The Sony X80K is an entry-level TV in Sony's 2022 lineup. It replaces the Sony X80J and sits between the Sony X75K and the Sony X85K. Compared to the higher-end models, it's pretty bare in terms of features as it lacks any variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and it's limited to a 60Hz panel. Still, it comes with the same Google TV interface that has a ton of apps you can download, and it's compatible with Sony's proprietary TV webcam, so you can use it to make video calls or for hands-free gestures. It also comes with Sony's redesigned remote, which still has a built-in mic for voice control, letting you use various voice commands. It's powered by Sony's entry-level 4K HDR Processor X1, and it offers a few motion enhancement features powered by Sony's 4K X-Reality PRO processor.
The Sony X80K is okay overall. It's a good TV for watching sports or TV shows in wide seating areas because it has a wide viewing angle and the image looks consistent from the sides. It also has decent reflection handling and SDR peak brightness, so it's fine for rooms with a few lights around. However, it isn't good for watching movies or for gaming in dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature. Its HDR performance is also sub-par as it has a low HDR peak brightness.
The Sony X80K is decent for watching TV shows. The image looks consistent from the sides thanks to the wide viewing angle, so it's a good choice for wide seating arrangements. It also has decent peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so it's fine for rooms with a few lights around, but it struggles in really bright rooms. It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, but as its low-quality content smoothing is poor content from cable channels and DVDs have noticeable visual issues, such as macro-blocking in dark scenes.
The Sony X80K is good for watching sports. It's a decent choice to use in well-lit rooms because it has decent reflection handling and peak brightness. It's also good if you want to watch the game in a wide seating area as it has a wide viewing angle, meaning the image looks consistent when watching off-center. It has a decent response time, but there's some blur behind fast-moving players or balls.
The Sony X80K is mediocre for gaming. It's an entry-level TV that doesn't have too many gaming features like variable refresh rate support or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can't use it for high-frame-rate gaming from a gaming PC, a PS5 or an Xbox Series X. Still, it has a low input lag for a responsive feel, but its response time is only decent, so some motion looks a bit blurry.
The Sony X80K is sub-par for watching HDR movies. Although it supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and displays a wide color gamut, HDR content doesn't look good. It has a low contrast ratio, meaning blacks look gray in the dark, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve its dark scene performance. Also, it has low HDR peak brightness, meaning that highlights don't pop the way they should.
The Sony X80K is alright for HDR gaming, but it isn't anything special. It has low input lag for a responsive feel, but its response time is only decent, so some fast-moving content has a blur trail behind it. Unfortunately HDR content looks mediocre due to blacks looking gray in the dark, disappointing black uniformity, and the lack of a local dimming feature. Also, it has low HDR peak brightness, so highlights don't pop.
The Sony X80K is good as a PC monitor. The wide viewing angle means that the image remains consistent at the edges if you sit close. Large areas of bright colors, like on a webpage, look good due to its good gray uniformity. It also displays text well with 1080p and 4k signals as it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, and your mouse movements feel responsive thanks to the low input lag.
We tested the 65 inch Sony X80K which is also available in 43, 50, 65, and 75 inch sizes. The results are valid for all models, but the 50 inch version may have a different panel type. Many 50 inch TVs have a VA panel, but it's also possible it still has an ADS panel, so if you have this model, let us know how it performs. There are also variants of the 55, 65, and 75 inch models with the model code Sony X80CK sold at Costco and come with a 3-year warranty and a one-year subscription to the Bravia Core Streaming service. In Europe, it's also called the X81K, depending on the size of the model.
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Our unit was manufactured in February 2022. You can see the label here.
The Sony X80K is an okay overall TV, but there's nothing special about it versus other TVs. You can get higher-end Sony TVs like the Sony X85K or Sony X90K, which have more features for gaming. Other budget models from budget brands like Hisense and TCL also provide better value, such as the Hisense U6H or the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022. However, it's an adequate choice if you want something small to use as a PC monitor and you want a wide viewing angle, and it's better than some of the newer budget Sony TVs like the Sony X77L/X77CL.
The Sony X85K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X80K, and it's better for most uses. If you're a gamer and tend to watch content in dark rooms, the X85K is the better choice as it has a higher native contrast ratio and more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. The X85K is also better for well-lit rooms as it gets brighter. However, the only advantage the X80K has is that it has a wider viewing angle, meaning the image remains consistent from the sides.
The Sony X80K is better than the Sony X77L/X77CL. The X80K is especially better for watching movies, as it can remove judder from 24p sources like a Blu-ray player, resulting in a smoother movie-watching experience. The X80K also adds Dolby Vision support, whereas the X77L only supports HDR10 and HLG.
The Sony X90K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X80K with better performance. The X90K gets brighter and has deeper blacks, meaning the overall picture quality is better, and it's better for both dark and bright rooms. Also, if you're a gamer, the X90K is a superior choice as it has a higher refresh rate and more features. However, if you have a wide seating area, the X80K has a wider viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent from the sides.
