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LG S75QR Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 16, 2023 at 10:29 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 05, 2024 at 12:39 pm
LG S75QR Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.6
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.2
Music
7.4
Movies

The LG S75QR is a mid-range 5.1.2 soundbar released in 2022. You can purchase the bar and the sub on their own as the LG S75Q, but this version includes two satellite speakers for an improved surround sound experience. As a Dolby Atmos soundbar, it can playback many audio formats commonly found on both streaming platforms and Blu-rays, with a fairly immersive sound for the price. Plus, if you own a compatible LG TV, you can sync the bar with the TV's speakers for a more immersive sound. Unlike the LG S80QR, though, there's no additional up-firing center channel to further improve vocal reproduction in the mix.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The LG S75QR is satisfactory for mixed usage. This 5.1.2 bar is a mid-range offering with versatile overall performance, though its sound quality isn't quite as impressive as more premium models. Voices and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix, and the added satellites bring a more immersive feel to surround sound formats like Dolby Digital. Atmos support is great if you like to watch a lot of content on streaming platforms, though the bar doesn't bring the same immersive feel as higher-end bars.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • Lacks low-bass.
7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG S75QR is great for dialogue-heavy TV shows and podcasts. This 5.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel designed to improve vocal reproduction, and as a result, you can easily follow along with the conversations on screen. The Clear Voice Pro preset doubles as a dialogue enhancer, too, in case you want a more clear and crisp sound. With relatively low latency, you don't notice any lip-synching issues, and the AV Sync feature is always on hand to manually adjust the delay just in case.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Relatively low latency.
Cons
  • No room correction.
7.2 Music

The LG S75QR is decent for music. This soundbar offers a fairly even sound in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce. There's a little extra emphasis in the high-bass and the treble, too, resulting in a slightly v-shaped sound out-of-the-box. You can always use the bass and treble adjustments to customize its output, though it lacks a full graphic EQ to switch up its sound across the range. Its sub's low-frequency extension isn't quite as impressive as more premium models, either, so it lacks the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass with genres like EDM and hip-hop.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • Lacks low-bass.
7.4 Movies

The LG S75QR is satisfactory for movies. Compared to the LG S75Q, this model adds two discrete satellite speakers designed to bring a more clear and real feel with immersive audio content. With formats like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos, commonly found on most streaming platforms, you get a good sound with sound effects stretching into the space around you. The bar can't reproduce as much height or overheard feeling as more premium models, though, and the lack of low-bass is noticeable in action-packed scenes.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • No room correction.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.2 Music
  • 7.4 Movies
  1. Updated Jan 05, 2024: Added market comparison for the Hisense AX5125H in the Stereo Frequency Response box.
  2. Updated Dec 14, 2023: Added market comparison to the LG SP7R to the Height (Atmos) box.
  3. Updated May 16, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated May 11, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Mar 28, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Mar 20, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Mar 17, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG S75QR is available in Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

You can also purchase a version of this soundbar and sub without the satellites as the LG S75Q. Note that when we tried to connect a separately-purchased SPQ8-S Rear Speaker Kit to our version of the LG S75Q, it didn't work. We bought a whole new bundle for this review. It doesn't appear to be an issue with the speakers, as they connected to the LG S80QY without issue. If you've tried this setup, we'd love to hear about your experience in the forums. Also, let us know in the forums if you come across another version of this bar so we can update our review accordingly.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG S75QR is a mid-range Dolby Atmos soundbar released in 2022. You can buy the bar and the sub on their own as the LG S75Q, but the S75QR version adds satellites for improved surround sound. It doesn't reproduce as much low-bass as more premium models like the LG S80QR, nor does it bring the same immersive feel with height content. Still, it does well for the price, and it's a solid option if you want a simpler setup.

You can also check out our recommendations for the best LG soundbars, the best soundbars for movies, and the best soundbars with a subwoofer.

LG S90QY

The LG S90QY is better than the LG S75QR for most uses. The S90QY is a 5.1.3 setup that's more premium and comes with an additional up-firing center channel. It reproduces a more extended low-bass and has additional features like Wi-Fi support and room correction. Without satellites, though, it doesn't bring as clear or real of a feel to surround sound. You can always upgrade it to the LG S90QY with SPQ8-S Speaker Kit if you want.

LG S80QR

The LG S80QR is better than the LG S75QR. The S80QR is a 5.1.3 setup with an additional up-firing center channel to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. It offers more features, too, such as room correction and Wi-Fi support. It also has a better low-frequency extension, so you notice more low-bass in the mix.

Hisense AX5125H

The LG S75QR and the Hisense AX5125H are both mid-range 5.1.2 soundbars with Dolby Atmos support. The Hisense offers a better low-frequency extension, so you notice more thump and rumble in the bass range. However, the LG has more sound enhancement features, and it offers better latency. Depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other.

LG S75Q

The LG S75QR is better than the LG S75Q. They're the same bar and sub, but the S75QR adds rear speakers for an improved surround sound. You notice a more clear and real feel with content like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos, which are common on streaming platforms and Blu-rays.

