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Sony X85K TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jul 12, 2022 at 10:09 am
Sony X85K Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.1
Movies
Value for price beaten by
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8.0
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
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7.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
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7.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
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7.8
HDR Gaming
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8.1
PC Monitor
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Sony X85K is a mid-range 4k LED TV. It sits between the Sony X80K and the Sony X90K in Sony's 2022 TV lineup. It's largely unchanged from its predecessor, the Sony X85J, as it uses the same 4k HDR Processor X1 and has many of the same features while improving on some of its gaming features, like the variable refresh rate (VRR) range. It uses the same Google TV interface as other Sony TVs, which has a ton of apps available to download and gives you access to Google Assistant. However, it doesn't have the same features the higher-end models have, like local dimming and the S-Center speaker input to enhance your sound setup. Luckily, it's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches, meaning you can find the size for your needs.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The Sony X85K is good overall. It performs well for watching SDR or HDR movies in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks and has impressive black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. It also makes some highlights pop in HDR, but the tone mapping is off with brighter colors. It's great for watching TV shows and good for watching sports in bright rooms as it gets bright enough to fight glare from a few lights around and has good reflection handling, but it has a narrow viewing angle if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement. Lastly, it's good for gaming as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for console gamers, but it doesn't support FreeSync, which is disappointing for PC gamers.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Reflections from moderate light sources aren't distracting.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.1 Movies

The Sony X85K is great for watching movies in a dark room. It displays deep blacks in dark rooms thanks to its high native contrast ratio, and there isn't much blooming around bright objects. However, it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast and to make small highlights stand out against the rest of the image. Luckily, it removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies, and you can easily stream your favorite movies thanks to the Google TV interface.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Minimal blooming around bright objects.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
8.0 TV Shows

The Sony X85K is great for watching TV shows in a bright room. You won't have many issues using it in rooms with a few lights around as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, but it struggles opposite windows with direct sunlight. You can also easily stream your favorite content thanks to the Google TV platform and upscales lower-resolution content without issues. Sadly, it isn't ideal to use in a wide seating arrangement as it has a narrow viewing angle and the image looks washed out from the sides.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Reflections from moderate light sources aren't distracting.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.7 Sports

The Sony X85K is good for watching sports. Fast-moving players and balls look smooth thanks to the quick response time, and it has a flicker-free backlight, meaning there isn't any distracting image duplication. It's also a great choice for watching games in well-lit rooms as it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, but it still isn't the best idea to put it opposite a sunny window. Unfortunately, it isn't ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends as it has a narrow viewing angle and the image looks washed out from the sides.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Reflections from moderate light sources aren't distracting.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.8 Video Games

The Sony X85K is great for gaming. It has advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support that make it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5. It also has a quick response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It looks great while gaming in dark rooms as it has a high native contrast ratio with deep blacks and minimal blooming, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag in Game Mode.
  • HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC support.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • No FreeSync support.
7.1 HDR Movies

The Sony X85K is good for watching HDR movies. It displays a wide range of colors and gets bright enough to make them look vivid, but some colors look inaccurate at brighter shades. It displays deep blacks in dark rooms and has impressive black uniformity without much blooming around bright objects, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast and make small highlights really pop.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Minimal blooming around bright objects.
  • Bright enough in HDR to make some highlights pop.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Tone mapping is off with brighter colors.
7.8 HDR Gaming

The Sony X85K is good for HDR gaming. You can play high-frame-rate games in HDR thanks to the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate with Dolby Vision games. It has low input lag and a quick response time for a smooth gaming feel. HDR content looks good as it has a high native contrast ratio and displays a wide range of colors, but it lacks a local dimming feature, and the tone mapping is off, causing some brighter colors to appear inaccurate.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag in Game Mode.
  • HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC support.
  • Bright enough in HDR to make some highlights pop.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • No FreeSync support.
  • Tone mapping is off with brighter colors.
  • Dolby Vision limited to 4k @ 60Hz.
8.1 PC Monitor

The Sony X85K is great to use as a PC monitor. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which helps result in clear text, and it has low input lag for a responsive desktop feel. It also gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling if you have a few lights around. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, and the image looks washed out at the sides if you sit too close to the screen.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Reflections from moderate light sources aren't distracting.
  • Low input lag in Game Mode.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Movies
  • 8.0 TV Shows
  • 7.7 Sports
  • 7.8 Video Games
  • 7.1 HDR Movies
  • 7.8 HDR Gaming
  • 8.1 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jul 12, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 07, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X85K has a simplistic design that's not very premium, but it doesn't look cheap either. The bezels have a textured plastic finish, while the back is matte plastic.

