LG SP7Y Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 09, 2021 at 10:11 am
LG SP7Y Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.6
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.4
Music
6.8
Movies
Channels
5.1

The LG SP7Y is a 5.1 setup from LG's 2021 lineup. This well-built soundbar offers a slightly boxy and boomy sound profile with its 'Standard' EQ preset, which adds a little extra punch in the bass range. If you prefer a different sound, there are some EQ presets and bass and treble adjustments available. Unfortunately, it doesn't reproduce a very extended low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump or rumble in action-packed movies or bass-heavy music. Also, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which can be disappointing for some movie fans.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is decent for mixed usage. With its 'Standard' preset, this soundbar offers a slightly boxy and boomy sound profile that adds a little extra punch in the bass range. Though it comes with many sound customization features, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. It supports surround content, though it doesn't offer a very immersive listening experience. Also, it doesn't come with height channels, so it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • EQ presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.
7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel, it can more accurately localize voices to a pinpoint location in the sound image. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices clearly, though the underemphasized treble can make higher frequencies a bit dark or dull. There's a 'Clear Voice' EQ preset that helps make voices more clear and crisp.

Pros
  • EQ presets.
  • Very good center channel performance.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
7.4 Music

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is satisfactory for music. With its 'Standard' preset, this soundbar has a slightly boxy and boomy sound profile that adds a little extra punch in the bass range. While you can customize it using its EQ presets and bass and treble adjustments, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. As a result, you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. It also doesn't get as loud as some of the other soundbars we've tested, although there isn't much compression when you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • EQ presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
6.8 Movies

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is adequate for movies. Though it supports surround content, it doesn't offer the most immersive listening experience. Also, it doesn't support object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. It even struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. That said, with its 'Standard' preset, it reproduces dialogue pretty clearly, though it can also sound a bit dark or dull. Fortunately, there are some sound customization features available.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • EQ presets.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.4 Music
  • 6.8 Movies
  1. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Added more information about auto-off and app device casting features.
  2. Updated Jul 09, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 06, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is an entry-level 2021 soundbar that's the next generation of the LG SL7Y. Its built-in Meridian Technology is advertised to help with audio reproduction. You can also pair it with compatible LG TVs using TV Sound Mode Share, though we don't test this feature. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and it doesn't offer an AI Room Calibration feature. Its main competitors include the LG SP9YA, the Samsung HW-Q800A, and the Vizio Elevate.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG SP7Y 5.1 is a sleek, simple soundbar. It's mostly made of plastic, with grilles on each side to help protect the drivers inside. The rest of the bar is wrapped in fabric.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The LG SP7Y's subwoofer is mostly made of plastic, with a material that seems like melamine on the sides. There's also a fabric covering in the front that's very tight.

Design
Style - Satellites
Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 39.4" (100.0 cm)
Height 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Depth 4.2" (10.7 cm)

The LG SP7Y soundbar is fairly wide, so it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. That said, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless the TV sits flush on your table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.2" (18.2 cm)
Height 15.4" (39.0 cm)
Depth 11.5" (29.1 cm)

The sub is about the size of an average desktop computer. It connects wirelessly to the bar, so you can place it wherever you want as long as it's connected to a power outlet.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

The back of the bar has an input for the power cable and two openings for the rest of its inputs. There are also universal holes on the underside, so you can wall-mount it using the included mounting brackets.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

On the back of the sub, there's a port. Also, there's an input for the power cable.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG SP7Y 5.1 has a good build quality. The bar itself and the subwoofer are mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable. The sides of the subwoofer are made of melamine. While the fabric covering the bar and the sub seems nice and tight, it could collect dust easily, which can be inconvenient for some users.

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

  • Manual
  • Mounting template
  • 2x mounting brackets
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • Power adapter
  • 2x power cables
  • Optical cable

Sound
7.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-1.43
Std. Err.
3.66 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
48.3 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The LG SP7Y soundbar has a decent stereo frequency response. With its 'Standard' preset, it has a slightly boxy, boomy sound profile that adds a little extra punch in the bass range; this may sound overwhelming for listeners who prefer a more neutral sound. It doesn't reproduce as extended of a low-bass as some of the other 2021 LG soundbars we've tested, like the LG SP8YA and the LG SP9YA, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed movies and bass-heavy music. The underemphasized treble range can also make sibilants like S and T sounds dark and dull. That said, it comes with bass and treble adjustments and some EQ presets to help you customize its sound.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-5
Suggested Treble Setting
1
Slope
-0.70
Std. Err.
2.86 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
50.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

