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LG S95QR Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 07, 2022 at 10:08 am
LG S95QR Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.9
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.8
Music
7.7
Movies
Channels
9.1.5

The LG S95QR is the top-of-the-line soundbar from LG's 2022 lineup. It's a 9.1.5 setup that comes with a dedicated subwoofer. There are two up-firing drivers on the bar itself for Dolby Atmos content and a unique up-firing center channel that comes with the LG S90QY and the LG S80QY. The rear speakers have a 4.0.2 setup—meaning that there are two front-firing channels and one up-firing height channels on each speaker. Naturally, it's a feature-packed bar, with everything from AI Room Calibration room correction to the TV Sound Mode Share feature that lets you pair it with your TV to enhance its sound.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The LG S95QR soundbar is very good for mixed usage. It's a premium 9.1.5 setup with really versatile performance, so it sounds good with everything from TV shows to music to movies. Right out of the box, it has a boomy sound with lots of extra emphasis in the bass range, but you can customize it using its bass and treble adjustments. Dialogue is clear and present in the mix, and there's adequate rumble in the bass with action-packed movies and bass-heavy music genres. It supports plenty of audio formats, from Dolby Atmos to Dolby Digital, which are found on lots of streaming platforms.

Pros
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Room correction feature.
  • Immersive sound with Dolby Atmos.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG S95QR soundbar is very good for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows. It has a unique design with two center channels—one that fires from the front and one that fires upwards. The performance is solid, and voices are clear and present in the mix, but the extra center channel doesn't make a huge difference compared to models with one center channel. You can also enhance dialogue with the 'Clear Voice' preset or use the Night Time mode in the app to balance the volume level when you watch shows at night.

Pros
  • Room correction feature.
  • Dialogue enhancement tool.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
7.8 Music

The LG S95QR soundbar is very good for music. Its default sound is quite boomy in the bass range, but you can easily use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. As a result, vocals and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, and you feel the rumble in bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. The bar gets pretty loud, too, so you can fill up larger, more open rooms with your favorite tunes.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Room correction feature.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
7.7 Movies

The LG S95QR soundbar is good for movies. It supports Dolby Atmos content and surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS, and the resulting sound is very immersive. Thanks to its discrete satellites, you feel like the action in your favorite movies is happening all around you, and sound objects come from the sides and from behind you in sync with the action on screen. There's lots of rumble in the bass that helps you feel the intensity in action-packed scenes.

Pros
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Room correction feature.
  • Immersive sound with Dolby Atmos.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.8 Music
  • 7.7 Movies
  1. Updated Jun 07, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 01, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG S95QR soundbar has a similar design to other high-end 2022 LG soundbars like the LG S90QY. It's mostly plastic, with tight fabric around the sides. On top of the bar, three round metal grilles cover the up-firing drivers beneath.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

It's the same sub that you find with the LG S90QY. It's wood, and there's fabric covering the speaker on the side. The back of the sub is made of plastic, too.

Design
Style - Satellites

The LG S95QR has unique 4.0.2 rear speakers with an angular design to accommodate the additional drivers inside. They have the same style as the bar, with plastic builds and fabric covering the front. In total, there are two front-firing speakers in each satellite, as well as one up-firing driver.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 47.2" (120.0 cm)
Height 2.4" (6.2 cm)
Depth 5.3" (13.5 cm)

The LG S95QR soundbar is wide, and it doesn't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. It's not very tall, though, so it doesn't block your TV screen.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 8.0" (20.2 cm)
Height 15.9" (40.5 cm)
Depth 15.8" (40.1 cm)

The LG S95QR's sub is roughly the same size as a desktop computer. Its wireless design means that you can put it anywhere in your living room, as long as you plug it into a power outlet.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Height 8.9" (22.6 cm)
Depth 5.6" (14.1 cm)

The LG S95QR's satellites are fairly wide compared to others on the market, which makes sense given that there are two front-firing drivers inside. They're about the same height as the satellites with other premium models like the Samsung HW-Q950A.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

There are some openings on the back of the LG S95QR for the inputs and the power cable. You can also mount the bar to your wall—the holes are underneath, and the mounting kit is included.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the LG S95QR's sub is pretty plain, and there's just an input for the power cable. The port is located on the front.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

The back of the LG S95QR's satellites are quite plain. You can see the input for the power cable, but that's about it. The holes to mount them to your wall are located underneath.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG S95QR has a great build quality. It has a premium design, with solid-feeling plastic builds for both the bar and the satellites. The fabric covering the front of the bar is tight, so it doesn't seem like it rips easily. Also, the metal grilles on top of the bar help protect the drivers inside. While the sub's wooden build is fairly solid, unfortunately, the fabric on the side is quite loose. It seems like it rips easily, so you should be careful when handling the sub.

