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LG Eclair QP5 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 13, 2022 at 10:16 am
LG Eclair QP5 Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
6.8
Dialogue/TV Shows
6.6
Music
6.5
Movies
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Channels
3.1.2

The LG Eclair QP5 is a 3.1.2 setup with a unique design. It's one of the smallest Dolby Atmos soundbars that we've tested, ideal for listeners in smaller apartments and condos who can't fit in a full setup. However, despite its stylish design, its sound performance isn't as impressive, and it's noticeably lacking low-bass. Vocals can seem clear and accurate at times but also quite dark and veiled due to the recessed treble. Its Atmos performance is pretty disappointing, with muffled audio and a lack of boom and punch with action-packed scenes.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The LG QP5 is adequate for mixed usage. Vocals and lead instruments can be reproduced pretty clearly, though they can also seem veiled at times due to the soundbar's recessed treble range. There's not a lot of low-bass, either, so there's no rumble in action-heavy movie scenes. Its surround performance isn't very immersive-sounding, and it doesn't perform very well with Atmos content, either.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • EQ presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Disappointing Atmos performance.
6.8 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG QP5 is fair for dialogue-centric content like TV shows and podcasts. Its discrete center channel can accurately anchor voices to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. Voices are reproduced pretty clearly at times, but they can also seem dark and veiled. While there's a dialogue enhancement feature available, you can only use it with DTS content.

Pros
  • Auto-volume mode.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
6.6 Music

The LG QP5 is okay for music. Its sound profile is slightly dark due to the recessed treble. While vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly, they can also sound a bit veiled at times. Its subwoofer also struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass, so it's not ideal for listening to bass-heavy genres like EDM. Also, it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • EQ presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
6.5 Movies

The LG QP5 is alright for movies. Its Sound Field Expander technology creates a wide soundstage that extends well past the bar's small size. However, its surround performance isn't very impressive since it has to downmix content into stereo to play it. Similarly, it noticeably lacks bass with Atmos content, and voices can seem muffled and veiled.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Disappointing Atmos performance.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 6.6 Music
  • 6.5 Movies
  1. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 10, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG QP5 is a very unique soundbar due to its small, compact design. It's one of the few small soundbars we've tested that supports Dolby Atmos content, making it suitable for listeners who don't have a lot of space but still want an immersive listening experience. It also has a 2021 LG TV AI Processor that the manufacturer says can be used to sync up your audio with a compatible LG TV. However, unlike the 3.1.2 LG SP8YA, it doesn't have built-in Google Assistant and Alexa capabilities. You can also find an all-white version called the LG QP5W. Its main competitors include the Sonos Beam (Gen 2), the Samsung HW-Q700A, and the Samsung HW-Q600A.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG Eclair QP5 is a small and compact soundbar with a similar shape to the pastry that shares its name. There's a metal grille on the top, and the rounded edges of the bar are covered in a tight fabric. The bottom of the bar is made of plastic. You can also find a white color variant called the LG Eclair QP5W.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer is mostly made of hard plastic. The rounded sides of the sub are covered in a tight fabric. Its reversible design gives you a lot of flexibility when placing it in your room since you can use it in any direction.

Design
Style - Satellites
Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height 2.3" (5.9 cm)
Depth 4.9" (12.5 cm)

The LG Eclair QP5 is very small. It can easily fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand, and it's not very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen. It's ideal for listeners in condos and apartments who don't have enough space for a full setup.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 15.4" (39.0 cm)
Height 11.2" (28.4 cm)
Depth 7.3" (18.5 cm)

The sub is roughly the size of an average desktop computer. Since it connects to the bar wirelessly, you can place it wherever you want in your room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
No

The back of the bar has an opening for the inputs, including the power cable. Some touch-sensitive buttons above the opening let you control some of its features.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Unspecified

The back of the sub is designed to look identical to the front side, meaning you can position it in many different ways based on your room's setup. During our testing process, we couldn't find any information about the sub's enclosure. There aren't any visible speakers or a port. The manufacturer advertises it as a "Vibration Dampening Subwoofer," and you can see an exploded view of the inside of the sub from LG's website here.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG QP5 has a good build quality. The bar has a metal grille on top to protect its up-firing drivers inside, and there's fabric around its sides. While the fabric is tight and doesn't seem like it could be pinched easily, it can collect dust and debris like pet hair. The subwoofer has a similar design, and while its plastic build feels pretty solid and durable, its fabric sides also seem like they could get dirty easily.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manual
  • Remote with 2x AA batteries
  • AC adapter
  • 2x power cables
  • HDMI cable

