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LG SN11RG Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 22, 2020 at 08:29 am
LG SN11RG Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.3
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.9
Music
7.9
Movies
Channels
7.1.4

The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup from LG's 2020 lineup. Thanks to its subwoofer and satellites, this soundbar is able to produce an immersive audio experience worthy of your favorite movies and music. While it has a slightly boomy sound profile, it's otherwise fairly neutral, making it well-suited for a variety of audio content. If you prefer a different sound, though, there's a full set of sound enhancement features available including several EQ presets. It can get loud too, but there's some slight thumping and compression artifacts present when pushed to its max volume. It also has a lot of physical connectivity options, so you can use it as a hub between your TV and other devices, and it supports most common audio formats too including Atmos.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The LG SN11RG is good for mixed use. It's able to reproduce boomy explosions in movies as well as thumpy beats in music. The rest of its sound profile is well-balanced, which makes it well-suited for a variety of audio content, including genres that depend on clear and accurate vocals such as TV shows or podcasts. If you want a different sound, there are a lot of sound enhancement features available, including EQ presets, and it can get pretty loud too but there's some compression artifacts present.

Pros
  • Supports Atmos and height channels for immersive experience.
  • Great performance at high volume.
  • EQ presets available.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in support.
Cons
  • Some distortion present at normal and high volume.
  • Very wide bar; can be hard to fit in some setups.
7.3 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG SN11RG is good for dialogue and TV shows. Although it has a boomy sound profile, it can reproduce accurate and clear voices, making it suitable for podcasts and audiobooks as well. It can get loud enough to fill a large room or a crowded environment, and there's also a dialogue enhancement feature to better improve vocal clarity. You can even stream audio to it using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Chromecast built-in, which is nice.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature available.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in support.
Cons
  • Some distortion present at normal and high volume.
  • Very wide bar; can be hard to fit in some setups.
7.9 Music

The LG SN11RG is great for music. It has a slightly boomy but otherwise neutral sound profile well-suited for a variety of genres. If you prefer a different sound, there's also a few EQ presets available too. This soundbar can get loud enough to fill a large or crowded room, and it even has a room correction feature, which can further improve audio reproduction.

Pros
  • Supports Atmos and height channels for immersive experience.
  • Great performance at high volume.
  • EQ presets available.
Cons
  • Some distortion present at normal and high volume.
  • Very wide bar; can be hard to fit in some setups.
7.9 Movies

The LG SN11RG is very good for movies. This soundbar is boomy enough to bring out the explosions in your favorite action flicks but neutral enough for most movies. It supports Atmos content, which can give you a more immersive experience, but it won't sound as real as a setup with down-firing speakers. Still, its surround performance isn't bad. There are also a few sound enhancement features available, including a dedicated 'Movies' EQ preset.

Pros
  • Supports Atmos and height channels for immersive experience.
  • Great performance at high volume.
  • EQ presets available.
  • Supports Atmos.
Cons
  • Some distortion present at normal and high volume.
  • Very wide bar; can be hard to fit in some setups.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.9 Music
  • 7.9 Movies
  1. Update 9/21/2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup from LG's 2020 lineup, and unlike many other LG soundbars such as the LG SL10YG, it includes rear speakers, which help improve its surround performance. It also has Meridian Technology built-in, which is fairly common in more recent and high-end LG soundbars, as well as a Google Assistant built-in feature. Its main competitors are the Samsung HW-Q90R, the Sonos Arc with a full setup, and the Vizio SB46514-F6.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG SN11RG is a very wide bar. It has a sleek look, thanks to its good-quality plastic build and metal grilles covering its front and side speakers. It also has two round metal grilles to protect its up-firing speakers, which is nice.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer is made from hard black plastic. It has fabric that covers three of its sides, which can get dirty or rip. Just like most subwoofers, its port is found on its back panel.

Design
Style - Satellites

The satellites have a metal grille that covers their top and front speakers. The rest of the satellites are made from a sleek black plastic.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 56.8" (144.2 cm)
Bar Height 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Bar Depth 5.8" (14.7 cm)

The LG SN11RG is very wide, just like its previous generation, the LG SL10YG. It won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV, and you'll most likely want a larger table to place it on unless you decide to wall-mount it. Luckily, it's not very tall, so it shouldn't obscure your TV screen unless it sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width 8.7" (22.1 cm)
Sub Height 15.4" (39.1 cm)
Sub Depth 12.3" (31.2 cm)

The LG SN11RG's subwoofer is about the size of an average desktop PC. It pairs wirelessly to the bar, but as long as you have it plugged in for power, you can place it anywhere in the room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Sat Height 8.3" (21.0 cm)
Sat Depth 7.5" (19.0 cm)

The satellites are slightly larger than average as they're quite long. They can only be placed in a vertical position and they need to be plugged into a power outlet, but connect wirelessly to the soundbar.