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

  • Manual with mounting template
  • Remote with 2x AA batteries
  • Mounting plates with 4x screws
  • 4x power cables
  • HDMI cable

Sound
7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-1.58
Std. Err.
4.67 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
32.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The LG S95QR soundbar has a boomy sound profile out-of-the-box. The peak in the bass range adds extra thump and rumble to the audio, which is especially noticeable when you listen to bass-heavy audio like EDM and hip-hop tracks. The mids are balanced, so vocals are clear in the mix, and the overall sound is pleasant. Though there's a dip in the treble, it's not very noticeable with real-life content. You also have lots of customization tools on hand to adjust its sound to your liking.

8.1
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-5
Suggested Treble Setting
5
Slope
-0.27
Std. Err.
3.13 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
33.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

You can set the LG S95QR's bass to '-5' and the treble to '5' to create a more neutral sound. The difference is most noticeable in the bass range, as you still hear the thump and rumble in bass-heavy instruments, but it isn't muddy or boomy. Vocals and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.88 dB

The LG S95QR soundbar has a good stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be a bit wider than the bar itself, though it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. Still, it has very good focus, so sound objects like instruments in an orchestra are accurately localized to pinpoint locations in the soundstage that match the action on the screen. Overall, its soundstage gives you the impression that you're wrapped in sound from all angles, so you get an immersive feel—though it doesn't perform as well as the best bars on the market for soundstage performance, like the Sonos Arc or the Bose Smart Soundbar 900.

7.6
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
91.3 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.54 dB

The LG S95QR gets pretty loud, meaning it can fill large rooms and open spaces with sound. There's not a lot of compression, either, so audio reproduction remains clean and pure at loud volumes.

6.6
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.72
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
5.08

The LG S95QR's stereo THD performance is fair. At normal listening volumes, distortion falls within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. As with most bars, there's a jump in THD at max volume—especially in the bass and mid ranges. Casual listeners aren't likely to notice any issues in audio quality, though audiophiles notice compression and pumping artifacts at loud volumes.

8.1
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.69
Std. Err.
3.72 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
94.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.67
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.92

The LG S95QR comes with two center channels—there's the standard front-firing center and an up-firing center channel on top of the bar. Overall, the performance is great, and dialogue sounds clear and detailed in the mix. However, the additional center channel doesn't have a noticeable impact on the sound—so it performs in line with other bars that come with one discrete front-firing center.

7.1
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
1.67
Std. Err.
7.17 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
99.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.28
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.37
7.1 Rears
Yes

The LG S95QR has a decent surrounds performance. The bar comes with two discrete rear speakers, which each come with two front-firing drivers for a total of four surround channels. Compared to phantom surround setups, like the LG S90QY, the bar does a better job accurately representing surround objects in the soundstage. For example, a car racing past you in a chase scene seems to move from one accurate, pinpoint location to another, matching the action on the screen. The frequency response for these surround channels is a bit dark and muddy due to the lack of bass and the recessed treble.

6.1
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar & Satellites)
Slope
-1.38
Std. Err.
4.97 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
82.9 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.58
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.21

The LG S95QR has two up-firing height drivers built into the bar itself, as well as an up-firing driver on each of the two satellite speakers. These drivers bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height. The frequency response is a bit boomy due to the peak in the bass range, so you feel the rumble in action-packed scenes.

While it's not reflected in the test results, the bar's soundstage with Atmos content is impressive. You get an immersive feel with movies and video games, and the speakers replicate a sense of height and width with the sound. Sound effects take place all around you—from the sides, above you, and behind you—all matching the action on your screen. There's lots of thump in the bass range that helps you feel the excitement in tension-filled scenes.

