LG SJ9

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

At­mos-ca­pa­ble model, and promi­nently sub­woofer.

This makes it per­haps the most min­i­mal 5.1.2 speaker setup you can get at the mo­ment; some­thing that should be re­ally en­tic­ing to home­own­ers with small spa­ces. As with the RSB-14, the sub­woofer and sound­bar con­nected to each other wire­lessly once turned on.

The LG SJ9 sup­ports High Res­o­lu­tion Au­dio (HRA) play­back, and comes with 24bit up­scal­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties that are said to bring 16bit/48kHz qual­ity. It also sup­ports both Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth stream­ing, plus stream­ing ser­vices like Spo­tify. Lis­ten­ing to a record­ing of Un­der The

Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers, we were im­pressed with the sense of nat­u­ral­ness the speaker im­bued to the piece. The gui­tar so­los sound great, and Anthony Kiedis’ vo­cals are front and center of the piece.

The sound­bar also seemed to pro­vide the most ro­bust sound out of all the speak­ers in this shootout, with good de­liv­ery on the lower mid to bass range. So, it’s no sur­prise that it did best with Tiesto’s

El­e­ments of Life in our for­mal mu­sic test­ing. The sys­tem man­aged to cre­ate a nice mid-sized sound­stage that dy­nam­ics, and showed good ca­pa­bil­i­ties with the higher mid sec­tions too. This is get you mov­ing.

Movie test­ing is where the truly came into play, the sound­bar man­ages to con­vey the di­rec­tional sense of sound that’s so touted by Dolby. When watch­ing the clip from Un­bro­ken, we thought the speak­ers de­liv­ered good re­al­ism, though we did wish it did a bit of a bet­ter job of cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of be­ing sur­rounded. De­spite the ‘over­head’ au­dio was less pro­nounced than we would have liked.

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