With its bass set to '-5' and its treble set to '1', the LG SP7Y has a satisfactory stereo frequency response. It has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to most types of audio content. However, it still struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like to feel the deep thump and rumble in your audio. There's also a bit of a dip in the treble range, so your audio may be a little dark or dull.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.55 dB

The LG SP7Y soundbar has a great stereo soundstage performance. 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. It also has good focus, so objects like voices and footsteps seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location rather than a more general area.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
90.3 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.53 dB

The LG SP7Y soundbar has a great stereo dynamics performance. While it doesn't get as loud as some of the other soundbars we've tested, like the Samsung HW-Q950T, there isn't much compression when you push it to max volume.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.37
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.16

The LG SP7Y has a very good stereo THD performance. At normal listening volumes, distortion falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction. However, when you push the bar to its max volume, there's a jump in THD in the bass and mid ranges. That said, this may not be too noticeable to most people with real-life content.

7.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.20
Std. Err.
3.77 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
88.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.84
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
5.29

The LG SP7Y has a very good center channel performance. This 5.1 setup comes with a discrete center channel, which helps to more accurately localize voices to a pinpoint location in your sound image. Its frequency response is fairly balanced, and while there are dips in the high-bass and mid-treble ranges, we couldn't hear them during our tests.

5.0
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Side Firing, Bar)
Slope
-1.19
Std. Err.
6.79 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.42
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
7.15
7.1 Rears
No

The LG SP7Y soundbar has a disappointing surrounds performance. It uses side-firing speakers on the bar to create a phantom localization. Unfortunately, this means that sound objects like voices and footsteps aren't as accurately localized in the sound image as they would be with discrete surround speakers. Audio can seem like it's coming from in front of you instead of from speakers placed all around you.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
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 that supports Atmos content, check out the LG SPD7Y.

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
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The LG SP7Y has a satisfactory selection of sound enhancement features. Unlike the LG SP8YA and the LG SP9YA, it lacks a room correction feature, so it may sound different depending on the room you're listening in. That said, there are bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound, as well as some EQ presets: 'AI Sound Pro', 'Standard', 'Bass Blast', 'Music', 'Clear Voice', 'Game', 'Cinema', 'DTS Virtual:X', and 'Sports'. The 'Clear Voice' preset doubles as a dialogue enhancement mode, and the 'Cinema' and 'DTS Virtual:X' presets act as virtual surround features.

This soundbar also comes with some sound enhancement features that we don't test. There's an AV Sync feature that you can access on the app, which helps reduce the amount of latency between the audio you hear and the visual you see. Also, its TV Sound Mode Share lets you sync the soundbar's speakers with the speakers on compatible LG TVs for a more immersive sound.

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

The LG SP7Y comes with several physical inputs. The Full HDMI In port lets you use the soundbar as a hub between different devices like your PC and TV. That said, it lacks an AUX port, which can be disappointing for users who want to wire older devices to the bar.

7.1
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

The LG SP7Y has decent audio format support via ARC. It supports Dolby Digital, the most common surround sound format for Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. It also supports DTS content, which is less common but is often used as the fallback for the higher quality DTS-HD MA format.

8.3
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
Yes

The LG SP7Y has great audio format support via Full HDMI In. It supports Dolby Digital and DTS, commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs. However, it doesn't support object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

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

The LG SP7Y also supports both DTS and Dolby Digital content via Optical, which is handy for listeners who like to watch content from streaming platforms and Blu-rays.

9.0
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
38 ms
Optical
40 ms
Full HDMI In
-10 ms

The LG SP7Y has an incredible latency performance. It has fairly low latency via ARC, Optical, and Full HDMI In, so your audio and video are mostly in sync. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies over these connections. However, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

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

The LG SP7Y only supports Bluetooth connectivity, which lets you wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices. However, it doesn't offer as much wireless playback support as the LG SP8YA or the LG SP9YA.

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
No

The LG SP7Y can passthrough the highest quality bandwidth signals, so you can connect to bar to your TV and another device like a PC for clear and crisp text on the screen. That said, it doesn't support HDR10 Passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects to the bar wirelessly. However, you still have to plug it into an outlet to get it to work.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display behind the fabric. It shows you the volume level, the current input, and any adjustments you make with the remote or the LG Sound Bar app.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, several physical buttons let you control some of the bar's features. You can power the bar on/off, adjust the volume, switch the input, and connect to Bluetooth.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The LG SP7Y's remote is fairly simple and lets you control the bar's basic functions. You can access the rest of the features using the LG Sound Bar app.

