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LG SN6Y Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 17, 2021 at 04:20 pm
LG SN6Y Picture
Channels
3.1

The LG SN6Y is a fairly ordinary 3.1 channel soundbar setup. Its standard sound profile is fairly bass-heavy, although it lacks the deep rumble you find in action movie sound effects or electronic music. It has a dedicated center channel for clearer voices and dialogue, but it can also sound harsh. It does a poor job downmixing surround content, making the surround channels overly bass-heavy, and doesn't support Dolby Atmos. On the upside, it gets loud, and it has several sound customization features so you can tweak the way it sounds a bit to better suit your needs. You can also purchase a rear speaker kit to transform it into a 5.1 setup.

Our Verdict

N/A Mixed Usage

The LG SN6Y is decent for mixed usage. This 3.1 setup has a bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box, but it struggles to reproduce the low thump and rumble in the low-bass. However, there are bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound. Thanks to its discrete center, it's a solid choice for vocal-centric content like TV shows. Unfortunately, there's no Atmos support, and its surround performance isn't the most impressive.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No Atmos support.
N/A Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG SN6Y is very good for vocal-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its discrete center channel, voices are anchored to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. Dialogue is reproduced pretty clearly, though it can also sound a bit forward at times. That said, there's a dialogue enhancement feature available if you want to make voices more clear, and an auto-volume mode for watching TV at night.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Compression at max volume.
N/A Music

The LG SN6Y is satisfactory for music. Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly bass-heavy sound profile, and vocals and lead instruments sound a bit forward and harsh. Though it comes with a dedicated subwoofer, it still struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in the low-bass, so it's not ideal for bass-heavy music genres like EDM. That said, there are some bass and treble adjustments if you want to customize its sound.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Compression at max volume.
N/A Movies

The LG SN6Y 3.1 is okay for movies. This 3.1 setup doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. While it can play surround content, it has to downmix it to stereo to play it, which doesn't sound very immersive. It also lacks low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. That said, you can always upgrade it with rear speakers if you want a better surround performance.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No Atmos support.
  • N/A Mixed Usage
  • N/A Dialogue/TV Shows
  • N/A Music
  • N/A Movies
  1. Updated Dec 17, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Added more information about auto-off and app device casting features.
  3. Updated Jul 23, 2021: Updated results as the bar doesn't support 4k passthrough.
  4. Updated May 06, 2021: Updated results to include the new companion app. Also, changed Rear Level Adjustment to 'YES'.
  5. Updated Mar 19, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  6. Updated Sep 22, 2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.
  7. Updated Jun 02, 2020: Review published.
  8. Updated May 27, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG 3.1 channel 420w soundbar is available in 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

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

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG SN6Y is a mid-range 3.1 soundbar, replacing the LG SL6Y. It's a passable soundbar but doesn't stand out much among the competition. It sounds alright overall but isn't as well-balanced as the Samsung HW-R650. While it supports the major surround sound formats, it doesn't support Atmos like the Sony HT-Z9F. That said, it does 4k passthrough and has several sound customization features, which many other 3.1 soundbars lack.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars with a subwoofer, and the best soundbars for music.

LG SL6Y

The LG SN6Y is the next generation of the LG SL6Y. They're both 3.1 soundbars with decent overall performances, and depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The SN6Y reproduces a bit more low-bass out-of-the-box, so you feel more thump and rumble in your audio. The SL6Y gets louder, making it ideal for filling up larger rooms with sound.

Samsung HW-A650

The Samsung HW-A650 is a bit better for mixed usage than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung is better built. It has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. Also, it comes with a graphic EQ so you can customize its sound, which is handy.

Yamaha YAS-209

The Yamaha YAS-209 is a better overall soundbar setup than the LG SN6Y, even though it has fewer channels. The 2.1 Yamaha has a much more neutral, balanced, default sound profile. Although the 3.1 LG has a discreet center channel for clearer dialogue, its subwoofer doesn't rumble very much, making it less versatile for movies and music. The Yamaha can also play music wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection, unlike the LG, which is limited to Bluetooth wireless playback.

Samsung HW-T650

The Samsung HW-T650 is a slightly better overall soundbar than the LG SN6Y. Overall, the LG has a bass-heavy sound profile that can sound muddy with certain tracks. The Samsung's more neutral, better-balanced sound is better suited to a wide range of music and movie genres. Unlike the LG, it also supports Dolby Digital Plus. The LG supports 4k passthrough, which may be preferred by users who want to connect the bar to their game console or PC.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is a better soundbar than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung is better built, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. Its default sound profile is more neutral, which some listeners may prefer. You can also customize it using its graphic EQ, which is nice.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is better than the LG SN6Y. The Sonos is a 5.0.2 setup that's better-built and has better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the LG, it has built-in voice assistant support and a room correction feature, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the 3.1 LG comes with some EQ presets and a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Sonos.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is better than the LG SN6Y. The SP8YA supports Dolby Atmos content, and it offers more wireless playback options. It also reproduces a more extended low-bass. There are more sound enhancement features to choose from, too, including a room correction mode.

