Sony X800H Bravia – Is the entry-level model from Sony worth a look?
Like all major manufacturers, Sony has a few new television models on the schedule this year. On the cheaper end of the new generation is the Sony X800H, which is the follower of the 2019 X800G. Join us in finding out what the differences and similarities are and whether it’s worth taking up the new generation – or whether the old one is enough.
The frame of the Sony X800H is entirely made of plastic. Overall, the manufacturing is very solid – although the TV wobbles a bit when you strike it. The stands are a bit further apart than on the predecessor Sony X800G, which is probably because Sony wants to offer more space for a soundbar in between.
Unfortunately, the cable sorting doesn’t work as well as on the predecessor. In return, the screen edges are narrower and the TV is thinner, which creates a very modern and minimalist impression. Especially because of this it looks very decent and chic on a wall.
No cable management
Modern and minimalist design
TV mount swivel
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Picture quality: Perfect for brighter rooms due to ADS panel
Because the Sony X800H, like its predecessor, has an ADS panel, some characteristic features can be expected. For example, the contrast with a ratio of only 1100:1 is rather disappointing. However, it should also be mentioned at this point that the black level and contrast are better than in other televisions with ADS panels. Due to a wide color gamut, the X800H offers a vivid and colorful picture. With a maximum of 530 nits, it becomes bright enough to compete against a well-lit room with lots of windows. However, the black is not as uniform as on a TV with a VA panel. Therefore, we would rather recommend a different device for dark rooms.
Note: The 75 and 85 inch versions have a VA panel and not an ADS panel. This means that the black level and contrast are much better, but the viewing angle is worse.
10 Bit ADS-Panel (8+2 Bit)
Wide viewing angle
Contrast of 1100:1
No local dimming
Wide Color Gamut
Peak Brightness: 530 Nits
75 an 85'': VA-Panel!
Satisfactory motion handling
Motion handling is undoubtedly one of the strengths of this affordable television. The response time is ~5ms, which is almost as good as that of its predecessor. The backlight does not flicker at all, which is a great feature. Motion interpolationArtificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer at 60fps also works very well. The Black Frame InsertionProcess that inserts black “blank images” as intermediate images. This makes movements appear finer and clearer. feature, reducing motion blur, is rather disappointing. The Sony X800H also struggles to remove JudderInconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV’s frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz). However, these disadvantages should be accepted in this price range.
Response time: ~5ms
No flickering backlight
Black Frame Insertion
Only removes Judder from 24p content
Gaming on the Sony XH80 works very well
There are some features that make the Sony X800H a satisfying and affordable gaming TV. Due to Auto Low Latency Mode the TV switches directly to gaming mode when the console is turned on. The input lag is just about 13ms then. The TV enables 4K gaming at 60 fps. An HDMI 2.1 connection for gaming at 4k@120Hz with the upcoming consoles is unfortunately not available. Other gaming features, like a variable refresh rate, are also missing.
For gamers who prefer the current generation of consoles and use Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, the Sony X800H will still be great fun to play with. So if you don’t need a new console right away and are happy with 4K gaming at 60 fps, the X800H is a great choice for bright rooms.
Auto Low Latency Mode
Low Input Lag of ~13ms
No HDMI 2.1
Analogue video input
The TV may perform well in all other aspects, but the sound is unfortunately ratherdisappointing. Due to the extremely thin construction, the TV can hardly produce any bass, which makes the sound very mid and high frequencyHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. heavy. Although the device gets loud enough and can reproduce understandable dialogues, it distorts relatively quickly at high volumes. As a result, the sound is very midrange- and high-frequency-heavy. The X800H supports DolbyAtmos and DTSMulti-channel-sound-system (Surround Sound) competing with Dolby Digital in compressed Dolby Digital Codec. But you can’t access the uncomplicated formats for lack of HDMI eARC.
Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital+)
No HDMI eARC
For a dymamic sound:
Sony S100F 2.0ch Soundbar
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Nice and intuitive Smart Features
The TV runs, like all Sony TVs of the year, with Android 9.0 Pie. The smart surface runs cleanly and extremely smoothly, so there should be no errors. As usual, advertising is unfortunately supported and displayed here. This cannot be turned off.
Due to the attached Google Play Store, the selection of additional apps is huge. The classics – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and Sky Ticket – are already pre-installed. The included remote control is also great, as it supports voice control via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
The Sony X800H is a great television for small budgets due to its high brightness and good motion handling. Therefore it is suitable for watching football for example in the afternoon in a bright room. Because of the wide viewing angle it is also no problem to watch in a group.
The gaming performance is good, but you have to compromise on high-end features. In the same way, you’ll have to make without Dolby Vision in movies or series and be satisfied with the rather low contrast.
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Alternatives to the Sony X800H Bravia
Sony XG80 Slightly weaker predecessor model
As already suggested, the predecessor model, the X800G, performs slightly worse than the X800H. This becomes clear in the input lag of about 34ms. The older X800G can’t get as bright and has a worse viewing angle, although both have an ADS or the quite similar IPS panel. Also, the Android operating system is not quite as smooth and the input lag is higher. This makes the X800H a really better successor to the X800G, which is not the case with all TVs and their followers.
LG SM8600 Alternative model from LG with similar features
Between the LG SM8600 and the Sony X800H, small differences can be seen. In contrast to the XH80, the SM8600 has local dimming, even if it isn’t particularly advanced. It also has a wider color gamut, better motion handling and a lower input lag. Nevertheless, it doesn’t get as bright as the XH800H and has a significantly smaller viewing angle. But it offers Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits in the sound range.
The biggest difference in this comparison can be seen in the Sony X800H Bravia’s ADS panel and the Samsung Q60T’s VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel: While the ADS panel offers a much wider viewing angle, the VA panel of the QLED model is noticeably higher in contrast and brighter, making the Samsung Q60T more suitable for dark environments.