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

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 on songs on the thumb drive.

The LG Sound Bar app acts as a remote and lets you control all the soundbar's settings. You can use it to adjust the EQ preset or the bass and treble. Also, it offers a 'Dynamic Range Control' feature that helps balance the volume level between different programs and a 'Night Time' feature that lowers the volume of your programs. You can also access the AV Sync feature that's advertised to help reduce latency.

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

Update 08/04/2021:Added more information to the text about the auto-off feature.

The LG SP7Y goes into standby mode after 15 minutes without an input signal when it isn't connected to an external device. Also, it supports HDMI CEC, so you can control the bar's basic functions using your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG SP7Y Soundbar comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

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

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG SP7Y soundbar is an entry-level 5.1 setup from 2021. While it's well-built, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content like some of LG's more premium 2021 soundbars, like the LG SP8YA or the LG SP9YA. It also lacks an AI Room Calibration feature, so it may sound a bit different depending on the room you're listening in. That said, it also comes with built-in Meridian Technology, advertised to help create a more immersive listening experience, though we don't test for this.

See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best 5.1 soundbars, and the best LG soundbars.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The SP8YA is a 3.1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with a room correction feature. It reproduces a more extended low-bass and offers a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It also supports more wireless playback options. That said, the 5.1 SP7Y has better soundstage and surround performances.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The Sonos is better built and comes with a room correction feature and built-in voice assistant support, unlike the LG. It offers better soundstage, center, and surround performances, and it also supports Dolby Atmos content. It gets louder than the LG, albeit with more compression at max volume. You can even upgrade it as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers for better performance. However, the LG comes with a dedicated subwoofer, EQ presets, and a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Sonos.

LG SN8YG

The LG SN8YG is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The SN8YG is a 3.1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with built-in voice assistant support. It also offers a room correction feature and more wireless playback options. Thanks to its more extended low-bass, you can also feel the deep thump and rumble in your audio. That said, the SP7Y has better surround and soundstage performances.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is better than the LG SP7Y. The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup that's better-built and supports Dolby Atmos content. It has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, as well as a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the 5.1 LG has better surround and soundstage performances.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The Samsung is better built and offers better soundstage and center channel performances. Unlike the LG, it supports Atmos content and HDR10 Passthrough, has built-in voice assistant support, and has a graphic EQ for sound customization. It even has more wireless playback options and has a more extended low-bass. While it gets louder than the LG, it has more compression at max volume. The LG also offers a better surround performance since it doesn't have to downmix it into stereo to play it.

LG SPD7Y

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the LG SP7Y or the LG SPD7Y. The SP7Y is a 5.1 setup with a better soundstage that also offers a better surrounds performance. However, the SPD7Y comes with two up-firing speakers that support Dolby Atmos content, unlike the SP7Y.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam or the LG SP7Y. The JBL is better built and supports Dolby Atmos content, so it's a better choice for movies. It offers a better surrounds performance and comes with a room correction feature and more wireless playback options. However, the LG is a better choice for dialogue-centric content since it comes with a dialogue enhancement feature. It also offers a better soundstage performance.

Vizio SB36312-G6

The LG SP7Y is a bit better soundbar than the Vizio SB36312-G6. The LG is better built, with better soundstage and surround performances. It gets louder than the Vizio, and it comes with more sound enhancement features, including a dialogue enhancement mode and more EQ presets. The Vizio supports more wireless playback options, and it supports Dolby Atmos content and HDR10 passthrough, unlike the LG.

Vizio Elevate

The Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The Vizio comes with discrete satellite speakers, and it offers better soundstage and surround performance. Unlike the LG, it supports Dolby Atmos content and HDR10 passthrough, and more wireless playback options. It's also better-built and reproduces a more extended low-bass. It gets louder than the LG, too, albeit with more compression at max volume.

Vizio V Series V51x-J6

The Vizio V Series V51x-J6 is a bit better for mixed usage than the LG SP7Y. The Vizio comes with discrete surround speakers, so it offers a better surrounds performance. Also, it reproduces a more extended low-bass, and you can connect voice assistant-enabled third-party devices via its AUX In port. That said, the LG is better built, with a better soundstage and a Full HDMI In port.

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