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Sony A80K OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.10
Review updated Jul 21, 2023 at 02:00 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 27, 2023 at 11:27 am
Sony A80K OLED Picture
8.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.3
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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This TV was replaced by the Sony A80L/A80CL OLED

The Sony A80K OLED is one of two entry-level OLEDs in Sony's 2022 lineup. It sits behind the Sony A90K OLED and the QD-OLED Sony A95K OLED; in Europe, it sits ahead of the Sony A75K. It replaces the Sony A80J OLED from 2021 and is largely unchanged from its predecessor. It uses the same Cognitive Processor XR and has many of the same features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and the S-Center speaker input to use the TV's speakers as a center channel when connecting a compatible Sony soundbar. It also uses the same Google TV smart platform, and like its predecessor, it's available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch models.

Our Verdict

8.9 Mixed Usage

The Sony A80K is excellent for most uses. It performs best in dark rooms while watching movies because it displays deep blacks without any blooming in dark scenes. It's excellent for HDR because of that dark room performance and the fact that it displays a wide range of colors, but its HDR brightness isn't high enough for the best HDR experience. It's great for watching TV shows and excellent for sports in well-lit rooms thanks to its wide viewing angle and incredible reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. Lastly, it's fantastic for gaming as it has variable refresh rate (VRR) support with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a quick response time, and low input lag.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness, especially before calibration.
  • Limited HDR peak brightness.
9.3 Movies

The Sony A80K is incredible for watching movies in dark rooms. It displays deep blacks without any blooming, meaning it looks amazing in dark rooms. It also removes 24p judder from any source and doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content. Sadly though, low-frame-rate content like movies stutter because of the TV's quick response time.

Pros
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Stutter due to near-instantaneous response time.
8.4 TV Shows

The Sony A80K is great for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. It has incredible reflection handling that reduces the amount of glare from some light sources, but it doesn't get very bright, so it isn't ideal for placing it opposite a bright window. Luckily, it has a wide viewing angle so that the image remains consistent from the sides, which is great if you watch shows with the entire family. It also has no trouble upscaling content from cable boxes and has a great smart system, so watching streaming content is easy on this TV.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness, especially before calibration.
8.7 Sports

The Sony A80K is excellent for watching sports. Fast-moving balls and players look excellent thanks to the near-instantaneous response time, so there isn't any motion blur. It also has incredible reflection handling, so the TV still looks good if you have a few lights around, although it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. Lastly, it has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you want to watch the game with a few friends, as everyone sees the same image from the sides.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Fast-moving objects look smooth.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness, especially before calibration.
9.1 Video Games

The Sony A80K is fantastic for gaming. It has features most gamers would expect, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports and HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC support, but it doesn't support FreeSync, which is disappointing if you have a PC with an AMD graphics card. It has a near-instantaneous response time for smooth motion, and it has low enough input lag for a responsive feel. It's also incredible for dark room gaming as it displays deep blacks without blooming.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks.
  • Fast-moving objects look smooth.
  • VRR support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No FreeSync support.
8.7 HDR Movies

The Sony A80K is excellent for watching HDR movies. It performs very well in dark rooms as it has a near-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in perfect black levels and no blooming around bright objects. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR. Its HDR peak brightness is okay, and it's enough to make some bright highlights stand out in a dark room, but the TV is not bright enough to look vibrant and colorful if you have a few lights on.

Pros
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Stutter due to near-instantaneous response time.
  • Limited HDR peak brightness.
8.9 HDR Gaming

The Sony A80K is fantastic for HDR gaming. It has fantastic gaming performance thanks to its fast response time, low input lag, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and VRR support. HDR also looks excellent in a dark room as it displays deep and inky blacks and a wide range of colors, but it doesn't get bright enough for an HDR image that pops and looks vivid when a few lights are on.

