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LG SG10TY Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3
Reviewed Jun 13, 2024 at 03:54 pm
LG SG10TY Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.7
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.7
Music
7.1
Movies

The LG SG10TY is a 3.1 setup from 2024. Like the LG GX Soundbar, it's incredibly slim and is meant to be attached to your wall for a sleek, minimalist look. If you already have a compatible LG soundbar, you can use WOWCAST to send audio wirelessly from your soundbar to your speaker. WOW Orchestra also syncs your bar and TV together for a more immersive sound. If that's not enough, you can also play surround content like Dolby Digital, but the downside is that the bar will downmix this content into stereo to play it.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The LG SG10TY is decent for mixed use. This 3.1 bar supports surround formats like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos but has to downmix it into stereo, which isn't ideal for an immersive movie experience. That said, if you don't mind playing around with the settings, this bar comes equipped with a few sound customization features to help adjust its boomy sound to your liking. There are also a few wireless connectivity options available, which makes playing audio from your phone a cinch.

Pros
  • EQ presets available.
  • Room correction available.
Cons
  • Downmixes surround content.
  • Uneven stereo frequency response.
7.7 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG SG10TY is good for dialogue and TV shows. While its sound profile is bassy out of the box, thanks to its dedicated center channel, it reproduces clear and natural vocals. If you want even clearer dialogue, there's a dedicated feature in their control toolkit. This bar can also get loud enough to fill your room with sound, and audio stays clear, even at high volumes.

Pros
  • EQ presets available.
  • Room correction available.
Cons
  • Uneven stereo frequency response.
7.7 Music

The LG SG10TY is good for music. Even though this bar has a somewhat uneven sound profile out of the box, it's able to deliver a boomy bass that's well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Its subwoofer helps pack in some extra bass, but it struggles to give you a rumbly sound. That said, if that's not to your liking, you can use the EQ presets for more customization. This soundbar can reproduce a good soundstage with enough focus that you can localize instruments properly in the space around you.

Pros
  • EQ presets available.
  • Room correction available.
  • Excellent performance at high volumes.
Cons
  • Lacks low bass.
  • Uneven stereo frequency response.
7.1 Movies

The LG SG10TY is decent for movies. Out of the box, this bar has a boomy sound, which can add a bit more bass to sound effects like explosions in action-packed films. That said, while it does support surround formats like Dolby Atmos, it has to downmix this content into stereo in order to play it, which doesn't feel very immersive, and voices can sound pushed back in the mix.

Pros
  • EQ presets available.
  • Room correction available.
  • Excellent performance at high volumes.
Cons
  • Downmixes surround content.
  • Lacks low bass.
  • Uneven stereo frequency response.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.7 Music
  • 7.1 Movies
  1. Updated Jun 13, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 05, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated May 06, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Apr 23, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Apr 09, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG SG10TY comes in one variant: 'Black,' and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of this soundbar, please let us know in the forums.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG SG10TY is a 3.1 soundbar from LG's 2024 lineup. While it looks a lot like the 2020 LG GX Soundbar, there are a couple of new ecosystem-centric features that you can take advantage of if you have a compatible LG TV, such as WOWCAST, which allows you to send audio wirelessly from the bar to your TV. That said, it has a boomier default sound than competitors like the Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC, and it downmixes Dolby Atmos content into stereo, which doesn't result in a very immersive sound.

Check out our picks for the best soundbars for dialogue, the best soundbars with subwoofer, and the best soundbars for dialogue.

Sonos Arc

While the Sonos Arc and LG SG10TY occupy a similar price point, both soundbars are very different in terms of setup. The Sonos is a well-built all-in-one soundbar that delivers a better soundstage to give you a more immersive sound. Unlike the LG, it doesn't have to downmix surround content to play it, which can help improve the localization of sound objects like voices. That said, the LG has better bass extension since it has a dedicated subwoofer. It also supports a lot more connectivity options, including HDMI, so you can use the bar to passthrough content from your device, like a console to your TV, and wireless connections like Wi-Fi. 

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is a better soundbar than the LG SG10TY. The SP8YA is better built with a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and thanks to its upfiring speakers, it's able to recreate more of a height performance than the SG10TY, which can help immerse you in your movies. That said, the SG10TY supports video passthrough with a higher refresh rate of 120Hz instead of 60Hz. 

LG S75Q

The LG SG10TY has the edge over the LG S75Q, though the largest differences come down to size. The SG10TY is a 3.1 soundbar, which is meant to be mounted onto the wall. It can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, ensuring your audio sounds clear, even at high volumes. There are also more customization features available to help you make the most out of the bar. It also supports more wireless connectivity options like Wi-Fi. That said, you may still prefer the better-built S57Q if you're low on space since it's a lot smaller. 

Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC

The Samsung HW-Q600C/Q60CC is a better soundbar than the LG SG10TY. The Samsung is better-built with a more neutral sound profile out of the box, and upfiring speakers to help create a more immersive height experience when watching movies. Its latency is quite high across all formats on HDMI and ARC, though, so you'll want to use the Audio Sync feature to help correct delay. In comparison, the LG offers more wireless connectivity options, and it supports video passthrough with a refresh rate of 120Hz. 

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

This soundbar looks nearly identical to the LG GX Soundbar. It's clad in a tight black fabric from end to end, and it's designed to be mounted to your wall, beneath your TV, for a sleek, minimalist look. Both the plastic and fabric are made from 100% recycled materials. That said, unlike the GX, it doesn't come with a stand to use it on your table at an angle.

Design
Style - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes
Enclosure
Ported

The subwoofer is fairly nondescript. It has a thin fabric on the front, a melamine-like material around the rest of the sides, and a plastic top.

Design
Style - Satellites
Satellite Wireless
No

This soundbar doesn't come with satellites. However, you can always purchase the SPK8-S speaker kit separately if you want a more immersive and spacious sound.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 57.0" (144.8 cm)
Height 5.9" (15.1 cm)
Depth 1.3" (3.2 cm)

This soundbar is pretty tall and wide. It's not intended to go on a table in front of your TV. Instead, it's supposed to be mounted on the wall, so you'll have ample room below your TV to show this soundbar off.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.2" (18.2 cm)
Height 15.4" (39.1 cm)
Depth 11.5" (29.1 cm)

The subwoofer is about the size of an average desktop PC. Since it's not that large, you can easily place it beside your TV or next to your couch.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Mounting
Mountable Bar
Yes
Bar Brackets Included
Yes
Mountable Satellites
No
Satellite Brackets Included
No

This bar is meant to be mounted on your wall. It comes with all parts needed to ensure a smooth setup.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG SG10TY's build quality is decent. The bar is made of plastic with a tight fabric wrap to protect the speakers from dust and dirt. This fabric can accumulate dust, which can be a little annoying if you're trying to keep a clean house. There are two metal hinges on the back that attach to similarly metal brackets so that you can hoist it onto the way. There's also a cable management system so that you can fit one HDMI cable, but if you have two, it's going to be a tight squeeze.

When it comes to the subwoofer, it uses the same tight fabric to protect its driver and is similarly prone to getting dirty or being torn.

Design
In The Box

  • HDMI cable
  • 2x Power cables
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries for the remote
  • 2x Wall brackets with wall template
  • Screws and drywall anchors
  • 2x Stand brackets
  • Manuals

Sound
7.0
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Channels
3.1
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.81
Standard Error
4.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
43.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
16.3 kHz

The LG SG10TY has a satisfactory stereo frequency response. Using Standard mode, the bar produces extra boom to try to balance its lack of thumpy low-bass. While you won't get the most deep rumbles from the ground shaking in your favorite action flicks, there's still enough bass to emphasize the basslines of music genres like EDM and hip-hop. This extra boom muddies dialogue and instruments a bit, though. There's some additional treble to help brighten these sounds so that they're clear in mixes, but they also sound harsh. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, you can use the graphic EQ and presets to help finetune its sound to suit your needs.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-3
Suggested Treble Setting
-1
Slope
-0.76
Standard Error
3.61 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
44.3 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.5 kHz

If you're looking for a sound closer to our target curve, then you'll want to adjust the bass to '-3' and treble to '-1'. This will help tamper down some of that extra boominess and mellow out the brightness in dialogue in instruments. If you're looking for further clarity, you can try adjusting the bass to '-4' and the treble to '-2'. This results in a sound that's a bit more bass-tilted but is a little less neutral than our suggested settings.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.39 dB

The LG SG10TY has a good stereo soundstage. The soundstage feels about the size of the bar, but the bar doesn't do anything to make it seem wider. That said, the focus is good, so you can easily pinpoint sound as it moves across the soundstage. However, towards the edges of the soundstage, there's a slight loss in focus, so sound objects like voices seem like they're coming from a generalized area.

8.9
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
97.9 dB SPL
DRC @ 90dB
0.23 dB
DRC @ Max Volume
0.95 dB

The LG SG10TY's stereo dynamics are excellent. This bar can get loud enough to fill large or crowded rooms with your audio. There are also minimal compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio stays relatively clear.

7.1
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.72
Std. Err.
6.21 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.5 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
4.17
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
5.28

This 3.1 setup has a decent center channel performance. This bar has a dedicated center channel, and while it's a little boomy in response, the extra bass more so affects deep voices, adding more body. Overall, the rest of the response is somewhat even, so dialogue and vocals sound clear.

