Sony has once again released a new lineup for their Bravia TVs this year. As an affordable entry-level model for this series, the X80J is released this year and it doesn’t just provide good picture quality, but also a wide viewing angle. This means you can watch various sport events with your friends and you don’t have to worry about any real loss of picture quality. There is also an analog video input, which makes gaming on retro consoles like the Nintendo 64 a real feast.
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The behavior towards reflections is slightly worse for the X80J, than for the previous year’s model. This is due to the lower maximum achievable brightness. The X800H reaches a peak brightness of up to 530 Nits, while the 2021 device reaches a maximum of 410 Nits. Due to the low brightness, the TV cannot counter reflections that well.
The Sony X80J uses an ADS panel, while the X800H has an IPSIn-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panel. ADS panels are very similar to the traditional IPS versions in terms of performance. Therefore, they both have a wide viewing angle. Unlike VA panels, no extra layer has to be used by the manufacturer to achieve the wide viewing angle. For the X800H, the 75″, as well as the 85″ variant have a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel. On the newer X80J, only the 50″ TV uses one. These type have a more limited viewing angle.
Both Bravia models have small deficits in SDRStandard Dynamic Range – image/video with a conventional gamma curve (opposite: HDR) – “normal” videos picture quality. Since an ADS panel is used, the contrast ratio is correspondingly low. Only the models with VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panels have a better value and thus a slightly better SDR picture quality. The better rating of the X800H is mainly due to the possible maximum brightness. Both TVs also have a similar color coverage, although it is marginally better in the X80J.
The low contrast ratio of ADS panels is even more important in this category, than it was with SDRStandard Dynamic Range – image/video with a conventional gamma curve (opposite: HDR) – “normal” videos quality. Since a high contrast ratio is considered the most important feature for a good HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) picture, both TVs score rather poorly in this category. Unfortunately, both devices also lack a local dimming function and the color coverage is not well developed. The picture is definitely not bad, but a really good HDR picture quality is missed here. The respective picture quality is necessarily a bit better in the VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel models, since the contrast ratio is higher.
This section takes a closer look at the previous categories. The newer Sony X80J scores worse than the older X800H in the overall category due to the lower brightness and weak contrast ratio. However, it remains to be mentioned that the sound is slightly better pronounced in the model from 2021, since an eARC port has been installed.
Both Bravia devices are really solid in the area of gaming. They both have low input lag, making the delay in input hardly noticeable. The 2020 model has ALLMAuto Low Latency Mode – Automatically detects connected consoles and keeps input lag as low as possible., which is no longer present on the newer model. However, neither unit has an HDMI 2.1 port installed, and neither are VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card compatible. Nevertheless, the X80J has an analog video input, which means you can confidently gamble with retro consoles, such as the Nintendo 64, on the TV.
Both TVs have a very short response time. Since the X800H has a response time of about 4.9ms, it scores slightly better in our rating, but the difference is not visible to the naked eye. The Bravias are both very suitable for watching sport events with friends, as the wide viewing angle naturally plays a role for that.
The X80J no longer uses the Android 9.0 TV overlay, but Google TV. Both versions have access to the Google Play Store, but there are also ads that cannot be disabled. The X800H also lacks an eARC port, which was integrated in the 2021 model. Furthermore, the remote control of the X80J has new features. You can now select YouTube, Disney + and Prime Video directly at the push of a button. The buttons for Google Play Video and TV have been removed. Otherwise, the features of the TVs are very similar. The ports of the Sony X80J are almost the same as those of the previous model.
When comparing the Sony XH80 vs. the X80J, it is obvious, that new doesn’t always have to be better. Almost nothing has changed in the design, except for a cable holder on the feet of the new Bravia. However, the 2021 model has taken a step backwards in terms of brightness. As a result, both the SDRStandard Dynamic Range – image/video with a conventional gamma curve (opposite: HDR) – “normal” videos and HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) picture quality are worse than they were last year. Even though the good viewing angle and fast response time are obvious advantages for both TVs, there is still a drawback for the X80J in terms of gaming. The missing ALLMAuto Low Latency Mode – Automatically detects connected consoles and keeps input lag as low as possible. is noticeable, and the lack of an HDMI 2.1 port is also rather negative.
Even if the sound is a bit better than last year, the weaker picture quality is still there. The Sony’s picture is not fundamentally bad, but the X800H is a better choice in this comparison.