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LG S80QY Review

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The LG S80QY is extremely versatile in terms of wireless connectivity. Its subwoofer also churns out a great-sounding bass response, and since it is also vocally accurate, dialogue-focused content sounds very clear.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG S80QY is a mid-range soundbar and subwoofer unit that was first released in 2022. The speaker has a 3.1.3 channel setup, and its subwoofer delivers a good enough bass for owners who enjoy getting immersed in the effects during action-heavy movie scenes.

Its soundstage is not the best since sound seems like its coming only from a general area, but it also comes with a room correction feature to adjust the bar’s sound based on a room’s size, and this is a feature that is quite common among the best speakers in the industry.

The S80QY also offers impressive wireless connectivity, as owners will be able to stream their favorite content through Bluetooth, WiFi, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast, or even Spotify Connect. These are the kind of options you can expect from the best soundbars around.

Consensus

our Verdict

While the LG S80QY may have a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, experts like that it comes with a capable subwoofer that produces a thunderous rumble when watching movies for exciting effects, and that it also has two dialogue-focussed center channels that enhance the vocals for problem-free audiobook, podcast or TV watching.

Still, its soundstage isn’t wide enough for owners to perceive exactly where the object sounds are coming from. Rtings was also particularly impressed with its many wireless playback options and felt that this would make music streaming incredibly convenient.

They also praised its easy-to-use LG Sound Bar app, calling it intuitive and easy to pair with devices that support Alexa or Google Assistant.
The S80QY is also loud enough to fill up an average living room with sound, and it can also support a wide range of audio formats.

Tech Radar also liked its touch-sensitive controls and that its subwoofer connected to the soundbar immediately after it was plugged into a power source.
Unfortunately, testers didn’t like the lack of a graphic EQ.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Enhanced vocals
  • Gets fairly loud
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Wide range of wireless connectivity options
  • Great bass depth for rumble when playing bass-heavy music

Reason to Avoid

  • No graphic EQ

LG S80QY Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.3"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1.3
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround, DTS:X
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight9.9 lbs
WidthWidth39.4"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)53.394
High End Roll Off (Hz)1,243.56
Max Volume Test (db)90.3
Latency (ms)57
THD @ 80dB0.84

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LG S80QY Review

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Market Context

The LG S80QY is a mid-range soundbar and subwoofer unit that was first released in 2022. The speaker has a 3.1.3 channel setup, and its…

The LG S80QY is a mid-range soundbar and subwoofer unit that was first released in 2022. The speaker has a 3.1.3 channel setup, and its subwoofer delivers a good enough bass for owners who enjoy getting immersed in the effects during action-heavy movie scenes.

Its soundstage is not the best since sound seems like its coming only from a general area, but it also comes with a room correction feature to adjust the bar’s sound based on a room’s size, and this is a feature that is quite common among the best speakers in the industry.

The S80QY also offers impressive wireless connectivity, as owners will be able to stream their favorite content through Bluetooth, WiFi, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast, or even Spotify Connect. These are the kind of options you can expect from the best soundbars around.

The LG S80QY has a room correction feature while the LG S75Q does not, and it also supports WiFi connectivity, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast, while…

The LG S80QY has a room correction feature while the LG S75Q does not, and it also supports WiFi connectivity, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast, while the LG S75Q lacks these features. Still, you can look at what else the S75Q has to offer by going through our LG S75Q review.

The LG S80QY’s sleek design might initially attract most of its customers, but since it has a 3.1.3 channel setup, the LG S90Y performs a…

The LG S80QY’s sleek design might initially attract most of its customers, but since it has a 3.1.3 channel setup, the LG S90Y performs a lot better with surround sound content thanks to a more comprehensive 5.1.3 channel setup. You can find out what else the S90Y can do by going through our LG S90QY review.

At 90.3 dB on max volume, the LG S80QY gets quite loud, but not as loud as the Samsung HW-Q800A, which peaks at 95.1 dB….

At 90.3 dB on max volume, the LG S80QY gets quite loud, but not as loud as the Samsung HW-Q800A, which peaks at 95.1 dB. In contrast, the S80QY has a room correction feature that the HW-Q800A does not, but the HW-Q800A has a graphic equalizer that is missing on the S80QY. Lastly, the HW-Q800A has built-in Amazon Alexa support, which you will not find on the S80QY.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

5.3"

4.69"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

No

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

2.56"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1.3

3.1.2

Subwoofer

Included

Build-in

Surround Sound Supported

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround, DTS:X

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X

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Score Card

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Expert Score

80

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    The LG S80QY is very good for mixed usage. It has a pretty neutral sound… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    At first glance, LG’s S80QY doesn’t appear to offer anything in terms of features or… Read More

    By:

    Al Griffin

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