Pros
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • VRR support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • No FreeSync support.
  • Limited HDR peak brightness.
9.3 PC Monitor

The Sony A80K is excellent for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop feel, and the wide viewing angle ensures the edges of the screen aren't washed out if you sit close to it. It has incredible reflection handling if you use it in a room with a few lights, but its peak brightness is limited. Sadly, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, and this TV shows signs of temporary image retention with exposure to static elements.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Fast-moving objects look smooth.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness, especially before calibration.
  • No FreeSync support.
  • 8.9 Mixed Usage
  • 9.3 Movies
  • 8.4 TV Shows
  • 8.7 Sports
  • 9.1 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 8.9 HDR Gaming
  • 9.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jul 27, 2023: Added mention of the newly reviewed Sony A80L OLED in this review's Compared To Other TVs section.
  2. Updated Jul 21, 2023: Refreshed the text for accuracy and consistency.
  3. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Unfortunately, our TV failed completely during the longevity test. We've updated the Accelerated Longevity Test section with details of the failure.
  4. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated May 02, 2023: Unfortunately, our Sony A80K OLED has developed a column of dead green subpixels. We've taken pictures before and after running a pixel refresher, which we've added to the Accelerated Longevity Test results.
  6. Updated Apr 21, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  7. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  8. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  9. Updated Dec 16, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  10. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  11. Updated Oct 17, 2022: Clarified how the performance between this TV and the Sony A80J OLED is different in terms of sound performance in Frequency Response.
  12. Updated Oct 07, 2022: Retested the SDR Peak Brightness after letting the TV cool down a bit, resulting in a slightly higher Real Scene result.
  13. Updated Oct 03, 2022: Updated the text in Frequency Response to clarify how it performs versus the Sony A80J OLED.
  14. Updated Sep 12, 2022: Added that the input lag is higher than other OLEDs like the LG A2.
  15. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Added a comparison in the text that the Sony A95K OLED is brighter than this TV.
  16. Updated Aug 17, 2022: Changed the Screen Finish result to semi-gloss to match results from Sony A80J.
  17. Updated Aug 10, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  18. Updated Jul 26, 2022: Added that the Sony A80CK version sold at Costco comes with a backlit remote.
  19. Updated Jul 25, 2022: Review published.
  20. Updated Jul 20, 2022: Early access published.
  21. Updated Jul 07, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  22. Updated Jun 21, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  23. Updated Jun 07, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch Sony A80K, and the results are also valid for the 55 and 75-inch models. It's also known as the A80CK at Costco, and it's the same TV, but the only difference is that it comes with a backlit remote, a three-year warranty, and a two-year subscription to the Bravia Core Streaming Service. In Europe, there's both the Sony A80K and the Sony A84K, and while both TVs perform like the North American A80K, the European A84K is the closest equivalent because it has a built-in mic like the North American version.

Size Model Costco
55" Sony XR55A80K Sony XR55A80CK
65" Sony XR65A80K Sony XR65A80CK
77" Sony XR77A80K Sony XR77A80CK

Our unit was manufactured in May 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony A80K is an excellent TV with deep blacks, perfect black uniformity, and great gaming features. It's very similar to the Sony A80J OLED overall, so it's not worth an upgrade if you already own that panel. It's also nearly identical to its successor, the Sony A80L/A80CL OLED, so don't worry about upgrading if you own the A80K. It doesn't match up to the brighter OLEDs that came out in 2022, and if you want the best OLED for picture quality, you can find other options, like the LG C2 OLED or Samsung S95B OLED.

See our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best TVs for movies, and the best 4k HDR TVs.

Sony A80L/A80CL OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The Sony A80L OLED and Sony A80K OLED are basically identical; they look identical, and while the A80L is slightly brighter, you'd be hard-pressed to notice even if both TVs were side by side. The A80L is available in a bigger 83-inch size, but aside from that, get the one you can find for cheaper, as they're effectively the same TV.

LG C2 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C2 OLED is better overall than the Sony A80K OLED. The main difference is that the LG has a brighter panel, so highlights pop more in HDR. The LG also has better gaming performance with lower input lag and FreeSync support, which is great if you're a PC gamer.

Sony A95K OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A95K OLED is a much better TV than the Sony A80K OLED. The A95K uses QD-OLED technology, which is a type of OLED that allows it to display more colors and get brighter than WOLED-equipped TVs like the A80K, so it's much better for watching HDR content. However, the A80K performs better in well-lit rooms because the black levels go up on the A95K when there's any ambient light, so you don't get the same perfect black levels that OLEDs are known for.

Sony A80J OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80K OLED and the Sony A80J OLED are extremely similar TVs with the same features. They're so similar that deciding between these two TVs comes down to which you can find for cheaper.

