SONY 65 INCH 4K ULTRA HD SMART TV: Is the Sony X80J worth it? It all depends on your needs. It is very capable of consuming HDR and SDR content, such as movies and TV shows.
It can also be used for gaming. The TV is very good for real-world work. It provides excellent colour reproduction and immersive experiences. Although it does not support local dimming, this can affect its performance in dark rooms. However, a little bias lighting can help.
It also produces good audio. The 65-inch model was tested by us, but it’s also available in sizes from 43 to 75 inches. The 65-inch model is currently priced at Rs 1,34990 as of this review.
This is similar to the Sony 55 inch X90J, which offers better picture quality, local dimming, and Sony’s new XR processing. The X90J offers better technology and performance but smaller screen size.
The Mi QLED TV 75, which is similar to the 65X80J but has a larger screen, offers QLED backlighting, local dimming, and a smaller screen.
The X80J is more vibrant than the Mi QLED TV but the Mi TV’s local dimming makes it ideal for darkroom content consumption.
SONY 65 INCH 4K ULTRA HD SMART TV (KD-65X80J) DETAILED REVIEW
Sony’s 2020 flagship TVs will feature the XR processor, HDMI 2.1, and other bells and whistles. The brand has many other options in its 2021 lineup.
The Sony X80J is available in sizes from 43 to 75 inches. The Sony X80J features the 4K HDR X1 image processor (not the X1 Extreme powered 2020 flagships), Sony’s Triluminos Pro screen, and the all-new Google TV UI. Is this worth the asking price?
SONYX80J PICTURE QUALITY AND DISPLAY
Let’s start with the TV panel performance. The panel is IPS, which allows for wide viewing angles but not deep blacks. (More on this in a moment). You can’t go too extreme with the viewing angles.
For sustained use, the TV can reach a peak brightness of just over 400 nits. However, it is well within the 350 nits range. The TV supports HDR 10 as well as Dolby Vision.
It can produce great colors thanks to the Triluminos Pro panel. But how does it compare against the Sony X90J, and more importantly against something like the Xiaomi QLED TV 75 (review), for a similar price that offers a larger screen with QLED backlighting and local dimming, as well as the Sony X90J?
SONYX80J 4K & HDR PERFORMANCE
Calman shows that the TV’s average delta error is 6.4. This is lower than the Sony X90J but higher than the one we have seen on other TVs.
The error was large even with 2-point grayscale. The color analysis showed a good average delta error of 1.8, which is quite impressive. The panel performs well for daily content consumption, although the accuracy in color is not as good as that of the X90J.
It just popped when we tried out our HDR content. You can clearly see the stars in the night sky with Our Planet on Netflix. There were also no dark or dull moments for HDR content.
Ready Player One, a movie with the race at 11 minutes was visually stunning with its bright highlights.
Even without the green tint issue that we have discussed on other TVs, the Grand Tour’s opening episode shows a lot of richness to the cars in the desert.
Although the HDR effect on the X90J isn’t as strong, it’s still better than some other TVs that we have tested. The Mi QLED TV would have been a great addition to this one. Unfortunately, it is no longer in our laboratory.
The TV’s HDR output is excellent, providing a truly immersive experience. You have the same picture presets for HDR 10 content as SDR, including Standard, Cinema, Vivid, and Cinema.
The Cinema preset is recommended for the best experience, but you can also switch to Standard. DolbyVision content can be accessed in two modes: DolbyVision bright or DolbyVision dark.
If you are going to consume DolbyVision content in a room that has some biased lighting, we recommend Bright.
Biased lighting is a term that refers to the TV’s lack of dimming areas. This means that the TV can produce a slight grey effect in dark sequences. It can also be noticeable in dark rooms.
This can be eliminated by allowing the room to have some biased lighting.
SONYX80J FHD PERFORMANCE
This TV’s SDR performance is excellent. It was a great experience to see our standard content, including Spider-Man: Homecoming to Young Sheldon as well as Mission: Impossible.
For content such as TV shows, the Standard preset is better than Cinema. Young Sheldon showed that the Cinema preset was more accurate in color, but the Standard preset provided more visual punch for this type of content.
The Cinema preset was good for movies. Although we tend to avoid the Vivid preset, this TV’s Vivid preset can make colors pop without making people appear like they have jaundice. This TV might be for you if you like Vivid’s punchiness.
We were able to make Spidey’s suit appear the right color in Spider-Man Homecoming. This was true in both the Standard preset and the Cinema preset. The preset makes colors look more natural and warms them in cinema.
