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Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Jun 20, 2024 at 09:56 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 02, 2024 at 03:37 pm
Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED Picture
8.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG G3 OLED
8.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG G3 OLED
8.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG G3 OLED
9.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG C2 OLED
8.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG C3 OLED
9.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED is Sony's OLED option in their 2024 BRAVIA lineup and is the successor to the Sony A80L/A80CL OLED. It sits above the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED and below the Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED. Unlike the Sony A95L OLED that's been carried over from last year, the BRAVIA 8 uses a traditional WOLED panel instead of a QD-OLED panel. The TV uses the popular Google TV interface that's packed with apps and has other smart features like voice control and the ability to cast content from your phone. It's also loaded with modern features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 120Hz, VRR support, and Dolby Vision HDR. The TV has a built-in 50W 2.1 channel speaker system, and you can also use the TV as a center channel with compatible Sony soundbars and receivers. We bought and tested the 65-inch model, and it's available in three sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch.

Our Verdict

8.9 Mixed Usage

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is amazing for mixed usage. The TV is suitable for use in a bright room due to its very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling. However, it also looks remarkable in a dark room thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, with highlights that stand out in HDR content due to its good HDR brightness. It also has a wide viewing angle that makes it a fantastic choice for watching TV with a group. The TV's nearly instantaneous response time means fast motion has no noticeable blur behind it, and its advanced gaming features make it an outstanding option if you're looking for a TV to pair with modern consoles.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Good HDR peak brightness that makes highlights stand out.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Only decent pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
8.6 TV Shows

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is excellent for watching TV shows. The built-in Google TV interface is loaded with streaming apps, making it easy to find your favorite shows. If you watch shows from low-quality and/or low-resolution streams or on DVD, this TV does an impressive job of upscaling and an excellent job at smoothing out low-quality content. It's a great option for watching shows with a group due to its wide viewing angle, and its very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling means it overcomes glare in a room with the lights on.

Pros
  • Very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Impressive image processing with low-quality and low-resolution content.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Only decent pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
8.8 Sports

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is amazing for watching sports. It overcomes glare thanks to its outstanding reflection handling and very good SDR brightness, so it's well-suited for a room with the lights on. It's also a great option for watching the game with your friends due to its wide viewing angle, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides of the screen. The TV's nearly instantaneous response time delivers fast-moving players and objects with no noticeable blur behind them, and its excellent gray uniformity means you aren't distracted by the dirty screen effect when watching sports with large areas of uniform color, like hockey.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity with no noticeable dirty screen effect.
  • Very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Impressive image processing with low-quality and low-resolution content.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Only decent pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
9.3 Video Games

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is outstanding for playing video games. The TV has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its ports and supports up to 4k @ 120Hz with VRR, so it's a fantastic choice to pair with modern consoles. It has very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling, so you can game in a room with the lights on without being distracted by reflections on the screen. There's no noticeable blur behind fast motion due to the TV's nearly instantaneous response time, and the TV's incredibly low input lag delivers a responsive gaming experience with no noticeable delay between your controller inputs and the action on screen. You also don't have to trade in picture quality for performance since enabling Game Mode doesn't impact the image.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
Cons
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is limited to two ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
8.8 HDR Movies

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is excellent for watching movies in a dark room. The TV has remarkable contrast and incredible black uniformity, so it delivers deep, inky blacks in a dark room with no blooming when bright highlights are also on screen. Highlights stand out well in HDR content thanks to the TV's good HDR brightness, and colors are vibrant and lifelike due to its wide color gamut. It removes 24p judder from any source, so movies are judder-free no matter how you watch them. If you watch films with a low bit rate from lower-quality streams or on DVD, the TV does an excellent job at smoothing out artifacts. Unfortunately, the TV's pre-calibration SDR accuracy is only decent, so you'll need to get it calibrated if you care about an accurate image in SDR.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Colors are vibrant and lifelike due to the TV's wide color gamut.
  • Good HDR peak brightness that makes highlights stand out.
  • Dolby Vision & DTS audio support.
  • Impressive image processing with low-quality and low-resolution content.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can be distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Only decent pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
9.1 HDR Gaming

