LG’s SL8YG soundbar fulfills the objective of delivering higher sound than what your TV’s puny audio system places out, and it goes one step additional, providing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound from a single speaker and a wi-fi subwoofer. Once it’s arrange correctly—and also you’re sitting in the suitable spot—it sounds actually good. It has different limitations, nevertheless, which might be shocking at its value level.


The LG SL8YG soundbar measures 41.7 x 2.2 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD) and weighs in at a hefty 9.7 kilos. You can mount it on the wall with the included mounting brackets or just place it on the stand in entrance of the TV. The sub is comparatively compact at 8.7 x 15.4 x 12.3 inches (WxHxD) with a weight of 17.2 kilos. The sub connects to the soundbar wirelessly utilizing a devoted 5GHz protocol, so it may be simply positioned anyplace within the room. Of course, each models should be plugged into an AC energy outlet.

As I discussed on the outset, the SL8YG provides Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio, which reproduces sounds coming from varied instructions, together with overhead. Atmos and DTS:X can make the most of many configurations of audio system round and above the listener; on this case, there are three entrance channels and two overhead channels. Including the subwoofer, this is called a 3.1.2 configuration (three entrance channels, one subwoofer channel, two overhead channels). The overhead channels depend on speaker drivers aimed on the ceiling, which displays the sound again all the way down to the listener. Of course, the ceiling should be flat and reflective for this to be efficient.


In this shot, you possibly can clearly see the 2 up-firing audio system, which beam the overhead channels to the ceiling, the place they’re mirrored down towards the listener.

A complete of eight drivers are housed within the sealed soundbar enclosure. Each of the three entrance channels are reproduced by a 0.8-inch silk-dome tweeter and a 1.6 x 3.9-inch woofer, whereas two 2.5-inch, upward-facing drivers reproduce the overhead channels. The entrance left and proper drivers are powered by 50 watts every, whereas the middle and overhead drivers get 40W every. My solely quibble right here is that the middle channel ought to get at the least as a lot energy because the entrance left and proper, because it reproduces a lot of the dialog, making it an important channel of all.

The ported subwoofer cupboard homes a 7-inch driver powered by a 220W amp. According to LG, its frequency response extends from 35Hz to 160Hz, the place the soundbar takes over and reproduces frequencies all the way in which as much as 40kHz (±3dB).

You can add a pair of non-obligatory encompass audio system to create a 5.1.2 system. The SPK8-S bundle ($179.99) comes with two encompass audio system and a wi-fi receiver that connects to the audio system with wires, so the receiver must be positioned close to the audio system. These are included within the picture up high, though they weren’t part of this assessment. I want these encompass audio system had upfiring drivers as nicely to type a 5.1.4 system; I strongly want 4 overhead channels fairly than two such channels.

High-resolution audio is all the trend nowadays, and the SL8YG helps as much as 96kHz/24-bit digital audio. It can even upsample decrease resolutions to 24 bits. LG partnered with British high-end audio firm Meridian to develop superior sign processing and refine the {hardware} design to take most benefit of high-res audio.

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Thanks to a collaboration with Meridian, the SL8YG helps high-resolution audio.

Supported lossless audio codecs embody PCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, WAV, and FLAC. In addition, the SL8YG helps all the principle lossy codecs, together with Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, MP3, AAC, and AAC+.

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