The Sony X80K is a bit better than the Sony X75K, although the differences are extremely minor. The Sony X80K has a much wider color gamut and better tone mapping, so HDR content looks more vivid and lifelike overall, and it can remove judder from 24p sources, while the X75K can't. There are a few issues with the X75K, including a pixel inversion issue with certain patterns, and it has high input lag in the only picture mode that can display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, so it's unsuitable for use as a PC.
The Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED and the Sony X80K are different types of entry-level TVs, although the Q60B is more versatile. The Samsung is better for bright and dark rooms because it gets brighter and it has a better contrast for deeper blacks. On the other hand, the Sony is better for wide seating areas because it has a wider viewing angle, and it also has better motion handling thanks to its quicker response time.
The Samsung CU8000 is better than the Sony X80K. The Sony X80K uses an IPS panel, which gives it a wider viewing angle than the CU8000. The CU8000 has a VA panel, so it has far better contrast and better black uniformity. The CU8000 also has far superior low-quality content smoothing and can remove 24p judder from native apps. However, the X80K has a traditional RGB subpixel layout, so it displays clearer text when used as a PC monitor than the CU8000, and it gets a bit brighter than the Samsung in both SDR and HDR. The X80K also supports passthrough of DTS audio formats, as well as a 7.1 uncompressed LPCM signal.
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.
The Sony X85J is better overall than the Sony X80K and it has more features. The X85J is better for gaming because it has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for high-frame-rate gaming, which the X80K doesn't support. The X85J also has better overall picture quality because it has a higher native contrast and it gets brighter, so highlights pop more in HDR. On the other hand, the X80K is better for wider seating areas because it has a wider viewing angle.
The Sony X90J is better overall than the Sony X80K because it's a higher-end TV. The X90J has many more features like a local dimming feature that makes it a better choice to watch movies in dark rooms. It's also better for gaming as it has a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and VRR support, while the X80K is limited to a 60Hz panel without VRR support. The X90J also gets brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is a bit better overall than the Sony X80K. The Samsung performs better in dark rooms because it has a higher native contrast with much better black uniformity, and it also gets brighter if you want to use it in a well-lit room. However, the Sony has a wider viewing angle, making it a better choice for wide seating areas, and motion looks smoother thanks to its quicker response time.
The Sony X80K is a newer version of the Sony X800H, but it's a bit of a downgrade. The X800H has better overall picture quality because it gets brighter and has a quicker response time. It also has a wider viewing angle, so the image remains accurate at wider angles. However, the X80K has eARC support, which the X800H doesn't have, so you can connect a receiver and pass lossless audio to it from devices connected to the TV.
The Sony X80K is a bit better than the Hisense A6H. The Sony is quite a bit brighter, so it looks better in a room with a bit of natural lighting and is bright enough to overcome a bit of glare. The Sony also has much better picture quality, with significantly better gradient handling, a wider color gamut, and better tone-mapping with HDR content.
After four months on our TV accelerated longevity test, the brightness of this TV has dropped by more than 5%, but no new uniformity issues have developed.
The stand is typical of Sony, with wide-set metal feet that have a big footprint, so you'll need a large table to place it on. It supports the TV well, and it raises the screen 3.3 inches off the table, meaning most soundbars won't block it.
Footprint of the 65-inch TV: 47.6" W x 13.3" D x 2.60" H (to the bottom bezel).
The TV has decent build quality. It's stable on the stand without much wobble thanks to the solid metal feet. The TV itself is made entirely out of plastic that's well-put-together, and there aren't any issues with it, but the plastic itself isn't very strong. The back panel flexes easily, especially towards the center.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles in dark scenes. But as the X80K is unable to brighten highlights without impacting the rest of the image, dark scenes look washed out.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so it can't adjust the backlight level of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the image. However, the lack of dimming zones means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between zones.
The Sony KD65X80K is slightly brighter in Game Mode, but it doesn't make any noticeable difference in dark scene performance.
The HDR peak brightness is mediocre. It isn't nearly high enough to make highlights pop and deliver a satisfying HDR experience.
These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:
Although this TV is very slightly brighter in Game Mode, its overall HDR brightness is still mediocre.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:
The Sony X80K has good PQ EOTF tracking. Due to its poor contrast, near-blacks are significantly raised, but then the TV follows the PQ EOTF well until it gets close to its peak brightness. It then dips below the PQ EOTF target, meaning that the TV is darker than it should be at this juncture. The TV clips everything above its peak, resulting in a loss of fine detail.
The TV has decent SDR peak brightness. It's fine for rooms with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare if you place it opposite a window. Luckily, it maintains its brightness very consistently across different scenes.
These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:
The Sony X80K has a good color gamut for HDR content. It displays a wide range of colors in the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it isn't future-proof because it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, which more content will start to use. Unfortunately, the tone mapping is off, so some colors don't look accurate, especially in the Rec. 2020 color space.
The color volume is okay, as some colors get bright. However, it's limited by the incomplete color gamut, and it doesn't display dark colors well due to the low contrast ratio.
The TV's out-of-the-box accuracy is excellent. There are only minor inaccuracies to colors and the white balance, and gamma follows the 2.2 target almost perfectly, but some scenes are a bit too dark. The color temperature is on the warm side, giving the image a slightly red tint, but it isn't that noticeable.
