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LG SP9YA Review

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Considering its strong room calibration and customization, the LG SP9YA may be worth the price for those who prioritize personalized audio. But potential interference with 5 GHz networks and poor surround performance may be a dealbreaker for some.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2021, the LG SP9YA is a high-end 5.1.2 channel soundbar that boasts an exceptionally nuanced and detailed audio output for both home theater setups and casual living room use.

Similar to the top speakers in the market, it features a high number of customization options with an intuitive UI for easy navigation and supports Dolby Atmos to deliver a wide soundstage.

In addition, it comes with a dedicated subwoofer unit for thumping bass, just like the best-rated soundbars available today. Moreover, it supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay and has a built-in Chromecast module for effortless wireless streaming from both Android and iOS.

Its I/O section consists of a full-speed HDMI passthrough port, an optical audio jack, and a USB port for playing back audio files from a thumb drive. However, if you need even more HDMI passthrough ports to double as an HDMI hub, do check out our LG SP11RA review today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG SP9YA soundbar provides low latency for synced audio and video. It also versatile, connecting to all common formats of wireless connectivity.

The bar has good sound quality, with its AI Room Calibration, bass and treble adjustments, and good stereo soundstage, it offers a neutral, balanced sound suitable for music and dialogue-centric content. The touch-sensitive controls are also intuitive, responsive, and easy to use.

However, its surround performance is lackluster, affecting the immersive experience. Users have reported interference issues with 5 GHz wireless networks, which can be a major drawback for those relying on high-speed internet.

While the build quality is impressive, with a durable design, the fabric covering on the subwoofer has raised durability concerns. Additionally, the smartphone app connectivity has been a pain point for some customers.

ReasonS to Buy

  • AI Room Calibration for neutral, balanced sound
  • Bass and treble adjustments for personalized audio
  • Good latency performance for synced audio and video
  • Impressive stereo soundstage with accurate positioning
  • Wide range of wireless playback options
  • Touch-sensitive controls for easy operation
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and surround content
  • Impressive build quality with solid construction
  • Dialog enhancement feature for clear voices
  • Lots of sound customization features and EQ presets

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor surround performance isn’t a great immersive experience
  • Doesn’t get very loud, limiting its volume range
  • No graphic EQ for fine-tuning audio
  • May cause interference with 5 GHz wireless networks
  • Limited lip sync issue
  • LED screen is always on, potentially distracting
  • Fabric covering on the subwoofer could be prone to damage
  • No hardwire option for the subwoofer
  • Some complaints about wireless subwoofer syncing issues
  • Smartphone app connectivity issues reported

LG SP9YA Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.7"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.2"
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight13.9 lbs
WidthWidth48.3"
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)35.125
High End Roll Off (Hz)15,565.829
Max Volume Test (db)91.8
Latency (ms)82
THD @ 80dB0.65

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Market Context

Released in 2021, the LG SP9YA is a high-end 5.1.2 channel soundbar that boasts an exceptionally nuanced and detailed audio output for both home theater…

Released in 2021, the LG SP9YA is a high-end 5.1.2 channel soundbar that boasts an exceptionally nuanced and detailed audio output for both home theater setups and casual living room use.

Similar to the top speakers in the market, it features a high number of customization options with an intuitive UI for easy navigation and supports Dolby Atmos to deliver a wide soundstage.

In addition, it comes with a dedicated subwoofer unit for thumping bass, just like the best-rated soundbars available today. Moreover, it supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay and has a built-in Chromecast module for effortless wireless streaming from both Android and iOS.

Its I/O section consists of a full-speed HDMI passthrough port, an optical audio jack, and a USB port for playing back audio files from a thumb drive. However, if you need even more HDMI passthrough ports to double as an HDMI hub, do check out our LG SP11RA review today.

The LG SP9YA features a wider 5.1.2 speaker setup that has a much more expansive soundstage than the 3.1.2 channel LG SP8YA soundbar. Unlike the…

The LG SP9YA features a wider 5.1.2 speaker setup that has a much more expansive soundstage than the 3.1.2 channel LG SP8YA soundbar. Unlike the SP9YA soundbar, the SP8YA has to downmix surround sound content down to stereo in order to play it. To find out more about the SP8YA soundbar, make sure to visit our LG SP8YA review today.

Despite featuring a 5.0.2 channel speaker setup, the Sonos Arc soundbar has a slightly better soundstage and Dolby Atmos performance compared to the LG SP9YA….

Despite featuring a 5.0.2 channel speaker setup, the Sonos Arc soundbar has a slightly better soundstage and Dolby Atmos performance compared to the LG SP9YA. The Sonos soundbar can also be upgraded with additional speakers. However, the LG soundbar does have a better bass output, thanks to its dedicated subwoofer unit, and it features audio equalizer presets for better customization.

Featuring a 7.1.2 channel speaker setup, the Samsung HW-Q900A performs a bit better than the LG SP9YA soundbar in regards to the soundstage and Dolby…

Featuring a 7.1.2 channel speaker setup, the Samsung HW-Q900A performs a bit better than the LG SP9YA soundbar in regards to the soundstage and Dolby Atmos. It also has a built-in microphone with native Amazon Alexa support to double as a smart speaker, unlike the SP9YA soundbar. And at 98.3 dB, the Samsung soundbar gets much louder than the LG system (91.8 dB) with fewer compression artifacts at the max volume. However, the LG soundbar does have a much better build quality and supports Chromecast.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Depth

5.7"

4.7"

4.56"

5.4"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

No

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.2"

2.2"

3.43"

2.7"

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Optional (sold separately)

Included

Surround Sound Supported

Dolby Atmos, DTS:X

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

Dolby Atmos

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

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Score Card

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The LG SP9YA is great for mixed usage. With its room correction feature, it offers… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Which?
    58.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    LG promises ‘powerful and immersive audio’ with the SP9YA soundbar. With its detachable speakers and… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    “The LG SP9YA Soundbar turns any room into an immersive, Dolby Atmos-powered home theater.” Read More

    By:

    Simon Cohen
  • Choice
    38.9

    Category Trust Rating

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    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

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    Unknown
  • Techhive
    38.97

    Category Trust Rating

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    While the SP9YA’s status as a true 5.1.2 soundbar is debatable, its robust, full-bodied sound… Read More

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    Ben Patterson

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