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.