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LG SP8YA 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer

MSRP 800 USDExt score 68%

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Product Overview

LG SP8YA is a midrange 3.1.2-channel soundbar with wireless subwoofer. It can be considered a variant of the SP7Y in the same 2021 LG soundbar lineup: With the same number of drivers, the SP8YA has a more robust build and is marginally larger. While the SP7Y has side virtual surround drivers, the SP8YA trades them for front height drivers.
It is the successor to the SN8YG from 2020.
Like other 2021 LG soundbars that do not come with rear speakers, the SP8YA can be complemented by LG's SPK8 wireless rear speakers to reproduce an authentic surround sound experience.
In terms of sound processing, the SP8YA supports DTS:X on as well as Meridian Audio Technology. It also comes with support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple AirPlay 2.
Other soundbar in LG's 2021 lineup include the 3.1.2-channel SPD7Y, the 5.1.2-channel SP9YA, and the range-topping 7.1.4-channel SP11RA.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Lots of sound enhancement features
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • Lacks Chromecast built-in

What external reviewers found***

Ext 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous, expansive soundstage
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Dolby Atmos and HDR10+ support
  • Lots of wireless playback options
  • Bass-heavy sound profile
Cons
  • Not as precise as Sonos Arc
  • Doesn't sound very immersive
  • Downmixes surround content into stereo
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Specifications

Connectivity

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

Construction

Drivers
6 drivers
Form Factor
Soundbar with wireless subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
4.7 inch
Size | Height
2.2 inch
Size | Width
41.7 inch
Weight
9.7 lbs

Function

Audio
DTS:X, Hi-Resolution Audio, AI Sound Pro, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Digital Surround
Channels
3.1.2 channel
Voice Assistance
Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

Performance

Power Consumption
45W (bar) + 38W (subwoofer)
Power Output
440W (2x 40W front + 2x 50W front height + 1x 40W center + 1x 220W wireless subwoofer)

Production

Accessory
Wireless Rear Speakers: SPK8-S
Debut
2021-01 (CES 2021)
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The LG SP8YA is very good for mixed usage. With its room correction feature turned on, it offers a bass-heavy sound profile. There are also lots of sound customization features available, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. However, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound very immersive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bass-heavy sound profile
  • Lots of wireless playback options
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • Downmixes surround content into stereo
  • Doesn't sound very immersive

whathifi[2]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The SP8YA has fewer channels and less power than its flagship sibling. It doesn't feel like a massive step down, and there's actually more focus and punch to action scenes. The rear surrounds could be an easy way to improve its immersive abilities. There are better Dolby Atmos performers, such as the Sonos Arc and the Dali Katch One.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, expansive soundstage
  • Dolby Atmos and HDR10+ support
Cons
  • Not as precise as Sonos Arc

User Reviews

References

1. ^ LG SP8YA Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/lg/sp8ya. 2021-05-17. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
2. ^ LG SP8YA Dolby Atmos soundbar review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/lg-sp8ya-dolby-atmos-soundbar. 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2021-08-06.

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