Sound
6.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Music
Slope
-0.73
Std. Err.
5.92 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
53.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
12.7 kHz

The LG Eclair QP5 has a mediocre stereo frequency response. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly dark and veiled sound due to the recessed treble range. Also, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump found in the low-bass, so you don't feel the rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. While voices are sometimes pretty clear in the mix thanks to the balanced mid-range, they can also sound a bit muffled at times due to the dip in the low-mid range.

6.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Music
Suggested Bass Setting
0
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.73
Std. Err.
5.92 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
53.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
12.7 kHz

The LG Eclair QP5 comes with some bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound profile to your liking. However, if you prefer a more neutral sound profile, we recommend using its default bass and treble settings. We tested the bar in several different configurations, but we couldn't get a more neutral response.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
3.26 dB

The LG Eclair QP5 has a decent stereo soundstage. Despite its small size, its soundstage is perceived to be pretty wide. Its Sound Field Expander technology extends audio well past the edges of the bar itself. Unfortunately, its focus isn't as accurate, and you can hear some holes in the soundstage. As a result, sound objects like voices don't seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location. Instead, it seems like they come from a more general area.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
88.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.35 dB

The LG QP5 has a satisfactory stereo dynamics performance. Like many small soundbars we've tested, it struggles to get loud enough to fill up a large room or a crowded party. That said, there isn't a lot of compression when you push it to max volume, so audio reproduction remains clear at louder volumes.

6.6
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.84
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
4.07

The LG Eclair QP5 has an okay stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, distortion remains within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. However, there's a large jump in distortion across the entire range when you push the bar to max volume. Listeners who care a lot about sound fidelity may notice some distortion, but more casual listeners may not hear it.

6.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.32
Std. Err.
6.63 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
86.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.80
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.96

The LG Eclair QP5 has an adequate center channel performance. This 3.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel, so voices are anchored to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. Its frequency response is a bit dark, and while voices are reproduced pretty clearly, you may also notice that they sound a bit veiled. There isn't a lot of bass reproduced on the center channel in most cases, so you shouldn't notice the lack of low-bass.

2.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
0.80
Std. Err.
8.55 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
93.1 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.42
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.22
7.1 Rears
No

The LG Eclair QP5 has a poor surrounds performance. This 3.1.2 setup has to downmix surround content into stereo in order to play it. Unfortunately, as a result, sound objects like voices don't sound as clear or as real in the soundstage. Audio doesn't seem like it's coming from speakers placed all around you. Instead, it just seems like it's coming from in front of you.

5.2
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.04
Std. Err.
5.91 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
79.4 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
2.09
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.61

The LG Eclair QP5 has a disappointing Atmos performance. It uses two up-firing drivers built into the bar to ricochet sound off the ceiling, creating the illusion of height. However, its frequency response is quite uneven, and audio seems muffled and veiled at times due to the dips and peaks in the mid and treble ranges. It also struggles to reproduce low-bass, so action-packed scenes are noticeably lacking in boom and rumble.

7.0
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The LG QP5 has a decent selection of sound enhancement features. There are some EQ presets available, including 'AI Sound Pro', 'Cinema', 'Game', and 'Music', as well as bass and treble adjustments so you can customize its sound to your liking. The 'Cinema' preset doubles as a virtual surround mode, though in our subjective listening tests, we found that it sounded a bit fake. There's also a Dialogue Control feature in the Sound Settings tab of the app. However, it's only available with DTS content.