Sony A90J OLED
55" 65" 83"

The Sony A90J OLED is a higher-end TV than the Sony A80K OLED, so it performs a bit better overall. The A90J gets slightly brighter in HDR, delivering a more impactful HDR experience. That's the main difference between the TVs, so if you're after the best picture quality, stick with the Sony A90J OLED.

Sony X90K
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony A80K OLED and the Sony X90K are different types of TVs, each with strengths and weaknesses. The A80K is better for dark-room viewing as it delivers deeper blacks, and it's also the better choice for wide seating arrangements because it offers a wider viewing angle. If you prefer something for bright-room viewing, the X90K gets much brighter to counteract glare.

Samsung S95B OLED
55" 65"

The Samsung S95B OLED is much better than the Sony A80K OLED. The Samsung has a QD-OLED panel, allowing it to get brighter and display a wider range of colors than the Sony. The Samsung TV also has better gaming performance with its lower input lag. However, if you use your TV in a bright room, the Sony performs better because blacks still look black in a bright room, whereas ambient lighting causes the black levels to raise on the Samsung.

LG G2 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83" 97"

The LG G2 OLED is better overall than the Sony A80K OLED. While they both deliver the same fantastic dark room performance, the LG gets much brighter, allowing highlights to pop more in HDR. If you're a gamer, you'll also be happy to know the LG has lower input lag for a more responsive feel.

Sony X95K
65" 75" 85"

The Sony A80K OLED and the Sony X95K are different types of TVs due to their different panel types. If you often watch content in a dark room, the A80K is the better choice as its OLED panel delivers deeper blacks. However, if you want to use it in a well-lit room, the LED panel of the X95K gets much brighter, so it fights glare better.

LG B2 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG B2 OLED and the Sony A80K OLED are both excellent TVs, with a few minor differences. While they each have OLED panels with the same near-infinite contrast, the LG is the better choice for well-lit rooms as it gets brighter in SDR. The LG is also better for gaming thanks to its lower input lag and FreeSync VRR support. However, the Sony TV has a few advantages with image processing as the motion interpolation feature looks better, which is great for watching movies.

Sony A90K OLED
42" 48"

Although the Sony A90K OLED is positioned as a higher-end model than the Sony A80K OLED, they offer nearly identical performance, but they're available in different sizes. The A80K is available in a 55", 65", and 77" size, while the A90K is only available in 42" and 48" sizes.

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

The LG C1 OLED and the Sony A80K OLED are very similar TVs. They each have similar peak brightness and overall picture quality. The main advantage the LG has is that it has lower input lag for gaming, and if you're a PC gamer, it has FreeSync VRR support.

LG A2 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80K OLED and the LG A2 OLED are both excellent TVs, but the Sony model has the advantage in a few areas. Although their SDR peak brightness is similar, the Sony gets much brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more. It also has better image processing features like improved tone mapping and gradient handling. Lastly, if you're a gamer, the Sony TV can take full advantage of gaming consoles thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.

LG G1 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G1 OLED and the Sony A80K OLED are similar OLED TVs, but the LG is just a bit better overall. The main difference is that the LG gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more. If you're a gamer, the LG is also the better choice as it has lower input lag and supports FreeSync VRR, which the Sony TV doesn't.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV looks very similar to the Sony A80J OLED. It has a premium design with metal feet and an all-black plastic body. It also has thin bezels that aren't distracting while watching TV.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

Unfortunately, our Sony A80K has developed a column of dead green subpixels. It's mainly noticeable in cyan, green, and yellow uniformity slides, all of which use the green subpixel. Even after running a pixel refresh cycle, the line remains. You can see pictures before and after running the pixel refresher below.

ColorBefore Pixel RefreshAfter Pixel Refresh
50% Gray
Red
Green
Blue
Cyan
Magenta
Yellow

Unfortunately, about two weeks after the green line appeared, the A80K failed completely. It's now stuck in a boot loop, and Google TV fails to load. Since it's no longer possible to display an external source on the TV, we can't continue testing it, and we've removed it from the longevity test.

