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LG SP11RA 7.1.4-Channel Soundbar (2021) w/ Wireless Subwoofer & Rear Speakers

NEX score 65%

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Product Overview

LG SP11RA is the flagship 7.1.4-channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speakers in LG's 2021 lineup. Success to the SN11RG from 2020, the SP11RA is an incremental update, sharing with the former the same driver setup and power output.
This, however, does not mean that the SP11RA is not a compelling option. It retains the wireless rear speakers and wireless subwoofers as well as the most complete set of digital audio processing programs.
Like other premium soundbars in LG's lineup, the SP11RA features Meridian Audio speakers as well as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in for voice control.
Other soundbar in LG's 2021 lineup include the 5.1-channel SP7Y, the 3.1.2-channel SPD7Y and SP8YA, and the 5.1.2-channel SP9YA.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Large, open and detailed sound stage
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
  • Good audio processing
Cons
  • Sound lacks subtlety

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb build quality
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Supports surround content and Dolby Atmos content
Cons
  • Not as effective with music as it is with movies
  • No graphic EQ
  • Lacks a full graphic EQ for sound customization
  • No HDR10+ support
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Bass can be a little heavy
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Rear Speaker
Rear Speakers
Subwoofer

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI 2.1 | [Output] 1x Optical + 1x USB + 2x HDMI 2.1
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0 + WiFi

Construction

Colors
Black
Drivers
15 drivers
Drivers | Subwoofer
7"
Drivers | Tweeter
20mm silk dome
Drivers | Woofer
40x100mm
Form Factor
Soundbar with wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speakers
Loudspeaker Type
Closed
SubwooferLoudspeaker Type
Base reflex
Material
Metal Grille
SubwooferMaterial
Jersey / Wood

Dimensions

Size | Depth
146 mm
SubwooferSize | Depth
312.8 mm
Rear SpeakerSize | Depth
191.2 mm
Size | Height
63 mm
SubwooferSize | Height
390 mm
Rear SpeakerSize | Height
211.5 mm
Size | Width
1443 mm
SubwooferSize | Width
221 mm
Rear SpeakerSize | Width
130 mm
Weight
7.2 kg
SubwooferWeight
7.8 kg
Rear SpeakerWeight
5.2 kg

Function

Audio
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC / AAC
Channels
7.1.4 channel
Voice Assistance
Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

Performance

Impedance
Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R: 4 ohms | Rear L/R, Rear Top L/R, Subwoofer: 3 ohms
Max Sound Level
Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Rear L/R: 82 dB | Rear Top L/R: 83 dB |
SubwooferMax Sound Level
85 dB
Power Consumption
75 W
SubwooferPower Consumption
38 W
Rear SpeakersPower Consumption
20 W
Power Output
770W (2x 50W front + 1x 50W center + 2x 50W surround + 2x 50W top + 2x 50W rear + 2x 50W rear top + 220W subwoofer

Production

Accessory
Wireless Rear Speakers: SPK8-S | Remote: RAV21
Availability
2021-04
Debut
2021-01 (CES 2021)
Made In
China
SubwooferModel Name
SPP8-W
Rear SpeakerModel Name
SPP11-SL / -SR

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External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The LG SP11RA soundbar is impressive for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce voices clearly and with detail. Its discrete center channel helps to accurately localize dialogue to a pinpoint location. It also supports surround content as well as Dolby Atmos content, which is handy for movie fans.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments
  • Supports surround content and Dolby Atmos content
  • Bluetooth 4.0
Cons
  • No graphic EQ
  • Lacks a full graphic EQ for sound customization

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The SP11RA sounds almost unfeasibly good. Sound distribution is expertly controlled to create a convincing and immersive sense of three-dimensional space. Effects placement is particularly good versus most if not all rival Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Music mode that activates the Meridian Horizon processing doesn't sound as good as we'd hoped. With film soundtracks the AI Sound Pro mode makes the soundbar sound louder, with a more expansive dynamic range.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Superb build quality
  • Excellent sound quality
Cons
  • No HDR10+ support
  • No Dolby Vision

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The SP11RA delivers a much more convincing full surround sound experience than the vast majority of rival soundbars, regardless of how big your room is. While dialogue is exceptionally clear, occasionally it can sound a little trapped in and narrow – as if it’s coming from slightly below the picture. Hard impact sounds don’t always hit with the potency they could.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Dolby Atmos-like/object-based sound
  • Great build quality
Cons
  • Bass can be a little heavy
  • Not as effective with music as it is with movies

whathifi[4]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The SP11RA is a big improvement from last year's SN11RG. It's easy to listen to, creating an even, immersive listening experience and, while you may have to give up some space to house it, its connectivity spec is one of the most comprehensive we've seen. ‘Music' mode that benefits from tuning courtesy of Meridian, with whom LG has collaborated to enhance its audio products since 2018.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Vibrant, detailed sound
  • Dolby Atmos support
Cons
  • No separate sub

User Reviews

References

1. ^ LG SP11RA Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/lg/sp11ra. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
2. ^ LG SP11RA review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lg-sp11ra. 2021-09-09. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
3. ^ LG SP11RA Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/lg-sp11ra. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ LG SP11RA review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/lg-sp11ra. 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2021-06-19.

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