SONYX80J GAMING PROPERTIES
This TV was capable of playing a variety of games, including Spider-Man Miles Morales (review), God of War (review), Dirt 5 and Last of Us Part 2(review). This TV supports HDMI 2.0 and YUV422 HDR content.
It also has a 60Hz refresh rate, similar to the Mi QLEDTV 75 that we reviewed. The TV was great for all the games that we tried. The soft snow in Spider-Man’s city makes the HDR pop, while you swing towards the sun.
Dirt 5 allows you to race in the tracks with the blinding sunlight coming at you. This TV’s colours pop even in God of War. It was an enjoyable gaming experience.
It was again in a darkened room that the “greys” in the blacks became visible. However, adding a little biased lighting to the room can help.
You will need to upgrade to the X90J for RGB HDR gaming, thanks to HDMI 2.1. This TV’s performance will satisfy those who want a bigger screen for a lower price.
SONYX80J AUDIO EXPERIENCE
The X80J is loud enough to fill a large room with its powerful sound. The audio was clear and loud in large living rooms, even at 40 to 45 percent volume.
The speakers are not bass-rich and background music in movies misses some of the punch, but overall the sound quality is excellent. Movies have clear dialogues. It is easy to distinguish mixed audio with background noises and explosions from the background.
The sound effects in games are clear and loud. A soundbar is a great addition to the TV’s experience. However, the TV can also provide audio output for TV viewing and some gaming.
This UI is almost identical to the one on the X90J, except that there are no far-field microphones. The Google TV UI is identical to the X90J, but you have the same ease of setting up picture presets and fluidity when changing them.
We haven’t seen the “For You” section in Google TV videos or online photos. The apps tab will replace the Play Store, allowing you to search for apps. However, it is not a place where you can quickly check if an application needs to be updated.
Similar to the X90J on the X80J, I used Google Assistant to navigate the section that allows me to check for updates to my app.
HDMI ports 3 and 4, which support 4K HDR gaming, are now supported. I suggest you turn it on immediately after you have set up the TV.
This can be done by going to Settings > Channel & Inputs > External Inputs > HDMI Signal Format. Select the HDMI input format that is enhanced from here.
SONYX80J REMOTE CONTROL
With the slim candy bar shape factor and textured back, the remote control is identical to the X90J. There are OTT hotkeys to YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix, and Prime Video. You also have playback controls. The remote is functional, well-built, and works well.
SONYX80J BUILDING AND DESIGN
The X80J’s build is very similar to the X90J. The feet fit perfectly on the table and have 2 slotted feet. It fit comfortably on my table, where other 65-inch TVs couldn’t. Although the TV wobbles a little when you probe it, that’s not a problem.
However, how often do we tap the TV after it’s been set up? External clips can be attached to the feet for cable management. The back is simple in design.
It is fairly standard where the ports are placed. The ports are located on the right side, facing outwards. There are two USB ports, optical sound out, headphones, AV, four HDMI ports, and an antenna
Is the Sony X80J worth it? It all depends on your needs. It is very capable of consuming HDR and SDR content, such as movies and TV shows. It can also be used for gaming. The TV is very good for real-world work, providing excellent color reproductions and an immersive experience.
Although it does not support local dimming, this can affect its performance in dark rooms. However, a little bias lighting can help. It also produces good audio. The 65-inch model was tested by us, but it’s also available in sizes from 43 to 75 inches.
The 65-inch model is currently priced at Rs 1,34990 as of this review. This is similar to the Sony 55 inch X90J, which offers better picture quality, local dimming, and Sony’s new XR processing. The X90J offers better technology and performance but smaller screen size.
The Mi QLED TV 75, which is similar to the 65X80J, offers QLED backlighting, local dimming, and a larger screen. The X80J is more vibrant than the Mi QLED TV but the Mi TV’s local dimming makes it ideal for darkroom content consumption.
SONY X80J KEY SPECS
- Panel Size: 65-inch (also available in 43, 50, 55, and 75-inch as well)
- Panel Type: IPS LED
- Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
- Panel Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- HDR 10 support: Yes
- Dolby Vision Support: Yes
- Weight (with stand): approx. 21.6kgs
- HDMI Ports: 4
- USB Ports: 2
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Wi-Fi: Yes
- Ethernet: Yes
- Speakers: 20W (Bass Reflex Speaker, X-Balanced Speaker)
- Built-in storage: 16GB
- Price: MRP: 1,79,990. Best Price: Rs 1,34,990