Design
Stand

The TV has metal feet that support the screen very well, with minimal wobble. Like some other Sony TVs, it has three different stand positions: a narrow position perfect for small tables, a wide position with minimal space between the table and screen for a clean look, and a high position that is high enough to fit a soundbar in front without blocking the screen. You can see the dimensions of the 65-inch TV below (W x D x H to the bottom of the screen):

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is entirely plastic, and there's a cover for cable management, but otherwise, it doesn't have clips to route your cables to the inputs. As the inputs are side-facing, they're hard to reach with the TV wall-mounted and nearly impossible to get to if you mount it with the cover on.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.31" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.09" (5.3 cm)
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The TV has fantastic build quality. The stand supports the TV very well, and there aren't any quality control issues as the panel is attached to the back properly, and the cable management cover also stays in place well. There's a bit of flex on the back panel, but it isn't a major concern.

Unfortunately, our unit sustained some damage during shipping with a scratch on the back and a bent bottom bezel. However, we don't suspect it's a common problem, and it doesn't affect the TV's performance. Because of this, the damage doesn't impact the build quality score.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
Inf : 1
Native Contrast
Inf : 1

The TV has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black levels in dark rooms. It means it's a fantastic choice for watching content in dark environments.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Due to OLED technology's self-emissive pixels, each pixel can be completely turned off next to pixels that are lit up to their maximum brightness. This leads to perfect blacks around bright highlights, as there's no blooming whatsoever.

6.5
Picture Quality
Black Crush

This TV's black crush performance is okay. While blacks look great and inky, shadow detail is lost.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
8,294,400

This TV doesn't have a backlight, but its self-emissive pixels give it the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature with no zone transitions. We still film the zone transition video on the TV so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

9.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

The TV's contrast and dark details in Game Mode is fantastic, and is just as good as it is in other picture modes.

6.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
456 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
454 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
451 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
288 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
155 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
430 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
435 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
436 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
286 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
152 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.069

The TV's SDR peak brightness is just okay, as it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It also has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) that makes large bright areas dimmer, which isn't ideal if you use it as a PC monitor or watch sports like hockey.

We tested it again in an air-conditioned room at about 73 F (23 C). It didn't change the brightness results in the individual windows compared to our original testing. However, we measured the Real Scene brightness after letting the TV cool down enough following the peak brightness, and this resulted in an increased brightness of nearly 20 nits, which isn't a significant difference, but cooling the display down a bit lets it get brighter.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90 (default)
  • Color Temperature: Expert 1
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Gamma: 0

Disabling Peak Luminance results in a much dimmer overall image but with no brightness variation between different scenes, as you can see below:

  • Peak 2% Window: 116 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 128 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 126 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 126 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 119 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 114 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 125 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 122 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 122 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 118 cd/m²

If you want the brightest image possible and you don't care about accuracy, then use the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with the Brightness and Contrast at their max, Live Color, Advanced Contrast Enhancer, and Peak Luminance on 'High', and the Color Temperature on 'Cool'. It results in a peak brightness of 766 cd/m² in the 2% window.

7.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
660 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
402 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
228 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
708 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
638 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
493 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
288 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
137 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
688 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
630 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
488 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
286 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
134 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.099

The TV has decent HDR peak brightness. Due to the TV being an OLED, highlights still stand out in dark rooms when they are next to the TV's perfect blacks. However, the TV isn't bright enough for a truly satisfying HDR experience if watching in a moderately lit room. Its Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) is aggressive and significantly dims the TV's peak brightness when large bright highlights are present. If you care about HDR peak brightness on an OLED, then look into the Sony A95K OLED.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90 (default)
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred

If you find the image too dim, set the Contrast to its max, Advanced Contrast Enhancer and Peak Luminance to 'High', and HDR Tone Mapping to 'Brightness Preferred'. This results in a brighter image, but it doesn't change the peak luminance.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
421 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
399 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
190 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
705 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
607 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
440 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
159 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
687 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
600 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
437 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
158 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.089

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is nearly the same as in other picture modes, and the difference isn't noticeable.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90 (default)
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred

9.4
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0031
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0040
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0044

The TV's PQ EOTF tracking is superb; it follows the target PQ curve almost perfectly until there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details in bright scenes.

The EOTF changes according to the settings you use for HDR Tone Mapping, and you can see the differences below:

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
6.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The TV's HDR gradient handling is very good. However, there's noticeable banding in dark grays, bright greens, and blues. Setting Smooth Gradation to 'Medium' or 'High' smooths out gradients with real content but also causes a loss of fine details with high-quality content.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
99.05%
DCI P3 uv
99.72%
Rec 2020 xy
72.69%
Rec 2020 uv
76.85%

The TV has an excellent color gamut. It displays a wide range of colors in the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, and it has decent Rec. 2020 coverage, so it's future-proof as more content will start coming out with that color space. The tone mapping with the tested 75% stimulus is good, but some brighter colors are a bit off in Rec. 2020.