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

This bar has two openings. The opening on the left-hand side houses all of the inputs. Conversely, the power cable is found on the right-hand side. You can mount this soundbar on your wall by using the universal holes found on its underside.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the subwoofer has a port at the bottom and the power cable connects just above it. There's also a pairing button on its back.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
Universal (holes on underside)

The LG SN11RG's satellites have a power cable each and they can be wall-mounted using the universal holes on their underside. There's also a pairing button on each satellite.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG SN11RG has a great build quality. The soundbar, subwoofer, and satellites are all mostly made from good quality plastic that makes them feel solid and robust. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q950T, this bar and its satellites have metal grilles to protect their speakers, which makes them feel a bit more premium. However, the sub uses fabric to cover its speakers on three sides, and it can easily rip or collect dust.

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

  • Manual
  • Optical cable
  • Remote and 2x AAA batteries
  • 4x Power cables
  • Wall-mounting brackets and screws

Sound
7.9
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
-0.79
ST Std. Err.
3.58 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
28.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The LG SN11RG has a very good stereo frequency response. On its default 'Standard' mode, it has a slightly boomy but otherwise neutral sound profile. It's great for stereo content, and it's well-suited for a variety of audio genres. If you don't like the way it sounds, you can also change it up by selecting one of the four other EQ presets. There's also a room correction feature, which can further improve audio reproduction depending on the acoustic qualities of your room.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
5.52 dB

The stereo soundstage of the LG NS11RG is good. While the bar is pretty wide, its soundstage doesn't sound any bigger than the bar, and the bar doesn't do any tricks to help widen it. That being said, it has good focus, so objects are perceived as coming from more accurate pinpoint locations rather than from general areas.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
91.4 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
1.72 dB

Update 09/21/2020: We've discovered a value input bug that would cause the Dynamics box results to be slightly off. All soundbars reviewed since January 30th, 2020 have been updated.

The stereo dynamics of this bar are good. It can get loud enough for a large or crowded room. It also performs quite well at max volume, but there's still a few compression artifacts present.

6.6
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.91
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.79

The THD performance of the LG SN11RG is satisfactory. At a normal listening volume, there's a small amount of distortion, particularly in the bass to low-mid range. When the bar is pushed to its max volume, there's a big jump in THD, again in the bass to low-mid range. However, it may not be audible with real-life content.

8.6
Sound
Center
C Localization
Discrete
C Slope
0.01
C Std. Err.
3.53 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
88.0 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
1.18
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.71

The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup that has an excellent center channel performance. Thanks to its configuration, it has a dedicated center speaker, which reproduces clear and accurate audio reproduction of dialogue in movies.

6.3
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Discrete
Rears
Yes
Sr Slope
2.12
Sr Std. Err.
7.31 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
95.2 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.55
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.90

The LG SN11RG has a passable surround performance. It has dedicated surround speakers, but they don't perform as well as that of the Vizio SB46514-F6. Still, surround objects seem to be coming around you, rather than in-front as with soundbars without rear speakers, thanks to the localization of their speakers. It should be noted that they lack a lot of bass but that's because most of this sound is getting sent to the subwoofer instead.

7.1
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar & Satellites)
H Slope
-0.30
H Std. Err.
5.24 dB
H SPL @ Max Volume
88.0 dB SPL
H Weighted THD @ 80
0.34
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.50

The LG SN11RG has an alright height performance. Unlike the LG SN10YG which doesn't have satellites, this soundbar uses up-firing speakers on its bar as well as its satellites to help bounce sound off the walls and ceiling to give you the impression of height.

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 SN11RG has outstanding sound enhancement features and it has pretty much all common features except for a graphic EQ. It does have a few EQ presets, though: 'AI Sound Pro', 'Bass Blast', 'Standard', 'Movie', and 'Music'.

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
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The LG SN11RG can serve as a hub between your TV and other devices as it has quite a few inputs. However, there's no Analog Audio In which could be used to play audio from older devices. You can play music stored on a USB thumb drive, though.

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 SN11RG can play all common surround formats thanks to its HDMI ARC port. It also supports eARC, so it can play advanced object-based surround signals as well as high-quality lossless formats.

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 SN11RG has excellent surround sound and object-based sound format support thanks to its two Full HDMI In ports. This ensures an immersive sound experience when watching content from streaming platforms or Blu-ray discs.

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

The LG SN11RG supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via its Optical Audio In. This content is usually found on Blu-ray discs as well as streaming platforms.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No

Just like the LG SL10YG, this soundbar has excellent wireless playback options. You can use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to play content. You can also use Chromecast built-in, which is nice if you like to play audio from streaming platforms on your smartphone.

