includes ads on the home page and app store. While you can opt-out of ad personalization, you can't opt-out of getting ads or suggested content.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The app store has a wide range of apps available to download.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Android TV

The Sony A80J comes with a similar remote to the Sony A90J OLED, but it doesn't have the same motion-activated backlighting and comes in a black finish. It has app shortcut keys and can be used as a universal remote, although this feature depends on the device and region. We got it to work with the PS5, but not our Blu-ray player, for instance. It works with the Android TV Remote app, and its voice command feature can be used to change inputs and volume, adjust certain settings, and search within apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button on the back left side of the TV, which can be used to change channels and inputs, adjust volume, and power the TV On/Off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Cable tie

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 99 W
Power Consumption (Max) 172 W
Firmware PKG6.3628.0454NAA

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch Sony A80J OLED (XR-55A80J), which is also available in 65 inch (XR-65A80J) and 77 inch (XR-77A80J) sizes. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for those models as well. That said, we've seen some reports that the 77 inch screen has a glossy finish, more typical of other OLEDs, instead of the semi-gloss coating seen on our 55 inch model. The A80J is sold as the A80CJ at Costco.

Size Panel Model Costco Notes
55" OLED XR-55A80J - Semi-gloss finish
65" OLED XR-65A80J XR65A80CJ Semi-gloss finish
77" OLED XR-77A80J XR77A80CJ Glossy finish

If you come across a different type of panel or your Sony A80J doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we’ll update it. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in April 2021, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony A80J is an excellent all-around TV with a lot of features and stunning picture quality thanks to its OLED panel. It performs very similarly to the Sony A90J OLED, except it lacks the XR OLED Contrast Pro heatsink that allows the A90J to hit very high peaks of brightness in HDR, and it's available in a 77 inch size as opposed to an 83 inch. Unfortunately, it hasn't received VRR support yet, unlike many other competing TVs.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best movie TVs, and the best TVs on the market

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The Sony A80J OLED and the LG C1 OLED are amazing TVs capable of turning pixels off individually to produce deep inky blacks with a near-infinite contrast ratio. You can't go wrong with either, but they do have some differences. The LG offers a bit more for gamers, with two more HDMI 2.1 ports than the Sony and VRR and ALLM support. The Sony is supposed to receive it in a future update. The Sony, however, has better out-of-the-box accuracy, although this can vary from unit to unit.

Sony A90J OLED
55" 65" 83"

The Sony A80J OLED and the Sony A90J OLED are very similar TVs overall, and both offer stunning picture quality in a premium, well-built package. That said, the A90J uses Sony's new heatsink technology, which allows it to get brighter in HDR, although the difference is relatively small. The A90J also has a better remote with motion-activated backlighting. The other big difference is that the A90J is available in 55, 65, and 83 inch sizes, while the A80J is available in 55, 65, and 77 inch sizes. If none of these are dealbreakers, the A80J is still an excellent choice that performs about the same as its more expensive sibling.

Sony A9G OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80J OLED and the Sony A9G OLED are excellent TVs capable of completely turning off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. That said, the A80J is a newer model with improved features and performance, particularly when it comes to peak brightness, as well as having a different processor. The A80J also has two HDMI 2.1 ports, less input lag, and is set to receive VRR support in a future update. Lastly, the A9G may be hard to find now.

Sony A8H OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A80J OLED replaces the Sony A8H OLED in 2021, and while the two perform similarly, the A80J has a few upgrades that give it a slight edge. The biggest is the addition of two HDMI 2.1 ports, which is great for PS5 or Xbox Series X owners. The A80J is also set to receive VRR support in a future firmware update. If you want a bigger screen, the A80J is also available in a larger 77 inch size. That said, they both offer stunning picture quality, and the A8H gets a bit brighter overall in both SDR and HDR.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED and the Sony A80J OLED are top-of-the-class OLED TVs with near-infinite contrast ratios and premium features. That said, the LG may be a better choice for gamers since it has more HDMI 2.1 ports and supports VRR to reduce screen tearing, while VRR hasn't yet been implemented on the A80J. The LG also gets a bit brighter overall.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony A80J OLED is better overall than the Sony X90J, mostly because it uses an OLED panel and can produce perfect blacks with no visible blooming. It also has a faster response time and wider viewing angles, making it a better option for video games and sports. However, if you're worried about permanent burn-in, the X90J is a great all-around TV with a fantastic contrast ratio, and it gets significantly brighter.

Samsung QN90A QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90A QLED and the Sony A80J OLED use different panel types, but both offer amazing performance. The Sony is an OLED with a near-infinite contrast ratio, while the Samsung has a VA panel, so its native contrast is more limited. The Samsung uses Mini LED backlighting, and its local dimming feature allows it to produce exceptionally deep blacks. You may, however, notice a bit of blooming, especially when viewing off-angle, whereas the Sony has no visible blooming. The biggest advantage the Samsung has over the Sony is that it gets exceptionally bright, so it's better for bright rooms and can bring out more highlights in HDR.

Sony X950H
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony A80J OLED is better overall than the Sony X950H, but they use different panel types. The X950H has a VA panel, and while its contrast ratio is excellent, it doesn't compare with the near-infinite contrast of the A80J. The A80J also has wider viewing angles and a nearly instantaneous response time for smoother motion. To top it off, it's a better option for gamers since it comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports and is set to receive VRR support in a future firmware update.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80J OLED and the LG GX OLED are excellent TVs with OLED panels that can individually turn off pixels and produce perfect blacks. They especially differ in design, as the LG has a unique 'gallery' design with an exceptionally thin profile intended to be wall-mounted. The LG gets a bit brighter in HDR and has a bit less input lag for gaming or PC use, but the Sony has better out-of-the-box accuracy.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony A80J OLED is better than the Sony X900H, mostly thanks to its OLED panel and near-infinite contrast ratio. The X900H is still a great TV, however, with a high contrast ratio and higher brightness than the A80J. It's a good option if you're worried about permanent burn-in with OLEDs. That said, the A80J has a faster response time, wider viewing angles, wider color gamut, and generally outperforms the X900H.

Hisense U8G
55" 65"

The Sony A80J OLED and the Hisense U8G use different panel technologies, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Sony uses an OLED panel, which delivers a much better dark room experience, with perfect blacks and no blooming. The Sony also has much better viewing angles. Unfortunately, though, the Sony comes with a risk of permanent burn-in when exposed to static content. On the other hand, the Hisense is much brighter, and it supports the latest gaming features, including two HDMI 2.1 ports and support for a variable refresh rate.

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