These results are with the same settings used for the HDR Brightness tests, including with HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Gradation Preferred'. However, the gamut coverage changes depending on which HDR Tone Mapping setting you use, as you can see below:

Brightness PreferredDCI-P3Rec. 2020
Gradation Preferred
(Judd White Point)
DCI-P3Rec. 2020
OffDCI-P3Rec. 2020

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
73.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
32.1%
White Luminance
493 cd/m²
Red Luminance
65 cd/m²
Green Luminance
216 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
23 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
229 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
78 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
254 cd/m²

The TV has a decent color volume. It displays dark colors well because of its near-infinite contrast ratio, but it isn't as good as the Samsung S95B OLED at displaying bright colors because it doesn't get nearly as bright.

8.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.52
Color dE
1.71
Gamma
2.16
Color Temperature
6,910 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The TV has great pre-calibration accuracy in SDR. Most colors are accurate, and even if the white balance is a bit off, it's still great. The color temperature is slightly on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint, but it's still close to the 6500K target. Gamma follows the 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms fairly well, except some brighter scenes are too bright.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.21
Color dE
0.91
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,502 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The TV has incredible accuracy after calibration to the D65 white point. It's easy to calibrate the white balance, but calibrating any colors worsens the image. The color temperature and gamma are both spot-on with their targets, too.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.094%
50% DSE
0.134%
5% Std. Dev.
0.563%
5% DSE
0.104%

The TV's gray uniformity is excellent. The screen is uniform throughout, and there isn't much dirty screen effect that could distract during sports. Like any OLED, there are thin vertical lines in near-black scenes, but they're hard to spot unless you sit close.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.246%

Like any OLED TV, it has perfect black uniformity, as there isn't any blooming around bright objects.

9.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
63°
Color Shift
26°
Brightness Loss
66°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
67°

The TV has a fantastic viewing angle. The image remains consistent when viewed from the sides. Even if colors start to shift at a moderate viewing angle, it's still a great choice for wide seating areas.

9.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
1.8%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.4%

The TV has incredible reflection handling. Reflections from bright light sources aren't too distracting, and even if there's a bit of a purple tint, it isn't distracting or too noticeable like on the Samsung S95B OLED.

8.7
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
9.0
Detail Preservation
8.0

The TV has excellent low-quality content smoothing. There's no noticeable macro-blocking in dark scenes, and fine details are preserved very well.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RWBG
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED

The Sony Bravia A80K uses an RWBG panel, known as WOLED, with four subpixels. Because all four pixels are never all on at the same time, you can see different pixel configurations here and here. You can also see the spectral power distribution of the panel.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The TV upscales lower-resolution content from DVDs without issue.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from HD cable channels, looks great.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The Sony Bravia A80K displays 1080p content almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

There aren't any issues with native 4k content on this TV.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The TV is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

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

The TV has a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a bit of overshoot in dark transitions, but it isn't visible. However, due to the sample-and-hold nature of OLEDs, there's still some persistence blur.

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

The TV isn't technically flicker-free because there's a slight dip in brightness every 8 ms, which corresponds to the refresh rate of the TV. However, it isn't noticeable and isn't the same as pulse width modulation (PWM) on LED-backlit TVs because it isn't a full-screen on-and-off cycle.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The TV has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. It only works with 60 fps content, which is disappointing if you want to use it with 120 fps games.

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

The TV has a motion interpolation feature to bring 30 and 60 fps content up to 120 fps. Strangely, it looks bad with the test pattern at 30 fps, as seen in the image above, but it doesn't look like that with real content. With regular content, it looks great, especially in slow scenes, and even if there are a few more artifacts with fast-moving scenes, it isn't as bad as on some other TVs.

5.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
38.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
13.6 ms

Due to the near-instantaneous response time, there's stutter with lower-frame-rate content as each frame is held on longer. Enabling motion interpolation can help reduce this, but that comes with its own caveats, such as the soap opera effect or motion artifacting, so it isn't a perfect solution.

