SONY X80J review in 2022

By Alice Green  |   11 Oct, 2022

SONY X80J review in 2022


Anyone looking to upgrade their home's entertainment systems could select the Sony X80J75 Inch TV with 4K. The speakers have crystal clear sound, and the picture quality is superb. To enhance your experience further, you can also connect with external speakers. The model you choose can connect multiple devices at once without sacrificing performance due to the HDMI inputs and USB connections. Volume adjustments and channel changes are easy thanks to the voice commands made possible by the remote's user-friendly interface. With the built-in microphone on your remote control, you can use it to talk into and find the content you want to watch on your TV. The TV has excellent sound quality, too. High-quality audio is created by the built-in speakers, whether watching films or listening to songs. You will notice that external speakers are not required.

The Sony X80J is an essential 4K TV part of Sony's 2021 line-up. It does not have the features you expect to find on more expensive TVs, but it performs well for a lower-end IPS model. With the low contrast ratio, the ADS panel has a low contrast ratio which means that blacks appear gray in dark rooms. It also does not offer a local dimming option to boost the black level. However, it has wide viewing angles and is reasonably bright so that it will not cause glare in rooms with moderate lighting. Although it offers a broad range of colors to support HDR video, it does not have enough brightness to highlight highlights in HDR as a whole, which means your overall HDR experience is not as great. It is not the most advanced gaming capabilities, with no variable refresh rate (VRR) or Low auto Latency Mode (ALLM), and its HDMI ports are restricted up to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. However, users who are not gamers will be satisfied with its lightning-fast response speed and low input delay. Like many other 2021 Sony TVs, it is equipped with Google TV, which replaces Android TV. This new experience is quick and user-friendly and comes with many streaming applications.


Before testing every TV, we ensure that the TV receives an uninterrupted signal for a minimum of 24 hours, giving the pixels time to get warm. The 55-inch SonyX80J we tested received the standard warm-up time before any measurements were taken.

In the SDR for both SDR and HDR testing, we utilized the Sony "Custom" image mode. We have selected this option because of its precision (Sony states its "Custom" picture mode is the most accurate); however, results will depend on the selected picture mode.

We conducted our tests using Sony X80J in its "Custom" image modes.

To determine the average performance of the TV using a typical ANSI checkerboard pattern to conduct the majority of our standard contrast tests. We also employ black and white screens ranging between 2% and 90% to determine how the contrast performs and different display levels of brightness.

The measurements of our peak brightness are made using extended windows. Therefore these numbers represent the brightness of your TV's highest level over a long duration. Particular highlights (like flashes of reflected light) may be brighter. However, they are not sustained for a long duration.


There are four HDMI ports. However, none of them is HDMI 2.1.

The Sony X80J provides a standard set of connectivity options that most people will be satisfied with. However, people looking for the latest technology will likely be disappointed with the absence of HDMI 2.1 ports.

Here is what you will see in an enlarged cutout on the back of the panel

  • 4x HDMI 2.0 (1x eARC)
  • Two USB (1x USB 3.0)
  • Composite input (adapter needed)
  • RF connection (cable/antenna)
  • Ethernet (LAN) Input
  • Digital audio output (optical)
  • 3.5mm audio output (headphone jack)


  • Fantastic color and extra-wide viewing angles
  • The X80J's deep, accurate colors are the most impressive thing this TV can offer.
  • Sony is not a stranger to the idea of quantum dot enhancement in color. The company's "Trolamines" screen technology opened the door to expanded LCD color. The X80J perfectly illustrates how the use of quantum dots instantly improves the display's color palette.
  • From a perspective of color from color standpoint, essential content -- like basic cable and most of the content accessible on streaming platforms -- is displayed superbly on the X80J since it can cover all of the SDR color spectrum (Rec.709). The color accuracy it offers out of the box (as measured by the television's "Custom" feature) is slick, and we have observed a nearly perfect white point prior to any calibration measures being made, and the X80J's color points when taking in the SDR signal were in line with.
  • In HDR, the X80J's color production is not as great. However, it gets the job completed. Our tests found that the X80J has approximately eighty percent of the broad HDR color spectrum (DCI-P3). This is about what we would expect for a TV at this price. Practically speaking, this means that any content that has been mastered to HDR (like some Blu-rays that are 4K and flashy unique streaming media) is likely to look good, though not as vivid as we have been used to seeing from more bright, high-end quantum dots TVs.
  • We are pretty sure that the X80J has an IPS-style display, and although we have had many complaints about the performance of these panels (more on this later), They tend to have more viewing angles than their VA-style counterparts. The same is true for the Sony X80J, whose picture performs admirably during off-angle viewing. A small amount of color decoloration is a part of the off-angle viewing experience, but there is no major color shift. This makes it an excellent choice for viewing in groups which is a benefit for the X80J considering a large number of TVs within the price range of the X80J that are less impressive in this area.

Google TV is a vast improvement over Android TV.

This year, almost each Sony TV is changing to Android TV and Google TV. The same software is available on the new Chromecast but with a few modifications to integrations in the nick of time. Although we have always been awestruck by the variety of content available on Android TV, we found its application of smart TVs slow. It was never as smooth as it could have been.

When we spoke with representatives from Sony earlier, they were pleased about the transition towards Google TV, and the reason is apparent. From the top down, Google TV is far superior to the Android TV experience of years before; the app is much faster to load navigation, more intuitive and the user interface is more pleasant on the eyes.

A few people might decide to add the external device to their next TV; however, Google TV makes a strong argument for removing the streaming device to use an inbuilt smart platform. We are thrilled that we have this.

Pros of Product

  • A wide viewing angle.
  • Ideal with moderate light.
  • Excellent response time.

Product Cons

  • The contrast ratio appears to be very low.


Its model Sony X80J is okay for playing video games. It has a minimal input lag, meaning that your actions will be in sync with what is displayed on the screen. It also has a fast response time, which results in the smooth movement. However, its low contrast ratio cannot produce deep blacks, so it is not the best choice for dark-room gaming. Also, it has not equipped with advanced gaming features, such as adjustable refresh rates that can lessen screen tearing. Additionally, it has only limited to a 60Hz frame rate.

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