Sony X80J TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Apr 21, 2021 at 09:47 am
Sony X80J Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
5.9
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
5.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
8.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO85
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The Sony X80J is an adequate entry-level TV. It lacks many features you'd find on higher-end TVs but performs as expected for a lower-tier IPS-type model. With a low contrast ratio, its ADS panel can't really produce deep inky blacks, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve black levels. That said, it has good wide viewing angles, and it gets decently bright, so glare shouldn't be an issue in rooms with moderate amounts of light. While it has a wide color gamut for HDR content, it simply doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR. It's fairly basic when it comes to gaming features, without variable refresh rate (VRR) or Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and no HDMI 2.1 ports, but casual gamers should be pleased with its quick response time and low input lag. Like other 2021 Sony TVs, it comes with Google TV, which replaces Android TV.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Sony X80J is okay for mixed usage. It performs decently in bright rooms, and its wide viewing angles are great for wider seating arrangements. However, its low contrast ratio makes it less suited to watching movies or gaming in the dark. Gamers may be disappointed by its lack of advanced gaming features, but its low input lag and fast response time should be fine for casual gaming. Unfortunately, it can't get bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome moderate amounts of glare.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
5.9 Movies

The Sony X80J is inadequate for watching movies. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look more like gray in the dark. Unfortunately, it lacks local dimming, and it can only remove judder from 24Hz sources but not other sources. On the upside, it has no issues upscaling lower resolution content.

Pros
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
7.9 TV Shows

The Sony X80J is good for watching TV shows. It gets decently bright, enough to overcome glare in darker and moderately-lit rooms. It also has wide viewing angles, so the image stays accurate from the side. The Google TV interface runs smoothly, with many apps available to download through the Google Play store.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome moderate amounts of glare.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • May struggle with glare in very bright rooms.
7.6 Sports

The Sony X80J is a good TV for sports. It has wide viewing angles, which is great for watching the game with a group of friends. It also has a great response time, so motion looks clear, and it includes an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce blur further. While it's fairly bright, it may struggle with glare in very well-lit rooms since its reflection handling is only decent.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome moderate amounts of glare.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • May struggle with glare in very bright rooms.
6.8 Video Games

The Sony X80J is okay for playing video games. It has a low input lag and a great response time that results in smooth motion. That said, its low contrast ratio can't produce deep blacks, so it's not ideal for dark room gaming. It also lacks VRR technology to reduce screen tearing and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Low contrast ratio.
5.8 HDR Movies

The Sony X80J is inadequate for watching movies in HDR. While it supports Dolby Vision and has a wide color gamut for HDR content, it simply doesn't get bright enough to really bring out HDR highlights. It also struggles to produce deep blacks due to its low contrast ratio and lack of local dimming.

Pros
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Dolby Vision.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The Sony X80J is alright for HDR gaming. Its low input lag and quick response time make gaming feel smooth and responsive, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it has a low contrast ratio. It also lacks local dimming and VRR support.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Great response time.
  • Wide color gamut.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Not bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
8.3 PC Monitor

The Sony X80J is great for use as a PC monitor. Its wide viewing angles ensure the image doesn't look too washed out at the edges when sitting up close. It also has a low input lag for a responsive desktop experience and displays proper chroma 4:4:4, except in 1440p @ 60Hz. Unfortunately, it doesn't support VRR.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4, for the most part.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 5.9 Movies
  • 7.9 TV Shows
  • 7.6 Sports
  • 6.8 Video Games
  • 5.8 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 01, 2021: Confirmed the TV works with the Android TV app.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony X80J replaces the Sony X800H from 2020. It's an entry-level model in Sony's 2021 lineup, and its main competitors are the Samsung AU8000, the LG UP80, and the Vizio M-Series Quantum (MQ7).

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X80J has a similar design to the 2020 Sony X800H. With thick bezels, it's not as sleek-looking as higher-end models, but it's a simple, no-nonsense design that you'd expect from an entry-level model.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the TV okay, although there's still a bit of wobble. The cheaper materials stand out in the connection between the stand and the base of the TV.

