The LG SP9YA is a 5.1.2 soundbar that's the next generation of the LG SN9YG. It comes with some more features and EQ presets, including support for Apple AirPlay. There are also some features we don't test, like the 2021 LG TV AI Processor, which lets you sync the bar with compatible LG TVs for a more immersive sound. With its AI Room Calibration feature, it offers a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. It doesn't offer a very immersive surround performance, but you can also purchase satellite speakers separately.
The LG SP9YA is great for mixed usage. With its room correction feature, it offers a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. It comes with lots of sound customization features, too, including bass and treble adjustments as well as EQ presets. However, while it supports Atmos and surround content, it doesn't offer a very immersive listening experience.
The LG SP9YA is impressive for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its discrete center channel and balanced mid-range, voices are reproduced clearly and accurately. It comes with a dialogue enhancement feature to help make voices clear and crisp and an auto-volume mode to balance the volume level across different programs. There are many wireless playback options, too, so you can wirelessly stream podcasts from your phone to the bar.
The LG SP9YA is impressive for music. It comes with an AI Room Calibration feature that automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on the acoustic characteristics of your room. With this feature turned on, it has a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of music genres. It also comes with lots of sound customization features, including EQ presets and bass and treble adjustments.
The LG SP9YA is good for movies. Its neutral sound profile can reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately, and its extended low-bass helps you feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. Unfortunately, while it supports Dolby Atmos and surround content, it doesn't provide the most immersive listening experience since it lacks discrete speakers.
The LG SP9YA is a 5.1.2 soundbar from 2021 that's the next generation of the LG SN9YG. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, and its built-in Meridian Technology is advertised to help with audio reproduction. The manufacturer also says that it comes with a 2021 LG TV AI Processor, which lets you sync up your audio with compatible LG TVs for a more immersive sound, though we don't test for this. Its main competitors include the Samsung HW-Q850A, the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, and the LG SN10YG.
The LG SP9YA has a simple design. It's mostly plastic, with a metal grille that goes around the sides. On top, there are two round metal grilles, as well as the touch-sensitive controls.
This setup doesn't come with satellites, but you can purchase LG SPK8 rear speakers separately.
The LG SP9YA is a wide soundbar. It likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. That said, it also isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on your table.
The sub is about the size of an average desktop computer. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you can place it anywhere in your room as long as it's connected to a power outlet.
The back of the bar has an input for the power cable and an opening for the inputs. There are also universal holes on the underside that let you mount the bar on the wall.
The back of the sub has a plastic port, as well as the input for the power cable.
The LG SP9YA has an impressive build quality. The bar itself is mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable. The metal grille around the sides helps to protect the drivers, too. While the sub is also made of plastic, unfortunately, the fabric covering seems like it could rip or get dirty easily.
The LG SP9YA has an impressive stereo frequency response. It comes with a room correction feature called AI Room Calibration that automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on the room you're listening in. With this feature turned on, it has a neutral, balanced sound profile with a touch of extra punch and boom in the bass range. However, since room correction relies on the acoustic capacities of your room, our results may be unique to our testing room. There are also bass and treble adjustments as well as some EQ presets to help you customize its sound.
With its bass set to '-1' and its treble set to '1', this soundbar has a great stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is more neutral and balanced, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.
The LG SP9YA has a good stereo soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be a bit wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it sound wider than that. It also has very good focus, so sound objects like voices and footsteps seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location rather than a general area.
The LG SP9YA has a very good stereo dynamics performance. It doesn't get as loud as some of the other bars we've tested, like the Samsung HW-Q850T. However, there isn't a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, so it's suitable for turning up the volume at parties.
The LG SP9YA has a decent THD performance. At normal listening volumes, the amount of distortion falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction. At max volume, there's a jump in THD. This may not be noticeable with real-life content, though.
The LG SP9YA has a good center channel performance. This 5.1.2 setup comes with a discrete center channel, which helps to reproduce dialogue more clearly and accurately in movies and TV shows. Its frequency response is also quite balanced in the mid-range, so voices are clear and present, though they may also sound a bit dark.
The LG SP9YA has a poor surrounds performance. It uses side-firing speakers to create a phantom localization, so sound objects like voices and footsteps aren't as accurately localized in the soundstage. Audio can seem like it's coming from in front of you, rather than from speakers placed all around you.
The LG SP9YA has a disappointing Atmos performance. It uses its two up-firing speakers to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height. However, the localization of objects can seem diffused, and it doesn't sound as real as down-firing speakers found with home theater setups.
The LG SP9YA has an incredible selection of sound enhancement features. It comes with several EQ presets to help you customize its sound, including 'AI Sound Pro', 'Standard', 'Music', 'Cinema', 'Clear Voice', 'Sports', 'Game', and 'BassBlast'. The 'Cinema' preset doubles as a virtual surround feature advertised to help create a more 3D sound. You can also turn on the auto-volume and AI Room Calibration features and adjust the surround level using the app.
This soundbar is advertised to come with some sound enhancement features, which we don't test. The manufacturer says it comes with the 2021 LG TV AI Processor, which helps sync up the bar with the speakers on compatible LG TVs to help create a more immersive listening experience. It also supports Dolby Atmos Music, which enhances music on compatible services like Amazon, Tidal, and Blu-ray Music. However, you may need a subscription to access some of these services, like Tidal.
The LG SP9YA comes with several physical inputs. There's a Full HDMI In port that lets you use the bar as a hub between different devices, and you can also plug in a USB port to playback audio. However, there isn't an AUX port, which can be disappointing if you want to connect older devices.