Design
Stand

The wide-set plastic feet support the TV well, and there's minimal wobble for a 65-inch model. The feet raise the bottom of the screen about 3.3 inches off the table, so placing a soundbar in front likely won't block it unless you have a large soundbar.

Footprint of the 65-inch TV: 48.1" x 13.2".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The Sony X85K has a plastic back with a checkerboard pattern typical of Sony TVs. The inputs are side-facing and set into the TV, so they're difficult to reach with the TV wall-mounted. It has basic cable management with hooks on the feet to guide the cables to the inputs.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)

The bezels are slightly larger than on other mid-range and premium TVs, but they aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.80" (7.1 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony X85K has good build quality. It's well-put-together with stable feet and good-quality plastic. There's a bit of flex on the back panel, but it isn't something to be concerned about. However, there's one issue with our unit as there are a couple of spots near the center of the screen. We couldn't clean them off, and they seem to be dirt or smudges that are caught between the panel and some layers beneath it. It's more of a quality control issue, and we don't expect it to be a widespread problem, but let us know if you experience the same thing.

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5,392 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Sony X85K has an amazing native contrast ratio. It displays deep blacks in a dark room. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
489 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
513 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
513 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Sony X85K has great SDR peak brightness. It easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and luckily brightness remains consistent across different scenes.

The results are from after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max, the Contrast at its default of '90', and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 1'.

If you don't care so much about image accuracy and want the brightness image possible, use the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with the Contrast and Gamma at their max, Color Temperature set to 'Expert 2', and Advanced Contrast Enhancer on 'High'. This results in a peak brightness of 588 cd/m² in the 10% window.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Sony X85K doesn't have a local dimming feature. Thanks to its direct-lit LED backlighting and high contrast, the picture quality is still good in dark scenes, but small highlights don't stand out versus the rest of the screen due to the lack of local dimming. We still film these videos on the TV 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

The Sony X85K doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
521 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
547 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
547 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
548 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
549 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
548 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
547 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
546 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
548 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
548 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
548 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Sony X85K has okay HDR brightness. It gets bright enough for a satisfying HDR experience, but without a local dimming feature, some small highlights don't pop against the rest of the screen. The EOTF follows the target PQ curve almost perfectly, meaning it displays scenes at their correct brightness until the sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details in bright scenes.

These results are from the 'Custom' HDR Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max, Contrast at '90', and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 2'. If you find the screen too dim, set the Contrast and Gamma to their max with the Advanced Contrast Enhancer on 'High'. This results in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak brightness.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
522 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
549 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
550 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
550 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
550 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
551 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
550 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
550 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
550 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is okay and looks nearly identical to outside of Game Mode. The results are with the same settings as outside of Game Mode but in the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.202%
50% DSE
0.168%
5% Std. Dev.
0.982%
5% DSE
0.098%

The Sony X85K has good gray uniformity. Besides the darker corners, the screen is uniform, and there aren't any distracting areas. However, there's an issue with our unit with dirty spots towards the center, which are likely smudges or dust caught in the panel. It's different from the dirty screen effect some TVs experience, which is due to the panel's performance and not quality control issues like this one.

8.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.788%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Sony X85K has impressive black uniformity. Blacks look deep, even without a local dimming feature, and there's minimal blooming around bright objects.

5.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
54°
Brightness Loss
34°
Black Level Raise
13°
Gamma Shift
17°

The Sony X85K has a disappointing viewing angle. The image looks washed out as you move off-center, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.1%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.5%

The Sony X85K has good reflection handling. Combined with its high peak brightness, it performs well in most well-lit rooms, but don't place it opposite a window with direct sunlight on it.

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.82
Color dE
1.05
Gamma
2.24
Color Temperature
6,635 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The out-of-the-box accuracy is fantastic in SDR. There are minimal inaccuracies to most colors and the white balance, and the color temperature is nearly spot-on with the 6500K target. Gamma follows the 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms well, but some brighter scenes are slightly too dark.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
0.74
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,499 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No

The Sony X85K has incredible accuracy after calibration to the D65 white point. It's very easy to calibrate, and any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted by the naked eye.

