We've currently reviewed 5 LG soundbars. The brand makes well-built soundbars with lots of connectivity options, but the models we've tested so far don't stand out in respect to sound quality. However, we haven't reviewed many models from their 2020 lineup yet. We'll update this article once we've reviewed more.
The best LG soundbar we've tested so far is the LG SL10YG. It has a premium design, multiple wireless playback options, and supports Dolby Atmos. It has an excited sound profile, which isn't the most neutral for movies or video games but sounds quite well-balanced for music. It also has quite a few sound adjustment options to help you tweak the way it sounds to better suit your tastes. While it has a discreet center channel for clearer dialogue in TV shows, it doesn't have any extra dialogue enhancement features.
On the downside, it only has 5.1.2 channels. While this won't be an issue if you just like watching TV shows or watching movies, it's a bit disappointing for movie lovers, especially compared to some of the best soundbars we've tested from other brands like the 7.1.4 Samsung HW-Q90R, or the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch, which comes with two subwoofers and four up-firing speakers. The LG SN11RG, which is the company's flagship model for 2020, is supposed to have 7.1.4 channels. However, we haven't yet tested it, so until we know how it performs, this 2019 soundbar remains our top pick.
The best 3.1 LG soundbar we've tested so far is the LG SN6Y. Part of LG's 2020 lineup, it replaces the 2019 LG SL6Y with a few noticeable differences. The soundbar itself doesn't look very different, but the subwoofer's design is more streamlined, and it also produces slightly deeper bass. It has a slightly more bass-heavy sound profile overall, but it still does a fair job at reproducing clear, natural-sounding voices and dialogue thanks to its excellent center channel performance. It can also get quite a bit louder than most LG soundbars we've tested.
While it supports the most common surround formats, it's not as fully-featured as higher-end 3.1 soundbars that support Dolby Atmos, like the Sony HT-Z9F or the Samsung HW-Q70R. In addition, when downmixing surround content to its three speakers, it creates a rather boomy, bass-heavy surround mix. While there are no controls to adjust the surround levels themselves, fortunately, you can adjust the soundbar's overall amount of bass and treble.
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 so far, regardless of price, have been well-built, with lots of different physical input options. Their more expensive models support more 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 so far tend to be quieter, with fewer channels, and less immersive soundstages than the competition. However, we've yet to review much from the 2020 lineup, so we'll keep this page updated with any differences with their most recent releases.
Like with their TVs, LG uses a combination of letters and numbers for their model names.
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.