Samsung HW-A550

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer the Samsung HW-A550 or the LG SN6Y. The LG is better for dialogue-centric content like TV shows since it has a discrete center channel. That said, the Samsung is better for music. It comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization, and some users may prefer that it has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The 3.1.2 Samsung HW-Q700A is better than the 3.1 LG SN6Y. The Samsung is a better built setup that supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the LG. It has better soundstage and surround performances. Also, it supports more wireless playback options. Also, it comes with a graphic EQ to help you customize its sound.

Samsung HW-A450

The LG SN6Y is slightly better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-A450. The LG is better built, and thanks to its 3.1 setup, it comes with a discrete center channel. That said, the Samsung is better for music since it reproduces a more extended low-bass and comes with a graphic EQ.

Sony HT-G700

The Sony HT-G700 is marginally better for mixed usage than the LG SN6Y. The Sony has a better surrounds performance, and unlike the LG, it supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the LG is better for music. It has a better stereo soundstage, and it comes with bass and treble adjustments, which some users may prefer for sound customization.

LG SN8YG

The LG SN6Y and the LG SN8YG are similarly well-built soundbars, but the LG SN8YG performs slightly better overall. The SN8YG's wireless subwoofer can produce a more thumpy bass, it can support Dolby Atmos as well as eARC content, and it has a room correction feature. You can also use Chromecast built-in or your Wi-Fi to connect to the bar, and it has Google Assistant integrated into its design so you can use vocal commands to control your soundbar. The SN6Y, on the other hand, has slightly less distortion at max volume, and if you're limited on space, its subwoofer isn't as wide.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better for most uses than the LG SN6Y. The Sonos is a 5.0 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the LG. It has better soundstage and surround performances, and its small and standalone design is ideal if you don't have a lot of space in your room. While the LG comes with a dedicated sub, it doesn't really reproduce that much more low-bass compared to the standalone Sonos, either. 

LG SP7Y

The LG SP7Y is marginally better for mixed usage than the LG SN6Y. The SP7Y is a 5.1 setup with better soundstage and surround performances. That said, its overall performance is pretty similar to the 3.1 SN6Y.

Sony HT-S350

The LG SN6Y is better than the Sony HT-S350. The LG is a 3.1 setup that has better center and surround performances. Some listeners may also prefer its more neutral sound out-of-the-box. Unlike the Sony, it has DTS support, and there are even more sound enhancement features like bass and treble adjustments.

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Samsung HW-Q60T is marginally better for mixed usage than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung is a 5.1 setup that's better-built and reproduces a more extended low-bass. It has a better surrounds performance, and its Full HDMI In port supports high-quality passthrough. It also has a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the 3.1 LG has a better center channel performance.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is better than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung is better built and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also has better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the LG, it even supports Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. There's also a graphic EQ so you can customize its sound.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q70T is better than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung is better built, and it supports more wireless playback options. It has a better surround performance, and unlike the LG, it supports Atmos content. Some users may prefer its more neutral out-of-the-box sound profile, too. Thanks to its graphic EQ, it's also more customizable.

Sonos Beam

The LG SN6Y and the Sonos Beam offer similar overall performances. The LG is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated sub, and it can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 3.0 Sonos is better built with a more compact design that some users may prefer. Despite its small size, it still offers a better soundstage performance.

LG GX Soundbar

The LG GX Soundbar is a much better performing 3.1 setup than the LG SN6Y. The GX has a better-balanced sound profile, and it supports Atmos, though it downmixes it to stereo. Even though it downmixes surround content into stereo, it has a better surround and height performance than the SN6Y. The GX can get louder, it supports more audio formats like eARCand DTS:X, and it feels better built.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-Z9F is a better 3.1 soundbar setup than the LG SN6Y. The Sony has a more neutral default sound profile, supports more surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos, and has more wireless playback options like Chromecast and AirPlay. It has fewer sound customization options than the LG, however. If you don't care as much about surround support and prefer being able to customize the way your soundbar sounds, the LG may be a better option.

Samsung HW-R650

The Samsung HW-R650 is a better 3.1 channel soundbar setup than the LG SN6Y for most people. The Samsung has a better-balanced default sound profile, more sound enhancement features, including a full graphic EQ, and better stereo dynamics. However, it can't passthrough 4k video, so the LG is a better option if you'd like to use your soundbar as a hub between your TV and 4k content sources, like a Blu-ray player or gaming console.