4.0
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-1.29
Std. Err.
4.27 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
96.4 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.58
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.69
7.1 Rears
No

This bar has a poor surround performance. It's a 3.1 setup, so it has to use its left and right drivers to downmix surround content into stereo, resulting in a less clear and accurate sound. This ultimately sounds less immersive than a discrete setup. Sound objects like voices seem like they're coming from in front of you rather than from an array of speakers around you.

3.0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-1.09
Std. Err.
4.96 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
76.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.71
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.28

The LG SG10TY has a poor height performance. It has to downmix Atmos content into stereo to play it. If you're watching action-packed movies, you'll find that this doesn't sound very immersive or spacious.

Subjectively, we also noticed that there's a lack of detail in audio, and dialogue feels pushed back in the mix. The bass also feels boomy, so scenes with a lot of bass—like action-packed movies with cars racing past you—can overpower the rest of the track a bit. When playing Atmos content, the volume tends to be lower than other content too.

8.6
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
Graphic + Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

This bar has excellent sound enhancement features via the remote and companion app. You'll be able to access several EQ presets, including: 'AI Sound Pro,' 'Standard,' 'Bass Blast,' 'Game,' 'Clear Voice,' 'Sports,' 'Music,' and 'Movie.' The 'AI Sound Pro' optimizes your audio settings in relation to the content you're playing, and there's even an AI Room Calibration feature in the app that you can use to adjust the bar's sound to suit your room's unique acoustics. It's worth noting that while there are Surround-Rear-Overhead level adjustments available, you still need to purchase and connect rear speakers to use this feature.

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

This bar has a few inputs, including an eARC and HDMI In, so you can use it as a hub between your TV and gaming consoles. There's even a USB port, so you can play audio from a flash drive. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an HDMI 2.1 port, so you won't be able to passthrough higher bandwidth signals like 4k @ 120Hz from your gaming console.

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

This bar supports all common formats via ARC. You can play surround formats like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos.

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

The LG SG10TY has outstanding audio format support via HDMI In. You can use it as a hub between your TV and another device, like a console or Blu-ray player. This connection also supports all common audio formats, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, and DTS, which can be found on Blu-rays and streaming platforms.

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

This bar supports Dolby Digital and DTS via Optical, which are commonly found on Blu-rays and streaming platforms.

8.9
Connectivity
Audio Latency: ARC
PCM-2.0 ch
54 ms
PCM-5.1 ch
56 ms
Dolby MAT (PCM) Atmos
67 ms
Dolby Digital
84 ms
Dolby Digital Plus
86 ms
Dolby Digital Plus Atmos
94 ms

This bar has an excellent latency performance via ARC. Your audio and visuals are synced well across all formats. If you encounter delays, you can use the Audio Delay feature in the app to manually compensate for latency.

8.9
Connectivity
Audio Latency: HDMI In
PCM-2.0 ch
55 ms
PCM-5.1 ch
56 ms
Dolby MAT (PCM) Atmos
68 ms
Dolby Digital
102 ms
Dolby Digital Plus
92 ms
Dolby Digital Plus Atmos
98 ms

This bar also has an excellent latency performance via HDMI. You won't experience delays between your audio and visuals, but you can always use the app's Audio Delay feature to manually adjust for this.

8.1
Connectivity
Audio Latency: Optical
PCM-2.0 ch
111 ms
Dolby Digital
170 ms

This bar's latency performance via Optical is great. While delay is higher when listening to Dolby Digital content, you can take advantage of the Audio Delay feature to manually adjust for latency.

8.2
Connectivity
Video Passthrough To TV
1080p Max Refresh Rate
120Hz
1080p @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
120Hz
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
Yes
FreeSync Passthrough
Yes
G-SYNC Passthrough
Yes
ALLM Passthrough
Yes

This bar can be used as a hub between your TV and another device like a gaming console or Blu-ray player. It can also passthrough 4k content at 60Hz, ensuring text on screen looks crisp.

10
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi Playback
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes
Spotify Connect
No

This bar supports many wireless playback options, making it simple and easy to connect your mobile device to the bar and stream audio.

This bar also supports WOWCAST, which allows you to wirelessly connect your soundbar to your compatible LG TV. You can even use WOW Orchestra to take advantage of this TV's speakers for a more immersive sound.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's an interface built into the center of the bar, behind the fabric cover. You'll be able to see the current input, volume level, and any changes made like level adjustments.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are a few controls located on the right side of the bar. You can turn the bar on and off, switch inputs, adjust the volume, and select Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Additional Features
Remote

The LG SG10TY comes with a remote that allows you to adjust all settings. There's also a companion app, creatively named LG Soundbar, that offers the same features. If you have an LG TV, you can use LG Wow Interface, which lets you adjust your settings directly from your screen.

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

You can only use the voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant if you're using a third-party device like your smartphone.