Sony BRAVIA XR-55A80J

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OLED brings the “pop”

Sony knows the process of movie production inside and out, including filming and editing. That expertise shines through in their highly rated TV lineup. Their OLED TVs are especially well regarded, combining the nearly infinite contrast of self-illuminating pixels with Sony’s impactful processing technology.

The XR-55A80J carries on that tradition with a jaw-dropping picture that really pops with organic color and fine detail. Each pixel can turn off entirely to produce absolute black and detailed contrast that has to be seen to be believed.

Powerful “cognitive” processing

Sony is famous for their powerful processing, and they’ve just raised the bar again. The Cognitive Processor XR™ harnesses the power of machine learning and marries it with a human perspective to create a truly immersive experience. Sounds like the opening to a sci-fi novel, I know, but hear me out.

A wide range of elements (contrast, color, texture, etc.) are cross-analyzed in each frame to detect and enhance key focal points. The number of specific details being adjusted can rise into the hundreds of thousands. Because these focal points are based on how we actually see the world, the image feels deeper and more lifelike.

Long story short, Sony’s new cognitive processing technology produces a sharp, hyper-detailed image that’s about as true-to-life as a TV can get.

Realistic, vibrant color

The TV’s XR TRILUMINOS PRO™ display technology further enriches your experience by providing a wider palette of vivid colors. The additional subtlety in color variation helps the picture look authentic and natural.

Enhanced by HDR

The A80J also supports the Dolby Vision® HDR (High Dynamic Range) format. This system adjusts brightness and color levels scene by scene for enhanced contrast and detail with Dolby Vision encoded programs, many of which are available through popular streaming services.

Impressive 3D TV sound

Sony’s cognitive processing isn’t just for the picture — it’s used to enhance the audio as well. Here it works together with the A80J’s innovative design, where the screen itself becomes a speaker. This allows sound to be projected vertically and to the sides, and positioned where the source of a sound appears on-screen. That means you’ll get pretty immersive sound, even without additional audio gear. The TV even “upscales” incoming audio signal to make sure you’re always getting 3D sound, regardless of your source.

Stream with Google TV

The TV’s built-in Google TV smart app platform puts a wide range of streaming services at your fingertips, from Netflix® to Disney+, and consolidates their search results into a single user interface. This saves you a ton of time by letting you search for content through multiple services at once. If you’re looking for Interstellar, Google TV will quickly point you in the right direction. No need to individually search through each service you’re signed up for.

You also get custom recommendations. After watching Matthew McConaughey launch into space in an effort to save humankind, you can watch him play the cynical yet compelling Rust Cohle in season one of True Detective — on a completely different service.

Next-gen gaming ready

The A80J has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, a key feature for next-gen game console adopters. To take full advantage of the graphical prowess of a PS5 or Xbox Series X, you’ll need those inputs to hit 4K at a crisp 120 Hz. The TV will also support Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) with a future firmware update. These will keep the action on-screen nice and smooth by nixing pesky frame tearing and stuttering.

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Product highlights:

Picture:
  • 54.6″ screen (measured diagonally)
  • 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)
  • supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision for improved contrast and brightness with HDR content
  • SR TRILUMINOS PRO™ display technology for a wider, more natural color palette
  • self-illuminating OLED display delivers show-stopping contrast and absolute black
    • pixel-level dimming enables each pixel to brighten, dim, or power off completely, displaying exceptional picture detail, contrast, and depth
    • XR 4K Upscaling intelligently re-creates lost textures and detail in lower-res content
    • XR OLED Contrast adjusts brightness to prevent high peaks or deep blacks from overwhelming fine detail
    • XR Motion Clarity™ intelligent motion processing keeps fast moving action crisp and blur-free at a smooth 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode mimics the settings on Netflix’s mastering monitors to ensure an accurate picture
  • IMAX Enhanced certification for improved performance with IMAX Enhanced 4K/HDR content
  • CalMAN® autocalibration capability (requires Windows PC to run CalMAN software, SpectraCal C6 colorimeter or equivalent, and a video pattern generator)
Video source compatibility:
  • watch 4K streaming content from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube
  • NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 tuner can receive over-the-air 4K broadcasts (antenna required)
  • Clear QAM tuner decodes unencrypted digital cable signals up to 1080i without a set-top box (subscription required to receive cable channels)
Smart TV features:
  • Google TV user interface collects results from a wide variety streaming services, letting you search through them simultaneously
  • built-in Chromecast lets you cast your favorite entertainment apps and video content from your Android™ or iOS® device, or laptop
  • compatible with Apple® HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to allow wireless streaming from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac®
  • supports voice control of compatible apps
  • works with Google Assistant compatible voice control assistants
  • works with Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) provides fast, reliable wireless streaming
  • includes access to exclusive content on BRAVIA CORE
Connections:
  • 4 HDMI inputs (two 2.1 and two 2.0b)
    • HDMI 2.1 inputs support 48 Gbps and 4K @ 120 Hz
    • all inputs are HDCP 2.3 compatible for connecting to copy-protected 4K video sources
    • to view the highest-quality 4K and HDR content from connected sources, use a high-bandwidth HDMI cable
    • HDMI 3 and 4 supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel)
    • ready for next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 5 with support for ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) via future firmware update (HDMI 3 and 4)
  • Toslink optical digital audio output (can pass Dolby® Digital/DTS multichannel or 2-channel audio from connected sources)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • Ethernet port for the fastest, most secure internet connection
  • 1 composite video (3.5mm A/V minijack — adapter cable required)
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack headphone output — can also be connected to a sound bar or other audio system
  • 3 USB inputs for connecting a thumb drive or hard drive
Sound:
  • Acoustic Surface+ technology makes the entire screen a speaker to position sounds more accurately (2.1-channel system with 30 watts total power)
  • sound is projected to the side and vertically to provide 3D surround sound without additional equipment
    • audio signal is “upscaled” to surround sound, so everything you watch gains the benefit of 3D audio
  • supports Dolby Atmos® audio format
  • Voice Zoom™ 2 enhances voices, improving dialogue clarity
General features and info:
  • flush metal bezel is designed to help your eyes focus on the picture instead of the TV’s frame
  • ambient optimization with built-in light sensor matches your picture and audio to the environment by adjusting brightness and reflection
  • 3-way multi-position stand
    • standard setting
    • wide setting for sound bar placement
    • narrow setting for a smaller footprint
  • includes smart remote that can control other compatible devices connected to your TV
  • concealed cable track keeps your set up free of wire clutter
  • Living Decor mode can auto-play artwork, photos, screensavers, or act as a clock
  • wall-mountable (bracket sold separately)
    • VESA mounting hole pattern: 300mm x 300mm
  • dimensions with stand in standard/narrow positions: 48-3/8″W x 29″H x 13″D
  • dimensions with stand in sound bar position: 48-3/8″W x 30-7/8″H x 13″D
  • dimensions without stand: 48-3/8″W x 28-1/8″H x 2-1/4″D
  • weight: 39.3 lbs. (without stand); 41.9 lbs. (with stand)