Footprint of the stand: 38.74" x 13.34"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back is simple, made of textured plastic. Cable management consists of cable clips that attach to the feet. The 43 and 50 inch versions have a different back with a grid design, but we don't expect it to change anything.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.59" (1.5 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.88" (7.3 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

It feels decently built. The TV is made entirely of plastic and is relatively lightweight but doesn't feel as sturdy as TVs with more premium materials. There's quite a bit of flex all around the backside as well as around the borders. Our unit appears to have a defect on the bottom left side of the screen; you can see two small white squares where the panel meets the border. However, we expect this is an issue with our unit only and doesn't affect scoring.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,116 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The contrast ratio is mediocre, which is expected from an IPS-like panel. Blacks appear more like grays in the dark, and unfortunately, there's no local dimming to improve black levels. Keep in mind, however, that contrast can vary a bit between units. Note also that we expect the 50 inch to have a VA panel, so it should perform differently.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
335 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
297 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
367 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
366 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
366 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
366 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
365 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
365 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.014

Decent SDR brightness. It's not as bright as the Sony X800H, but it should be okay for moderate lighting conditions. It might struggle to overcome glare in very bright rooms, though. Brightness is fairly consistent across different scenes, but it gets a bit dimmer in the 2% window because of the TV's frame dimming.

We measured the SDR brightness after calibration, using the 'Custom' Picture Mode and the 'Expert 1' Color Temperature, with Brightness set to max.

If you want the brightest possible image without regard for picture quality, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid', turn Contrast Enhancer off, and set Color Temperature to 'Neutral', with Brightness and Contrast set to max. We hit 397 nits in the 10% window using these settings.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV uses direct LED backlighting as opposed to edge-lit, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The videos above are for reference only.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
366 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
330 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
404 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
404 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
404 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
404 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
330 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
403 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
403 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
403 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
403 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.013

HDR brightness is sub-par. It's slightly brighter than in SDR but not bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. The EOTF follows the target fairly well, though, which means that the overall brightness of scenes is pretty accurate, except really dark or really bright scenes. As with SDR, the frame dimming causes darker scenes with small highlights to be more dim overall.

We measured HDR brightness using the 'Cinema' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max and Color Temperature set to 'Expert 2'.

If you find HDR too dim, you can get a brighter image by setting the Brightness and Contrast to max, disabling Adv. Contrast Enhancer, setting Black Level to 'High', Gamma to max, and Color Temperature to 'Neutral'. These settings result in this EOTF.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
369 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
328 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
405 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
406 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
406 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
406 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
328 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
405 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
405 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
405 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
405 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.014

In 'Game' mode, HDR brightness is nearly identical. There isn't a noticeable difference.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.724%
50% DSE
0.171%
5% Std. Dev.
0.481%
5% DSE
0.064%

The Sony X80J has good gray uniformity, although this can vary between units. The corners of the screen are noticeably darker, but there isn't too much dirty screen effect throughout the center. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is even better.

5.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.034%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is disappointing, although this may vary between units. The entire screen looks blue, and there's visible clouding and backlight bleed, as well as some blooming around bright objects.

7.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
38°
Color Shift
54°
Brightness Loss
39°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
48°

Good viewing angles. For the most part, the image stays accurate as you move off-center, making it a good choice for wider seating arrangements. Note that the 50 inch uses a VA panel, so we expect it to perform differently.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.1%

Decent reflection handling. It does a great job of diffusing ambient light, but we don't recommend placing it opposite a window or bright lamp since it struggles with direct light.

8.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.44
Color dE
1.45
Gamma
2.29
Color Temperature
6,337 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The Sony X80J has amazing out-of-the-box color accuracy, though this may vary between units. There are very few noticeable inaccuracies with colors and white balance, and while gamma is a bit off-target, making scenes appear darker than they should, it's not very far off. The color temperature is quite close to the 6,500K target, but it's a touch on the warmer side.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.27
Color dE
1.13
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,503 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No

After calibration, accuracy is fantastic. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. Gamma and color temperature are nearly perfect.

See our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

DVDs and other 480p content look good, with no obvious issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like cable TV, looks as it should.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks great, almost as good as 4k.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly, without issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV doesn't support an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses an ADS panel with an RGB sub-pixel layout. ADS panels are very similar to IPS panels.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
85.69%
DCI P3 uv
92.39%
Rec 2020 xy
62.45%
Rec 2020 uv
69.71%

The Sony X80J has a wide color gamut, with excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

6.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
68.1%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
29.2%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
59.0%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
24.6%

Color volume is unremarkable. Like most LED TVs, it has trouble with bright blues, and its low contrast ratio makes it difficult to display dark, saturated colors.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.087
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.111
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.076
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.086

Gradients look amazing. There's some banding in the darker grays, greens, and reds, but overall it's not too noticeable and should be even less so in real content.

9.5
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.13%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.08%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.04%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are almost no signs of temporary image retention, except immediately after displaying a high-contrast static image for 10 minutes. Even so, it disappears quickly, and it's important to note that temporary image retention can vary between units.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

Although some IPS and similar panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.

