Sony X800G Bravia


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The Sony X800G is part of the Bravia LCD TV line-up of 2019. As the most affordable model, it doesn’t come close to the flagship Sony X950G, but in view of the price it delivers good performance. It is available in sizes 43, 49, 55, 65 and 75 inches. Find out on tvfindr whether its performance is sufficient to fight the competition.

Quality and design of the Sony X800G

The design of the Sony X800G is reminiscent of the rest of the Bravia series of 2019, especially the similar design of the stand. It is well made and makes a solid impression with its matte black finish. The feet provide a secure stand, but cannot completely prevent the TV from wobbling a little when touched. However, this doesn’t cause any problems during normal use.

If you are not planning to hang the TV on the wall, you should note that the feet are relatively far apart. The larger models require a rather wide sideboard. For wall mounting, however, you should be aware that cable management can be challenging, as two HDMI outputs and all audio outputs go out to the rear.

Sufficient picture quality for SDR

The built in IPS panel with 60 Hz generates 10 bits (8 bit + FRC) of color depth. The TV should generally be used in well lit rooms with many windows. This makes it very similar to the LG SM8600. In a dark environment the limited contrast (1000:1) and the disappointing blacks are clearly noticeable. Unfortunately there is no local dimming, which could have improved the performance in dark rooms. This is reserved for the higher quality models of the series.

These flaws are the price of a wide viewing angle, so you can also sit and watch the screen at an angle without experiencing limited image quality.
On the other hand, the Sony X800G handles reflections very well. The brightness of 330 to 400 Nits will also satisfy in bright rooms. If you’re not looking for accurate, natural colors, what Sony is actually known for doing quite well, the X800G can reach a maximum brightness in vivid picture mode of close to 500 Nits.

If you’re into HDR video, the Sony X800G isn’t the TV for you. The contrast ratio just isn’t sufficient. So it’s no big deal that it doesn’t support dynamic HDR formats. Ordinary SDR content, such as cable and satellite TV, DVDs and Blu-rays, looks very good.

The largest 75 inch model is very different from the other sizes. Here a VA panel is used, which provides better blacks and contrast ratio, but has a more limited viewing angle.

If 75 inches in too big for you and you’re looking for a budget TV set for darker environments, we have other recommendations for you. Have a look at the Samsung Q60R or the Samsung RU7100 an.

Excellent motion handling

The Sony X800G processes fast moving footage, as is often the case with action films, very well. The 60 Hz display has a response time of about 5ms, so there’s hardly any motion blur. Only OLED TVs like the LG C9 can exceed this value noticeably with only 1ms. This is why the X800G is a really good choice if you’re looking for a TV to watch sports on with a couple of friends in the afternoon or early evening.

Good TV for occasional gaming

Compared to other current TVs, gamers with a professional standard won’t enjoy the Sony X800G very much. Important features, which are definitely available in this price range, are missing. There is no VRR through FreeSync or G-Sync, no Auto Low Latency Mode and the Input Lag is somewhat high compared to other models: 32.5ms at 1080p @ 60 Hz and 34.5ms at 4K @ 60 Hz.

For games that aren’t about lightning fast reactions, that’s definitely enough. But first person shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Battlefield 1 are a lot more enjoyable with a very low input lag. A Samsung RU8000 can provide this with just under 7ms.

Disappointing sound quality

The sound of the Sony X800G is unfortunately only mediocre. The sound from the 20W stereo speakers has almost no bass, which is due to the thin design. It makes sense to use a soundbar or, if available, a HiFi system. This is especially worthwhile because the X800G can output Dolby Atmos sound via Dolby Digital Plus.

Smart TV features of the Sony X800G

Like the rest of the Bravia series, the X800G runs the SmartOS Android TV 8.0 Oreo. The app selection is huge, while most of the most popular apps are pre-installed. This applies to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, for example. If you prefer to do without the included remote control, you can use Google Assistant. Apple AirPlay 2 will be added via update.

Solid LCD TV for bright environments

The Sony XG80 is a decent mid-range IPS LCD TV. Here you get good 4K quality without any extras – perfect for people who don't need any extras. Those who watch more television in bright surroundings with lots of people will get what they are looking for here. For example, the XG80 is a good choice for watching football. But if you like gaming and movies in the evening, you'll find better alternatives.
Picture quality69
Motion handling78
Smart TV features84
Gaming74
Reader Rating0 Votes0
Pros
Good brightness
Very good viewing angle
Great motion handling
Dolby Atmos through Dolby Digital Plus
Cons
Black level
Contrast ratio
Input Lag
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Sony X800G Bravia: Variants & Models


Manufacturer Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Product code KD-55XG8096
KD-65XG8096
KD-75XG8096
KD-43XG8096
KD-49XG8096
Screen size 55 Inch
65 Inch
75 Inch
43 Inch
49 Inch
Panel IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
Price $ 748.00*$ 998.00*$ 1,398.00*$ 548.00*$ 628.00*
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Picture
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast Ratio 977:1
977:1
977:1
977:1
977:1
Brightness 440
440
440
440
440
HDR10+




Dolby Vision




Local Dimming




Frequency 60 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 34.5
34.5
34.5
34.5
34.5
VRR




Audio
System 2.1
2.1
2.1
2.1
2.1
Power (RMS) 20 W
20 W
20 W
20 W
20 W
Dolby Digital




DTS




Dolby Atmos




Soundbar inside




Inputs
HDMI 2.0 2
2
2
2
2
HDMI 2.1 0
0
0
0
0
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
1
1
HDMI CEC




USB 2.0 2
2
2
2
2
USB 3.0 1
1
1
1
1
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
1
1
3.5mm jack 1
1
1
1
1
Digital optical 1
1
1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
0
0
Satellit 0
0
0
0
0
Antenna 1
1
1
1
1
Ci+ 1.4


1

Bluetooth




Wifi




USB recording PVR




Timeshift




Picture-in picture




Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Twin Tuner




Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 1388
1639
1893
1080
1231
Width without base (mm) 1241
1463
1686
970
1101
Height without base (mm) 721
842
932
570
645
Depth without base (mm) 79
80
80
57
57
Weight without stand (kg) 16.1
20.9
30.7
9.6
11,8
Width with base (mm) 1241
1463
1153
970
1101
Height with base (mm) 785
909
1034
630
704
Depth with base (mm) 336
336
402
260
260
Weight with stand (kg) 17.2
22
32.5
10.2
12.4
Width of footprint (mm) 1241
1463
1686
970
1101
Depth of footprint (mm) 336
336
402
260
260
VESA standard (mm) 200x200
300x300
300x300
100x200
200x200
Stand removable?





* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 23. October 2019 at 6:09. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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