Sony X85J (LCD)

Sony X85J (55" LCD)

Sony X85J (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.6
PICTURE QUALITY: Good7.3/10
MOVIES & TV: Fair6.5/10
GAMING: Good7.6/10
SPORTS: Good7.2/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Very Good8.6/10
NEWS & TALK: Very Good8.2/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Good7.3/10

The Sony X85J is an upper midrange LCD TV with strengths in diverse content handling and a good choice for varied viewing situations—performing well with sports, gaming, and general TV viewing. However, it has only fair performance in dark rooms due to its lack of local dimming, which affects its ability to display deep blacks. It excels with motion handling and upscaling, making it suitable for watching high-action content or older, lower-resolution shows. Although the sound quality is adequate, it may not match the immersive experience some viewers expect, especially for movie watching. With its VA panel, it offers good contrast but struggles with wide viewing angles, and reflected light may be more noticeable in very bright rooms. It supports standard HDR formats, but not HDR10+ and it has four HDMI ports, making it versatile for connecting devices and using as a monitor. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good overall picture quality
  • Good for gaming
  • Performs well in bright rooms
  • Wide color gamut, rich colors
  • Supports major HDR formats
Cons
  • Mediocre dark room performance
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Poor reflection handling
  • No HDR10+ support

Ratings by Category

Cartoons & Animaton:
4.6
The Sony X85J excels in displaying cartoons and animations due to its 'Excellent' performance in colors out of the box, which means it shows vibrant and accurate colors without the need for calibration. Additionally, it has 'Good' color gamut and volume, indicating a wide range of colors and the ability to display them across different brightness levels, enhancing the visual experience for animated content.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.5
PerfectRec’s news, talk, & other TV score prioritizes upscaling, brightness, contrast, out of the box color accuracy, and screen uniformity. This is because almost all news and talk shows are created in Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) with lower resolutions, such as 720P and 1080P. The purpose of this prioritization is to ensure that lower resolution content looks good on a 4K display and to help you identify which TV will perform best when watching live TV via Cable, Satellite, or Antenna.
Gaming:
4.3
PerfectRec’s gaming score measures a TV's performance when it comes to playing video games. It is based on several factors that can significantly impact the quality of the gaming experience, including screen response time, input lag, and refresh rate. Screen response time is a critical factor that determines how quickly the TV can transition from one color to the next, while input lag measures the delay between the gaming console output and the TV display. Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second that the TV displays a new frame, which can impact the smoothness of the gaming experience. The gaming score also takes into account two other features: local dimming in gaming mode, which can enhance contrast and picture quality, and black frame insertion, which can reduce screen brightness and create a smoother gaming experience.
Sports:
4.1
The Sony X85J is well-suited for watching sports due to its excellent motion processing capabilities that keep fast action smooth, which is crucial during sports games. However, it has poor reflection handling, meaning it might struggle in bright rooms, so it's best to use it in an environment with controlled lighting.
Bright Room:
4.1
The Sony X85J is considered good for bright rooms primarily because it has very good SDR brightness, which means it can produce bright images that stand out even in well-lit environments. However, its capability to handle reflections is poor, which might affect viewing quality if there are direct light sources facing the screen.
Overall Picture:
4.1
The Sony X85J LCD TV provides an excellent viewing experience primarily due to its strong contrast ratio and well-handled black uniformity, which contribute to deep blacks and a more immersive picture, especially in dark scenes. Additionally, the colors right out of the box are impressive, offering a rich color gamut and good color volume, ensuring vibrant and accurate visuals without the need for immediate calibration.
Movies & TV shows:
3.6
The Sony X85J offers great contrast and excellent colors out of the box, suitable for watching movies and cinematic TV. However, its lack of local dimming and the limited viewing angles may reduce the depth of blacks and the consistency of colors when watching from an angle, which can be limiting for wide-seating arrangements or if you like moving around the room while viewing.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,000
Brand
Sony
Release Date
April 3, 2021
Full name
KD-55X85J
Screen Size
55"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TV
Sound Quality Score
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7.5/10
NextGen Ready
Yes
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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7.3/10
Bright Room Score
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7.4/10
Gaming Score
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7.6/10
Movies & TV Score
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6.6/10
Sports Score
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7.3/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
28" x 48.5" x 2.8"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
30.9" x 48.5"
Weight without Stand
37.1 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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7.9/10
Local Dimming
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2.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Up to DTS Digital Surround, Bypass only

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