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Sony X80J TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Nov 16, 2022 at 08:21 am
Sony X80J Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.9
Movies
Value for price beaten by
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7.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
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6.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
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5.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
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6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
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8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
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This TV was replaced by the Sony X80K
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The Sony X80J is an entry-level 4k TV from Sony's 2021 lineup. 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 has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room, 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, meaning glare won't be an issue in moderately-lit rooms. While it has a wide color gamut for HDR content, it simply doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR, so the overall HDR experience is limited. It's fairly basic in gaming features, without variable refresh rate (VRR) or Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and its HDMI ports are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, 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. The new interface is fast, easy-to-use, and has a huge selection of streaming apps.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Sony X80J is okay for mixed usage. It looks best in bright rooms, and its wide viewing angles are great for wider seating arrangements. However, it's disappointing for watching movies or gaming in a dark room, and its HDR performance is lackluster, as it has low contrast and no local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. Competitive gamers will be disappointed by its lack of advanced gaming features, but its low input lag and fast response time should be fine for casual gaming.

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 in a dark room. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look more like gray in the dark, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. Unfortunately, it can only remove judder from sources that can send a 24Hz signal, like Blu-ray players, but not from 60Hz sources like a cable box. 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 in a bright room. It's bright enough to overcome glare in most moderately-lit rooms, and it has decent reflection handling. 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 covering most of the common streaming services.

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

The Sony X80J is a good TV for sports in a bright room. It has wide viewing angles, which is great for a wide seating arrangement. It also has a great response time, so motion looks clear, and it includes an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce blur further. It's bright enough to overcome glare in most moderately-lit rooms, and it has decent reflection handling.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome moderate amounts of glare.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Struggles 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, so your actions are in-sync with what you see on the screen. It also has 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 advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing, and it's 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 disappointing for watching movies in HDR in a dark room. While it supports Dolby Vision and has a wide color gamut for HDR content, it simply doesn't get bright enough to 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, mainly due to its gaming performance, as HDR doesn't add much. 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.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Sony X80J is great for use as a PC monitor. Its wide viewing angles ensure the image doesn't look washed out at the edges when sitting close. It also has a low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and chroma 4:4:4 signals are displayed properly in most supported resolutions, which is important for clear text from a PC. Unfortunately, it doesn't support VRR or any other advanced gaming features.

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
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Feb 17, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  3. Updated Jun 01, 2021: Confirmed the TV works with the Android TV app.
  4. Updated Apr 21, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Apr 16, 2021: Early access published.

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, you'll see the X80J sold alongside the X81J, but as far as we know, the two have the same specs. In Italy, it's called the X80JP.

Size US Model Panel Type
43" KD-43X80J ADS (IPS Family)
50" KD-50X80J VA
55" KD-55X80J ADS (IPS Family)
65" KD-65X80J ADS (IPS Family)
75" KD-75X80J Unknown

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. 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 fully take 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 X80K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K is the replacement to the Sony X80J, and both TVs are nearly identical with only a few differences between them. The X80J is a bit better in a few areas like its improved color accuracy and faster response time, but the X80K also has less stutter. The X80K comes with the updated version of the Sony remote, but it has the same voice control features as the remote with the X80J anyways.

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 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 it has VRR support after a firmware update. If you often watch TV at an angle, the X80J might be a better choice because it has wider viewing angles.

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.

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.

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.

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

The LG C1 OLED is much better than the Sony X80J, but they're different types of TVs. The LG has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also has many more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 inputs, a 120Hz panel, and VRR support. The LG is better for watching HDR content because it displays a wider color gamut and gets brighter in HDR. The main advantage the Sony has is that it doesn't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in like on OLEDs.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80J and the Sony X900H use different panels, each with advantages and disadvantages. Overall, 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 VRR support once you update it to its latest firmware.

Sony X85K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X80J, so it has better performance and features. They use different panel types, so the X85K has a much better contrast for better dark room performance, and it also has more gaming features like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and VRR support. Overall, if you want better performance, the X85K is a big improvement over the X80J.

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 2021
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG NANO85 2021 and the Sony X80J are both decent TVs. They each have IPS-type panels, so the picture quality is similar, but the main differences are with their features. The LG has more gaming features for console gamers like a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. The LG removes 24p judder from any source, and it also has a local dimming feature, which the Sony TV doesn't have, but it performs terribly. However, the Sony has much better out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors look more accurate, and you won't need to calibrate it.

LG NANO75 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Sony X80J is better than the LG NANO75 2021. The Sony is a lot brighter, the unit we bought has better uniformity, and it has a faster response time. The Sony is also flicker-free, which is great, as the relatively low flicker frequency of the LG can bother some people and cause duplications in motion. The LG can remove judder from the native apps and 24p sources, whereas the Sony can only remove judder from 24p sources.