After calibration, the color accuracy is remarkable. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't visible to the naked eye, and both the gamma and color temperature are nearly spot-on with the target.
You can see our full calibration settings here.
The TV has very good gray uniformity. For the most part, the screen is uniform throughout, which is good for watching sports or using it as a PC monitor. However, there's some vignetting in the corners, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, which you can notice with sports that have large playing surfaces with the same color, like in hockey.
The black uniformity is disappointing. The bottom right side of the screen looks patchy as there's noticeable backlight bleed, and the rest of the screen is blue due to the low contrast. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. If the black uniformity and dark room performance are important to you, then look into the Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED.
The TV has a very good viewing angle. The image remains consistent when viewing off-center, and even if the screen looks darker at really wide angles, it's still good enough for watching TV in a wide seating arrangement.
The reflection handling is decent. It's fine if you have a few lamps around, but it struggles when there are strong reflections coming from a window.
The Sony KD65X80CK's gradient handling is decent. There's some banding in every dark color gradient: dark greens, reds, blues, and grays, as well as in bright greens.
The TV's low-quality content smoothing is poor. There's some visible macro-blocking in dark scenes, although details are preserved very well.
This TV does a good job when enhancing edges or test in a low-resolution signal.
The test image was upscaled using the following settings:
The TV has an ADS panel, which is similar to an IPS panel and shares the same characteristics. It has an RGB subpixel structure, so it displays text better than panels with a BGR subpixel layout, which negatively affects text clarity when using it as a PC monitor.
The response time is decent. There's a bit of blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and because there's overshoot in dark transitions, it has inverse ghosting in dark scenes. The response time is also particularly slow in dark scenes; this is not the TV for fast-moving dark content.
The Sony X80CK's backlight is completely flicker-free at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain. It doesn't cause image duplications.
The Sony X80CK has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to reduce persistence blur. It only flickers at 120Hz, which causes image duplications with 60 fps content.
The Sony X80K has a motion interpolation feature to bring lower-frame-rate content up to 60 fps. It works well in scenes with slow movement, but it struggles when there's a lot of movement. It doesn't actually stop interpolating with busier scenes, so there's a lot of artifacts.
Due to the relatively slow response time, there isn't much stutter with lower-frame-rate content as it doesn't hold each frame on for a long time.
The TV only removes judder from native 24p content, like from a Blu-ray player. Unlike the LG UQ9000, other sources like streaming or cable boxes that don't have a Match Frame Rate feature aren't completely judder-free, so motion in movies doesn't look as smooth.
The Sony X80CK has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you're in Game Mode. You can enable the motion interpolation feature, but it negatively impacts the input lag and isn't suggested for gaming.
The Sony X80K supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 60Hz. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals, which is important for clear text, but it doesn't display it properly with 1440p signals.
As the Sony X80CK is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and a 60Hz refresh rate, it can't play any game from the PS5 above 4k @ 60Hz. The Auto Low Latency Mode switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device to reduce input lag.
As the TV is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and a 60Hz refresh rate, it can't play any game from the Xbox Series X or S above 4k @ 60Hz. The Auto Low Latency Mode switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device to reduce input lag.
The Sony X80K doesn't support HDR10+, so if you want to watch HDR content with this format, you'll be limited to HDR10 instead. Some websites advertise that it has HDMI 2.1 inputs, but it's still limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, and even if it supports eARC on HDMI 3 and Dolby Vision on HDMI 3 and 4, those don't require HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
It has ATSC 3.0 support, meaning you can get 4k over-the-air channels in certain regions. Also, it doesn't have an analog output like the Sony X80J, so you can't connect headphones with a wired connection.
Thanks to the eARC support, you can connect a receiver and pass high-quality lossless audio by connecting the sources directly to the Sony X80K.
The TV has an okay frequency response. It has a well-balanced sound profile with lower and moderate volume levels, but there's a dip in the treble range at the max volume, so dialogue sounds less clear, especially if there are background sounds. Like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass, so it's best to get a soundbar or dedicated surround sound setup for the best sound possible.
The distortion performance is unremarkable. There isn't too much distortion at moderate listening levels, but there's a lot more in the mid and treble range at the max volume.
The TV comes with the same Google TV interface as other Sony TVs. Navigating through the menus feels smooth, and there aren't any big issues with it, but it may take some time to learn if you aren't used to it.
Unfortunately, like most smart platforms, there are ads throughout the interface. You can opt-out of personalized ads, but that just means you'll get non-targeted ads instead.
The Google Play Store has a ton of apps you can download, so you're sure to find your favorite streaming service. The TV is compatible with the BRAVIA CAM, which is sold separately, and you can use it to make video calls or use hands-free gestures.
Sony released a redesigned remote with the 2022 TVs. It's smaller, with a sleeker look than the 2021 and older models, and it doesn't have a numpad. Instead, you need to press the '123' button for a virtual numpad to appear on the screen. It has a built-in mic for voice control, and you can ask it to do most common demands, including switching inputs, opening apps, and changing certain settings like the brightness.
There's a single button underneath that you can use to turn the power on/off, switch inputs, change channels, and adjust the volume.