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is fantastic for playing video games in HDR. It displays fast motion with no noticeable blur due to its nearly instantaneous response time, and its incredibly low input lag delivers a responsive gaming experience with no noticeable delay between your controller inputs and the action on screen. Using Game Mode doesn't negatively affect image quality, so you don't have to compromise it if you want the best possible performance. The TV looks remarkable in a dark room with deep and inky blacks thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, and highlights stand out in HDR games due to its good HDR brightness. It's a fantastic option to pair with modern consoles due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 120Hz, and VRR support.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Colors are vibrant and lifelike due to the TV's wide color gamut.
  • Good HDR peak brightness that makes highlights stand out.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can be distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is limited to two ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
9.2 PC Monitor

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is fantastic for use as a PC monitor. The TV has very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling, so it overcomes glare in a bright room. You aren't distracted by the dirty screen effect when looking at large areas of uniform color due to its excellent uniformity, and its wide viewing angle means you can sit close to the screen, and the edges remain consistent with the center. It provides a responsive experience thanks to its incredibly low input lag, and its nearly instantaneous response time means there's no noticeable blur behind quick cursor movements or when quickly scrolling through pages. The TV properly displays chroma 4:4:4 from a PC, which is essential for clear text. Unfortunately, due to its WRGB subpixel layout, there are still minor clarity issues with text, although most people won't be bothered by it.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Excellent gray uniformity with no noticeable dirty screen effect.
  • Very good SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Text visibility issues due to the TV's WRGB subpixel layout.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is limited to two ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
  • 8.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.6 TV Shows
  • 8.8 Sports
  • 9.3 Video Games
  • 8.8 HDR Movies
  • 9.1 HDR Gaming
  • 9.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jul 02, 2024: We added the 77-inch Costco variant to the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section.
  2. Updated Jun 20, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Jun 14, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Jun 05, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated May 31, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated May 22, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED; the results are also valid for the 55-inch and 77-inch models. Costco sells variants of the TV with different model codes. These variants perform the same, but they come with an extended warranty, an extended trial for the Sony Pictures Core streaming service, and a backlit remote.

Size Model  Costco Variant
55" Sony K-55XR80 Sony K55XR80CB
65" Sony K-65XR80 Sony K65XR80CB
77" Sony K-77XR80 Sony K77XR80CB

Our unit was manufactured in May 2024; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony BRAVIA 8 is an amazing TV overall, but it doesn't really stand out in the crowd of OLED TVs. Unlike the top-tier Sony A95L OLED, which uses a QD-OLED panel, the BRAVIA 8 uses a traditional WOLED panel and doesn't use MLA for increased brightness like the LG G4 OLED. It's most comparable to the LG C4 OLED, but it's not as bright in HDR and doesn't support 4k @ 144Hz, and it has surprisingly worse accuracy in SDR and HDR. It's also a bit more expensive than the C4, and since the C4's image processing is pretty much on par with BRAVIA 8's, it's the better choice for almost everyone.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best gaming TVs, and the best TVs for watching movies.

LG C4 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED and the LG C4 OLED are very similar TVs, but the LG is better overall. The LG gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop out more in HDR content. The LG also has better SDR pre-calibration accuracy and PQ EOTF tracking, so it's more accurate in both SDR and HDR. Finally, the LG supports up to 4k @ 144Hz, whereas the Sony only supports up to 4k @ 120Hz, so it's a bit better for PC gamers with high-end graphics cards.

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

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED is essentially a brighter version of the Sony A80L/A80CL OLED. Both TVs are very similar, but the BRAVIA 8 gets noticeably brighter in SDR, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room. The BRAVIA 8 is also noticeably brighter in HDR when using 'Game Mode,' so you don't have to trade in brightness for the best possible performance. On top of that, the BRAVIA 8 has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience. On the other hand, the A80L has better SDR pre-calibration accuracy, and it tracks the PQ EOTF curve closer, so it's the more accurate TV overall.

