The LG S65Q is a mid-range 3.1 setup released in 2022. It's a simple bar with a discrete center channel to improve vocal clarity with dialogue in movies and TV shows, and you don't have to worry about fitting satellite speakers into your living room. Unlike the 3.1.3 LG S80QY, there's no Dolby Atmos support. You won't find LG's higher-end features like AI Room Calibration or TV Sound Mode Share, either. However, there are still a wide range of features available, including lots of EQ presets such as 'Clear Voice' and 'AI Sound Pro'.
The LG S65Q is decent for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, dialogue is clear and present in the mix thanks to its balanced mids, and higher-pitched sounds are bright and sparkling. There's a little extra boom in the high-bass, and bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. Unfortunately, you don't get the deep rumble in the low-bass with action-packed scenes and bass-heavy music. Its surround performance isn't very impressive, either, and there's no support for height content.
The LG S65Q is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows and podcasts. Since it's a 3.1 setup, there's a discrete center channel that reproduces dialogue with clarity and accuracy. You can also use its 'Clear Voice' mode to enhance voices, as well as a Night Time feature to balance the volume level when you don't want to disturb those around you. However, podcast listeners are limited to Bluetooth when it comes to wirelessly streaming to the bar.
The LG S65Q is decent for music. In our subjective tests, we found the bar has a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds extra boom in the high-bass, while higher-pitched vocals and instruments are bright and sparkling. The mids are still quite balanced, though, so lead instruments are clear and present in the mix. If you want a different sound, you're able to use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. That said, it's not able to get the deep and rumbling low-bass in genres like EDM and hip-hop, unfortunately.
The LG S65Q is fair for movies. Dialogue is clear and present in the mix, though you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. It supports surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS which are often found on streaming platforms, but it has to downmix it into stereo in order to play it. There's no Dolby Atmos support, either.
The LG S65Q is available in 'Black', and the label for our model is here.
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The LG S65Q is a mid-range 3.1 model that doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. It's ideal for listening to vocal-centric content like TV shows thanks to its discrete center channel that improves vocal reproduction. However, it lacks low-bass and doesn't offer a very immersive sound with surround sound content.
The Samsung HW-Q60C is a better 3.1 soundbar than the LG S65Q. The Samsung offers a more versatile overall performance, supporting Dolby Atmos content, which the LG lacks. It has a better stereo sound and a few more sound enhancement features to make the most of your listening experience.
The LG S80QY is better than the LG S65Q. The S80QY supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the S65Q. Also, it comes with more sound enhancement features, like room correction, as well as more wireless playback options. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, so you feel more thump and rumble in your audio.
The LG SP9YA is better than the LG S65Q. The SP9YA is a 5.1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the S65Q. It's able to reproduce a more extended low-bass, too, and it has more premium features like room correction. Also, its surrounds and soundstage performances are better.
The LG S65Q has a simple design. It's mostly made of plastic with fabric covering the top and the front, so it looks quite similar to the LG SP7Y.
The sub has a similar design to the sub for the LG SP7Y. It's mostly made of plastic with a wood-like material on the sides. The front is covered in fabric. When it's connected to the bar, a green light shines in the front, and you aren't able to turn it off or dim the brightness.
The LG S65Q is fairly wide, so it doesn't fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV stand. However, it's not too tall, so it doesn't block your TV screen.
The sub is about the size of an average desktop computer, and since it connects wirelessly to the bar, you have a lot of flexibility when placing it in your room.
The LG S65Q has a good build quality. The bar is mostly made of plastic that feels solid. However, there's fabric on the front and top that collects dust and pet hair easily. The sub is also made of plastic, with a wood-like material on the sides. There's fabric in front, and it's nice and tight, especially compared to the fabric on the bar.
The LG S65Q has a decent stereo frequency response. Though the frequency response shows a more bass-heavy sound profile, with a little extra boom in the high-bass. The mids are quite balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix. Subjectively, it has a slightly v-shaped sound, with some extra brightness in the treble. However, it doesn't offer a very impressive low-frequency extension, so you don't feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music genres.
