Sony ZH8 (Z8H) 8K TV Review: Best LED LCD of 2020

Sony ZH8 (Z8H) 8K TV Review: Best LED LCD of 2020

We review the Sony ZH8 (also marketed as the Bravia Z8H in the USA) 8K TV, and think that it’s the best LED LCD on the market in 2020 in terms of picture quality.

Topics covered include contrast performance including full-array local dimming, colour accuracy, motion handling, video processing, HDR presentation including peak brightness, gaming including input lag, as well as 8K tests.

For the 8K resolution tests, we used a PC outputting 7680×4320 pixels from Displayport on an NVIDIA RTX card, and a Displayport-to-HDMI 2.1 adapter into HDMI4 input on the Sony ZH8. Note that we are in uncharted territories in terms of 8K testing methodology here, so there’s a small possibility that errors might have been introduced.

Our Sony ZH8 review sample is the 75-inch Sony KD-75ZH8, model number KD75ZH8BU which is the three-pin-plug UK version.

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  1. Bivv93 on August 24, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    What dies purchasing nits and not 8k mean?

  2. rick pollox on August 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    The fact Sony don’t use Quantum Dot’s should be an instant pass to everyone. It makes such a big difference to both colour gamut and colour volume.

  3. SkinnyThicc Legend on August 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Can you review the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display please? Phone display technology is superior and evolves much faster because of the small screen size. It allows us to look what the future of TVs can look like.

  4. Darren Evans on August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    8k won’t be standard for probably another 10years minimum. 4k isn’t standard yet, TV in the UK isn’t even broadcast in 1080p yet! It makes little sense to release this TV instead of having the tech in a 4k TV.

  5. CoaCHSNiPeR on August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah, I’m gonna wait until next year when Sony puts all the features into their 950i or whatever they will call it. The 900h is a great cheaper alternative to get the features at the sacrifice of brightness among other picture enhancements, and this is too expensive to get gimped on all the features. 950h has a great overall picture, but nothing for the ps5…..ugh Sony, you are killing me.

  6. justin halen on August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Shouldnt standard def 480p/i content look sligjhtly better on an 8k tv then 4k because of integer scaling?

  7. Byron Wellburn on August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Buying nits… Its a head scratcher

  8. gary fullman on August 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Vincent thanks once again for a great review ! 2 down & 1 to go for me that is , any chance of you getting the 2020 LG Nano99 8K tv for review anytime soon ?

  9. Shwt1me 818 on August 24, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Waiting for z9D mark ii

  10. PenrodsFam on August 24, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Z9H release date?

  11. exeterweathermodification watch on August 24, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    You have nits again..

  12. Nyarlathotep lives on August 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    8k is just no go for average people like myself because the difference between 4k and 8k is like impossible to see!

  13. Hi-Fi Insider on August 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    another exceptional review. Thank you!

  14. Nelthalin on August 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Is you are in the market for a 85" you should try and get the ZG9 while you can. Price is almost the same.
    The ZH8 is not bad but the ZG9 seems better.

    Its to bad this 8K TV (and the ZG9) are not "real" 8K set’s. Stuff like no 8K Code’s and not displaying 8K content correctly for a set of this price is sad. I know you still get insane 4K PQ but still. I guess it will take 1-2 years before we see sets that can do 8K " correctly" mayby the ZI9 will fix these issues.

    If the price drops quite a bit below that of the ZG9 i might still considder this set as a replacement for my 940E.

  15. Ronit Tiwari on August 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Sir… please make a comparison video for … Samsung TU8570 vs LG UN7350 vs Toshiba U7980 vs iffalcon H71 vs Sony X8000H vs Nokia 4k CAUHDN vs Hisense A71F vs TCL 4k C715… between all 43 inch models 2020… Who is the best?

  16. Oniiz86 on August 24, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I believe Sony’s X90H has 2 48Gbps 2.1 ports but like the Z9G last year the ZH8 has the same single 40Gbps port due to the same platform, so it’s a MediaTek SoC MT5893 limitation, surely Sony could have implemented the MediaTek S900 for their 2020 8K model like they did their midrange X90H series?

  17. Anders Albrechtsen on August 24, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    An 8K tv which cannot display 8K content. What’s the point then?

  18. Daniel Leech on August 24, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Meanwhile I’m still mostly watching 1080i broadcast on my 4K TV…

  19. Vlado S on August 24, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Are you doing comparison between this and Samsung Q950TS ? And some other 4k like LG oled?

  20. Congisto Marxista on August 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    8k is absurd. You need more LED and run them under higher brightness, just to achive the same brightness as on a 4k pixel grid. Much higher power consumtion for nothing. We are truly reaching peak capitalism.

  21. C Bown1 on August 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Also reminds me of Sharp, many years ago, 2005? Where they’d market a 1366×768 TV as 1080p (due to the sub pixels) but it couldn’t display 1080p….

  22. shinvergil on August 24, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    LED tvs will kill your eyes.

  23. Little patience for self righteous moral hypocrites on August 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    SONY is really killing it this year with their TVs…

  24. Ekkers Lovarkia on August 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    8K is just more marketing bs from companies trying to get us to spend money on something that is totally useless in the real world. Anyone remember 3D and curved screens? 75" screen and you would have to sit closer than 2 mt away to resolve the 8K detail with a human eye even if you could get something with 8K detail to play on it. A total waste of money but at least the Sony doesn’t have the horrendous DSE of the Samsung. 🤮

  25. Dennis on August 24, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    I live in my mums basement and Vincent Teoh is my subtenant.