Motion
8.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.7 ms
100% Response Time
12.5 ms

Great response time. It's slightly improved over the Sony X800H, although like that TV, there's a bit of overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can show up as smearing in darker scenes.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Unlike many TVs, the Sony X80J has a flicker-free backlight, which is great if you're sensitive to flicker. It does flicker at a very high frequency with the backlight set to '0', but it shouldn't be noticeable.

5.4
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Sony X80J has an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature, otherwise known as backlight strobing. However, the minimum frequency at which it can strobe or flicker its backlight is 120Hz, causing some duplication since the TV has a 60Hz refresh rate. To enable BFI, set Motionflow to 'Custom' and adjust the Clearness slider to max. Note that our BFI score only takes into account which frequencies the TV can flicker at, not how well the BFI performs.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The TV can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 30fps. It works fine for the most part but introduces motion artifacts in busier scenes. To enable motion interpolation, set Cinemotion to 'High' and Motionflow to 'Custom', with the Smoothness slider to max.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.2 ms

Because of the TV's fast response time, there may be some stutter when watching low frame rate content since each frame is held on longer. Motion interpolation can help reduce stutter if it bothers you.

5.6
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

This TV removes 24p judder automatically from 24Hz sources. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder completely from 60p/60i sources or native apps, although setting Cinemotion to 'High' and Smoothness to max in the Motionflow menu can make judder less apparent.

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

This TV doesn't have VRR support.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
132.6 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
132.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
132.7 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The TV has a remarkably low input lag, as long as it's in 'Game' mode or 'Graphics' mode for chroma 4:4:4 to work properly.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

It supports most common resolutions at 60Hz, except chroma 4:4:4 doesn't work properly in 1440p @ 60Hz. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 in other resolutions, though, which is important for text clarity. To do so, the TV must be in either 'Game' or 'Graphics' Picture Mode, with 'Enhanced Format' enabled for the HDMI input you're using. 'Enhanced Format' also needs to be enabled for full HDMI bandwidth signals.

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

The Sony X80J has a max refresh rate of 60Hz and lacks HDMI 2.1, so the highest advanced console resolution it supports is 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.

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
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

For eARC, set eARC Mode to 'Auto', Digital Audio Out to 'Auto 1', and Passthrough to 'Auto'.

Sound Quality
7.0
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
106.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.15 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.29 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.24 dB
Max
92.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.04 dB

Decent frequency response. The bass is disappointing, but overall it has a balanced sound profile, so dialogue should sound clear. The TV gets quite loud, but there's quite a bit of compression at higher volumes.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.071
Weighted THD @ Max
14.969
IMD @ 80
2.65%
IMD @ Max
11.51%

Distortion performance is not bad. It's only really noticeable near 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

In 2021, Android TV has largely been replaced with Google TV, which has a redesigned interface and lets you access all your content through a single hub of recommended content by logging in to your Google account. Like other Sony TVs with Google TV, the interface is smooth and fairly easy to use, and we didn't experience any bugs.

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

While you can opt-out of ad personalization to reduce targeted ads, you can't disable ads entirely. They show up on the home page and in the app store.

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

Google TV gives you access to lots of apps through the Google Play store, and they work great.

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

Update 06/01/2021: We confirmed the TV works with the Android TV mobile app.

The remote has a similar design to previous Sony remotes. For full functionality, it needs to be connected to the TV via Bluetooth. There's a dedicated Google Assistant button, and you can change inputs, open apps, complete searches, and adjust certain settings through voice command.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single control button under the Sony logo on the bottom bezel. It can power the TV on/off, change channels, inputs, and volume, or restart the TV.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • VESA mount adapters
  • Manual
  • Clips for cable management (not shown)

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 55 W
Power Consumption (Max) 162 W
Firmware PKG6.3628.0454NAA

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch Sony X80J (KD-55X80J), which is also available in 43, 50, 65, and 75 inch sizes. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for those sizes, except for the 50 inch, which uses a different panel. There are also variants of the 55, 65, and 75 inch models with the model code X80CJ. That version appears to be the Costco and Sam's Club model, which should perform the same, except it comes with Sony's new Bravia CORE streaming service, which can stream movies at up to 80 Mbps, according to Sony. In Europe, the X80J is sold alongside the X81J, but as far as we know the two have the same specs. In Italy, it's called the X80JP.

