Sony X80J 65 inch TV 4K Ultra HD LED review – how to setup Smart Google TV?

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In the box

  • Voice Remote
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cord
  • Operating instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Stand
  • TV Warranty

Pros & Cons – Sony X80J 65 inch TV 4K Ultra HD LED

PROS

  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome moderate amounts of glare.
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great response time.
  • Wide color gamut.

CONS

  • Not bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
  • No VRR support.
  • Not bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.

Specs – Sony X80J 65 inch TV 4K Ultra HD LED

Display

Size64.5″
Display TechnologyLCD
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution3840 x 2160
Lighting SystemBacklit LED
HDR CompatibilityHDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Variable Refresh TechnologyNone
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)No

Video

Video SystemNTSC
TV TunerATSC 3.0, Clear QAM

Connectivity

Input Ports4 x HDMI Type A (Side)
1 x F-Type (RF Antenna)
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (Composite) (Side)
Output Ports1 x TOSLINK Optical (Digital Audio) (Side)
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (Headphone) (Side)
HDCP SupportVersion 2.3
Audio Return Channel (ARC)ARC, eARC
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2 (Keyboard)
USB Ports2 x USB (Version Unspecified) (Audio, Photo, Video) (Side)
EthernetLAN
ControlRS-232C

Speaker

Power20 W

Convenience

Virtual Assistant SupportGoogle Assistant
Smart TVAndroid TV
Media Player3GPP
AAC
ASF
AVCHD
AVI
FLAC
JPEG
LPCM
MOV
MP3
MP4
MPEG1
MPEG2
MPEG2PS
MPEG2TS
MPEG4
OGG
VP8
WAV
WEBM
WMA
WMV
Xvid
Supported LanguagesAfrikaans
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Danish
English
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Kazakh
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Simplified Chinese
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Traditional Chinese
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Wall Mounting300 x 300 mm

Remote

MicrophoneYes

General

Power ConsumptionStandby: 0.5 W
AC Input Power120 VAC, 60 Hz
Dimensions57.6 x 33.1 x 2.8″ / 1462 x 842 x 71 mm (Without Stand)
57.6 x 35.9 x 13.3″ / 1462 x 912 x 338 mm (With Stand)
Stand Dimensions44.5″ / 1130 mm (Leg Spacing)
Weight47.6 lb / 21.6 kg (Without Stand)

Price

The Sony X80J is a step-down model with a 60Hz panel, meaning you won’t get the benefits of HDMI 2.1. You will, however, get a 4K HDR panel, the Google TV platform, and the capable X1 processor from previous Sony TV ranges. The X80J also packages all this at around half the price of the X90J, costing just $849 / £799 (around AU$1,100) at a 50-inch size, and starting at $749 / £584 (around AU$1,000) for a 43-inch model.

The Sony X90J is the company’s flagship LCD TV this year, starting at $1,299 / £1,149 (around AU$1,700) for a 50-inch size, and going up to $1,499 / £1,249 (around AU$2,000) for a 55-inch size and $1,799 / £1,499 (around AU$2,400) for a 65-inch size. The X90J features Full Array LED backlighting and the new-for-2021 Cognitive Processor XR found also in Sony’s high-end OLED TVs. You’ll also get a flush bezel design, HDMI 2.1 support (with 4K/120fps, eARC, and ALLM for low latency), and the new Google TV operating system found on the latest Chromecast.

Sony X80J 65 inch TV 4K Ultra HD LED review

Build

It feels decently built. The TV is made entirely of plastic and is relatively lightweight but doesn’t feel as sturdy as TVs with more premium materials. 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.

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. Footprint of the stand: 38.74″ x 13.34″

Bezel

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.

Viewing angle

Brightness Loss  39 °Black Level Raise  70 °Gamma Shift  48 °

Good viewing angles. For the most part, 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, so we expect it to perform differently.

HDR brightness

HDR brightness is sub-par. It’s slightly brighter than in SDR but not bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. The EOTF follows the target fairly well, though, which means that the overall brightness of scenes is pretty accurate, except really dark or really bright scenes. As with SDR, the frame dimming causes darker scenes with small highlights to be more dim overall.

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’.

We measured HDR brightness using the ‘Cinema’ Picture Mode with Brightness set to max and Color Temperature set to ‘Expert 2’.

SDR brightness

We measured the SDR brightness after calibration, using the ‘Custom’ Picture Mode and the ‘Expert 1’ Color Temperature, with Brightness set to max.

Decent SDR brightness. It’s not as bright as the Sony X800H, but it should be okay for moderate lighting conditions. It might struggle to overcome glare in very bright rooms, though. Brightness is fairly consistent across different scenes, but it gets a bit dimmer in the 2% window because of the TV’s frame dimming.

