As you may have noticed in the title of this article, it is dedicated to the analysis of the LG sound bar, the SN9Y. It was born from a partnership between the South Korean company and Meridian, which is used to providing material with great fidelity and performance. And this LG SN9Y is a good example of their excellence, because it has Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, 520W of total power, in something very simple to configure, because “only” is made up of two parts, the sound bar itself and the subwoofer.
In addition, the subwoofer has a wireless connection to the soundbar, which gives you greater installation flexibility. And although we haven’t tested this feature, it is possible to install a rear speaker kit, also wireless, which turns it into a 7.1.2 system.
In terms of connectivity, we have HMDI input and HDMI output, so you can connect this soundbar directly to your operator box, game console or any other source if you want while also offering ARC and e- ARC to connect a cable to the TV. There is also an optical port, USB, Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G and 5G).
LG offers extensive audio format support with this SN9G, so you can use it to watch any kind of content, but also as a high fidelity audio system that supports high resolution up to 24bit / 192kHz . Of course, it deals with Dolby Atmos as well as the immersive DTS: X 3D audio formats. It is also compatible with Dolby True HD. Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD high resolution surround sound, and LPCM.
Its equalizer has eight different sound modes, which the user can use at any time: ACS (Adaptive Sound Control), Standard (with Meridian), Music, Bass Blast, Bass Blast +, Movie (Dolby Surround), DTS: X and Dolby Atmos. In addition, its AI environment calibration adapts the sound output of this sound bar, in order to optimize its performance within its exclusive space. And believe me, it’s worth using it because it makes all the difference when we use it.
This sound bar also comes with a control so that we can interact with it. Plus, you can use voice commands to control it, but that’s something we definitely haven’t tested, but Google Assistant is there.
LG SN9Y: how does it sound?
This premium sound bar from LG offers an immersive listening experience. It is able to project an immersive sound field for movies while making stereo music dynamic and immersive sound. Of course, there are physical limits to what a soundbar can do, but what you can go beyond what you might expect if you only know about “cheap” soundbars? .
Having great sound with the SN9YG is easy and more than likely from the moment you turn it on. You can just choose to just set it to “Standard” mode (with Meridian sound) for everything, but in our tests we found that in movies it’s best to use the dedicated mode for movies, as that makes all the difference. Dedicated Movie Mode and Bass Blast Mode totally changed the sound I was playing into something much more to my liking. However, in games, for example when playing on PlayStation, I have found the standard mode more appropriate. Obviously, this is all a personal taste, so I find it very important that your EQ has multiple modes.
Standard mode also supports surround sound, so unless you prefer the sound in some other way, this is the mode that is used most often on this soundbar.
As for the subwoofer, I can only say wonders, as it fits in perfectly, delivering a powerful bass that really surprises with its impact.
It was probably the best soundbar I have ever tested, and its sound is really awesome, because it offers both energetic and precise sound, and shows great versatility. So, it sounds great in any situation, whether they’re watching a movie, listening to music, or just playing games.
Its bass is excellent, the mids and treble are dynamic and allow to have a really faithful sound. No matter what you want to hear, the sound field of this sound bar is sure to impress.
The only downside I can find on this LG SN9Y is probably its price, as we are talking about around € 800. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, each of us decides, but quality usually comes at a price.
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