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Sony has been making TVs televisions for 60 years and at the moment it is identified for finest for costly, high-performance screens. In 2022 it continued the pattern by releasing a kitchen sink price of high-tech shows, from 8K to mini-LED to QD-OLED, and most demand critical money. Thus far 2022 is extra about tightening belts than bells and whistles, nevertheless, so I took a take a look at Sony’s most cost-effective TV first. The X80K is an honest all-around performer, and will attraction to TV buyers on a funds who simply need a Sony, however you may actually do higher for the cash.

Like

  • Correct shade
  • Succesful Google TV sensible system
  • Loads of connectivity
  • Refined, understated design

Do not Like

  • Mediocre distinction and black ranges
  • Costlier than competing TVs with higher image high quality

In early summer season the X80K prices about the identical because the Samsung QN60B and the TCL 6-Sequence. In my side-by-side comparability of the three in CNET’s TV take a look at lab, the Samsung regarded barely higher general than the Sony, with superior brightness and distinction, whereas the TCL completely trounced them each. That could be a shock when you’re new to the TV shopping for recreation and simply listening to manufacturers — wait, a TCL seems to be higher than a Sony? — however when you take a look at their underlying applied sciences, it makes good sense. The Sony and Samsung use primary LCD backlights whereas the TCL leverages step-up display screen tech, specifically full-array native dimming and mini-LED.

Past image I did like Sony’s Google sensible TV system and no-fuss design, and it is available in a wide selection of sizes. Later within the 12 months it is positive to obtain hefty value cuts, like TVs at all times do across the Black Friday and the vacations, that would make it extra aggressive. For now, nevertheless, the X80K would not do sufficient past its identify to face out.

Sony KD-X80K sizes, collection comparability

I carried out a hands-on analysis of the 55-inch Sony KD-55X80K, however this overview additionally applies to the opposite display screen sizes within the collection. All sizes have similar specs and may present very related image high quality.

Sony KD-43X80K, 43-inch
Sony KD-50X80K, 50-inch
Sony KD-55X80K, 55-inch
Sony KD-65X80K, 65-inch
Sony KD-75X80K, 75-inch
Sony KD-85X80K, 85-inch

The X80K collection is the entry-level in Sony’s 2022 TV lineup, with comparatively primary image options. It is lacking the HDMI 2.1 gaming options, 120Hz refresh price and mini-LED backlight discovered on step-up fashions, for instance.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Preserve it easy, Sony

The X80K blends in somewhat than stands out with a darkish grey shade alongside the underside of its body. The opposite three sides are black and their edges angle in barely. The stand consists of straightforward A-shaped legs splayed far to both aspect. Seen from the aspect, the X80K is considerably thicker than the Samsung Q60B (2.83 vs. 1 inch), which may very well be a consideration in order for you as flush a wall-mount as doable.

I like Sony’s easy distant. The keys are specified by acquainted vogue and the requisite shortcut buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Disney Plus and Prime Video are onboard, and I appreciated the devoted enter key that some clickers lack. I might do with out the quantity key and one other devoted to an over-the-air grid information on the backside, however some customers may admire them.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Google TV: Characteristic-rich and promo-heavy

Amongst the entire sensible TV techniques I like Google TV second-best, after Roku, and its implementation on the Sony X80K is the TV’s finest function. Highlights embody glorious voice outcomes because of Google Assistant, tight integration with Google apps specifically YouTube and YouTube TV, and extra apps general, because of the Play retailer, than proprietary techniques like Samsung and LG.

Responses had been fast sufficient however felt a step behind most Roku TVs I’ve used. As soon as I chosen a profile it took a protracted second or two for the principle For You residence web page to populate with thumbnails, for instance. I did not love the big chunk of house on the high dedicated to promotions of exhibits and films on numerous companies. I additionally want the “proceed watching” row was higher-up somewhat than positioned under the “high picks for you” and apps rows. Prime picks appeared to keep in mind my preferences for sci-fi exhibits and films as soon as I went via the “enhance your suggestions” display screen, however there was nonetheless loads of content material I did not care about. Recommendations throughout totally different apps are a high quality thought, however I personally the simplicity of Roku app-centric menus.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Google TV’s profiles labored effectively. I used to be simply capable of arrange a child’s profile, and I appreciated that applicable apps like YouTube Youngsters and PBS Youngsters had been steered for me so as to add, and that Netflix robotically invoked the youngsters profile. Throughout setup I used to be additionally prompted to set display screen cut-off dates, create a profile image and extra. Google TV’s system offers higher parental controls than Roku, though Hearth TV is equally strong.

Modest options, further connections

Key options

Show know-how LED LCD
LED backlight Direct
Decision 4K
HDR appropriate HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
Sensible TV Google TV
Distant Commonplace with voice

As an entry-level TV the X80K’s lack main picture-enhancing extras. It has a 60Hz refresh price somewhat than 120Hz, though it does provide smoothing, aka the cleaning soap opera impact, if you wish to flip it on. It helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos codecs, in addition to normal HDR10, as do many different mid-priced TVs.