The LG SP9YA has incredible audio format support over its HDMI ARC port. It supports Dolby Digital, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming services. You can also use it to playback lossless and object-based surround formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
The LG SP9YA also has fantastic audio format support over its Full HDMI In port. It can play back all the formats we test for, including Dolby Digital, commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.
The LG SP9YA also supports Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical, which is useful for listeners who want to watch content from streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs.
The LG SP9YA has a good latency performance. It has fairly low latency over Optical and Full HDMI In, so your audio and video are mostly in sync when you watch movies. However, you may notice a bit of a delay when watching videos over ARC. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.
This soundbar has incredible wireless playback connectivity. It supports all common formats, letting you wirelessly stream audio from your mobile device to the bar over the connection you prefer.
The LG SP9YA can passthrough the highest quality bandwidth signals. You can connect the bar to your TV and another device like a PC, and text on the screen appears clear and crisp.
The sub connects to the bar wirelessly. You just need to plug it into a power outlet to get it to work.
There's a small display screen that shows the volume level and the input you're on. It also shows you when you change a setting using the remote or the app. However, it's a small screen, so you may need to wait for it to scroll through longer messages.
There are touch-sensitive controls located on the top middle of the bar. You can use them to power the bar on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, play/pause your audio, and connect to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The remote is simple and lets you control the bar's basic functions. Since it isn't a universal remote, you can't use it to control your TV.
The LG SP9YA doesn't have built-in voice assistant support. It supports Google Assistant and Alexa, but only when you connect the bar to another device that supports these features, like a Google Home or an Amazon Echo. Since this requires purchasing a third-party device, we don't test for it.
The LG Sound Bar app acts as a remote and lets you control all of the soundbar's settings. You can use it to turn the Dynamic Range Control and the auto-volume mode on and off, and also to use the dialogue control feature with DTS content. The app lets you control the AI Room Calibration feature. There's even an AV sync feature to help with video latency, but we don't test for this.
The LG SP9YA comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.
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The LG SP9YA is a 5.1.2 soundbar that you can upgrade with satellites, sold separately. It's the next generation of the LG SN9YG, and it comes with more features, including Apple AirPlay, more EQ presets, and the 2021 LG TV AI Processor. Like other soundbars in the SP lineup, it comes with built-in Meridian Technology, advertised to help with audio reproduction.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Arc or the LG SP9YA. The LG comes with a dedicated subwoofer that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Also, it comes with EQ presets for sound customization. However, the Sonos has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. Also, it can be upgraded as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the 3.1.2 Samsung HW-Q800A or the 5.1.2 LG SP9YA. The LG comes with a room correction feature and more wireless playback options. It also uses side-firing speakers to create phantom localization for its surround channels, while the Samsung has to downmix surround content into stereo. The Samsung also comes with a graphic EQ, and it gets louder, albeit with more compression at max volume.
The LG SP9YA is the upgraded version of the LG SN9YG, and it has a better overall performance. The SP9YA has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder. It also comes with more features, including more EQ presets and an LG TV AI Processor advertised to create a more immersive sound with compatible LG TVs. It supports Apple AirPlay too. That said, some users may prefer the SN9YG's built-in voice assistant support, while the SP9YA requires a third-party device to use the voice assistant.
The LG SP9YA is a slightly better soundbar than the LG SN10YG. The SP9YA offers a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer over the SN10YG's more bass-heavy sound. Also, the SP9YA supports Apple AirPlay connectivity. That said, the SN10YG offers better surround and Atmos performances.
The Samsung HW-Q900A is a bit better soundbar for mixed usage than the LG SP9YA. The Samsung gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has better center, surround, and Atmos performances. It also comes with built-in voice assistant support and a graphic EQ, unlike the LG. That said, the LG is better built with more wireless connectivity options.
The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the LG SP9YA. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with dedicated satellite speakers and offers better surround and Atmos performances. It gets louder, too, and it even comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the 5.1.2 LG is better-built, and it supports more wireless playback options.
The Samsung HW-Q950T is a 9.1.4 setup that offers better performance than the 5.1.2 LG SP9YA. The Samsung comes with discrete satellites that offer a better surrounds performance. Also, it gets louder, and it comes with a graphic EQ. However, the LG is better built, and it has room correction and more wireless playback support.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the LG SN11RG or the LG SP9YA. The SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup that comes with dedicated satellites and offers a better surrounds performance. Some users may prefer its bass-heavy default sound profile compared to the SP9YA's more neutral default sound profile. The SP9YA is a 5.1.2 setup that supports Apple AirPlay.
The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is a better soundbar than the LG SP9YA. The Sonos comes with discrete surround speakers that offer a better surrounds performance. It's also better-built, with better soundstage and Atmos performances. It gets louder, too, though it has more compression at max volume. However, the LG has a more neutral sound out-of-the-box, and it comes with EQ presets, a Full HDMI In port, and more wireless playback options.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q850A or the LG SP9YA. The Samsung comes with discrete surround speakers that offer a better surrounds performance. It also comes with a graphic EQ and gets louder, albeit with more compression at max volume. The LG has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, a room correction feature, and supports Chromecast built-in.
The LG SP9YA is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q900T. The LG is a 5.1.2 setup that's better-built and supports more wireless playback options. Also, it comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and auto-volume. However, the 7.1.2 Samsung has a graphic EQ, and it gets louder, albeit with more compression.