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

The Sony X80J is better than the Hisense U6G. The Hisense uses different panel types with different sizes, meaning 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.

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 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 has 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.

LG NANO85 2020
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 2020 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.

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Test Results

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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
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures
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, and there's no alternate stand position to allow for a taller soundbar to sit in front 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.

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

The Sony X80J feels decently built. The TV is made entirely of plastic and is relatively lightweight, but it's not as sturdy as higher-end TVs. 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

Unfortunately, the Sony X80J has mediocre contrast, so blacks look gray if you're in a dark room. There's no local dimming feature to improve contrast, either. You can expect this for all TVs that use IPS-family panels, but the 50" model, which uses a VA panel, has much better contrast.

7.3
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

The Sony X80J has decent brightness in SDR. It's not as bright as the Sony X800H, but it's bright enough to overcome glare in moderately-lit rooms, as long as there aren't a lot of windows. Brightness is fairly consistent across different scenes, but it gets a bit dimmer in the 2% window because of the TV's frame dimming.

These measurements were made 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. This results in a slightly brighter image, with a peak luminance of 397 cd/m² with a 10% window.

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. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

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

There's no local dimming feature on this TV. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

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

The Sony X80J has sub-par HDR brightness. It's slightly brighter than in SDR but not bright enough to make highlights pop. The EOTF follows the target fairly well, though, which means that the overall brightness of scenes is pretty accurate overall. Dark scenes are over-brightened a bit, and bright scenes are limited by the low peak brightness. The EOTF rolls off sharply near the TV's peak brightness, which causes a loss of fine details in bright scenes. As with SDR, the frame dimming causes darker scenes with small highlights to be more dim overall.

These measurements were taken 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, which is a lot brighter in dark scenes, but the overall peak brightness of the TV is the same.

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's no noticeable difference between the two picture modes.

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 overall. The corners of the screen are a bit darker than the center of the TV, but this isn't very noticeable with real content. There's very little dirty screen effect throughout the center, which is great for watching sports. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is even better, with no noticeable issues at all.

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

Unfortunately, the Sony X80J has disappointing black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout, and it appears blue due to the low contrast ratio. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve black uniformity.

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

As expected for a TV with an IPS-family panel, the Sony X80J has very good viewing angles. 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, resulting in much worse viewing angles, so that size isn't for a wide seating arrangement.

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

The Sony X80J has decent reflection handling. It does a great job of diffusing ambient light, but it's not a good idea to place it opposite a window or bright lamp since it struggles with direct light.

9.0
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. 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. It's normal for Sony TVs, which usually target a higher average gamma than other manufacturers. The color temperature is quite close to the 6,500K target, but it's a touch on the warmer side, so there's a slight reddish tint to everything.

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 aren't noticeable to the naked eye. Gamma and color temperature are nearly perfect, and colors are displayed accurately.

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
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

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

7.7
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%

The Sony X80J has mediocre color volume. It can't fill out the full range of greens, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well. The colors it can display are just as bright as pure white, which is great.

8.7
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 on this TV. There's some banding in the darker grays, greens, and reds, but overall it's not very noticeable with real content. Unlike higher-end Sony TVs, there are no gradient smoothing features to reduce banding in some 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.

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

The Sony X80J has a 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. However, it's not as bad as TVs with VA panels.

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 this isn't 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 backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). However, the minimum frequency at which it can strobe or flicker its backlight is 120Hz, which causes duplications in motion when watching 60fps content. To enable BFI, set Motionflow to 'Custom' and adjust the Clearness slider to max. Note that the 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, like movies, 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, like a Blu-ray player or a streaming stick with a "match frame rate" setting. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder completely from 60p/60i sources, like cable boxes, 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 support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync or G-SYNC variable refresh rates, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. If you prefer something with a higher refresh rate and VRR support, consider the Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED.

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, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. Like most TVs on the market, it has to be in the dedicated 'Game' mode for this to work. Outside 'Game' mode, or with motion interpolation enabled, the input lag is extremely high, and even casual gamers are likely to notice it.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
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

The Sony X80J supports most common resolutions at 60Hz. It can display chroma 4:4:4 properly in all supported resolutions, except for 1440p @ 60Hz, though, which is important for text clarity from a PC. 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' 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 bandwidth, 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

Although the Sony X80J doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it still has an eARC port. This allows you to send high-quality audio formats from sources connected to your TV through to your soundbar or home theater system.

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

The Sony X80J has a 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%

The distortion performance is not bad. It's only 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, Google TV largely replaces Android 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 many 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

The remote has a similar design to previous Sony remotes. You need to connect it to the TV via Bluetooth for full functionality. 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

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