Klipsch Bar 48

The LG SN6Y is a more versatile 3.1 channel soundbar than the Klipsch Bar 48. The LG produces more bass, has more sound enhancement features, and has a full HDMI-in port so you can use it as a hub between your TV and home media devices. However, the Klipsch gets much louder, albeit with more compression, making it worth considering if you need something for parties or a very large room.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q90R is a much better, more complete soundbar setup than the LG SN6Y. The Samsung uses a 7.1.4 channel configuration, which results in a much more immersive listening experience than the 3.1-channel Sony. The Samsung also supports Atmos, and its subwoofer produces more bass for action movies or electronic music. The LG is much more compact, though, making it a better choice if you're tight on space.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG SN6Y is virtually identical to its predecessor, the LG SL6Y. It has a simple, straightforward design with a classic, traditional soundbar style that doesn't stand out in any particular way. It has a metal grill covering the front of the bar, while the rest is made of plastic. The top is embossed to give it a faux-leather look and feel, and the LG logo is visibly printed in white near the right-hand corner.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The LG SN6Y's subwoofer remains similar in design to that of the LG SL6Y, but with a few differences. The front of the sub is still covered in fabric, but the top is coated in plastic. The LG logo is also on the top of the subwoofer.

Design
Style - Satellites

You can purchase compatible rear satellites from LG separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The LG SN6Y is a fairly wide soundbar, so it's unlikely to fit between the legs of most 55" TVs. On the upside, the bar isn't very tall, so it shouldn't obstruct the view of your screen if it's placed in front unless you have a TV that sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The LG SN6Y's subwoofer is larger than the LG SL6Y's, but it's still not too large overall. It's around the same size as a large desktop PC, but it shouldn't be too difficult to find a spot for it in your TV room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Locked

The back of the LG SN6Y soundbar has an opening on the side for you to access the inputs. The power connection is on the other side. The universal wall-mounting holes are on the underside of the soundbar.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Locked

The back of the LG SN6Y's subwoofer is markedly different than that of the older LG SL6Y. The port is more pronounced, and the pairing button is more evident. The power cable also uses a right-angle connector, which helps keep the cable from bending if the back of the sub is placed next to a wall.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Locked
N/A
Design
Build Quality

The LG SN6Y is a well-built subwoofer. It's very similar to the previous model, the LG SL6Y, but the sub is of better quality. The bar is still made of plastic, with a metal grille covering the front that gives a nice look and feel. The front of the subwoofer is covered in fabric, which tends to collect dust and is prone to rips or tears.

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

  • Remote with 2x AAA batteries
  • Bar power cable
  • Bar power brick
  • Subwoofer power cable
  • Optical cable
  • Wall-mounting brackets and screws
  • Manuals

Sound
N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Channels
3.1
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The LG SN6Y soundbar has a decent stereo frequency response. Compared to the older LG SL6Y, it's quite a bit more bass-heavy. Although it still struggles to produce the deepest rumbles of explosions or electronic music, it has a lot more thump and punch. The mid-range is decently neutral, but the over-emphasis in mid-mid and low-treble make instruments and vocals sound a bit forward and harsh. It also sounds a bit too bass-heavy on some songs, so overall, its sound profile isn't the best-balanced.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Locked
Suggested Bass Setting
Lock
Suggested Treble Setting
Lock
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The LG 3.1 channel 420w soundbar has a good stereo frequency response with calibration. With its bass set to '-4' and its treble set to '4, it has a more neutral, balanced sound profile with a touch of extra brightness in the treble. It still struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the bass range, disappointing for bass-heavy music and action-packed movies.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
Lock dB

The LG SN6Y has a decent stereo soundstage. It has good focus, making it easy to pinpoint the location of objects in the sound image. However, it only feels about as wide as the bar itself, so there isn't a noticeable improvement over the older LG SL6Y's soundstage.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
Lock dB

The LG 3.1 channel 420w soundbar has decent stereo dynamics. It can get pretty loud, so it's suitable for use in large rooms and crowded parties. That said, at max volume, it compresses a bit more than the LG SL6Y, especially in the bass range.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

This soundbar's stereo total harmonic distortion performance is decent. At normal listening volumes, there's little distortion. However, when you push this soundbar to max volume, it distorts quite a bit more. However, distortion isn't noticeable to everyone, especially when it's most prominent in the bass range, like with this soundbar.

N/A
Sound
Center
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

This soundbar's center channel performance is excellent. Since it's a 3.1 soundbar, it has a discrete center channel, which helps dialogue in movies and TV shows sound clearer. While it doesn't get as loud as other options like the Klipsch Bar 48, the extra boost in the low-treble helps make voices still sound adequately present. However, this can also sound a bit harsh to some.

