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    LG SN8YG review: A feature-packed soundbar that doesn’t neglect the basics

    The 3.1.2-channel LG SN8YG soundbar ticks lots of our favourite bins, together with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based sound, eARC help for lossless audio, room calibration, and built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant.

    More importantly, the $800 SN8YG doesn’t skimp on sonic fundamentals, paying particular consideration to the mid-range audio that too lots of its opponents are likely to gloss over. While its flat sound signature received’t enchantment to all tastes and it lacks soundstage-boosting side-firing drives, the LG SN8YG’s full, wealthy audio high quality nails the fundamentals.

    This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best soundbars, the place you’ll discover opinions of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must think about when buying.

    Configuration

    The LG SN8YG is a 3.1.2-channel soundbar that features the usual left, heart, proper, and low-frequency channels (the “3.1”) in addition to two peak channels (the “.2” on the finish) for immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound. If you would like, you possibly can flip the 440-watt SN8YG right into a full-on 5.1.2 system by including LG’s optional SPK8-S wireless surround speaker kit. (LG didn’t provide the SPK8-S for testing.)

    The SN8YG’s left, heart, and proper channels every have one 40 x 100mm woofer and one 20mm silk tweeter dome, whereas a pair of two.5-inch drivers provide the sound for the peak channels. Finally, the wi-fi subwoofer homes a 7-inch driver.

    The SN8YG’s upfiring drivers work by bouncing pontificate your ceiling, an appealingly straightforward and cheap different to putting in peak audio system in your ceiling. There is a catch in terms of upfiring drivers for 3D audio codecs corresponding to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, nevertheless: you could have the best ceiling. A flat ceiling between 7.5 and 14 toes is right, in accordance with Dolby, whereas vaulted ceilings will mar the impact.

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    The LG SN8YG’s two up-firing drivers ship the peak results for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks.

    The foremost soundbar unit measures 41.7 x 2.2 x 4.7 inches, a comparatively low profile that shouldn’t block the underside fringe of most TVs when the soundbar is sitting in entrance. Even with my 55-inch LG C9 OLED TV, a notoriously low-slung set, the highest of the SN8YG’s housing barely grazed the C9’s backside edge, not sufficient to offer me any trouble (and I’m a stickler for something that blocks the margins of my TV display screen).

    The design of the SN8YG’s foremost housing is just about equivalent to that of LG’s 2019 soundbars, together with the SL10RG that I reviewed last year. Unlike some soundbars which might be lined in cloth, the SN8YG’s naked shell exposes each the entrance speaker grille in addition to the highest round grilles for the dual upfiring drivers. While the brushed prime of the SN8YG seems to be fashionable, it additionally tends to replicate shiny photos from the TV, though I by no means discovered the reflections to be unduly distracting.

    Setup

    Getting the SN8YG up and operating was, for me a minimum of, a painless operation. You can place the soundbar instantly in entrance of your TV or mount it on a wall; mounting brackets, a screw equipment, and a mounting information are included. I opted to easily place the soundbar in entrance of my TV.

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