9.8
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
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
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The LG S95QR has a fantastic selection of sound enhancement features. Like most premium bars, it comes with a room correction feature that optimizes audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics—it's called AI Room Calibration, and you can set it up in the LG Sound Bar app. You can customize the bar's sound, too, using its bass and treble adjustments as well as its EQ presets: 'AI Sound Pro', 'Standard', 'Music', 'Cinema', 'Clear Voice', 'Sports', 'Game', and 'BassBlast'. The 'Cinema' preset acts as a virtual surround mode, replicating a more three-dimensional sound. There's a night time mode in the app to balance the volume level when you watch shows at night.

Many soundbar manufacturers offer tools that let you pair your bar with compatible TVs to enhance audio quality—and LG is no different. Their feature is called TV Sound Mode Share. To use it, make sure your TV's Sound Menu is set to 'Enjoy Soundbar Sound Mode' instead of 'Enjoy TV Sound Mode'—otherwise, it might downmix higher-quality formats like Dolby Atmos into PCM content. Like most of these features on the market, Sound Mode Share doesn't do much to alter the bar's frequency response or its soundstage. You won't notice a real difference if it's off or if you just use the bar with another manufacturer's TV.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

You can connect the LG S95QR using an Optical or an HDMI connection. It's also compatible with LG's WOWCAST feature, which lets you connect the bar to your TV with a wireless connection, so you don't have as many wires behind your TV. It's only available in certain countries at the time of publication, though. You can still just plug the bar in with a traditional cable, so it's not necessary to add on.

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 S95QR has fantastic audio format support. It supports common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. You're likely to come across these formats on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.

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 S95QR also has incredible audio format support via Full HDMI In. It can playback lots of different audio formats, from surround sound to lossless and object-based formats.

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

Over Optical, the LG S95QR supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content. Dolby Digital is the most commonly-used surround sound format, and you find it on a lot of streaming platforms.

6.7
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
131 ms
Optical
86 ms
Full HDMI In
59 ms

The LG S95QR has a fair latency performance. It has fairly low latency via Optical and Full HDMI In, so you don't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see over these connections. It's a bit higher over ARC, though. There's a noticeable delay in our testing video, and we also saw it with real-life content like TV shows, as there are lip-synching issues. You may or may not have the same issue with the bar—unfortunately, certain apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so consistency varies. You have the AV Sync feature in the LG Sound Bar app to help fix any latency issues you experience.

10
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The LG S95QR has fantastic wireless playback support. You have lots of options if you want to wirelessly stream audio from your phone or tablet to the bar, and there's also Spotify Connect support.

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 S95QR can passthrough some of the highest-quality bandwidth signals, allowing you to use the bar as a hub between devices like your TV and your PC, with clear and crisp text on your screen. There's Dolby Vision Passthrough support, but you can't passthrough 4k @ 120Hz.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The LG S95QR's sub connects to the bar wirelessly, so you only need to plug it into a power outlet.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The satellites also connect to the bar wirelessly. Again, you have to plug them into a power outlet, but at least there aren't a lot of wires needed in your living space.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display on the front of the bar. When you change the settings with the app or the remote, you see it on the display—for example, if you change the volume, switch to another input, or use a different sound mode.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are some touch-sensitive buttons on top of the bar, which let you control some of the bar's basic features. You can power it on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, play/pause your audio, and activate Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi pairing. However, you'll need to use the LG Sound Bar app or the remote to access additional settings.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote lets you access the bar's basic features from the comfort of your couch. There's a similar selection of settings compared to the bar's physical controls, like volume control and a play/pause button. However, you still need the app to access a few other features, like room calibration and AV Sync.

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

The LG S95QR doesn't have built-in voice assistant support. It supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant through third-party devices, like an Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker. You can set up voice assistant support in the app.

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 acts as a remote and lets you control all of the bar's features. It's a really helpful app that's very intuitive and easy to use, so you can adjust the bar's settings from your couch as you watch TV. Features like the AI Room Calibration room correction feature and AV Sync for video latency are only found in the app. You can also turn HDMI CEC on and off and set up voice assistant control for an Amazon Echo device.

