LG SPD7Y Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 11, 2021 at 09:52 am
LG SPD7Y Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.6
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.3
Music
7.2
Movies
Channels
3.1.2

The LG SPD7Y is a 3.1.2 setup released in 2021. It can get pretty loud, and it comes with lots of EQ presets to help you customize its sound. While it has a boomy sound profile on its 'Standard' preset, you can use its bass and treble adjustments to create a more neutral sound if you prefer. It also supports Dolby Atmos and surround content, though it doesn't offer a very immersive listening experience.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is satisfactory for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a boomy sound profile that can make your audio seem a bit muddy and dark. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound more to your liking. It gets loud, and it also supports Dolby Atmos content. While it supports surround content, too, it has to downmix it to stereo, which doesn't sound as immersive.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Lacks some low-bass.
7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its discrete center channel, it can accurately localize voices to a pinpoint location in the sound image. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce dialogue clearly, though it can also sound a bit muddy and dark. You can also use its dialogue enhancement feature to make voices more clear and crisp, or its auto-volume mode to balance the volume level across different programs.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Bluetooth-enabled.
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi, AirPlay, or Chromecast built-in support.
7.3 Music

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is satisfactory for music. On its 'Standard' preset, it has a boomy, bass-heavy sound profile that can make audio sound a bit muddy and dark. Fortunately, it comes with bass and treble adjustments that you can use to create a more neutral sound if you prefer. It also gets pretty loud, and there isn't a lot of compression when you push it to max volume, so audio reproduction is clean. However, it still struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Lacks some low-bass.
7.2 Movies

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is decent for movies. It supports Dolby Atmos content, using its two up-firing drivers to bounce sound off the ceiling to create the illusion of height. It also supports surround content, but unfortunately, it has to downmix it into stereo to play it, which isn't as immersive. It also struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action scenes and movie scores.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass.
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.3 Music
  • 7.2 Movies
  1. Updated Aug 11, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG SPD7Y is a 3.1.2 setup released in 2021. Unlike the LG SP7Y, it comes with two up-firing drivers built into the bar for height content. Also, the manufacturer says that it has built-in Meridian Technology to help with audio reproduction, though we don't test for this. However, unlike the manufacturer's higher-end models, it doesn't offer AI Room Calibration or sound enhancement features with compatible LG TVs. Its main competitors include the LG SP8YA, the Samsung HW-Q700A, and the Vizio SB36312-G6.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The LG SPD7Y has a simple, sleek design that's similar to the LG SP8YA. It's mostly made of plastic, with two metal grilles protecting the up-firing speakers. The plastic on top of the bar has a matte finish, while the rest of the bar has a glossy finish.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer is mostly made of melamine. The top and the back are made of plastic, and there's a fabric covering on the front.

Design
Style - Satellites
Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 35.0" (89.0 cm)
Height 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Depth 4.7" (12.0 cm)

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is a bit wide, and it likely won't fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV stand. That said, it also isn't very tall, so it shouldn't obscure your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on your table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 7.1" (18.0 cm)
Height 15.5" (39.3 cm)
Depth 11.5" (29.3 cm)

The sub is about the size of an average desktop PC. It connects to the bar wirelessly, so you can place it anywhere in your room.

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 opening for the inputs. There's also a separate input for the power cable. If you want to wall-mount the bar, you can use the universal holes on the underside as well as the included wall-mounting kit.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub is made of plastic, and it has a plastic port. There's also an input for the power cable and a pairing button.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG SPD7Y has a good build quality. The bar is mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable, and the metal grilles help protect the drivers inside. The sub is made of plastic and melamine, which also seems pretty durable. However, the fabric covering the front of the sub seems like it could rip or get dirty easily, which is a bit disappointing.

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

  • Manuals
  • Mounting template
  • 2x mounting brackets
  • 2x mounting screws
  • Remote with batteries (2x AA)
  • Power brick
  • 2x power cables
  • Optical cable

Sound
7.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-1.46
Std. Err.
3.86 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
46.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.6 kHz

The LG SPD7Y has a decent stereo frequency response. On its 'Standard' preset, it has a boomy, bass-heavy sound profile. The bass range is overemphasized, and the treble range is underemphasized, so your audio can sound a bit muddy and dark. It also struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, so you don't feel thump and rumble in action-packed movies. That said, the mid-range is pretty balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly. There are also some bass and treble adjustments as well as some EQ presets to customize its sound if you prefer.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-5
Suggested Treble Setting
3
Slope
-0.42
Std. Err.
2.48 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

With calibration, the LG SPD7Y soundbar has a good stereo frequency response. It has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile with its bass set to '-5' and its treble set to '3', which is suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. That said, it still doesn't reproduce a very extended low-bass, so you may not feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.78 dB

The LG SPD7Y has a decent stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be about as wide as the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. Its focus is good, so it's easy to follow sound objects like voices and footsteps, but it seems like a more general area is moving across the sound image rather than a pinpoint location.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
92.8 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.05 dB

The LG SPD7Y has a great stereo dynamics performance. It gets pretty loud, and there isn't a lot of compression when you push it to max volume, so audio reproduction is clean. As a result, it's suitable for listening to audio at loud volumes to fill up large rooms or crowded parties.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.49
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.09

The LG SPD7Y has a satisfactory stereo THD performance. At normal listening volumes, it falls within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. That said, there's a jump in THD at max volume, especially in the bass to mid-range. This may not be very noticeable with real-life content, however.