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 TV removes 24p judder from any source, including 60p/i sources that don't have a Match Frame Rate feature, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies. However, if you enable the BFI feature, it can't remove judder from 60p/i sources.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
Unknown
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

The TV supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC compatibility work over the entire refresh rate range, and it supports Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) with compatible sources to enable nearly-tear free gaming with very low frame rates. Sadly, the lack of FreeSync support is disappointing if you have a PC with an AMD graphics card.

VRR works with 1440p @ 60Hz signals, but the TV is upscaling 1440p to 4k, so it isn't a real 1440p signal, which is why we left the 1440p VRR range as Unknown.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
17.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
169.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
9.3 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
17.8 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
17.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
17.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
17.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
152.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
144.1 ms
4k @ 120Hz
9.6 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has low input lag as long as you're in Game Mode. Although it's a bit higher than most other OLEDs, like the LG A2 OLED, it's still good enough for a responsive gaming feel. The input lag is very high outside of Game Mode, so if you feel the delay while navigating through menus or using the on-screen keyboard, switch to Game Mode for a more responsive feel.

9.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The TV supports most common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz with HDMI ports 3 and 4, and there aren't any resolution-halving issues with 4k @ 120Hz signals, which is great. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with all of its supported resolutions, which is important for clear text while using it with a PC, except you need to send an RGB signal for it to work with 1440p @ 60Hz. Sadly, it doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz at all.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Sony A80CK works well with the PS5 as long as it's connected to ports 3 or 4, which are the TV's two full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. It has a few PS5-oriented features like Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), with the latter working automatically on the PS5 without needing to enable it first.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Sony A80CK works well with the Xbox Series X|S as long as you have it connected to ports 3 or 4, which are the TV's two full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. It has Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support, although you need to set it to 'On' before it can work with the Xbox, and then it only switches into Game Mode when a game is launched. The TV only supports Dolby Vision up to 4k @ 60Hz from the Xbox, as this TV doesn't support Dolby Vision with 4k @ 120Hz signals.

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)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The TV supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on HDMI ports 3 and 4, while HDMI ports 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. As HDMI 3 is an HDMI 2.1 and eARC port, you lose an HDMI 2.1 slot if you connect a receiver, so you can't use HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on multiple devices simultaneously unless the receiver also supports it. The tuner supports ATSC 3.0, allowing you to stream over-the-air 4k channels.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
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

The Sony A80CK has one less USB port than the Sony A80J OLED and doesn't have an analog audio output, so you can't connect speakers that require this connection or headphones.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
Yes

The TV supports eARC, allowing you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI cable. You can also connect a compatible Sony soundbar to the S-Center speaker input and use the TV's speakers as a center channel.

Sound Quality
7.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
80.00 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.90 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.33 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.99 dB
Max
95.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.93 dB

The TV has decent frequency response. It sounds best for dialogue in the mid-range, but it struggles to output much bass. These tests were done with the TV in the wide stand position using the digital room correction feature.

7.1
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.226
Weighted THD @ Max
0.878
IMD @ 80
1.70%
IMD @ Max
4.75%

The Sony A80K has decent distortion handling. It's good at moderate listening levels but gets more noticeable at its max volume.

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

The Sony A80K has the same Google TV smart platform as other Sony TVs. It's user-friendly with smooth menu navigation.

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

Unfortunately, like most TVs, there are ads throughout the interface. You can opt out of personalized ads; however, you'll get non-targeted ads.

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 Google Play Store has tons of apps available to download, and they run very smoothly. It has Google Chromecast built-in, meaning you can cast content from your phone. You can also connect the Bravia webcam for video calls.

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

The Sony A80CK has an updated remote compared to the Sony A80J OLED. It's smaller as there's no numpad, and instead, the '123' button brings up a virtual numpad on the screen. There's a mic in the remote and built into the TV that you can use for voice control with Google Assistant, and you can ask it to change inputs, search for content, open apps, and adjust certain settings like brightness. Note that the Sony A80CK version sold at Costco comes with a premium remote with backlighting.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV to turn it On/Off, change channels, adjust the volume, or switch inputs. It also has a switch to turn the built-in mic on or off if you're concerned about privacy.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • 4x VESA adapters
  • Power cable
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 88 W
Power Consumption (Max) 196 W
Firmware PKG6.5929.0696NAA