LG High Resolution Audio Sound Bar

Last updated date: June 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the LG LG High Resolution Audio Sound Bar placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.9
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
588 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The LG SJ9 is the most affordable Dolby Atmos sound bar system on the market, at least in the US. Home theater sound is dynamic and thrilling. Compatibility with Google Chromecast and 4K HDR offers some degree of flexibility and future-proofing.
- CNET
June 23, 2017 | Full review
Spectacularly powerful sound and LED display. It has remarkably compact design and chromecast support built in.
- Tech Radar
June 9, 2017 | Full review
It’s an immensely powerful soundbar, attacking effects with gusto and generating a huge Atmos soundstage that reaches high and wide. 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.
- Trusted Reviews
July 28, 2017 | Full review
Includes CTA certification to play high-resolution audio at the proper quality level with 24-bit upsampling. Offers Chromecast built-in streaming option. 500 watts of power. Includes support for audio found in 4K video with HDCP 2.2 compatibility. Has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options for streaming music.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
The LG SJ9’s subwoofer makes a lot of bass, but definition is only so-so. The sound isn't very refined when playing music. The 'bar lacks DTS:X or DTS-HD Master Audio compatibility. No surround speakers included.
- CNET
June 23, 2017 | Full review
Only one HDMI input and HDMI handshake issues. Limited rear/overhead channel effects.
- Tech Radar
June 9, 2017 | Full review
I experienced problems streaming from my NAS drive, and the inclusion of a single HDMI input is a tad stingy for an expensive flagship soundbar. DTS:X support would also have been nice. Otherwise, the superb SJ9 is a great advert for Dolby Atmos and a terrific introduction to the delights of 3D audio.
- Trusted Reviews
July 28, 2017 | Full review
Extremely high price tag versus other types of soundbars. Complex setup.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Bring the high-end cinema experience home. The SJ9 starts with Dolby Atmos three-dimensional surround, then adds CTA-certified high-resolution music playback with 24-bit upsampling plus the convenience of Chromecast built-in streaming. Ultra HD video is supported as well, via 4K pass-through.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Sonos Playbar
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Sonos Playbase
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
3. VIZIO 28-Inch Sound bar
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
4. LG High Resolution Audio Sound Bar
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Sony Sound Bar Speaker
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Samsung Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Sony Ultra-slim 300W HTCT290 Sound bar
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 3
9. TaoTronics Sound Bar
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Polk Soundbar
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 10

An Overview On Soundbars

Now that you can order a film at the press of a button, movie night has moved from the cineplex to living rooms. For that reason, it’s likely no surprise that consumers report they’d rather watch a movie at home than leave the house. But getting the same experience at home as you do in a theater can be challenging.

Even if you take advantage of the low prices on high-quality big-screen TVs, duplicating true movie theater surround sound can get expensive. In recent years, soundbars have advanced to the point where they now can simulate surround sound for a fraction of the cost of a speaker set. But one soundbar can differ dramatically from another, so it’s important to do your research before you buy.

Soundbars can range in price, but you’re sure to find one that fits within your budget. When shopping for soundbars, pay close attention to the range of tones you’ll get. Some soundbars can’t handle bass as well as others, even when they’re promising the best sound quality.

Once you get your soundbar home, you’ll generally be on your own to make it work with your existing systems. One of the best things you can do is take note of the equipment you already have and make sure the soundbar you choose is compatible. Many of today’s speakers use Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to eliminate unsightly wires. So if you have an older TV or receiver, you may find the soundbar you’ve bought won’t connect.

Finally, stop to think about where you’ll set up your new soundbar, as well as any speakers you plan to add on to it. There are soundbars you can mount on the wall, while there are many others that can set on your furniture in front of your TV. Whichever option you choose, note the dimensions of your soundbar in advance to ensure you know how much room it will take up.

DYWM Fun Fact

As you set up your home theater, it’s important to consider the size of your room. Soundbars are more than adequate for smaller rooms. But if your home theater is in a large basement or an oversized bonus room, you’re likely going to find that you need additional speakers to truly immerse your audience with sound. This is also true if you’re a movie buff who expects to feel like you’re on the Millennium Falcon, not just watching it on a screen. But many soundbars are designed for add-ons, so you should be able to build your home theater gradually if you aren’t quite ready to jump in fully just yet.

The Soundbar Buying Guide

  • If your soundbar doesn’t sound good, there’s no point in even having one. If you’re going for the best sound, consider either the Sonos Playbar or Sonos Playbase. Both have great sound and great ranges. However, the Sonos Playbase performs better in the deeper ranges, with bass you can feel in your chest.
  • For those interested in building a true home theater, adding on extra speakers is the key to success. Sonos allows you to easily buy extra speakers to connect to your soundbar. The Sonos Playbar does best with this, letting you expand to a true 5.1 wireless sound system. Even without extra speakers, though, Sonos does a better job at simulating surround sound, while VIZIO’s soundbar struggles with that.
  • Setup can be intimidating if you don’t consider yourself a tech guru. The TaoTronics soundbar is among the easiest to use, whether you’re wiring it up or using its Bluetooth-pairing capabilities. Sonos can be tricky to set up, especially when it comes to pairing with other equipment.
  • One of the biggest concerns when shopping for any speaker is where it will be. The Sonos Playbar is designed to hang on a wall, but it can also rest in front of your TV. The Sonos Playbase can be mounted, but it looks great in front of your TV. If you’re limited on space, you may want to avoid any soundbar that comes with a separate subwoofer that you’ll need to place.
  • If you’re looking for the smallest soundbar, the Sonos Playbase is the shortest, at only 2.28 inches tall.
  • One size benefit to the Sonos Playbar is that it can be easily mounted horizontally or vertically, with the sensor automatically adjusting the sound depending on how you’ve oriented it.
  • If you have an Amazon product that uses Alexa, Sonos soundbars have an additional benefit in that you can connect them to your device and play music on command.
  • With Sonos soundbars, you’ll have access to an app that you can then use to control your speakers. However, the Sonos Playbar and Playbase don’t come with a remote control, which means you’ll need a universal remote if you can’t connect it to an existing smart remote. The TaoTronics soundbar comes with a remote, but it’s a bit bulky. You’ll also need to have two AAA batteries on hand since they aren’t included in the box.
  • If you plan to regularly switch the sound from your soundbar to your TV, note that there have been some complaints with the Sonos Playbar that the shift can be tricky at times.
  • The TaoTronics soundbar is built to last with durable ABS plastic beneath the soft cloth cover. Although the Sonos soundbars are durable, if you choose the white model of the Playbase, be aware that it can scratch easily.
  • When it comes to price, you’re going to pay much more for some soundbars than other speakers. Be sure to consider whether you’ll also need to pay for separate speakers. In some instances, the price may also include a subwoofer, so keep that in mind.