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

If you're using this soundbar as a hub for your devices, you can pass through the highest quality signals without a problem. It also supports 4:4:4 so when you're using your PC, the text remains clear and easy to read on your TV.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

This subwoofer connects to the bar wirelessly, so you just have the power cable. There's also a small button on the center back of the sub so that you can pair it with your soundbar.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The LG SN11RG's satellites connect to the bar wirelessly and as such, they only have a power cord. There's also a button towards the center back of the satellites so that you can pair them with the soundbar.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display screen behind the LG SN11RG's metal grille, and it's more towards the left-hand side of the bar, which may annoy some as it's not centered. This interface displays the volume levels as well as the current input you're using. There are also four lights underneath the display screen.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The top of the LG SN11RG's bar has several touch-sensitive buttons. From here, you can turn the bar on/off, change the inputs using the 'F' button, control volume, play/pause, mic mute, and activate Google Assistant.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

This soundbar has a remote that's basically the same as that of the LG SL10YG. You can control all of the bar's functions, and there's also a button that allows you to cycle through EQ presets. This soundbar also recognizes voice commands, which some users may prefer.

Additional Features
App
App Name LG Wi-Fi Speaker
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts as the Remote
Limited Support
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Audio Files Only

The LG SN11RG has a companion app called the LG Wi-Fi Speaker. While it's fairly versatile and you can even play audio files from the app, there's still a couple of features that can only be accessed from the remote such as bass and treble adjustment.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The LG SN11RG enters standby mode after fifteen minutes of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC, so you can use your TV remote to control the basic features of the soundbar such as power and volume.

Compared to other soundbars

The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup from LG's 2020 lineup. While it doesn't sound as balanced right out-of-the-box as the Samsung HW-Q90R, this soundbar offers a lot more sound enhancement features than many of its competitors with similar setups. It has dedicated surround speakers, which is nice, but they don't perform as well as that of the Vizio SB46514-F6 or the Vizio SB36512-F6. That being said, it can get pretty loud for a variety of content, and it supports eARC. If you're still looking for more options, check out our recommendations for the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, the best soundbars with subwoofer, and the best LG soundbars.

Sonos Arc

The LG SN11RG is a better overall soundbar if you're comparing it to the Sonos Arc as solely a standalone bar. The LG has a subwoofer plus satellites to help its sound, but you can purchase these speakers separately for the Sonos Arc. The LG also has a more balanced sound profile, and while it can't get as loud as the Sonos, it can reach its max volume with fewer compression artifacts. It also has more sound enhancement features and more connectivity options such as two Full HDMI In ports. You can even stream to it wirelessly using Bluetooth. That being said, on its own, the Sonos has a better surround performance and its height performance is quite comparable too. Unlike the LG, you can also use it with Apple AirPlay.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q90R and the LG SN11RG are both 7.1.4 soundbars but the Samsung is slightly better performing overall. While both soundbars are similarly well-built, the Samsung is better-balanced, it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it has a graphic EQ plus presets if you like to tweak its sound. That being said, LG has more sound enhancement features such as EQ presets and room correction, it has a USB input for files, and you can stream music to it via Chromecast built-in.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup while the Samsung HW-Q950T is a 9.1.4 setup. The LG feels better built and produces a more punchy and boomy sound. Its center, surround, and height performances are all better too, and it even has room correction as well as an auto-volume mode. It also has a USB port. However, the Samsung has a better THD performance and its overall sound profile is better balanced too.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The LG SN11RG and the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers are two great full surround setups. The LG features full HDMI ports and allows for Bluetooth streaming while the Sonos feels more premium and has a more neutral sound. Both support Atmos content, but the two extra up-firing speakers on the rear satellites of the LG could help a bit to create height illusion behind the users. However, the Sonos has a bit better stereo dynamics. 

Sony HT-ST5000

The LG SN11RG is a better performing soundbar overall than the Sony HT-ST5000. The LG is a 7.1.4 setup with satellites that help to improve its surround experience. It's slightly better balanced, its max volume has less thumping and compression artifacts, and since it can also use its satellites to help with its height performance, your movie and music audio sounds a bit more immersive. It also has a lot of sound enhancement features, which is nice if you like to tweak your sound experience. On the other side, the Sony is a 7.1.2 setup, so it doesn't have satellites. It feels slightly better built though, and it has an AUX input, so you can play audio from older devices. It also has three Full HDMI In inputs, which is nice if your bar is a hub for different devices.

Vizio SB46514-F6

The Vizio SB46514-F6 and the LG SN11RG are very similarly performing soundbars. Both are well-built soundbars with balanced sound profiles, and comparable center and height performances. However, the Vizio has a better surround performance, and it has both an ethernet as well as an analog Audio In input. In contrast, the LG can produce a bit more bass. It also has more sound enhancement features such as room correction, and it has two HDMI In ports.

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