LG Soundbars
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LG is one of the most successful manufacturers of soundbars. That’s because all of the different sound systems in the South Korean electronics company’s product range promise room-filling, rich hi-fi sound. For some of the models, LG has teamed up with the British manufacturer Meridian, which is one of the pioneers in the field of high-resolution audio. Especially the high-quality signal processing technology from Meridian is supposed to provide brilliant sound quality.

If you own one of LG’s current TVs, you will benefit even more, because you can use features like TV Sound Share. With the feature, the soundbar uses the TV’s AI processor, which ensures improved sound. However, even without a corresponding TV, buying a Soundbar from LG can be a good choice – in the end, the soundbars have a lot to offer in terms of sound quality.

New releases 2022 by LG compared

With its 2022 soundbars, LG wants to set new standards in terms of audio. For this, the British manufacturer Meridian was once again brought on board. A new speaker arrangement is supposed to provide even more immersive sound, and there is no shortage of smart home or gaming features either. The currently known specifications definitely arouse anticipation for the upcoming release.

LG S95QR
Premium soundbar with five height channels

LG S95QR
Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
9.1.5
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 810W total power
  • External subwoofer
  • Satellite speakers
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Center up-firing speakers
  • VRR & ALLM
  • Integrated voice assistants
  • No 4K 120Hz HDR passthrough

The LG S95QR is a global innovation: It is the first soundbar that has a center up-firing speaker. This is not only supposed to ensure clearly understandable dialogs, but also create an even more immersive soundscape. Due to the up-firing speakers of the included satellite speakers, the system comes up to five height channels. An additional, external woofer also guarantees sufficient bass. Thus, nothing should stand in the way of playing Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced content.

According to the manufacturer, the 9.1.5 system can distribute its sound over a range of 135 degrees, which allows you to place the speakers flexibly in your room – without any losses in terms of sound quality. The improved wireless transmission between the individual components also ensures more flexibility. If you want to establish a wireless connection between the soundbar and the TV, you can get the LG Wowcast dongle, which makes it possible.

The additional features of the soundbar also leave hardly anything to be desired. It has two built-in voice assistants, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Thanks to features like VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Audio Low Latency Mode), even gaming fans will get their money’s worth. The sound system only lacks a 4K 120 Hz HDR passthrough.

Now you might wonder where the British manufacturer Meridian has its fingers in the game. The simple answer is: In the music mode. Thanks to Meridian’s Horizon technology, the soundbar can mix two-channel audio up to 7.1 channels. This is supposed to create a realistic acoustic surround sound.

Soundbars with subwoofer compared

The following soundbars from LG all come with an external subwoofer that provides decent bass. If you want to have an even bigger setup, you can also upgrade it with separately available satellite speakers.

LG DSP8YA
LG SP8YA
LG DG1
LG GX
Channels 3.1.2 3.1
Dolby Atmos
DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X
HDMI 2.1 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
eARC
WLAN
Room size up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
Subwoofer External External
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 57 x 1060 x 119 mm 150 x 1225 x 32,5 mm
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LG SP8YA
3.1.2 soundbar with a bass-heavy sound profile

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1.2
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • Gets very loud
  • Covers all audio formats
  • Deep bass
  • Meridian sound-technology
  • Surround sound turns into Stereo
  • No voice control

LG’s SP8YA features an HDMI 2.1 connection with eARC. The 3.1.2 setup supports the 3D sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which are reproduced with the help of two up-firing speakers. In addition, the soundbar has a separate center speaker, which, in combination with a dialog enhancement function, ensures clear conversations and voices.

Both the maximum volume and the low bass of the soundbar together with its wireless subwoofer are impressive. Only the reproduction of surround content leaves room for improvement. Since surround content is mixed down to stereo, the listening experience is not very immersive.

Streaming fans will enjoy the SP8YA: Besides a Bluetooth connection, the soundbar also supports Airplay and has Chromecast integrated. Users who want to expand their smart home will not be disappointed either thanks to the Wi-Fi connection and the corresponding compatibility with any voice assistant.

LG GX
The matching soundbar for the LG OLED evo G1

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • Modern design
  • Style of the LG OLED evo G1
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • No voice assistants
  • No Apple AirPlay & Chromecast

With the LG GX, the South Korean electronics giant delivers the ideal complement for its OLED TV G1. The aim was to develop a soundbar that is not only convincing in terms of sound, but also visually appealing. That’s why the DG1 has a sophisticated design: it’s just as wide as the 55-inch version of the OLED G1, has a gallery-style look, and is very slim.

In addition to the soundbar, the 3.1 sound system also includes an external subwoofer. Despite its discreet look, the soundbar can fill your living room with audio and reproduce three-dimensional sound. It also transmits 4K content, including HDR and Dolby Vision, without any loss in quality or performance, and can reproduce dialogs clearly using its center speaker.

Unfortunately, smart features are missing from the GX. Music streaming is only possible via Bluetooth, since the soundbar does not have Chromecast or Airplay.

All-in-one soundbars compared

All-in-one soundbars, also called one-body soundbars, already have the subwoofer integrated into the soundbar. Thus, you do not have to miss out on deep tones with these devices from LG, despite the simple setup.

LG SP2
All-in-one soundbar in a stylish wooden design

Room size
up to 15 m2
Channels
2.1
Set
Soundbar
  • 100W soundbar
  • Integrated subwoofer
  • Elegant design
  • AI Sound Pro
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • No Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • No Wi-Fi connection
  • No smart features
  • No HDMI 2.0

If you are looking for an inexpensive entry-level model from LG, the LG SP2 should be a good choice. Compared to the other models, the 2.1 setup is more space-saving because it is an all-in-one soundbar, which means the subwoofer is already integrated. In addition, the company placed great emphasis on a high-quality design: Its sides are covered with faux wood, while the rest of the soundbar is wrapped in eco-friendly fabric.

Apart from its design, the SP2’s features are rather basic. Due to the lack of an Internet connection, it does not have any smart features, which means streaming is only possible via Bluetooth. 3D sound formats are also not supported. In addition, it only features HDMI 1.4 ports, which is outdated by now.