  26. Nyarlathotep lives on August 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    8k is a no go for average people!

  27. Vlado S on August 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    So Samsung 8k lcd is allegedly bad because it’s 8k but the Sony lcd is better in spite of 8k . Apparently some people have an 8k derangement syndrome as they like low resolution where I can’t read letters or see faces clearly

  28. Astrea Kaito on August 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Do 8K bluray even exist?

  29. KingFX13 on August 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    15 minutes clip, 4 (i repeat: FOUR) fcukin adverts! Dude, come on…

  30. Congisto Marxista on August 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    If you wan’t an good Samsung TV, buy an Sony.

  31. RapidRedST on August 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    There’s SO Many people on here looking and itching for a reason to bash this set or to make themselves feel better about their purchase of a rival set. You like Samsung? cool. You prefer oled? Cool. You think the 900/950H looks better because that’s the set you can afford so you wanna find a reason to bash the superior Sony set? Cool. Just remember that it’s your OPINION. Vincent is giving you hard data facts and people are just ignoring it. Yes I own this set but I know it’s shortcomings and I’m not defending it to the death. Heck I’m contemplating exchange for a 77 A9G. But come on people, everyone is trying so hard to find a reason to bash this set. But guess what? You can’t!! Like Vincent said. This is THE BEST LED LCD OF 2020. Period. So get over and move on. Or buy one so you can experience it yourself and then return it to Best Buy.

  32. Radio Żelaza on August 24, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    extreme gay music at the end

  33. Patrik Gårdewall on August 24, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    You tested the 75 inch ZD9 a few years ago.
    How was picture in HDR compared to this one?.
    My guess is that the ZD9 still have less blooming and deeper blacks/higher contrast.
    Blooming on this one looks the same as the X950H
    Color gamut also the same as the X950H.
    Nothing improved there.

  34. Darren Evans on August 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    You’re buying nits, it’s a head scratched. Wow 😂

  35. thewhofan on August 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    That TV has more nits than all the schools in England.

  36. Oniiz86 on August 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    What was the overall Contrast Modulation percentage of the Sony ZH8 compared to Samsung’s Q950TS? Apparently Samsung had a very poor CM according to LG who deemed them "Fake 8K".

  37. rick grimes on August 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Sony is KING in TV

  38. Half Vader on August 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I know Vincent’s dirty joke about props (his shirt) was intentional. But did he line up the video to be showing cucumbers at that exact moment too? Because bravo!

  39. frisb freek on August 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I didn’t see DSC explicitly in the EDID… did I miss it? How do you know it supports 8k@60hz using 40Gbps without confirmation of DSC support? Or is this assuming 8k@60hz is at 4:2:0 only?

  40. Philip Schulte on August 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Excellent and informative video, just a couple of supplementary questions. Are black levels and blooming better than on the ZF9? Also, do 1080p HD sources scale up worse than on a 4k Sony? Thanks!

  41. Brownie Sg1 on August 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Blooming so no

  42. frisb freek on August 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Any plans to review the 2020 LG Nano99 for more 8k comparisons? LG has been pushing the set pretty hard, and reviews from less trustworthy sites have been positive, but it would be great to have HDTVTest to do a legitimate review.

  43. justin bergmans on August 24, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I love Vincent. But, his stance on Samsung’s handling of hdr 10 content is his own opinion. I’d wish he would clarify that more instead of railing against other reviewers that praised Samsung’s picture quality. The fact is, there’s no defined rule or standard with high dynamic range content. Each manufacturer can handle it their own way. Either going as bright as possible or going lower than the tone curve. There’s no right or wrong. That applies to Samsung adding a little more brightness to the image.

  44. SinkingSail on August 24, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    yes, because obviously a TV that’s only a status symbol and is just bright deserves your "H!GlY ReCc0MeNdEd aWaRd". what a joke the AV community has become.

  45. akyhne on August 24, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    This is odd.

    I watched this video on my old 1080p Samsung F7005.
    The beginning of the video looked very nice as always from this channel.
    Then there was a YouTube add in the middle, and afterwards this video looked completely washed out.
    I had to stop the playing, then resume and the video looks normal.

    YouTube reports:
    smpte2084 (PQ) bt2020
    after resuming.

  46. Rhtr on August 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    6 000£ 8K without 8K. SONY – OK 🤣

  47. Jason on August 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    What’s with companies supporting half-assed 40Gbps? Penny pinching on a TV like this? Cmon..

  48. Steve Coates on August 24, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Surely not better than the 90T vincent? Come on man…..

  49. Adam Luke on August 24, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    This video made me glad I went with the 75" 900h. Sure there is slight dark corners in super white scenes occasionally but the features and future proofing built in and amazing UX speed and Picture quality. Very Pleased with it. Now where is that firmware..

  50. Vlado S on August 24, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    The talk of benefits of 8k is baseless. Higher resolution just removes aliasing and distortions . People are looking at the whole picture , not pixels and that’s what matters to human eyes.

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