LG SP7R

The LG S75QR is better than the LG SP7R. The main difference between the two bars comes from Dolby Atmos support. While the SP7R doesn't support Atmos, the S75QR does. Additionally, the S75QR can correctly implement surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS for a more immersive feel.

LG S90QY with SPQ8-S Speaker Kit

The LG S90QY with SPQ8-S Speaker Kit is better than the LG S75QR. The S90QY is a 7.1.3 setup, meaning that it comes with two more surround channels and an additional up-firing center channel compared to the 5.1.2 S75QR. The S90QY offers a better low-frequency extension and a better stereo soundstage. It has more sound enhancement features and more wireless playback options on hand, too.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG S75QR soundbar is a simple all-black bar with two up-firing drivers on top. Touch-sensitive controls sit on top of the bar, with a display screen in front.

Design
Style - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes
Enclosure
Ported

The subwoofer is mostly made of plastic, though fabric covers the front. The port is in the back.

Design
Style - Satellites
Satellite Wireless
Partial, satellites wired together

The satellites have a similar build to the bar. They're mostly made of plastic, with fabric wrapped around the sides. They connect to a wireless receiver module, also made of plastic.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 35.0" (89.0 cm)
Height 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Depth 4.7" (12.0 cm)

The LG S75QR is pretty wide, so it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. It isn't very tall, so it won't obscure the screen unless your TV sits flush against the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.1" (18.1 cm)
Height 15.4" (39.2 cm)
Depth 11.5" (29.2 cm)

The sub is about the size of an average desktop computer. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you have some flexibility when placing it in your setup, though you'll still need to plug it into a power outlet.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Height 5.5" (14.0 cm)
Depth 3.9" (10.0 cm)

The satellites are a similar size to other satellites on the market. They're meant to sit upright and are taller than they are wide.

Design
Mounting
Mountable Bar
Yes
Bar Brackets Included
Yes
Mountable Satellites
Yes
Satellite Brackets Included
No

You can mount the bar to the wall using the included brackets. The satellites and the satellite receiver are also mountable, though the hardware isn't included with your purchase. You can see here that the wireless receiver has two holes underneath for wall mounting.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG S75QR has good build quality. The bar and the satellites are mostly plastic, which feels solid and durable. The metal grilles on top of the bar help protect the drivers inside, which is a nice touch. Meanwhile, the satellites' sides are wrapped in a tight fabric, which doesn't seem like it could rip, though it might collect dust or pet hair over time. The same issue could also occur with the fabric covering the front of the sub.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual with Mounting template
  • Remote with batteries (2x AA)
  • 3x power cables (1x 3.2 ft / 1m and 2x 4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • Adapter for soundbar (cable length 4.9ft / 1.5m)
  • HDMI cable (4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • 2x mounting brackets with screws (for the bar)
  • 2x satellite speaker wires (16 ft / 4.9m)

Sound
7.1
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.86
Std. Err.
4.10 dB
Channels
5.1.2
Low-Frequency Extension
49.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.8 kHz

The LG S75QR soundbar has a decent stereo frequency response. With stereo content like music, there's a little extra boom in the bass, resulting in a more bass-heavy sound. Still, voices and lead instruments remain clear and present in the mix thanks to the balanced mid-range. Subjectively, we notice a bit more treble than represented in the graph, to the point that it has a more V-shaped sound with music. There's a fair amount of low-bass, but the bar's low-frequency extension isn't quite as impressive as other 5.1.2 models, like the Hisense AX5125H, that are available for a similar price. As a result, you notice a touch less rumble in the bass with genres like EDM and hip-hop.

7.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-1
Suggested Treble Setting
4
Slope
-0.11
Std. Err.
3.29 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

If you prefer a more balanced sound with stereo content, you can set the bass to -1 and the treble to 4. Overall, the bar's sound is more even, with less of a bass-heavy slope. You get less emphasis in the high-bass, and more balance in the treble range.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.79 dB

The LG S75QR soundbar has a decent stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be a tiny bit wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. The focus is just okay, too, meaning that sound effects seem to come from a more general area in the mix rather than a pinpoint, accurate location.

8.1
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
94.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.36 dB

The bar gets pretty loud, so it can fill up larger and more open spaces with sound. There's a little bit of compression when you push it to max volume, though, impacting the overall clarity of audio reproduction.

7.2
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.59
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.76

The bar has a decent stereo THD performance. Distortion falls within good limits at a normal listening volume, so audio reproduction is clean and pure overall. As with most bars, there's a slight jump in distortion when you push the bar to max volume. However, distortion is hard to hear with real-life content, so it's not a huge deal, especially if you don't want to crank up the volume.

7.7
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.10
Std. Err.
4.42 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.54
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
4.50

This 5.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel designed to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. The frequency response on this channel is pretty even, especially in the mids, where most dialogue is reproduced. As a result, you can easily follow along with voices in your favorite movies and TV shows.

