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The 2 Best LG Soundbars of 2020
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Best LG Soundbars

We've currently tested 10 LG soundbars. The brand makes well-built soundbars with lots of connectivity options, but the models we've tested don't stand out in respect to sound quality.

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Best LG Soundbars


  1. Best LG Soundbar

    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.9
    Music
    7.9
    Movies
    Channels
    7.1.4

    The best LG soundbar that we've tested is the LG SN11RG. This well-built 7.1.4 setup comes with a dedicated subwoofer and two satellite speakers to help create a more immersive listening experience. It supports Atmos and DTS content, and it has lots of connectivity options so you can use it as a hub between your TV and other devices. The default sound profile is neutral enough for a variety of music genres, and it packs an extra boom in the bass range that's suitable for genres like EDM and hip-hop, too. This soundbar also comes with a lot of sound enhancement features, including a room correction feature that analyzes the acoustic characteristics of your room to improve the bar's sound quality. If you like to host parties, you'll appreciate that this soundbar can get loud without additional compression artifacts.

    Unfortunately, while this bar comes with some EQ presets, it doesn't have a graphic EQ, which may be disappointing for listeners who love to customize their sound. Also, when you play the bar at max volume, there's a bit of distortion present, but it may not be audible with real-life content. The bar itself is also very wide, so it may not fit easily into your existing setup. That said, this premium setup has a very versatile performance that can please many different listeners.

    See our review

  2. Best 3.1 LG Soundbar

    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.4
    Music
    7.2
    Movies
    Channels
    3.1

    The best LG soundbar with a 3.1 setup that we've tested is the LG GX Soundbar. This 3.1 soundbar has a unique teardrop shape that's designed to complement TVs from LG's OLED series, so it looks more like wall art when hung on the wall. Its default sound profile is neutral and suitable for most audio content, and its wireless subwoofer helps adds an extra boom and punch to the mix. If you prefer a different sound, there are a couple of EQ presets available, as well as a dialogue enhancement feature and an auto-volume mode to help make the most of your TV-watching experience. This soundbar has a lot of connectivity options, and it can get loud, though there are some compression artifacts present at max volume.

    Unfortunately, while this soundbar supports Atmos content, it has to downmix it into stereo in order to play it, which doesn't create the most immersive listening experience. It also lacks some more premium sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ or a room correction feature. Despite the subwoofer, it struggles to produce low bass, too, so it may not be the best choice if you like to listen to bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. However, this 3.1 soundbar offers versatile performance and a unique design that's suitable for lots of uses.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Very good build quality. LG soundbars are generally very well-built, even their more affordable models. Some companies cover their soundbars with a dark fabric that tends to collect dust and make the bar look dirty after just short periods. Fortunately, the LG soundbars we've tested all have a more premium design, with a brushed metal or textured plastic finish that looks and feels more high-end.
  • Great wireless playback options. While most soundbars support Bluetooth, LG's soundbars tend to go above and beyond by also supporting wireless playback over Wi-Fi, as well as Chromecast built-in.
  • Lots of connectivity inputs. All the LG soundbars we've tested today have optical, HDMI ARC, and full-HDMI inputs, with the higher-end models often having two full HDMI inputs.
  • Additional rear speaker purchase required for 7.1 surround. Most of LG's flagships only provide 5.1.2 channels of audio by default. If you want your favorite 7.1 surround movies to sound their best on the SL10YG or the SK10Y, you need to purchase LG's additional wireless rear speaker kit. Fortunately, the 2020 LG SN11RG should have 7.1.4 channels out-of-the-box. However, the company is quite late to the game compared to brands like Sony and Nakamichi that have had full 7.1 models out since 2017.
  • Unremarkable stereo soundstages. A natural soundstage helps make music, movies, and video games sound more immersive. While none of the LG soundbars we've tested have a particularly bad soundstage, none are very good, either. Generally, they're only about as wide as the bar itself, if not a bit narrower, and sound rather diffused.
  • Low max volume. The LG soundbars that we've tested have all been quieter than most. Their 2018 models were the worst offenders, but even their newer releases struggle to get as loud as the competition.

Like Sony or Samsung, LG makes different soundbars at a number of different 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. Their more expensive models support additional surround sound formats and wireless playback options but don't deliver as premium an experience as some other brands. The LG soundbars we've tested tend to be quieter, with fewer channels and less immersive soundstages than the competition.

Lineup

Like with their TVs, LG uses a combination of letters and numbers for their model names.

  • SK* = 2018
  • SL* = 2019
  • SN* = 2020
  • *Y = standard, no extra features or speakers
  • *YG = with Google Assistant
  • *RG = with rear speakers and Google Assistant

Conclusion

LG is a brand well-known for their 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 lots of different physical inputs and wireless playback options. However, they don't deliver the best sound performance overall, mostly due to their fairly narrow, diffused soundstages. Their default sound profiles are also often quite far from neutral. 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.

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