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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The videos above are provided for reference only.
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:
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:
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'.
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.
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.
Like all OLEDs, the Sony A80J can completely turn off individual pixels to achieve perfect black uniformity, with no visible blooming around bright objects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1080p content, like Blu-ray movies, looks good with no upscaling artifacts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sony A80J doesn't currently support VRR, although it's supposed to receive VRR support via a future firmware update.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The app store has a wide range of apps available to download.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.