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LG SK9Y Review

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Experts

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Consumers

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The SK9Y’s mid-tier pricing should satisfy buyers that prioritize exceptionally accurate vocals over anything else while being ready to compromise on a low-range bass response and average surround sound performance.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG SK9Y is a 5.1.2 channel, mid-range soundbar first released in 2018. The soundbar comes with Dolby Atmos support and up-firing speakers to create a surround sound experience, but even though it ships with a subwoofer, its bass does not have the kind of rumble that the very best speakers can boast about.

Its soundstage is also narrower than the bar itself, but despite this, object sounds are still spatially accurate, and this is a highlight that it shares with the most popular soundbars in the market.

The SK9Y’s input options include an Optical Audio In port, three HDMI ports, and an AUX analog input. The soundbar also supports music streaming over Bluetooth, WiFi, and Chromecast, and its varied connectivity options make it much easier to set up than the LG SK1 (check it out in our LG SK1 soundbar review).

Consensus

our Verdict

The 5.1.2 channel LG SK9Y’s bright sound quality is accompanied by its average surround sound performance, even with support for Dolby Atmos. Its soundstage is also narrower than the bar, and its subwoofer doesn’t deliver a thumpy, low bass effect.

Still, it can accurately reproduce vocals, making it great for podcasts and dialogue in movies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get as loud, peaking at only 89.2 decibels.

Wireless connectivity options are varied and reliable, with support for both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as Chromecast.

Its super low 76ms (ARC) and 80ms (Optical) tested latencies keep audio-visuals well in sync, and its port selection (Optical Audio In, an HDMI ARC, a Full HDMI In, a 3.5mm AUX port, and an Ethernet port) should satisfy most.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good build quality
  • Many wired and wireless connectivity options
  • Accurate vocal reproduction
  • Clear sound at max volume
  • Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound

Reason to Avoid

  • Narrow soundstage makes for average surround sound performance
  • Bass output is not the best since there’s no subwoofer
  • Bright sound profile
  • Doesn’t get as loud

LG SK9Y Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.7"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantGoogle Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight12.4 lbs
WidthWidth47.2"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Chromecast, Google Assistant, Wi-Fi

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Market Context

The LG SK9Y is a 5.1.2 channel, mid-range soundbar first released in 2018. The soundbar comes with Dolby Atmos support and up-firing speakers to create…

The LG SK9Y is a 5.1.2 channel, mid-range soundbar first released in 2018. The soundbar comes with Dolby Atmos support and up-firing speakers to create a surround sound experience, but even though it ships with a subwoofer, its bass does not have the kind of rumble that the very best speakers can boast about.

Its soundstage is also narrower than the bar itself, but despite this, object sounds are still spatially accurate, and this is a highlight that it shares with the most popular soundbars in the market.

The SK9Y’s input options include an Optical Audio In port, three HDMI ports, and an AUX analog input. The soundbar also supports music streaming over Bluetooth, WiFi, and Chromecast, and its varied connectivity options make it much easier to set up than the LG SK1 (check it out in our LG SK1 soundbar review).

The LG SK9Y and the LG SN9YG are both 5.1.2 channel soundbars, but the SN9YG supports the DTS:X sound format while the SK9Y does not,…

The LG SK9Y and the LG SN9YG are both 5.1.2 channel soundbars, but the SN9YG supports the DTS:X sound format while the SK9Y does not, and it also has built-in Google Assistant support unlike the SK9Y

The LG SK9Y has a slightly louder max volume of 89.2 decibels compared to the LG SK10Y, which peaks at 87.1 decibels. The SK10Y also…

The LG SK9Y has a slightly louder max volume of 89.2 decibels compared to the LG SK10Y, which peaks at 87.1 decibels. The SK10Y also has two Full HDMI In ports, while the SK9Y only has one. Feel free to learn more about the SK10Y in our LG SK10Y review.

The LG SK9Y ships with a Digital Optical Cable while the Sonos Arc does not, however, the Sonos Arc includes a HDMI cable, while the…

The LG SK9Y ships with a Digital Optical Cable while the Sonos Arc does not, however, the Sonos Arc includes a HDMI cable, while the SK9Y ships without one. Also, the Sonos Arc gets much louder than the SK9Y, peaking at 96.6 decibels compared to the SK9Y, which only gets as loud as 89.2 Db.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

5.7"

5.8"

5.8"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.3"

2.2"

2.4"

3.43"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

5.1.2

5.0.2

Subwoofer

Included

Included, Yes

Included

Optional (sold separately)

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

83

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True Score

78

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    73
    Decent for mixed usage. Unfortunately, the LG SK9Y has a bright sound profile with a… Read More

    By:

    Dimitris Katsaounis
  • Which?
    58.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    If you’re looking for that cinema surround sound experience at home, the LG SK9Y 5.1.2… Read More

    By:

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