You can see the settings for our calibration here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Sony X85K displays 480p content from DVDs and SD cable channels without issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from HD cable channels, doesn't have any upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The Sony X85K upscales 1080p content, like from Blu-rays, very well.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Sony X85K displays native 4k content perfectly, and there aren't any issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Sony X85K is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k input.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Sony X85K uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality but can cause blurry text in some applications when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

8.2
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
91.99%
DCI P3 uv
95.80%
Rec 2020 xy
67.54%
Rec 2020 uv
72.97%

The Sony X85K has a great color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it's not future-proof because it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and more content will start to use that color space.

Sadly, its tone mapping is off, and colors appear inaccurate. These results are with a 75% stimulus, but the tone mapping is much better with a 50% stimulus, as you can see below. The coverage doesn't change much, but this means darker colors look more accurate than brighter ones.

7.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
82.8%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
40.7%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
62.3%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
30.6%

The Sony X85K has decent color volume. It displays colors as bright as pure white. However, it struggles to display very dark colors, and it's limited by its incomplete color gamut.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.080
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.102
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.075
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.083

Like most Sony TVs, the gradient handling is excellent. There's minimal banding with most colors, except it's a bit more noticeable with greens.

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

The Sony X85K doesn't show any signs of temporary image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image for 10 minutes.

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

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
8.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.2 ms
100% Response Time
12.8 ms

The Sony X85K has a great response time. Motion looks smooth in most scenes, but as it has overshoot with dark transitions, there's some inverse ghosting.

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

The Sony X85K has a flicker-free backlight with any picture mode and any brightness level, which helps reduce eye strain.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Sony X85K has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It only flickers at 120Hz, which creates duplication with 60 fps content. Keep in mind that the BFI scoring is based on the flicker frequency and not the actual performance.

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

The Sony X85K has a motion interpolation feature to bring lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. Like with most TVs, it works well with slower scenes, but it struggles to keep up in fast-paced content, causing artifacts.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.9 ms

Due to the quick response time, there's some stutter with lower-frame-rate content as each frame is held on longer. Enabling the motion interpolation feature can help reduce this.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Sony X85K removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

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

The Sony X85K supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It supports HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC but not FreeSync, which is disappointing if you have a PC with an older AMD graphics card. It also supports Low Framerate Compensation for the VRR to continue working even when the frame rate drops. We left the 1440p VRR range as Unknown because the TV upscales 1440p to 4k, so it isn't a real 1440p signal.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
16.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
92.0 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
15.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
16.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
16.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
16.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
91.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
87.6 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
7.1 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
7.0 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

The Sony X85K has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you're using the 'Game' Picture Mode.

9.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Sony X85K supports most resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz, as long as you're using HDMI ports 3 and 4 because they support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It displays 1440p @ 60Hz signals with a custom resolution, but it doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz at all. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals, which is important when using the TV as a PC monitor for clear text.

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

The Sony X85K supports 4k gaming up to 120 fps on the Xbox Series X and PS5 with HDMI ports 3 and 4. Like with other Sony TVs, you can only play Dolby Vision games up to 60 fps on the Xbox Series X.

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

As HDMI ports 3 and 4 support full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, you'll be limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth with HDMI ports 1 and 2. However, because one of the HDMI 2.1 ports also serves as an eARC port, you can't use HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on multiple devices if you have your receiver plugged into the eARC port. Also, the TV's tuner supports ATSC 3.0, allowing you to stream over-the-air 4k channels.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
SD/SDHC 0

The Sony X85K doesn't have an Analog Audio Output, so you can't connect your headphones or basic speakers that use an analog connection. Unlike the Sony X90K, it doesn't have the S-Center speaker input.

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

The eARC support allows you to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver with a single HDMI cable, and it supports both common audio formats.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
1.90 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
1.96 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.84 dB
Max
93.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.31 dB

The Sony X85K has a decent frequency response. It has a very well-balanced sound profile at moderate listening levels, but there are more compression artifacts at the max volume. Like with most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass.

