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LG S65Q Review

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The LG S65Q’s mid-range price is fair for its features, as it offers exceptional vocal reproduction and perfectly depicts dialogue in movies and TV shows, and its wide soundstage provides an immersive surround sound experience, but its wireless connectivity is limited.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG S65Q is a mid-range speaker that was initially announced in 2022. It features a center channel focused on enhancing its vocal output, plus bass and treble adjustments and EQ presets that owners can use to customize their sound output.

Its subwoofer delivers decent bass levels, and even though it doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, its soundstage is wide enough for owners to pinpoint object sounds.

This is an attribute that many of the best speakers in the market share. Its wired connectivity options include a Digital Optical Audio input, a HDMI ARC port, a HDMI out port, and a Full HDMI port. For a more thunderous listening experience, check out our LG GX Soundbar review.

Owners will also be able to stream content wirelessly through Bluetooth, and averaging 95.5 decibels, the S65Q gets about as loud as the most popular soundbars around.

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG S65Q soundbar excels in vocal clarity, capturing dialogue crisply in TV shows and podcasts via its center channel, and its expansive soundstage adds realism, blending height and width, further enhanced by Dolby Digital support.

However, bass enthusiasts won’t like its less pronounced low-frequency response and lack of a graphic EQ for precise sound customization.

The soundbar is capable of room-filling audio achieved through its potent max volume, complemented by low latency (tested at 64ms over ARC, 56ms over Optical, and 66ms over Full HDMI) that synchronizes audio and video seamlessly.

It also offers immersive 3D audio facilitated by DTS: Virtual X technology, crafting phantom surround and height channels. Unfortunately, Dolby Atmos is absent, voice assistant integration is lacking, and wireless connectivity remains confined to Bluetooth.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent vocal clarity
  • Low latency for in-sync audio-visual content
  • Loud max volume
  • Good port selection
  • Wide soundstage and DTS:X deliver an immersive listening experience
  • Dialogues in shows and podcasts are sharp and clear
  • Quick and hassle-free installation process
  • Modern aesthetic complements any setup
  • Effortless wireless pairing with devices

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t deliver the low bass levels required for bass-heavy music
  • No Dolby Atmos support
  • Doesn’t work with voice assistants
  • Wireless connectivity is only limited to Bluetooth
  • Bass performance might not satisfy enthusiasts
  • Lacks advanced smart functionalities
  • Distortion may occur at higher volumes

LG S65Q Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.1"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight6.4 lbs
WidthWidth39.4"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

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Market Context

The LG S65Q is a mid-range speaker that was initially announced in 2022. It features a center channel focused on enhancing its vocal output, plus…

The LG S65Q is a mid-range speaker that was initially announced in 2022. It features a center channel focused on enhancing its vocal output, plus bass and treble adjustments and EQ presets that owners can use to customize their sound output.

Its subwoofer delivers decent bass levels, and even though it doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, its soundstage is wide enough for owners to pinpoint object sounds.

This is an attribute that many of the best speakers in the market share. Its wired connectivity options include a Digital Optical Audio input, a HDMI ARC port, a HDMI out port, and a Full HDMI port. For a more thunderous listening experience, check out our LG GX Soundbar review.

Owners will also be able to stream content wirelessly through Bluetooth, and averaging 95.5 decibels, the S65Q gets about as loud as the most popular soundbars around.

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Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

4.1"

5.7"

4.69"

4.1"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

Yes

n/a

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

2.2"

2.56"

2.2"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1.2

3.1.2

3.1

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Build-in

Included

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True Score

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