Sony A95L OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A95L OLED is better than the Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED. The A95L uses a QD-OLED panel, displaying more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter colors in HDR with less banding. It's also brighter in HDR and has better PQ EOTF tracking, so highlights pop out more on it, and it displays an image that is closer to the content creator's intent. The A95L is brighter in SDR, too, so it overcomes a bit more glare in a bright room. The A95L also has much better SDR pre-calibration accuracy; it's so impressive that even the most astute observers won't feel the need to get it calibrated.

Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED
65" 75" 85"

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED and the Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED are better than each other in different ways. As impressive as the contrast and local dimming control on the BRAVIA 9 is, the BRAVIA 8 is an OLED, so it provides even deeper blacks with no blooming at all. The other main advantages of the BRAVIA 8's OLED panel are its nearly instantaneous response time and much wider viewing angle. However, the BRAVIA 9 has a big advantage when it comes to brightness: It is much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare in the brightest of rooms, and it's also much brighter in HDR, so it can take better advantage of HDR content that gets incredibly bright. On top of that, the BRAVIA 9 is more accurate in SDR and HDR.

LG G4 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83" 97"

The LG G4 OLED is better than the Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED. If you're a PC gamer, the LG is better due to its support for up to 4k @ 144Hz. The LG is the brighter TV overall, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room when watching SDR content, and highlights pop out a lot more in HDR content. The LG is also more accurate in both SDR and HDR due to its better PQ EOTF tracking and SDR pre-calibration accuracy. Finally, as good as the viewing angle is on the Sony, the LG's is wider, so the image holds up even better when viewed from the sides of the screen.

Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED is better than the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED in most ways. The BRAVIA 8 has a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, so it displays deeper blacks with no blooming. The BRAVIA 8 also has a wider viewing angle, making it more suitable for a wide seating arrangement. Fast motion has less blur behind it on the BRAVIA 8 due to the TV's faster response time. However, the BRAVIA 7 has better SDR pre-calibration accuracy, and it's the brighter TV overall.

Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED (QD-OLED)
42" (WOLED) 48" (WOLED) 55" (QD-OLED) 65" (QD-OLED) 77" (QD-OLED) 83" (WOLED)

The Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED (QD-OLED) is better than the Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED. The Samsung gets a lot brighter in HDR, so highlights pop out more in HDR content. The Samsung also displays more lifelike, more vibrant, and brighter colors than the Sony with less banding. On top of that, the Samsung is more accurate in both SDR and HDR, has an even wider viewing angle, and supports 4k @ 144Hz for PC gamers with high-end graphics cards. However, the Sony is a bit better when it comes to upscaling low-resolution content and smoothing out low-quality content.

Samsung S85D OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED is a bit better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The Sony gets a bit brighter overall, so highlights stand out more in HDR content, and it overcomes a bit more glare in a well-lit room while watching SDR content. Unlike the Samsung, the Sony’s HDR brightness isn’t any dimmer while using 'Game Mode,' so you don’t have to trade in brightness for performance while gaming. The Sony also has better image processing, so it does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, and a slightly better job upscaling low-resolution content. Finally, the Sony supports the popular Dolby Vision HDR format used by many streaming services and 4k Blu-rays, and it supports DTS audio formats.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has a premium design that looks fantastic in any room. Its thin bezels give the TV a sleek look when viewed from the front.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The TV uses two metal feet that you can adjust to four different positions in total. You can have the feet close together in a narrow position or further apart from each other in a wider position. On top of that, you can set the feet to a low or high position, depending on your needs. The low position lifts the TV about 1.73 inches, so it sits very close to your table. The high position (pictured above) lifts the TV about 3.86 inches, so almost any soundbar fits underneath without blocking the screen.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the narrow position: 22.95" x 9.84".

Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the wide position: 48.98" x 9.84".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is made entirely of plastic and has the familiar checkerboard pattern similar to many other recent Sony TVs. The inputs are on the far left side of the TV when facing the front, but they're in a recessed cutout, so they're a bit hard to reach if you have the TV mounted flush to the wall. There's a plastic cover that can be used to hide the inputs section, but there are no clips for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.24" (0.6 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.46" (3.7 cm)
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has outstanding build quality. Its metal frame is solid, the TV has some weight to it that makes it feel sturdy, and it barely wobbles in both the low and high stand positions. There are no issues with build quality, and the TV feels premium.

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

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has remarkable contrast and a nearly infinite contrast ratio. Due to OLED's self-lit pixels, the TV displays bright highlights next to perfect inky blacks, making it very impressive in a dark room.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Since OLEDs don't use local dimming and instead have individual pixels that can be lit up to their maximum brightness next to pixels that are turned off, there's no blooming when bright elements are surrounded by deep blacks.

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

The TV is an OLED and has no backlight, so its self-lit pixels give it the same performance as a TV with perfect local dimming and no zone transitions. We still film the zone transition video on the TV, so you can see how it compares to a TV with local dimming.

9.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

There's no difference in dark scene behavior between the calibrated picture modes and when the TV is set in Game Mode.

7.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
715 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
396 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
190 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
923 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
790 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
574 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
156 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
906 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
777 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
570 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
155 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.104

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has good HDR brightness that makes highlights stand out during darker scenes. Combined with its remarkable contrast, this TV provides an impactful HDR viewing experience. Unfortunately, large bright scenes are significantly dimmer than smaller, specular highlights due to its aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL).

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Professional
  • Brightness (HDR): Maximum
  • Contrast (HDR): 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred

Results with 'HDR Tone Mapping' set to Brightness Preferred:

  • Hallway Lights: 657 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 560 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 271 cd/m²

7.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
539 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
638 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
199 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
918 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
794 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
496 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
296 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
178 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
894 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
780 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
490 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
178 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.097

Most scenes are slightly brighter in Game Mode, but the difference is small, and it's a bit less accurate. Highlights pop out during darker moments in games, and combined with its remarkable contrast, this TV provides an impactful HDR gaming experience.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness (HDR): Maximum
  • Contrast (HDR): 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Off

Results with 'HDR Tone Mapping' set to Brightness Preferred:

  • Hallway Lights: 537 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 375 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 189 cd/m²

8.7
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0095
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0084
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0083

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has excellent PQ EOTF tracking, but a large portion of shadows and mid-tones are displayed a bit dimmer than intended, and some mid-tones and highlights are displayed a bit brighter than intended. There's a gradual roll-off near the TV's peak brightness to maintain details in highlights that are brighter than what the TV is capable of.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
440 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
459 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
453 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
451 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
402 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
176 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
452 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
449 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
448 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
394 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
174 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.061

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has very good SDR brightness and overcomes glare in bright rooms. Its Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) is aggressive when bright highlights take up most of the screen or if the entire image is bright, like when watching hockey. Outside of that, there isn't much variation in the TV's SDR peak brightness.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Professional
  • Brightness (SDR): Maximum
  • Contrast (SDR): 90
  • Gamma (SDR): 0
  • Color Temperature: Expert 1
  • Peak Luminance: High

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
98.03%
DCI P3 uv
99.43%
Rec 2020 xy
71.83%
Rec 2020 uv
76.56%

The TV has an excellent color gamut. It covers nearly the entire range of colors in the DCI-P3 color space, and colors are extremely accurate. Its coverage of the Rec.2020 color space used mostly in some nature documentaries and animated films is good, but all colors are undersaturated and inaccurate, with greens and cyans faring the worst.