Thanks to its 2021 LG AI TV Processor, the manufacturer says you can also pair the bar with a compatible LG TV to use TV Sound Mode Share. This feature lets you use the TV's speakers with your soundbar to create a more immersive listening experience.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The LG Eclair QP5 comes with some physical inputs. You can connect it to your TV via Optical as well as HDMI ARC, and there's a Full HDMI In port that lets you use it as a hub between different devices.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The LG Eclair QP5 has fantastic audio format support via ARC. It supports the most common surround sound format, Dolby Digital. Also, there's support for lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

The LG Eclair QP5 has incredible audio format support via Full HDMI In. You can commonly find Dolby Digital content on Blu-rays and streaming platforms, and there's also DTS support. You can even stream lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

There's also Dolby Digital and DTS support via Optical, and you can often find these audio formats on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.

6.8
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
150 ms
Optical
109 ms
Full HDMI In
9 ms

The LG Eclair QP5 has a fair latency performance. It has low latency via Full HDMI In. However, it doesn't perform as well when connected via ARC and Optical, so you may notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. That said, some apps and TVs can compensate for latency differently, so your experience can vary.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

Unlike the LG SP8YA, the LG Eclair QP5 only supports Bluetooth connectivity. You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar over this connection.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The LG Eclair QP5 can passthrough high-quality bandwidth signals. There's also support for Dolby Vision Passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects to the bar wirelessly, so you just need to plug it into a power outlet.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

There are three lights on the right side of the bar that flash different colors based on the settings you adjust. For example, they turn orange when you change the volume, and the middle light flashes red when you change the EQ preset. Also, the lights are white when connected via HDMI In, HDMI ARC, and Optical, and they turn blue when you connect via Bluetooth. There are also some audio cues when you change the inputs, which is handy.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

Some controls let you power the bar on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, and activate Bluetooth. Unfortunately, they're located on the back of the bar, which can be inconvenient. You have to move the bar to access them, and it's easy to accidentally trigger one of the controls while you move the bar.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote has the same design as that of the LG SP8YA. It lets you control the bar's basic functions, which can be more convenient than trying to use the controls on the back of the bar.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Additional Features
App
App Name LG Sound Bar
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Yes

The LG Sound Bar app is a helpful tool for controlling the soundbar since it acts as a remote and lets you control all of its settings. You can access the EQ presets, adjust the bass and treble, and activate the Dynamic Range Control and Night Time features. Also, you can update the bar and access the sound settings. However, you can only cast files when a USB thumb drive is plugged into the soundbar. A window appears on the app that lets you see the list of songs on the thumb drive.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The LG QP5 automatically shuts off after a certain period of inactivity. There's also HDMI CEC support, meaning you can control its basic features with your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG QP5 is available in both 'Black' and 'White' color variants. We tested the 'Black' version, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. However, we expect the white version, called the LG QP5W, to perform similarly.

If you come across another version of this soundbar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG QP5 is a unique model designed to offer an immersive listening experience without taking up a lot of space in your setup. While it has a small and stylish design, its sound performance isn't as impressive as other small soundbars on the market, like the Sonos Beam and the Samsung HW-S60A.

See also our recommendations for the best small soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars for music.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Sonos is a 5.0.2 standalone soundbar with a premium design. It offers better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances than the LG. Even though the LG comes with a dedicated sub, it can't reproduce a more extended low-bass than the Sonos. That said, the LG's small design may be more ideal for some users.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Sonos is a better-built 5.0 setup with built-in voice assistant support. It has better center, surround, and Atmos performances. Its soundstage is better, too. Also, there's no Full HDMI In port like the LG.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Samsung is a better-built bar with better center and surround performances. Also, some listeners may prefer its more neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, the LG has a much smaller, more compact design that's ideal for users without a lot of space in their setup.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q700A is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Samsung is a better-built 3.1.2 setup with more wireless playback options. It has better center and surround performances. Its soundstage is more immersive-sounding, and it's better for Atmos content, too. Also, some users may prefer its more neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, it's bigger than the LG.

Sonos Beam

The Sonos Beam is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Sonos is a better-built 3.0 setup with built-in voice assistant support. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Some users may also prefer its more neutral, balanced sound out-of-the-box. However, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content like the LG.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is a better 3.1.2 soundbar than the LG Eclair QP5. The SP8YA has better center and surround performances. It's also a better pick for Atmos content. It gets louder with a little less compression at max volume. Unlike the Eclair, it has room correction and supports more wireless playback options. Some users may also prefer its more neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, the Eclair has a more compact design, so it's not too surprising that it struggles to get loud.

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