  • 4 HDMI inputs (One with eARC)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Composite AV enter (3.5mm)
  • Optical digital audio output
  • RF (antenna) enter
  • Ethernet (LAN) port

Bodily connections are higher than many primary TVs’ nevertheless, with a fourth HDMI in addition to analog video.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Image high quality comparisons

I arrange the 55-inch Sony X80K subsequent to its direct competitor from Samsung, in addition to cheaper Hearth TV and a TCL with superior image high quality specs. Here is the lineup:

Samsung QN55Q60B
Amazon Hearth TV Omni
TCL 65R646

TV and films: The Sony delivered the second-worst image within the lineup general, beating out solely the Omni. Its primary weak point was comparatively weak distinction, attributable to each lighter (worse) black ranges and dimmer highlights than the Samsung.

Watching Hustle on Netflix, for instance, the black across the credit and the shadows within the locker room had been lighter and fewer practical than on the opposite TVs, if solely barely worse than the Samsung and the Omni. The Samsung was additionally considerably brighter than the Sony in its most correct image modes, which made the movie’s HDR picture pop extra compared. The pores and skin tones of Adam Sandler and the basketball gamers regarded more true than the Samsung and Omni, however general I most popular the Samsung’s image by a hair.

The story was related with the difficult Spears and Munsil 4K HDR Benchmark montage on Blu-ray, the place the Samsung regarded a bit brighter than the Sony. Each outperformed the Omni, which confirmed much less high-level element in snowscapes for instance, however the distinction wasn’t sufficient to justify the Sony’s a lot increased value.

The TCL, in the meantime, was superior in just about each technique to the others, with glorious distinction, deep black ranges and highly effective brightness that made the Sony, Samsung and Hearth TV pale by comparability.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Gaming: Taking part in Horizon Forbidden West, shade was extra practical and correct on the Sony, and much like the TCL and LG, whereas the Samsung in each mode appeared extra saturated and, effectively, game-y. Once more the Samsung gained for distinction and punch, handily, though to its credit score the Sony revealed extra particulars within the shadows, which is a bonus in darkish video games with enemies lurking within the shadows. The Sony lacked the excellent gaming stats show of the Samsung and each had related (glorious) enter lag, however general I most popular the Samsung’s punchier look. The TCL, in the meantime, mixed a brighter picture than both one with glorious shadow element and, sure, colours as correct (and better-looking) than the Sony.

Vibrant lighting: The Sony measured comparatively dim, backing up my subjective impressions, and each it and the Samsung had been less-bright than the TCL and a less-expensive Vizio, each outfitted with native dimming. Under are my measurements in nits for choose comparability TVs of their brightest and most correct image modes, utilizing each normal dynamic vary (SDR) and excessive dynamic vary (HDR) take a look at patterns.

Gentle output in nits

TV Brightest mode (SDR) Correct mode (SDR) Brightest mode (HDR) Correct mode (HDR)
TCL 65R635 1,114 792 1,292 1,102
Vizio M65Q7-J01 791 562 764 631
Samsung QN55Q60B 549 343 540 514
Sony KD-55X80K 369 357 446 387
LG OLED65C2 413 389 812 759

Regardless of its decrease mild output numbers the Sony remains to be vivid sufficient for all however essentially the most light-filled viewing environments. As with most TVs, the brightest modes for HDR and SDR (Recreation and Vivid, respectively) are much less correct. For the correct outcomes listed above I used Customized mode and I like to recommend X80K homeowners do the identical to get good shade in vivid rooms. Notice that with SDR, you may must disable the Auto Power Saving setting (Settings > Show & Sound > Image > Gentle Sensor > Off) to get full brightness.

The Samsung’s display screen was higher than that of the Sony at coping with vivid reflections within the room. Sitting beneath vivid lights, I noticed my reflection within the black display screen of the X80K extra clearly (and it was extra distracting) than in any of the opposite TV screens.

Uniformity and viewing angle: The display screen of the X80K pattern I reviewed confirmed no main points with vivid spots or darkish areas, and in take a look at patterns appeared extra uniform than the Omni and much like the opposite shows. Watching hockey I noticed little or no proof of irregularities because the digicam panned throughout the ice. From off-angle the Samsung maintained superior black stage and distinction however Sony had higher shade, very like the TVs’ respective efficiency from straight on.

Sony KD X80K TV

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Image settings notes

Essentially the most correct settings had been Cinema and Customized mode for each HDR and SDR, and Customized measured barely extra correct so I went with that. Recreation is finest for gaming, because of its low enter lag, and shade was much like Customized and exceedingly correct.

The X80K affords settings that have interaction smoothing, aka the cleaning soap opera impact, as I choose to show it off for TV exhibits and films. You possibly can experiment with the settings (Settings > Show & Sound > Image > Movement > Motionflow > Customized) and it is off by default within the Cinema and Customized modes.

Geek field

SDR End result Rating
Black luminance (0%) 0.075 Poor
Peak white luminance (SDR) 357 Common
Avg. gamma (10-100%) 2.46 Poor
Avg. grayscale error (10-100%) 2.27 Good
Darkish grey error (30%) 2.07 Good
Vibrant grey error (80%) 3.04 Common
Avg. shade checker error 3.08 Common
Avg. saturation sweeps error 2.52 Good
Avg. shade error 2.67 Good
Enter lag (Recreation mode) 11.93 Good
HDR10
Black luminance (0%) 0.084 Poor
Peak white luminance (10% win) 446 Poor
Gamut % UHDA/P3 (CIE 1976) 94.73 Common
ColorMatch HDR error 8.08 Poor
Avg. shade checker error 1.54 Good
Enter lag (Recreation mode, 4K HDR) 11.67 Good

See How We Check TVs for extra particulars.

Portrait Shows Calman calibration software program was used on this overview. 

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