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LG SPD7Y Review

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The LG SPD7Y is a budget soundbar for Tv audio upgrade offering clear dialogues, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos. It’s suitable for small spaces and casual movie viewing, but the high HDMI latency and poor surround sound, and Atmos result in subpar immersion.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG SPD7Y is a mid-range 3.1.2 channel soundbar that was first released back in 2021, and it boasts Dolby Atmos support to offer an extremely wide soundstage.

Similar to the most popular speakers in the industry, it boasts an exceptionally flat frequency response slope to deliver crystal clear vocals and dialogues.

It also comes with a dedicated wireless subwoofer that connects via Bluetooth (the only available wireless pairing option as it lacks Wi-Fi, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay) for boomy bass, just like the best soundbars in the market available today.

It has a somewhat high audio latency which can be problematic, especially for gamers. However, if you are sensitive to audio delay, check out our LG SP11RA review today.

And if you need Wi-Fi, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay support, make sure to check out our LG SP9YA review. Its wired connectivity options consist of a full-speed HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) passthrough port, an optical jack, and a USB port for playing back audio files from storage drives.

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG SPD7Y has multiple input ports with a seamless connection. Latency is good on this 3.1.2 setup with eARC (tested at 75ms) and Optical (54ms) but high with HDMI (86ms), leading to syncing issues sometimes.

Although the balanced mid-range delivers clear vocals, the exaggerated bass and underemphasized treble create an imbalanced profile. Even the low bass is weak, lacking rumbles during action scenes.

The soundstage has the bar’s width, but the downmixed surround sound isn’t accurate, and Atmos lack precision.

The easy-to-use remote offers control over volume, EQ, surround sound, and more. Connection quality is smooth with the cables and Bluetooth (subwoofer), the system is responsive to commands, and the EQ is adjustable through the remote or smartphone app.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Seamless wired connection
  • No odd sounds or static from the speakers
  • Moderate latency with eARC and Optical
  • Balanced mids
  • Simple remote
  • Sturdy build
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Smartphone app

Reason to Avoid

  • High latency (HDMI)
  • Exaggerated bass
  • Underemphasized treble
  • Weak low bass for deep rumbles
  • Poor surround sound
  • Weak Atmos
  • Frail fabric coverings

LG SPD7Y 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 Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight7.1 lbs
WidthWidth39.4"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control, Smartphone app, Wi-Fi

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Market Context

The LG SPD7Y is a mid-range 3.1.2 channel soundbar that was first released back in 2021, and it boasts Dolby Atmos support to offer an…

The LG SPD7Y is a mid-range 3.1.2 channel soundbar that was first released back in 2021, and it boasts Dolby Atmos support to offer an extremely wide soundstage.

Similar to the most popular speakers in the industry, it boasts an exceptionally flat frequency response slope to deliver crystal clear vocals and dialogues.

It also comes with a dedicated wireless subwoofer that connects via Bluetooth (the only available wireless pairing option as it lacks Wi-Fi, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay) for boomy bass, just like the best soundbars in the market available today.

It has a somewhat high audio latency which can be problematic, especially for gamers. However, if you are sensitive to audio delay, check out our LG SP11RA review today.

And if you need Wi-Fi, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay support, make sure to check out our LG SP9YA review. Its wired connectivity options consist of a full-speed HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) passthrough port, an optical jack, and a USB port for playing back audio files from storage drives.

Although the LG SP7Y comes with a much more comprehensive set of 5.1 channel speakers, it has a narrower soundstage than the LG SPD7Y soundbar….

Although the LG SP7Y comes with a much more comprehensive set of 5.1 channel speakers, it has a narrower soundstage than the LG SPD7Y soundbar. The 3.1.2 channel SPD7Y soundbar features two upward-firing speakers that enable Dolby Atmos, which the SP7Y does not have.

Being 3.1.2 channel soundbars, both the Samsung HW-Q600A and the LG SPD7Y soundbars perform remarkably similarly in all regards. However, the HW-Q600A soundbar does have…

Being 3.1.2 channel soundbars, both the Samsung HW-Q600A and the LG SPD7Y soundbars perform remarkably similarly in all regards. However, the HW-Q600A soundbar does have a slightly better build quality than the SPD7Y.

The LG SPD7Y soundbar has a far wider soundstage than the Sony HT-G700, thanks to its 3.1.2 channel speaker setup. The LG soundbar also boasts…

The LG SPD7Y soundbar has a far wider soundstage than the Sony HT-G700, thanks to its 3.1.2 channel speaker setup. The LG soundbar also boasts a more comprehensive user interface that is intuitive, easy to navigate, and includes many audio customization options and enhancement settings like bass and treble adjustment, which the HT-G700 lacks. However, the Sony soundbar does have a slightly tighter frequency response slope, which results in clearer vocals and dialogue output.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

4.1"

4.1"

4.1"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

na

Energy Star Certified

No

No

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

2.5"

2.3"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1.2

5.1

3.1.2

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Included

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Expert Score

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True Score

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    The LG SPD7Y soundbar is satisfactory for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a boomy sound… read more

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