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

The LG S95QR has an auto-off feature, which you can set up using the app or the bar's remote. When it's on, it powers to bar off after fifteen minutes of inactivity. There's also HDMI CEC support, so you can use your TV's remote to control the bar's basic features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG S95QR soundbar comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of the LG S95QR, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG S95QR soundbar is a premium 9.1.5 Dolby Atmos soundbar packed full of features. It offers an immersive listening experience with movies, music, and TV shows, making it a suitable choice for most people. Compared to other premium bars, its soundstage doesn't extend quite as wide, but it certainly doesn't offer a disappointing performance.

See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars for movies.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The LG S95QR and the Samsung HW-Q950A are two premium soundbars with very versatile performances—so you aren't likely to be disappointed by either bar. The Samsung soundbar performs a bit better, especially with its out-of-the-box sound. On its stereo and surround channels, it offers a more neutral frequency response than the LG's boomy sound. It also gets louder and comes with a graphic EQ, which the LG lacks. If you prefer more boom in the bass range, you may prefer the LG.

LG SP11RA

The LG S95QR and the LG SP11RA are two very similar setups with Dolby Atmos support. The SP11RA has a more neutral sound right out-of-the-box, especially compared to the S95QR's bass-heavy sound. That said, you can use its bass and treble adjustments to get a more neutral sound if you prefer. The S95QR's satellites come with extra channels, though, so its Atmos performance is a bit better overall.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the LG S95QR. They're both premium setups with versatile performances that make them suitable for most listeners, but the Bose does a better job. Its soundstage is wider and more immersive, and its default sound is more neutral than the LG's boomy out-of-the-box performance. The LG comes with more customization tools, which is better if you want more control over the bar's sound.

LG SN11RG

The LG S95QR and the LG SN11RG are two very similar setups with Dolby Atmos support. Their default sounds are quite bass-heavy, though the S95QR is missing a bit more emphasis in the treble range out-of-the-box. That said, you can use its bass and treble adjustments to get a more neutral sound if you prefer. The S95QR's satellites come with extra channels, though, so its Atmos performance is a bit better overall.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T and the LG S95QR are both really premium soundbars with Dolby Atmos support, and their versatile performances make them suitable for most uses. That said, the Samsung is a bit better overall. It gets louder, and it has a better surrounds performance. Its default sound is more neutral, too, especially compared to the LG's bass-heavy sound. You're able to customize the LG to get a more neutral response, though. 

LG SP9YA

The LG S95QR is better for most uses than the LG SP9YA. The S95QR is a 9.1.5 setup with discrete satellites, and its surround and Atmos performances are better overall. That said, its default sound is quite bass-heavy, especially compared to the SP9YA. You can use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound for a similar response, though.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 and the LG S95QR are both very premium Dolby Atmos soundbars, but the JBL is a bit better for most uses. It has a better soundstage for a more immersive listening experience, and it gets louder. Its default sound is more neutral compared to the bass-heavy LG — however, the LG's bass and treble adjustments make it easy to customize its sound for a similar performance.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is better than the LG S95QR. While they're both very premium setups, the Sonos offers a wider, more immersive soundstage, and its surround and Atmos performances are better overall. That said, it doesn't come with as many sound enhancement features as the LG. However, its default sound is quite neutral, so you don't really need them. 

Samsung HW-Q900A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the LG S95QR or the Samsung HW-Q900A. The LG is a 9.1.5 setup that comes with discrete satellites, and it offers better surround and Atmos performances. It doesn't get as loud as the Samsung, though, and its bass doesn't extend quite as low. 

Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module or the LG S95QR. They're both premium Dolby Atmos soundbars, though the LG gets louder. Its bass-heavy default sound isn't ideal for everyone, especially compared to the Sony's more neutral sound out-of-the-box. That said, you can easily customize the LG to get a similar sound with its bass and treble adjustments. 

LG S90QY

The LG S95QR is better than the LG S90QY. The S95QR is a 9.1.5 setup, and unlike the S90QY, it comes with discrete satellite speakers. It has a better surround sound performance as a result, and it offers a wide and immersive sound with Dolby Atmos content. If you don't have room for speakers, the S90QY is still a versatile pick.

LG S80QY

The LG S95QR is better than the LG S80QY. The S95QR is a top-of-the-line 9.1.5 setup that comes with discrete satellites, unlike the S80QY. Its surround sound is better, and it has a wide and immersive-sounding performance with Dolby Atmos content.

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