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. We hit 397 nits in the 10% window using these settings.

Response time

80% Response Time  4.7 ms100% Response Time  12.5 ms

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.

Interface

In 2021, Android TV has largely been replaced with Google 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.

Remote

The remote has a similar design to previous Sony remotes. For full functionality, it needs to be connected to the TV via Bluetooth. There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button, and you can change inputs, open apps, complete searches, and adjust certain settings through voice command.

Sony X80J 65 inch TV 4K Ultra HD LED customer review

You cannot go wrong with the Sony X80J

I spent weeks analyzing TV specifications and rating (rtings.com), looking at demo models, and finally decided this was the TV I wanted to buy. I love this television. The color accurate picture is beautiful. Viewing angles are fantastic (IPS display), The new Google TV interface is so easy to use (especially if you subscribe to YouTubeTV). HDR content is vivid and accurate, as opposed to washed out or inaccurate, like with most budget televisions. The only issue I had with this TV was hooking up my Samsung soundbar via ARC. I had to upgrade my HDMI cable to a 2.1 certified cable in order to get the TV to recognize the ARC connection, even though it is not using eARC on the soundbar. Since upgrading the cable, it all works flawlessly. I am able to manage my CEC connected devices with the TV remote(s) (both the included Bluetooth remote and older style Sony IR remotes). I just can’t find anything about this television that I don’t like. Spend the extra money, and buy the reputation and support of the Sony Bravia product line.

By KenF at Besy Buy

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2021 X85J 4K Google TV

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As a step-down model from the X95J and X90J, the X85J still boasts excellent picture quality but uses Sony’s previous-generation X1 Ultimate picture processor instead of the newer Cognitive Processor XR.

But despite this, Sony has still loaded the X85J with tons of features:

  • Full HDMI 2.1 support, with 4K at 120Hz on all four HDMI ports
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, and HLG
  • Android TV with Google TV, including Google Assistant and Chromecast
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and Apple TV app
  • ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) tuner
  • 85-inch X85J: $3,200, available for pre-order in May 2021
  • 75-inch X85J:: $2,200, available for pre-order on April 26, 2021
  • 65-inch X85J: $1,600, available for pre-order in May 2021
  • 55-inch X85J: $1,200, available for pre-order in May 2021
  • 50-inch X85J: $1,000, available for pre-order in May 2021
  • 43-inch X85J: $900, available for pre-order in May 2021

2021 Bravia XR X95J Full Array 4K Google TV

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Sony’s top-of-the-line 4K LED TV offers almost every feature found on its flagship Z9J 8K LED TV, making it a tech tour de force that’s a bit more affordable for those who don’t need 8K resolution.

The highlights include:

  • Cognitive Processor XR
  • XR sound, color, contrast, clarity, and motion
  • Three-way adjustable stand
  • Android TV featuring Google TV, Google Assistant, and Chromecast
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and Apple TV app
  • Hands-free voice commands
  • Four HDMI 2.1 inputs with support for VRR, ALLM, eARC, and 4K at 120Hz
  • ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) tuner
  • 85-inch X95J: $4,500, available for pre-order in summer 2021
  • 75-inch X95J: $3,000, available for pre-order in summer 2021
  • 65-inch X95J: Price TBA,  available for pre-order in late summer 2021

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All the new Cognitive Processor XR technologies that Sony has packed into is OLED TVs for 2021 are also available in this 4K LED TV model, but for considerably less money.

You’ll find all the latest standards on the X90J, including support for the full HDMI 2.1 specification, with features like ALLM, VRR, eARC, and 4K at 120Hz. HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision compatibility mean you’ll always be able to enjoy HDR content, and the new Google TV interface helps you get the most out of Android TV’s streaming options, with curated recommendations and personalized options for what to stream next.

With Chromecast and Apple AirPlay, you’ll have two great choices when it comes to screen-sharing from your other devices. Meanwhile, you can control all the action with your voice thanks to hands-free access to Google Assistant.

XR Surround and XR Sound Position technologies increase immersion and realism by making dialog appear to come directly from on-screen faces and giving all your movie and TV soundtracks the 3D effect of height and width.

  • 100-inch Bravia X92J Google TV: $20,000, available for pre-order in summer 2021
  • 75-inch Bravia X90J Google TV: $2,600, available for pre-order now
  • 65-inch Bravia X90J Google TV: $,1800, available for pre-order now
  • 55-inch Bravia X90J Google TV: $1,500, available for pre-order now
  • 50-inch Bravia X90J Google TV: $1,300 available for pre-order now

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