With its bass set to '-5' and its treble set to '3', the LG S65Q has a more neutral frequency response. It's balanced across the range, so the bass is present, and vocals and lead instruments are clearly reproduced. Unfortunately, a bass adjustment feature can't make up for the low-frequency extension, so you still don't feel the thump in the low-bass.
The LG S65Q has a decent stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be a bit wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. On the upside, it has good focus, so sound objects like instruments in an orchestra seem to come from an accurate location that matches the action onscreen.
The LG S65Q has a decent stereo dynamics performance. It gets loud, so you can fill up larger living rooms and open spaces with sound. However, at louder volumes, there's noticeable compression, especially in the bass range, that affects the clarity of audio. Bass-heavy music and action-packed scenes aren't as clear or detailed as a result.
The LG S65Q has a very good stereo THD performance. At normal listening volumes, audio reproduction is clean and pure. As with most bars, there's a jump in THD at max volume. You aren't likely to notice distortion unless you're an avid audiophile, and even then, it's only an issue at loud volumes.
The LG S65Q has a very good center channel performance. It's a 3.1 setup with a discrete center channel, so dialogue is clearly and accurately reproduced. Most voices are reproduced in the mid-range, and the channel's balanced frequency response ensures that they're present in the mix.
The LG S65Q has a poor surrounds performance. Since it's a 3.1 bar, it has to downmix surround sound into stereo in order to play it. As a result, sound objects - think voices or racing cars in a chase scene - don't seem to come from an accurate location in the soundstage. Instead, it seems like sound comes from speakers placed in front of you.
The LG S65Q has a fair selection of sound enhancement features. Compared to more premium models like the LG S90QY and the LG S80QY, there's no room correction feature available, so it sounds a bit different depending on your room's acoustics. However, you still have some ability to customize its sound to your liking, using its bass and treble adjustments as well as its EQ presets: 'AI Sound Pro', 'Standard', 'Bass Blast', 'Music', 'Clear Voice', 'Game', 'Cinema', 'DTS Virtual:X', and 'Sports'. 'Clear Voice' enhances dialogue, and 'Cinema' and 'DTS Virtual:X' are virtual surround modes that provide a more three-dimensional sound.
You can connect the bar to your TV using traditional HDMI or Optical connections. However, if you have a compatible LG TV, you're also able to use LG Sound Sync to connect the bar to your TV wirelessly over a Bluetooth connection. It reduces the amount of wires in your setup, but if you don't have an LG TV, you only need one cable to connect the devices.
The LG S65Q has decent audio format support via ARC. It supports Dolby Digital, which you find on a lot of streaming services and Blu-rays, though it downmixes it into stereo. You aren't able to watch higher-quality formats like Dolby Atmos.
The LG S65Q has great audio format support via Full HDMI In. You can watch common surround sound formats, often found on streaming services. However, there's no support for lossless or object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.
The LG S65Q supports Dolby Digital via Optical, which is the most common surround sound format. DTS isn't as common on its own, but it's the fallback for DTS-HD MA, which is on a lot of Blu-rays.
The LG S65Q has a very good latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so you don't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. There's also an AV Sync feature in the app to help with any issues. Some TVs and apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.
The LG S65Q is advertised to support 4k passthrough, but it can only do 1920 x 1080. It's possible that a future firmware update will add high-quality passthrough capabilities, and we'll update the review if it does. However, as of publication, this feature isn't available.
The LG S65Q lets you wirelessly stream audio to the bar from your mobile devices via Bluetooth.
In front of the bar, there's a small display behind the fabric. It shows the adjustments you make with the remote and the app, including the volume level, the input, and the sound mode.
There are some controls on top of the bar that let you control its features. You can power it on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, and activate Bluetooth.
The LG S65Q comes with the standard LG remote. It's a simple tool for controlling the bar's basic functions, like the volume and the input. The LG Sound Bar app is really useful and lets you control all the bar's settings, so you can use it as a remote, too.