8.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
78.1%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
35.3%
White Luminance
951 cd/m²
Red Luminance
69 cd/m²
Green Luminance
223 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
22 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
237 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
82 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
269 cd/m²

The TV has very good color volume. It displays dark, saturated colors very well, and its ability to display bright whites is outstanding. It doesn't display other colors as brightly as it does whites, but it's still enough to display bright and vibrant colors.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.33
Color dE
2.13
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,996 K
Picture Mode
Professional
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has just decent pre-calibration accuracy. Its white balance is disappointing, with blues very overrepresented in mid-grays and brighter grays. The color temperature is noticeably cooler than our target of 6500K. The color accuracy is great, but there are still some inaccuracies with most colors. Gamma is close to our target of 2.2, but some scenes are slightly too dark, while others are slightly too bright.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.20
Color dE
0.96
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,501 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The TV has fantastic accuracy after calibration. The white balance and color temperature are essentially perfect. Gamma is now closer to our target of 2.2, with only some bright scenes being slightly too bright. Color accuracy is even better than before, but there are still some minor inaccuracies with yellows, reds, light blues, and whites.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
0.859%
50% DSE
0.123%
5% Std. Dev.
0.575%
5% DSE
0.092%

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has excellent gray uniformity. If you look closely, there are some very faint vertical lines on the panel, but these aren't noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.160%

Because OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, the TV has incredible black uniformity with no blooming or halo effect around bright objects.

9.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
53°
Color Shift
26°
Brightness Loss
70°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The TV has an incredibly wide viewing angle that remains mostly consistent from almost any angle, but there is some color washout at more aggressive angles. Still, it's an excellent choice for watching TV in a group setting.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.2%

The TV has outstanding reflection handling. Its glossy screen finish significantly reduces the intensity of indirect reflections, like when you have glare from a ceiling light that isn't directly facing the screen. It does a fantastic job of reducing the intensity of direct reflections, like a lamp positioned in front of the screen.

8.0
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
8.0

The TV has very good HDR native gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in dark grays and bright greens, but all other colors have minimal banding or no banding at all.

8.4
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.5
Detail Preservation
8.0

The TV has impressive low-quality content smoothing. It does an excellent job at smoothing out artifacts in low bit rate content while still preserving details.

8.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV does an excellent job with upscaling low-resolution content like DVDs, standard definition cable channels, and lower-resolution streams. Details are well-defined and clear enough, but very fine details and small hard-coded text are a bit hard to make out.

Sharpness processing was calibrated with no over-sharpening for low-resolution content, with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 50
  • Reality Creation: Auto

The TV adds excessive sharpening when adjusting the default value of '50' to '51,' which you can see here. You can also see this unusual behavior by comparing the two photos below.

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

The Sony BRAVIA 8 uses a WOLED panel with a WRGB pixel structure where all four pixels are never lit at the same time. Due to its subpixel layout, it has minor issues with displaying text on Windows since ClearType isn't well optimized to non-RGB subpixel layouts, but most users won't be bothered by this.

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

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has a nearly instantaneous response time, resulting in incredibly clear motion with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. Due to the sample-and-hold nature of OLED technology, there's still some persistence blur when gaming at 60Hz, but it's not noticeable at higher refresh rates.

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

This TV doesn't have a traditional backlight and doesn't use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim each pixel, but it's not completely flicker-free. There's a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the TV's refresh rate. This differs from the PWM flicker on TVs with LED backlights and occurs on every OLED we've tested. It's not noticeable, and most people won't be bothered by this, but it can still bother people who are extra sensitive to flicker.

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 (BFI) feature that reduces the appearance of persistence blur caused by the TV's nearly instantaneous response time. It can only insert black frames at a 60Hz refresh rate.

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

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the clarity of motion. It does a good job at smoothing out slower scenes, but there are some noticeable artifacts present. In faster-moving scenes, it can't keep up, and there are distracting artifacts and haloing.

5.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
38.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
13.3 ms

Unfortunately, due to the TV's nearly instantaneous pixel response time, there's stutter with low frame rate content, which is most noticeable during slow panning shots.