6.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.040
Weighted THD @ Max
15.100
IMD @ 80
2.91%
IMD @ Max
25.82%

The Sony X85K's distortion handling is mediocre. Although it isn't too noticeable at moderate listening levels, it gets much worse at the 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
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Sony X85K comes with the same version of Google TV as the Sony X85J. It's user-friendly, and navigating through the menu feels smooth without any noticeable bugs.

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

Like with most modern TVs, there are ads and suggested content on the home screen and in the Google Play Store. You can opt-out of personalized ads, but that just means you'll get non-targeted ads instead.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

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

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

The Sony X85K's remote is slightly different from past Sony remotes. It doesn't have a numpad, and instead has a '123' button that brings up a virtual numpad. The built-in mic gives you access to Google Assistant, and you can ask it to change inputs, search for content, and open apps. You need to make sure you have Bluetooth enabled on the TV for the voice assistant to work.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV to turn it On/Off, change channels, adjust the volume, or switch inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cord
  • 4x VESA mount adapters
  • Cable management clips
  • User manual and guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 61 W
Power Consumption (Max) 155 W
Firmware PKG6.5770.0680NAA

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch Sony X85K, and the results are also valid for all the sizes listed below. The only differences are that the 43 and 50-inch models have a slightly different design compared to the larger sizes, with feet that are set closer to each other. The European X85K is equivalent to the North American version, and there's also an X89K model in Europe that performs the same but has a mic built into the TV. The 55-inch and larger European variants also have an alternate stand position where you can put the feet closer together for smaller tables.

Size Model Number
43" KD-43X85K
 50" KD-50X85K
55" KD-55X85K
65" KD-65X85K
75" KD-75X85K
85" KD-85X85K

If you come across a different type of panel or your Sony X85K doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Some tests, like the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit of the Sony X85K was manufactured in April 2022; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony X85K is a good overall TV that offers advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate support without a premium price tag. However, if you don't care about gaming, other TVs are cheaper and perform similarly. It's basically identical to the Sony X85J, so while you can still find the X85J for cheaper, it's better to go for that until the price of the X85K drops.

Also see our recommendations for the best PS5 TVs, the best gaming TVs, and the best small TVs.

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

The Sony X85K is the newer version of the Sony X85J, and the differences between them are minor. Picture quality is nearly the same between each, and they use the same processor, so they have many of the same features. The X85K improves on some of its gaming features as it has a wider 1080p VRR range, but other than that, the differences between them are minor.

Sony X90K
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X90K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X85K and is better overall. The X90K has a local dimming feature, which the X85K doesn't have, resulting in better overall picture quality because it displays deeper blacks and gets brighter, so highlights pop more in HDR. The X90K also uses a different processor with a few more features, like the S-Center speaker input, so if you want the best features and performance, the X90K is the better choice.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X90J is a higher-end TV than the Sony X85K, so it performs better and has more features. The main difference is that the X90J has a local dimming feature, which the X85K doesn't have, so it can improve the picture quality in dark scenes while also making smaller highlights stand out. It helps the X90J have better overall picture quality. The X90J also has a different processor with a few more features, but other than that, the TVs are similar.

Sony X80K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

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.

Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED. If you're a gamer, you'll enjoy the Sony TV's features, like the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, which the Samsung TV doesn't have. The Sony is also a better choice if you want to use it in a well-lit room as it gets slightly brighter and has better reflection handling.

Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with similar features. There isn't much difference between them, so choosing one over the other comes down to personal preference. The Q70A gets a bit brighter and has better contrast, so the overall picture quality is slightly brighter, but it isn't a significant difference. If you watch content in Dolby Vision, the Sony TV supports it, which the Samsung model doesn't.

Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with different uses. The Sony is better in dark rooms as it has improved contrast and better black uniformity. Even if the Samsung TV has a local dimming feature that the Sony model doesn't have, the Sony still looks better in dark rooms. However, the Samsung is the better choice if you have a well-lit room as it gets brighter and has a wider viewing angle if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

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.

Hisense U8G
55" 65"

The Hisense U8G is better overall than the Sony X85K. The main difference is that the Hisense has a local dimming feature, which the Sony TV doesn't have, allowing it to deliver better picture quality in dark scenes. The Hisense also gets brighter for a better HDR experience and has much better reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

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