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Sony KD-65X81K, a beautiful and very smart mid-range TV

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Sony KD-65X81K is a very interesting model for when it’s time to change the TV and we don’t want to spend too much or get ultra-impressive features. It gives us a bit of everything, with a good quality and has an intelligent system that makes being in front of the TV fun, entertaining and a great experience in general.

Technical characteristics of the Sony KD-65X81K

Make model Sony KD-65X81K – Sony Bravia KD-65X81KAEP – Sony 65X81K – Sony KD65X81KAEP
Size 65″ (164cm), flat
Resolution Ultra HD (3840 x 2160p)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frequency 50 Hz and 400 M-XR (up to 60 and 480 M-XR)
Backlight DLED
SmartTV Yes, AndroidTV 11
Integrated Wi-Fi yes, 5 ac certified
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2
3D Nope
usb recorder Yes
  • Analog (B/G, D/K, I)
  • Digital (DVB-T/T2, DVB-C and DVB-S/S2)
Sound 20W (2.0ch) RMS
Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth) 836 x 1452 x 72mm
Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth) 906 x 1452 x 339mm
Weight (without/with base) 21.7kg / 22.7kg
VESA compatibility yes, 300×300
HDMI ports 4 2.0
USB ports 2 2.0
other connectors
  • RJ-45
  • RF
  • satelite
  • composite video
  • digital audio output
IC+ Integrated Yes, v1.4
Energy classification Label F, 112W
Content / Accessories
  • AC power cord
  • Quick setup guide
  • operating instructions
  • Remote control
  • voice remote control
  • batteries
  • table stand
  • Optional camera CMUBC1


Design and connectivity of the Sony Bravia KD-65X81KAEP

Beware of the model because it appears completely normal but, in fact, it has something, little thing by little, that does not make it look like a basic black television without more.

Curiously, it is a black TV, but the color is really pure , without obvious shine but not with a matte effect either; it has a very good look. The bezels are absolutely flat , making us see a screen of the Sony Bravia KD-65X81KAEP and nothing else, since, in fact, it does not have a front frame either (except the lower one). It has square corners, fitting perfectly into minimalist and modern decorations.

You don't even realize that you have it in front of you

You don’t even realize that you have it in front of you

Although the support of this model consists of two legs , a type that is not a saint of my devotion, especially for large panels, I must confess that I do not dislike them.

Aesthetically they are very nice, with a medium industrial finish that makes the TV continue to look modern and dynamic and thin at the same time, so that they do not attract attention while we enjoy the content. Its color is also black, although not as deep this time, and it is shaped like a very open V. A very good detail of this model is that the legs can be placed in two positions , the conventional one, more to the sides, and the narrow one, leaving these more to the center.

What do you prefer then? With the legs, the TV measures 906 x 1452 x 339 mm and will weigh 22.7 kilograms . Removed and placed on the wall with VESA 300 x 300 we are left with a screen of 836 x 1452 x 72 mm and 21.7 kilos .

Tuning and connectivity

Sony KD-65X81K tunes in B/G, D/K, I for analog and DVB-CS2T2 for digital. We also found CI+ tuning in v1.4 and HbbTV , although the version of this has not been provided. For this, an RF, satellite, composite video antenna input and a grid for the CI Card are provided .

The other physical connections that we find will include an optical audio output, an Ethernet jack (RJ45), quad HDMI 2.0 with which we can enjoy support for ARC, eARC, CEC, ALLM AND HDCP 2.3, as well as two USB with recorder that they are also in 2.0 .

Finally, we find WiFI 5 certified and bluetooth v4.2 .

Sony KD65X81KAEP hides its connectors very well on the back

Sony KD65X81KAEP hides its connectors very well on the back

Image quality and general functions

Sony 65X81K carries a 65-inch LCD panel . The matrix of this is 30 bits but its color depth is not real 10 bits but a couple of them have been falsified by FRC. The resolution chosen for this model is Ultra High Definition and the direct LED backlighting dims the frames.

It has HDR support that allows us to see content in HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG , which is the most conventional.

To work on the different aspects of the image, this television has various technologies.

  • Contrast . This works with two already mythical technologies of the brand but, obviously, they are improving year after year. These are dynamic contrast enhancement and object-based HDR Remaster (which, of course, also works on HDR content).
  • Clarity . Sony designs a specific technology to improve the clarity of images, 4K X-Reality PRO that works by scaling the content to increase its resolution.
  • Movement . The panel of this TV is 50 Hz. To help them cope with everything and the images look perfect even when they are very fast and dynamic, Sony adds Motionflow XR. It is given in 400 units but can be extended up to 480 at times when the panel works at 60 Hz. This happens through an automatic mode so you don’t have to worry about making any adjustments.
  • colour . To regulate and enhance colors, Live Color technology is available, which, as its name indicates, vivifies colors, which increases contrast, and TRILUMINOS PRO, which works with an algorithm that, as it detects the values ​​of the images, corrects them to get natural.

PlayStation owners, of course, incorporate both automatic HDR tone mapping and a gendered picture mode that serve to enhance the gaming experience.


Sony KD-65X81K comes with two X-Balanced bass reflex speakers , which are new to the firm and aim to launch audio in all directions. Each one is 10 W so the total power will be 20 W.

Sony does it very well by offering compatibility with the DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Atmos formats , because the options are doubled, logically. This is quite a point for a mid-range.

Another improvement we found for audio is room compensation , with which the TV reproduces sound based on what it detects around it.

Sony KD65X81KAEP software/smartTV review

This is practically a Google model in this respect. From this, the operating system is introduced in Android TV 11 version, the Google assistant, Google DUO to make video calls (yes, the TV has the option of connecting a compatible camera), Chromecast and Play Store , the application store where you will download all the software you like to make your TV perfect for you.

But, calm down; You have alternative options to some of these services in case they are your preference. An example of this would be support for AirPlay 2 , which is more of a necessity than a taste, or Alexa as a voice assistant.

When you want to explore the Internet and there are no apps for it, you have a browser, Vewd, which allows you to enter the most hidden corners as if the Sony Bravia KD-65X81KAEP were your computer.

Finally, I want to emphasize that Sony includes in this model two elements that are unique. The first is BRAVIA Cam , which gives you compatibility with a web cam to use for both calling and taking photos as well as helping the TV itself recognize you and the environment. The other is BRAVIA Core , a compendium of streaming content that you can have free for a whole year.

Sony 65X81K TV: Pros and Cons

  • Double position base
  • Android version 11
  • HDCP 2.3
  • Dolby Atmos
  • BRAVIA Core free
  • Unknown HbbTV
  • Profile a bit thick
  • Energy class F
  • Frequency


Picture quality
System / SmartTV
Quality/price ratio
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