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

This TV removes judder automatically from 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or an external streaming device with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature. For 60Hz sources, like a cable box or the native apps, Motionflow has to be enabled, with both sliders at 'Min' and CineMotion set to 'High' to remove judder.

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 Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

The TV supports HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC but doesn't support FreeSync. It works well across a wide refresh rate range and supports sources with Low-Frame-Compensation (LFC), which ensures your games remain nearly tear-free even when your frame rate drops very low.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
13.4 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
273.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.2 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
281.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
290.0 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has incredibly low input lag when set into Game Mode, which ensures a very responsive gaming experience with very little delay between your actions with your controller or mouse and the action on-screen.

Outside of game mode, the TV's input lag is much higher, and there's a noticeable delay when hitting buttons on the remote, like when pausing a movie.

8.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
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 Sony BRAVIA 8 supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz on two of its four HDMI ports. Chroma 4:4:4 signals are displayed properly with all supported resolutions when the TV's 'Content Type' is set to Game or PC, which is important for text clarity. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't support 1440p.

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

With the exception of 1440p, the TV is fully compatible with everything the PS5 offers, like 4k @ 120Hz, as well as HDMI Forum VRR. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to manually switch to Game Mode to get the lowest input lag.

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

With the exception of 1440p, the TV is fully compatible with everything the Xbox Series X|S offers, including 4k @ 120Hz, HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync Premium Pro, and Dolby Vision gaming. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to manually switch to Game Mode to get the lowest input lag.

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, 6 GHz)

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on HDMI ports 3 and 4, with both supporting up to 4k @ 120Hz. Unfortunately, the HDMI 3 port is also the eARC port, so you lose a high bandwidth port when you plug a soundbar into the TV. The TV supports Dolby Vision, and it has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, so you can watch 4k content over the air.

Like some previous Sony TVs, you can use the TV's built-in speakers as a center channel when paired with a soundbar or receiver. Unfortunately, it only has Sony's S-Center input and doesn't have traditional speaker inputs, so it's only compatible with certain soundbars and receivers made by Sony.

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 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
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, which lets you pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver or soundbar through an HDMI cable. It supports all major audio formats, so you don't have to worry about compatibility with external sources.

Sound Quality
7.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.07 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
1.94 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.64 dB
Max
86.6 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.22 dB

The Sony BRAVIA 8 has a decent frequency response. It produces some bass, but it's not enough for impactful bass. The TV's sound profile is well-balanced at moderate volume levels, making dialogue easy to understand. The sound becomes unbalanced near and at the TV's maximum volume, which is unfortunate since the TV doesn't get very loud.

7.5
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.050
Weighted THD @ Max
0.636
IMD @ 80
0.26%
IMD @ Max
5.31%

The TV has good distortion performance. There's no audible distortion at moderate volume levels, and although the distortion increases a bit as you raise the volume, it's only audible at maximum volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 12
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Sony BRAVIA 8 uses version 12 of the popular Google TV operating system, and the interface is smooth and easy to use. The TV has a minor bug when using the 'Detailed Signal Info' option that shows a native refresh rate of 120Hz when outputting a 60Hz signal.

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

Unfortunately, like almost all TVs on the market, the smart interface contains ads, and you can't disable them.

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 TV has a fantastic selection of apps, so finding your favorite content is easy. You can cast content from your phone using the built-in AirPlay 2 or Chromecast. You can also play videos directly from a USB stick.

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

The remote is backlit and has a matte finish with blue speckles. Outside of that, the remote is identical to the one included with last year's Sony A80L/A80CL OLED. It has buttons for popular streaming services, and you can use the built-in microphone to switch inputs, change apps, search within apps, ask for the weather and time, and change settings like brightness.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button on the bottom of the TV that can be used to switch inputs, adjust the volume, change channels, and power the TV on/off. There's also a small button that you can use to turn on/off the TV's built-in microphone.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Setup guide
  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Power cable

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 91 W
Power Consumption (Max) 206 W
Firmware 112.624.040.1NAA