6.9
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.32
Std. Err.
5.93 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.48
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.71
7.1 Rears
No

Compared to the LG S75Q, the LG S75QR adds two discrete satellite speakers that enhance the overall surround sound experience. You get a more clear and real feel as a result, with sound effects stretching into the space around your couch. The frequency response is okay, but the dips in the low-mids and the treble mean that some effects sound more thin, veiled, and weak in the mix.

5.3
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
0.13
Std. Err.
5.53 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
79.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
4.86
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.45

The LG S75QR uses two up-firing drivers built into the bar to simulate height by ricocheting sound off the ceiling above you. The frequency response on these channels is a bit uneven, with a noticeable dip in the low-mid that makes some sound effects sound thinner in the mix. There's a good amount of bass, too, but not as much as with more premium models, which is noticeable in more action-packed scenes. Still, it's a good upgrade over bars that don't support Atmos, like the LG SP7R.

We subjectively evaluated the bar's performance with Atmos content to get a better sense of its soundstage and how immersive of an experience it provides. Overall, it provides a good listening experience, and the added rear speaker kit is a nice addition compared to the standalone LG S75Q. It does well compared to other bars in this price range, but it can't reproduce height or overhead effects with the same accuracy as more premium models like the LG S90QY with SPQ8-S Speaker Kit. Still, the sound is clean, and the details are pretty clear overall.

7.4
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
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The LG S75QR soundbar has a pretty standard selection of sound enhancement features. It lacks room correction, typical for bars in its price range, meaning that the bar may sound a bit different depending on the acoustics of your space. However, you can manually make up for these differences a bit using the bass and treble adjustments and the EQ preset modes: Standard, AI Sound Pro, Cinema, Clear Voice Pro, Sports, Music, Game, and Bass Blast. As its name suggests, Clear Voice Pro doubles as a dialogue enhancement tool. If you own a compatible LG TV, you can connect it to the bar to enjoy TV Sound Mode Share. This feature is similar to others from different soundbar manufacturers, as the manufacturer advertises it to create a more immersive listening experience through the TV's speakers in tandem with the bar's speakers.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI Out
eARC
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
Full HDMI In
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No
Subwoofer Output
No

The bar connects to your TV over Optical or HDMI. It also has an HDMI In port, so you can use the bar as a hub between different devices to passthrough video.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: ARC/eARC
Dolby Atmos
Supported
Dolby Digital
Supported
Dolby Digital Plus
Supported
Dolby TrueHD
Supported
DTS
Supported
DTS:X
Supported
DTS-HD MA
Supported
PCM Channels
Up To 7.1

Whether you like to watch content on streaming platforms or Blu-rays, this soundbar can playback many commonly-used audio formats, like surround sound and lossless and object-based formats.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Supported
Dolby Digital
Supported
Dolby Digital Plus
Supported
Dolby TrueHD
Supported
DTS
Supported
DTS:X
Supported
DTS-HD MA
Supported
PCM Channels
Up To 7.1

This soundbar supports many common audio formats via HDMI In, too. It can playback 5.1 surround sound like Dolby Digital and lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos, common on both streaming platforms and Blu-rays.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: Optical
Dolby Digital
Supported
DTS
Supported
PCM Channels
2.0

The bar supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical. Dolby Digital is the most common surround sound format, so it's on many different streaming platforms, while DTS is more common on Blu-rays.

8.4
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
68 ms
Optical
64 ms
Full HDMI In
6 ms

The LG S75QR has relatively low latency, which is great for watching videos and movies. Since the audio is in sync with the video on screen, you don't notice lip-synching issues. Of course, some apps and TVs compensate differently, but if you run into any problems, you can always use the AV Sync feature in the app to manually adjust the delay.

6.3
Connectivity
Video Passthrough To TV
1080p Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
1080p @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
4k Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
4k @ 120Hz @ 10-Bit
Not Supported
4k @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
8k Max Refresh Rate
Not Supported
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10+ Passthrough
No
Dolby Vision Passthrough
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR Passthrough
No
FreeSync Passthrough
No
G-SYNC Passthrough
No
ALLM Passthrough
No

The LG S75QR can passthrough some high-quality video signals found on devices like an Apple TV, like HDR10 and Dolby Vision. However, it can't passthrough virtual refresh rate technologies often used on consoles and PCs to ensure a tear-free gaming experience, which is disappointing.

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

You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar via Bluetooth.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display screen on the front of the bar. It shows the settings you adjust, like the volume, the sound levels, or the preset. You can control whether the display stays on or off or dim the lights so the display is less bright.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, you'll find a few touch-sensitive buttons. You can turn the bar on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, and activate Bluetooth. The bar's other settings are accessible through the remote and the LG Sound Bar app.

Additional Features
Remote

The remote lets you control many of the bar's functions from the comfort of your couch. Also, you can use the LG Sound Bar app on your phone if you prefer.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Microphone Mute
No