N/A
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock
7.1 Rears
Locked

The LG SN6Y is a 3.1 soundbar, so it doesn't have surround channels. Surround content is downmixed to stereo and distributed between the front three speakers. This means you don't get the effect of real surround sound; instead, you feel like the sound only comes from out in front of you. This soundbar's downmix is also particularly bass-heavy, resulting in a poor surround experience.

N/A
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Locked
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

For a soundbar with Atmos support, check out the LG S80QY.

N/A
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Locked
Dialogue Enhancement
Locked
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Locked
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Locked
Bass Adjustment
Locked
Treble Adjustment
Locked
EQ
Locked
Surround Level Adjustment
Locked
Rear Level Adjustment
Locked
Height Level Adjustment
Locked
Virtual Surround
Locked

The LG SN6Y has a decent number of sound enhancement features. There are a few different sound effect options, like LG's AI Sound Pro feature and DTS Virtual:X surround. You can independently adjust the treble and bass levels, as well as the sound level of the subwoofer and center channel. There are also auto-volume settings you can access in the app on Android.

The manufacturer also says that this soundbar supports LG ThinQ. This technology lets you control connected LG ThinQ home appliances with your TV and your soundbar.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Locked
HDMI ARC
Locked
HDMI Out
Locked
Full HDMI In
Locked
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Locked
RCA In
Locked
USB for Files
Locked
Ethernet
Locked

The LG 3.1 channel 420w soundbar has the same input options as the older LG SL6Y. There's an HDMI ARC port to connect to your TV and a full HDMI-IN for your gaming console or Blu-ray player. You can also connect to your TV via optical and play music off a USB flash drive. It doesn't have a 3.5mm AUX port, though, making playing music off a turntable or older MP3 player more complicated.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Locked
Dolby Atmos
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
DTS:X (eARC only)
Locked
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Locked
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Locked
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Locked

This soundbar doesn't have eARC, and it only supports Dolby Digital and DTS over HDMI ARC. That said, it downmixes these formats to stereo, so the benefits of more advanced surround support like Atmos would be lost, anyway. If you're looking for a 3.1 setup that supports eARC, check out the LG GX Soundbar.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Locked
DTS:X
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
DTS
Locked
Dolby TrueHD
Locked
DTS-HD MA
Locked
5.1 PCM
Locked

While the LG SN6Y doesn't support the most advanced surround sound formats, like Dolby Atmos, you can still play Dolby Digital, DTS, and 5.1 PCM surround content.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Locked
DTS
Locked

Although this soundbar downmixes surround content to stereo, it still supports Dolby Digital and DTS content over optical.

N/A
Connectivity
Latency
- SAMPLE -
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LG SN6Y Latency Video Sample
ARC
Lock ms
Optical
Lock ms
Full HDMI In
Lock ms

The LG SN6Y has an excellent latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so there isn't a noticeable difference between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's a solid choice for watching movies and videos. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

N/A
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi
Locked
Chromecast built-in
Locked
Apple AirPlay
Locked

You can stream music to the LG SN6Y from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, but it doesn't support Chromecast built-in or Apple AirPlay for a more seamless streaming experience.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Locked
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Locked
HDR10 Passthrough
Locked

This soundbar doesn't support high-quality passthrough. The highest available option is 1080p.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Locked

The subwoofer connects to the soundbar wirelessly and only needs to be connected to a power outlet.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Locked
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Locked

This soundbar has an easy-to-read display screen behind the metal grill. It shows which input you're on or what you're changing when adjusting the soundbar's settings.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

This soundbar has four controls located on the side. The silicone button pad lets you adjust the volume, change inputs, and turn the soundbar on or off.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
Locked

The LG SN6Y comes with the same remote that most LG soundbars have. It's fairly small and is easy to use with large icons. It gives you playback control and lets you adjust most of the soundbar's options.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Locked
Google Assistant
Locked
Apple Siri
Locked
Additional Features
App
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Acts As A Remote
Locked
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Locked
Casts Device Files
Locked

Update 08/04/2021: We added more information to mention that you can only cast files when a USB thumb drive is plugged into the soundbar. A window appears on the app that lets you see the list of songs on the thumb drive.

The LG SN6Y is compatible with the LG Sound Bar app. While the app is available on both iOS and Android, we could only get the app to work on an Android device. It lets you control your music and change all of the bar's settings.

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

Since this soundbar supports HDMI CEC, you can use your TV's remote to control some functions on this bar. When it isn't connected to an external device, the bar automatically turns off after 15 minutes when it isn't used.

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