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Sony A80K OLED TV Review

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The Sony A80K OLED TV offers a high peak brightness, HDMI 2.1 support, deep blacks, and excellent reflection diffusion, making it a great pick for users looking for a high-end OLED model. However, its lack of AMD FreeSync or G Sync can deter PC gamers.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released back in early 2022, the Sony A80K OLED TV is a high-end model that, as the name suggests, boasts an OLED panel that produces perfectly deep black levels.

And it boasts a tested native 120Hz refresh rate screen, VRR, and HDMI 2.1, similar to some of the highest-ranked TVs in its range. It also runs the latest version of the Google TV OS, which offers smooth and easy-to-use operation.

Additionally, it has a metallic remote with a built-in mic for Google Assistant. However, if you want QD-OLED tech, check our Sony A90K OLED TV review.

The A80K features a fantastic built-in upscaling chip for lower-resolution content. While it does have Dolby Vision HDR support, it does not work over a 4K 120Hz signal.

But if you want even better upscaling on an OLED TV from the same brand, take a look at our Sony A9S TV review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Sony A80K OLED TV is a great option for those looking for a 4K HDR TV thanks to its excellent peak brightness, which was tested at around 708 nits.

And it boasts four HDMI ports, two of which support the newer HDMI 2.1 standard. It also features near-perfect deep blacks, along with an infinite contrast.

And it has an excellent semi-gloss panel for diffusing reflections. Moreover, it features a near-instantaneous response time of just 0.2 ms, which makes motion blur almost non-existent. It also has a fantastic upscaling chip for lower-resolution content.

The Sony A80K OLED TV uses an excellent metallic remote that features a built-in mic for Google Assistant and voice search. However, it does not support AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G Sync for PC gaming.

Reason to Buy

  • Remarkable picture quality
    • This versatile TV shines at games, movies, and sports with its impressive range of colors (99.05% DCI P3 xy coverage). It also displays excellent accuracy during dark scenes because of its perfect black uniformity (native std. deviation of 0.246%).

  • High contrast
    • Nighttime viewing is accurate with the inf:1 contrast ratio, sitting at the top of its category.

  • Low-tested response time and input lag
    • Fast-paced games and videos are ultra-smooth due to the incredibly low 0.2 ms response time. Gaming is quite responsive with the 9.6 ms input lag (4K at 120 Hz), faster than 93% of our tested TVs, but 4K at 60 Hz sees the lag increase to 17.6 ms. 

  • High refresh rate and VRR support
    • Enjoy ultra-smooth visuals at 120 Hz, and say goodbye to screen tearing thanks to VRR ranging from under 20 Hz to 120 Hz.

  • Wide viewing angle
    • Watching movies with large groups of people won’t have anyone compromising on quality because of the wide viewing angle (color washout at 63°).

Reason to Avoid

  • Moderate brightness
    • This TV is not suitable for even a moderately lit room if you’re seeking exceptional HDR performance. Its 708 nits brightness is brighter than 65% of our tested TVs but still falls within the average range.

Sony A80K OLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeNo
Display TypeOLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeOLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 77"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformGoogle TV
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyNo
VRRVRRYes

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)99.47
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.72
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)72.69
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)75.715
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)108.82
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)77
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)343
HDR Brightness (nits)663
Input Lag (ms)15.8
Response Time (ms)3.1
Color Washout (Degrees)63
Color Shift (Degrees)26
Brightness Loss (Degrees)66
Reflections (%)1.8
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)80
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db3.9
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db4.33
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.226
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.7
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0031
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.004
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0044

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Market Context

First released back in early 2022, the Sony A80K OLED TV is a high-end model that, as the name suggests, boasts an OLED panel that…

First released back in early 2022, the Sony A80K OLED TV is a high-end model that, as the name suggests, boasts an OLED panel that produces perfectly deep black levels.

And it boasts a tested native 120Hz refresh rate screen, VRR, and HDMI 2.1, similar to some of the highest-ranked TVs in its range. It also runs the latest version of the Google TV OS, which offers smooth and easy-to-use operation.

Additionally, it has a metallic remote with a built-in mic for Google Assistant. However, if you want QD-OLED tech, check our Sony A90K OLED TV review.

The A80K features a fantastic built-in upscaling chip for lower-resolution content. While it does have Dolby Vision HDR support, it does not work over a 4K 120Hz signal.

But if you want even better upscaling on an OLED TV from the same brand, take a look at our Sony A9S TV review.

While the Sony A95K OLED TV features a QD OLED panel, the Sony A80K OLED TV has a WRGB OLED panel. This means that the…

While the Sony A95K OLED TV features a QD OLED panel, the Sony A80K OLED TV has a WRGB OLED panel. This means that the Sony A95K OLED TV boasts an extra layer of quantum dots on top of its OLED panel, boosting its color gamut (range of colors), color temperature, color accuracy, DCI-P3 color space coverage, and vibrancy, which the Sony A80K OLED TV does not have. And it has a much brighter panel with a peak picture brightness of 983 nits compared to the A80K’s peak brightness of 708 nits. If you want to learn more about the compared model, then make sure to take a look at our Sony A95K OLED review.

Even though both models feature similarly specced OLED panels, the LG C2 OLED TV has significantly higher peak brightness levels of 810 nits in comparison…

Even though both models feature similarly specced OLED panels, the LG C2 OLED TV has significantly higher peak brightness levels of 810 nits in comparison to the Sony A80K OLED TV’s 708 nits, which helps deliver a brighter picture, and bright scenes pop more. And the LG C2 OLED TV features native AMD Free Sync support with NVIDIA G Sync compatibility for PC gamers, both of which the Sony A80K OLED TV totally lacks. The C2 also has a much lower input lag of just 5.7 ms compared to the A80K’s 9.3 ms.

The Sony A80K OLED TV is a direct successor to the older Sony A80J, and they both perform very similarly in most regards. But the…

The Sony A80K OLED TV is a direct successor to the older Sony A80J, and they both perform very similarly in most regards. But the older Sony A80J does surprisingly have a higher peak brightness of 781 nits when put against the Sony A80K OLED TV’s 708 nits of peak brightness. On the other hand, the newer Sony A80K OLED TV has less visible banding while displaying 10-bit content than the Sony A80J. However, the older Sony A80J also comes with better factory color calibration than the newer Sony A80K OLED.

While both are OLED TVs, only the Sony A80K OLED TV supports HDMI 2.1 and has a variable refresh rate, both of which the LG…

While both are OLED TVs, only the Sony A80K OLED TV supports HDMI 2.1 and has a variable refresh rate, both of which the LG A2 OLED TV lacks. And the Sony A80K OLED TV has a much brighter 708 nits panel when compared to the LG A2 OLED TV’s 562 nits panel. On the other hand, the LG A2 OLED TV displays significantly more accurate colors than the Sony A80K OLED, thanks to its better factory color calibration. On the other hand, the A80K has a 120 Hz panel, while the LG A2 has a 60 Hz screen.

Backlight Type

No

Self-Emitting Pixels

Self-Emitting Pixels

No

Display Type

OLED

QD-OLED

OLED

OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

4

4

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

LED Panel Type

OLED

OLED

OLED

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

120 Hz

120 Hz

120 Hz

Screen size

55", 65", 77"

55", 65"

42", 48", 55", 65", 77", 83"

55", 65", 77"

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