Size Panel US Model EU Model  Italy Model 'Club' Model 
43" ADS KD-43X80J KD-43X80J/KD-43X81J KD-43X80JP
50" VA KD-50X80J KD-50X80J/KD-50X81J KD-50X80JP
55" ADS KD-55X80J KD-55X80J/KD-55X81J KD-55X80JP KD-55X80CJ
65" ADS KD-65X80J KD-65X80J/KD-65X81J KD-65X80JP KD-65X80CJ
75" Unknown KD-75X80J KD-75X80J/KD-75X81J KD-75X80JP KD-75X80CJ

If you come across a Sony X80J with a different panel type or that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, can vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in February 2021. You can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony X80J is an okay entry-level TV, but it's a step down from 2020's Sony X800H. While it delivers fair picture quality and performance, it's on the pricier side, and there are better options out there for cheaper. Unlike some low-end TVs, it comes equipped with eARC and Dolby Vision support, although it can't take full advantage of its HDR capability due to its limited brightness.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000, the best TVs to use as a PC monitor, and the best 4k TVs.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J replaces the 2020 Sony X800H. Both use IPS panels with wide viewing angles and low contrast ratios. They perform similarly overall, although the X800H has a bit more to recommend it. It gets brighter in both SDR and HDR, and its viewing angles, which are the main benefit of IPS panels, are even wider than the X80J's.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X90J is much better than the Sony X80J. The X90J uses a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio, and it has a full-array local dimming feature to improve black level, so it's better suited for watching movies or gaming in the dark than the X80J's IPS panel. The X90J also gets a lot brighter in both SDR and HDR. It has faster response times and a 120Hz refresh rate and is advertised to have VRR support, although it isn't available yet. If you often watch TV at an angle, the X80J might be a better choice because it has wider viewing angles.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J and the Sony X85J use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The X85J is better for a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity. The X80J is better for a wide seating area, as it has better viewing angles.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J and the Sony X900H use different panels, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Overall, though, the X900H is a step up from the X80J. The X900H uses a VA panel with a high contrast ratio and full-array local dimming, gets brighter and has more features, and has a slightly faster response time. It also has two HDMI 2.1 ports and should receive VRR and ALLM support in a future update.

Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Sony X80J are both basic entry-level models, but they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung is a VA panel, so it has a high contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks, making it well-suited to watching movies or dark room gaming. The Sony uses an IPS panel with low contrast and wide viewing angles. It can't produce deep blacks like the Samsung, but it has a faster response time, so it may be a good budget option to use as a PC monitor.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J and the Samsung AU8000 are both okay TVs, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA-type panel with higher contrast, while the Sony has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. The Sony gets a bit brighter and displays a much wider color gamut, but it still delivers a worse HDR experience because of the lower contrast. Motion looks smoother on the Sony because it has a quicker response time, and it's a better choice for PC use because it can display 1440p.

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

The Sony X950H is better than the Sony X80J for most uses, although they have different panel types and are at opposite ends of Sony's TV lineup. The X950H is a flagship model from 2020 that uses a VA panel with a great contrast ratio. The X80J, meanwhile, is an entry-level 2021 model that uses an IPS panel, meaning its contrast is mediocre, but it has wide viewing angles. The X80J also lacks certain features, like local dimming, that the X950H has.

LG UP8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 86"

The LG UP8000 and the Sony X80J are very similar IPS TVs. The only notable differences between them are that the X80J can display a wide color gamut for HDR, gets a bit brighter, and has better response times. It also has a flicker-free backlight, making it a good choice for people sensitive to backlight flicker.

LG NANO85
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 and the Sony X80J are entry-level TVs that use IPS panels, although the Sony has slightly wider viewing angles. While the LG has a local dimming feature, it's edge-lit and doesn't perform very well. The Sony, meanwhile, can get a bit brighter, has a slightly faster response time, and has better accuracy out of the box, although that can vary between units. The LG does have better reflection handling and can remove judder from any source. It also has a 120Hz panel and supports VRR; however, the VRR doesn't work properly. In the bigger picture, the two TVs perform similarly.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J is better than the Hisense U6G. The A6G uses different panel types with different sizes, so the exact performance difference may vary. The Sony is a lot brighter, has better gray uniformity, and a faster response time. The Sony also has much better accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between units. On the other hand, the Hisense can remove judder from native apps, but the Sony can only remove judder from external 24p sources.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG GX OLED is better than the Sony X80J, but they're also very different TVs. The LG is a high-end OLED that can produce perfect blacks and with a near-instantaneous response time. The Sony, on the other hand, is an entry-level IPS TV, so it has a low contrast ratio and lacks a lot of the features that the LG has. While it has good viewing angles, they're not as wide as the LG's viewing angles. The LG outperforms the Sony in almost every way.

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