We've currently tested 22 LG soundbars, including all of the models in the 2022 lineup. The brand makes well-built soundbars with lots of connectivity options, but the models we've tested don't always stand out in respect to sound quality. See our recommendations for the best LG soundbars below.
The LG S95QR is the best LG soundbar we've tested. It's a premium 9.1.5 setup with lots of features, and its versatile performance makes it suitable for listening to everything from music to movies to TV shows. The design is pretty unique, with two up-firing drivers for Dolby Atmos content, as well as an additional up-firing center channel. Dialogue is clear and present in the mix, and the extra center channel slightly improves the location of the dialogue in the soundstage. However, it doesn't stand out compared to other bars that come with just a traditional front-firing driver. Like most premium setups, it also has a room correction feature, and with it enabled, the bar's bass-heavy sound adds lots of boom and punch to the mix. It's a bit muddy, but you can easily use its bass and treble adjustments to create a more neutral sound.
This soundbar stands out when it comes to movies—multichannel content, including surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, as well as height content like Dolby Atmos, is immersive, and sound effects seem like they're coming from all around you. Compared to last year's LG SP11RA, its satellites have an additional front-facing driver built-in, which helps to more accurately represent the action in the soundstage. While sound doesn't extend quite as wide as other premium models like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, it still does a really good job.
If you're looking for a versatile LG soundbar at a more affordable price, check out the LG S90QY. This 5.1.3 setup was released in 2022, and like the LG S95QR, it comes with three up-firing channels—two of which are devoted to height content, along with another that acts as a second center channel. It has lots of the same features, including room correction, and its default sound is fairly even, especially in the mids where voices and lead instruments reproduce. Its dedicated subwoofer provides an extended low-bass, so there's plenty of thump in the mix. It's a solid option if you don't have space for rear speakers in your setup.
This soundbar also supports multichannel content like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos, which you can find on many different streaming platforms and Blu-rays. However, since it doesn't come with discrete satellites, it uses side-firing surround channels built into the bar itself to represent sound effects in the soundstage. The resulting experience isn't as immersive, and sound seems like it's just coming from speakers placed in front of you. Its Atmos performance is just okay, too. However, you can always add rear speakers if you want to improve its performance.
The LG SP9YA is the previous generation of the LG S90QY, and it's a more affordable alternative for those who want a more wallet-friendly soundbar. This 5.1.2 setup comes with one less channel—while it has a front-firing center, it doesn't have an up-firing center as well like the next generation. There's a small difference in the sound, as you notice a little less height to dialogue in the mix. That said, you have to look hard to recognize the difference, and it may not be worth it.
Otherwise, there isn't a huge difference between the bars when it comes to sound. Thanks to its balanced performance, the SP9YA reproduces clear and detailed voices and lead instruments, with an extended bass that brings the rumble in action-packed scenes. As a result, it's suitable for lots of different types of audio content, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital. There's the same selection of sound enhancement tools compared to the S90QY, and while it doesn't come with satellites, you can always add them on separately. Ultimately, it's a good value for the price.
LG also offers a couple of budget-friendly models, and the best of the bunch is the LG S65Q. This soundbar is a 3.1 setup that doesn't come with as many features as the top-of-the-line models, but it's still a really good choice, especially if you mostly listen to music and vocal-heavy content like podcasts and TV shows. Vocals and lead instruments are clear in the mix, and there's a little extra boom in the high-bass to help you feel the excitement in bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. There's no room correction feature, but you still have many customization tools on hand, including bass and treble adjustments and a dialogue enhancement feature.
Movie fans will also appreciate that the bar supports surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS, which you're likely to come across on most streaming platforms. The bar has to downmix them into stereo to play them, which doesn't sound as immersive as the LG SP9YA. As with most budget bars, there's no Dolby Atmos support, limiting the amount of content you can watch while getting the intended immersive feeling. Still, it's a solid upgrade over your TV speakers, especially if you're on a tight budget.
Don't have a lot of space in your setup? The best small soundbar from LG we've tested is the LG Eclair QP5. It's just under 12 inches wide, so it can easily fit under your TV without obscuring the screen. Despite its small size, it still has a decent soundstage performance, and audio extends well past the edges of the bar. It's one of the smallest bars we've tested with Dolby Atmos support, though its performance isn't as impressive as the manufacturer's top-of-the-line models.
This bar is best-suited for listening to dialogue-centric TV shows and podcasts, as its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices pretty clearly. However, even though it has a dedicated sub, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and its recessed treble results in a dark and muffled sound. When you watch movies and listen to music, there's a noticeable lack of emphasis in the bass range, and you don't feel a deep thump and rumble during action-packed scenes. If you don't have room for a subwoofer, you can also look at the older standalone LG SK1, though it doesn't offer Atmos support.
Like Sony or Samsung, LG makes different soundbars at several price points. While their higher-priced models are generally more feature-packed than their more affordable ones, all LG soundbars we've tested, regardless of price, have been well-built, with lots of different physical input options. The best LG soundbars support additional surround sound formats and wireless playback options but don't deliver as premium an experience as other brands, especially when it comes to soundstage.
Sep 14, 2022: Added the LG SP9YA as 'Best Mid-Range'.
Jun 16, 2022: Updated article with 2022 lineup. Replaced the LG SP11RA with the LG S95QR, the LG SP9YA with the LG S90QY, and the LG SP8YA with the LG S65Q.
Feb 16, 2022: Added the LG Eclair QP5 as 'Best Small'.
Nov 18, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Aug 20, 2021: Replaced the LG SN11RG with the newer generation LG SP11RA. Replaced the LG SN9YG with the LG SP9YA since it performs better overall. Also replaced the LG GX Soundbar with the better-performing LG SP8YA. The text was updated for consistency.
LG is a brand well-known for its wide range of TVs, but they've also been making quite a few different soundbar models over the past few years. They're generally very well-built, with many different physical inputs and wireless playback options. However, they don't deliver the best sound performance, mostly due to their fairly narrow, diffused soundstages. Fortunately, most of the models we've tested have a few different sound customization features, so you can usually tweak them a bit to get a sound profile that you like.