7.7
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.10
Std. Err.
4.16 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
2.18
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.97

The LG SPD7Y has a good center channel performance. Thanks to its discrete center channel, dialogue is accurately localized to a pinpoint location within the sound image. Its frequency response is a bit bass-heavy, but this shouldn't be too noticeable, since most voices are reproduced in the mid-to-treble ranges.

3.9
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-1.80
Std. Err.
4.02 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.59
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.75
7.1 Rears
No

The LG SPD7Y has a poor surrounds performance. It has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, so sound objects aren't as clearly or accurately localized within the sound image. Audio seems like it's coming from in front of you, rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, its bass-heavy frequency response can muddy your audio and make it sound dark.

5.3
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-1.88
Std. Err.
5.83 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
81.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.82
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.43

The LG SPD7Y has a disappointing height performance. It uses two up-firing drivers in the bar to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height. However, this doesn't seem as real as the performance from discrete down-firing speakers found with home theater setups. Also, your audio can seem muddy and dark due to its bass-heavy frequency response.

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
No
Rear Level Adjustment
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The LG SPD7Y has a satisfactory selection of sound enhancement features. It comes with some EQ presets so you can customize its sound, including 'Standard', 'Bass Blast', 'AI Sound Pro', 'Cinema', 'Sports', 'Game', 'Clear Voice', and 'Music'. The 'Cinema' preset doubles as a virtual surround feature, which is advertised to help create a more immersive sound. Unfortunately, unlike the LG SP8YA, this soundbar lacks a room correction feature, so it may sound a bit different depending on the room you're listening in.

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 SPD7Y comes with several inputs. There's a USB for files, so you can listen to audio from a thumb drive. The Full HDMI In port also lets you use the bar as a hub between different devices.

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 SPD7Y supports all of the audio formats we test for via ARC. It supports Dolby Digital, the most common surround sound format, which is often found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. Also, it supports more advanced lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

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 SPD7Y has fantastic audio format support via Full HDMI In. It supports common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

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

This soundbar supports both DTS and Dolby Digital content, which are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

7.6
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
75 ms
Optical
54 ms
Full HDMI In
86 ms

The LG SPD7Y has a good latency performance. It has fairly low latency with its ARC and Optical points. However, it has a slightly higher latency over its Full HDMI In port. As a result, it may not be suitable for watching videos, since your audio and your video may be out of sync. That said, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

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

You can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile device to the bar via Bluetooth. However, Apple and Google users may be disappointed that it doesn't support AirPlay or Chromecast built-in, unlike the LG SP8YA.

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

The LG SPD7Y can passthrough the highest quality bandwidth signals. If you connect the bar to your TV and your PC, text on the screen appears clear and crisp. It also supports Dolby Vision Passthrough, which is handy.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects to the bar wirelessly, so you just need 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 screen near the center of the bar. It sits behind the metal grille, and it shows you the settings you change.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, some touch-sensitive buttons let you power it on/off, change the input, adjust the volume, and activate Bluetooth pairing.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote is fairly simple and lets you control the bar's basic functions, like the volume.

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

The LG Sound Bar app acts as a remote and lets you control all of the bar's settings. You can adjust the bass and treble or select different EQ presets. Also, you can cast files from a USB thumb drive. When a USB is plugged into the bar, a window pops up on the app that lets you see the list of songs on the drive.

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

The LG SPD7Y automatically shuts after after 15 minutes without activity. It also supports HDMI CEC, so you can use your TV remove to control some of the bar's basic functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LG SPD7Y 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 discussion section below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The LG SPD7Y soundbar is a mid-range 3.1.2 setup released in 2021. Unlike the LG SP7Y, it comes with two up-firing drivers for Dolby Atmos content. However, it lacks some more premium sound enhancement features, like AI Room Calibration or the 2021 LG TV AI Processor. It also has a boomy, dark sound profile out-of-the-box, which may not be ideal for all listeners. See also our recommendations for the best soundbars under $500, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best LG soundbars.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is a better soundbar than the LG SPD7Y. The SP8YA has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and it also reproduces a more extended low-bass. It comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and some features that we don't test for like the LG AI TV Processor. It also supports more wireless playback options than the SPD7Y.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is a better soundbar than the LG SPD7Y. The Samsung is better built, and it has a better center channel performance. Unlike the LG, it comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. Also, its default sound profile is more neutral, which some listeners may prefer.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is a better soundbar than the LG SPD7Y. The standalone Sonos is better-built, with better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. It also has a more neutral sound profile with its room correction feature, which some users may prefer. It also has built-in voice assistant support. Only the LG comes with EQ presets for sound customization and a Full HDMI In port.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the LG SPD7Y. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with dedicated satellites. It has better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances, and it can get louder. It also offers more sound enhancement features, like room correction, and more wireless playback options. Unlike the LG, it has built-in voice assistant support. Also, some users may prefer its more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better 3.1.2 soundbar than the LG SPD7Y. The Samsung is better-built, with better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Out-of-the-box, it has a more neutral sound profile, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. Also, it has a graphic EQ for sound customization and built-in voice assistant support. It supports more wireless playback options than the LG, too.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better 3.1.2 setup than the LG SPD7Y. The Samsung is better built and has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It supports more wireless playback options, and some users may prefer its more neutral default sound profile. It also has a graphic EQ for sound customization, unlike the LG.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q70T is better than the LG SPD7Y. The Samsung is better-built with a graphic EQ.  Some listeners may also prefer its more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, the LG has a better Atmos performance.

LG SP7Y

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.

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