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A80J vs. X95J: Which is the Better Sony Gaming TV?

Sony released both the A80J and X95J in 2021. So, which of these televisions is better when it comes to displaying videogames running on the PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch and other systems?

You can find out in this comparison between these two Sony TVs.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Sony X95J, the Sony A80J has a much better contrast ratio and slightly lower input lag. The A80J is also the only one of these TVs to feature a wide color gamut.

The only advantage the X95J has is that it can output at much higher brightness levels in HDR.

You can also see how the A80J compares to the C1 with this guide.

A80J vs. X95J Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the A80J and X95J below.

 Sony X80JSony X95J
Screen Sizes43" (KD-43X80J)

50" (KD-50X80J)

55" (KD-55X80J)

65" (KD-65X80J)

75" (KD-75X80J)
65" (XR-65X95J)

75" (XR-75X95J)

85" (XR-85X95J)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.0
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
Legacy Consoles SupportAntenna/cable input

Composite input via adapter (sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input via adapter (sold separately)
HDR FeaturesDolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Local Dimming
Contrast RatioNative: 1,116 to 1Native: 2,290 to 1

Local Dimming: 4,049 to 1
HDR Real Scene Highlight369 nits1,236 nits
HDR Peak 2% Window328 nits869 nits
HDR Peak 10% Window405 nits992 nits
HDR Peak 25% Window406 nits1,120 nits
HDR Peak 50% Window406 nits685 nits
HDR Peak 100% Window406 nits621 nits
HDR Sustained 2% Window328 nits838 nits
HDR Sustained 10% Window405 nits955 nits
HDR Sustained 25% Window405 nits1,099 nits
HDR Sustained 50% Window405 nits683 nits
HDR Sustained 100% Window405 nits618 nits
HDR ABL0.0140.031
Native Refresh Rate60 Hz120 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportNoneVariable Refresh Rate via firmware update
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.8 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)N/A9.8 ms
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.6 ms17.7 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.6 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)11.4 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:411.4 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)N/A9.6 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)132.6 ms161.1 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)132.7 ms144.4 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation132.7 ms137.0 ms
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Screen Sizes

You can take a look at the available screen sizes, as well as the associated model numbers, for both screens below:

A80J:

  • 55″ (XR-55A80J)
  • 65″ (XR-65A80J)
  • 77″ (XR-77A80J)

X95J:

  • 65″ (XR-65X95J)
  • 75″ (XR-75X95J)
  • 85″ (XR-85X95J)

HDMI Ports

Both of these televisions come with a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports in addition to a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports.

You can find a breakdown of the port versions below:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

Legacy Consoles Support

For older systems that don’t use the HDMI input, the A80J and X95J each comes with a cable/antenna tuner that you can use to directly connect systems like the NES, Super NES, Master System and Genesis.

Both also includes support for composite input although you need to get a Video AV Component Adapter Cable to connect consoles such as the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Saturn, Dreamcast and Xbox.

HDR Features

These Sony TVs support Dolby Vision, a format that is supported by Microsoft’s Xbox Series S and X consoles.

The two television sets also support HDR10, a more common format used by the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

Although the X95J comes with local dimming support, that feature is not needed for the A80J as the latter comes with an OLED display.

One last difference is that the A80J features a wide color gamut while the X95J doesn’t.

You can take a look at the full list of HDR features for both television sets below:

A80J:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Wide Color Gamut

X95J:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Local Dimming

Contrast Ratios

According to tests conducted by RTINGS.com, the native contrast (2,290 to 1) and local dimming contrast (4,049 to 1) of the X95J is pretty good. However, the A80J is much better with a nearly infinite contrast ratio due to the OLED screen.

HDR Brightness in Game Mode

According to tests done by RTINGS.com, the X95J can get much brighter than the A80J.

When playing an HDR-capable videogame using the game mode settings of these televisions, the A80J can output 567 nits of brightness, which is good enough to properly highlight HDR. With that said, the X95J can get twice as bright with a very impressive 1,236 nits.

You can take a look at RTINGS’ HDR brightness test results for the A80J and X95J below:

HDR Real Scene Highlight

  • A80J: 567 nits
  • X95J: 1,236 nits

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • A80J: 875 nits
  • X95J: 869 nits

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • A80J: 725 nits
  • X95J: 992 nits

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • A80J: 488 nits
  • X95J: 1,120 nits

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • A80J: 294 nits
  • X95J: 685 nits

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • A80J: 155 nits
  • X95J: 621 nits

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • A80J: 753 nits
  • X95J: 838 nits

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • A80J: 669 nits
  • X95J: 955 nits

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • A80J: 475 nits
  • X95J: 1,099 nits

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • A80J: 293 nits
  • X95J: 683 nits

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • A80J: 152 nits
  • X95J: 618 nits

HDR ABL

  • A80J: 0.096
  • X95J: 0.031

Refresh Rate

Both the A80J and X95J have a native refresh date of 120 Hz.

These Sony televisions are capable of displaying games at up to 120 frames per second at the 1080p and 4K resolutions.

For the 1440p resolutions, these sets can only display games at up to 60 frames per second.

Adaptive Sync Support

The A80J and X95J do not support AMD’s FreeSync or NVIDIA’s GSYNC.

Although not currently supported, Variable Refresh Rate should be added via future firmware updates for both of these products.

Variable Refresh Rate will help remove stutters and screen tears on the PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.

Input Lag in Game Mode

When it comes to input lag, the A80J has slightly lower latency than the X95J when the game mode settings are activated for these televisions. With that said, the differences are just 1.1 millisecond at most.

Overall, both of these Sony TV’s should feel responsive to play games on.

You can check out RTINGS’ input lag tests for the A80J and X95J below:

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 16.9 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 8.9 ms
  • X95J: 9.8 ms

1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 17.5 ms
  • X95J: 17.7 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 16.7 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 16.9 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • A80J: 8.7 ms
  • X95J: 9.6 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4

  • A80J: 16.8 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • A80J: 143.9 ms
  • X95J: 161.1 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • A80J: 152.1 ms
  • X95J: 144.4 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation

  • A80J: 143.9 ms
  • X95J: 137.0 ms