Sony X800H vs X80J TV comparison 2021/05

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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Sony X800H and X80J compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
44%
Sony X800H 55"
38%
Sony X80J 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
63%
Sony X800H 55"
63%
Sony X80J 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
53%
Sony X800H 55"
50%
Sony X80J 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
40%
Sony X800H 55"
34%
Sony X80J 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
65%
Sony X800H 55"
62%
Sony X80J 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
63%
Sony X800H 55"
63%
Sony X80J 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
63%
Sony X800H 55"
62%
Sony X80J 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
77%
Sony X800H 55"
79%
Sony X80J 55"
Sony X800H 55"
Sony X80J 55"
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Sony X800H 2020

The Sony entry-level from 2020

Direct LED
Direct LED
ADS Panel
ADS Panel
As the entry-level model of Sony's 2020 Bravia series, the X800H is a solid TV. The device has a wide viewing angle and a really good picture thanks to the built-in technologies. Due to a low input lag and ALLM, gaming is also fun on the TV and especially in the area of motion handling, the TV is performs quite good. A low response time and motion interpolation up to 60Hz support the good picture quality. Since an IPS panel is used, the TV has the usual problems in form of a low contrast ratio and poor black levels.
43" (108cm)
XBR43X800H
49" (123,1cm)
XBR49X800H
55" (138,8cm)
XBR55X800H
65" (163,9cm)
XBR65X800H
75" (189,3cm)
XBR75X800H
85" (214cm)
XBR85X800H

Sony X80J 2021

For soccer fans and retro gamers

Direct LED
Direct LED
ADS Panel
ADS Panel
The X80J is the latest addition to the Bravia series. Sony has not changed much in terms of design. Cable holders have been added to ease cable management on the TV. The wide viewing angle is still a guarantee for enjoying sports events with friends. In addition, the TV has a low input lag, which means that the time between the input and the display on the screen is very short when gaming. The analog video input also allows you to enjoy retro consoles like the Nintendo 64. This year, an eARC port was also added to improve the soundquality a bit.
43" (108cm)
KD-43X80J
50" (126cm)
KD-50X80J
55" (139cm)
KD-55X80J
65" (164cm)
KD-65X80J
75" (189cm)
KD-75X80J

Detailed comparison: Sony X800H or X80J

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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Lower brightness with the new Bravia

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.

44%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
1100 :1
Max. Brightness
530 Nits
Video technologies
38%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

Sony counts on the same panel

The Sony X80J uses an ADS panel, while the X800H has an IPS 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 VA panel. On the newer X80J, only the 50″ TV uses one. These type have a more limited viewing angle.

63%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
63%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison

Both TVs with slight difficulties

Both Bravia models have small deficits in SDR picture quality. Since an ADS panel is used, the contrast ratio is correspondingly low. Only the models with VA 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.

53%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1100 :1
Max. Brightness
530 Nits
DCI-P3
67.5%
Energy consumption SDR
99 kWh / 1.000 Hours
50%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
DCI-P3
68%
Energy consumption SDR
97 kWh / 1.000 Hours
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison

Quite bad HDR performance for both TV

The low contrast ratio of ADS panels is even more important in this category, than it was with SDR quality. Since a high contrast ratio is considered the most important feature for a good HDR 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 VA panel models, since the contrast ratio is higher.

40%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1100 :1
Max. Brightness
530 Nits
DCI-P3
67.5%
REC 2020
59.4%
Energy consumption HDR
149 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
34%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
DCI-P3
68%
REC 2020
59%
Energy consumption HDR
166 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series Comparison

Weak contrast ratio causes a worse result

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.

65%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
62%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison

Missing ALLM on the X80J

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 ALLM, which is no longer present on the newer model. However, neither unit has an HDMI 2.1 port installed, and neither are VRR 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.

63%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.9ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 12ms
63%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 11ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison

Short reaction time for good sports performance

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.

63%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.9ms
62%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
Equipment Icon
Equipment Comparison

Google TV as an Upgrade

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.

77%
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
4
HDMI 2.1
USB 2.0
1
USB 3.0
1
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
79%
Operating System
Google TV
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
4
HDMI 2.1
USB 2.0
1
USB 3.0
1
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
Lower brightness is the key difference

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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 SDR and HDR 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 ALLM 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.

Sony X800H 2020
59%
Sony X800H
More about the Sony X800H Bravia
  • Brightness 570 Nits
  • Gaming Features
  • Motion Handling
  • ALLM
  • Black level
  • Contrast Ratio
43" (108cm)
XBR43X800H
49" (123,1cm)
XBR49X800H
55" (138,8cm)
XBR55X800H
65" (163,9cm)
XBR65X800H
75" (189,3cm)
XBR75X800H
85" (214cm)
XBR85X800H
Sony X80J 2021
57%
Sony X80J
More about the Sony X80J
  • Low Input-Lag
  • eARC
  • Cable management
  • Viewing Angle
  • Gaming Features
  • Brightness 410 Nits
43" (108cm)
KD-43X80J
50" (126cm)
KD-50X80J
55" (139cm)
KD-55X80J
65" (164cm)
KD-65X80J
75" (189cm)
KD-75X80J
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