Dolby Atmos soundbars are the current superstars of the audio world, and having auditioned models from Samsung and Sony, Life Beyond Sport now get to see what LG can do. The Korean giant explodes onto the scene with a feature-packed Atmos bar that chugs 5.1.2 channels of expansive audio goodness into your living room without clogging up the place with speakers.
LG SJ9 – Design
With its extra Atmos hardware, the SJ9 is deeper and bulkier than the super-slim SJ8, but still sits lower than the Samsung HW-K850 and never threatens to block my TV’s remote sensor. At a whopping 1.2m wide it’s designed for TVs 55in and above, and styled to match LG’s 2017 screens.
It’s actually the most attractive Atmos bar to date, sporting a gunmetal grey finish, aluminium grilles and curved ends that follow the curve of the up-firing Atmos speakers. The look is enhanced by three silver strips running along the bottom and top-mounted speaker grilles that hint at the Atmos excitement ahead.
Wisely, LG keeps clutter to a minimum by placing the buttons on the rear, with corresponding icons on top. They include volume, source selection, Wi-Fi and multiroom setup. A decent-sized LED display on the front keeps you abreast of inputs, sound modes and volume.
The accompanying subwoofer gets a high living room acceptance rating with its cloth-covered edges and curved corners. Crucially, its compact size and wireless connectivity should make it easy to place in the room. It’s solid and stable, which bodes well for its bass capabilities.
It’s an immensely powerful soundbar, attacking effects with gusto and generating a huge Atmos soundstage that reaches high and wide.
LG SJ9 – Performance
The sound is anchored by deep and well-integrated bass from the wireless sub and peppered with crisp high-frequency detail. That all adds up to a wildly entertaining sound, which knocks the slimmer SJ8 into the proverbial cocked hat. It’s attractively styled and packed with features, allowing you to stream music from a wide range of sources.
LG’s dazzling Dolby Atmos soundbar sends excitement levels soaring with its powerful, expansive sound, backed by generous streaming functionality and a glamorous design.