TVs come with built-in speakers that deliver decent quality audio output, but for a truly immersive audio experience, you may want to add a soundbar to your home entertainment setup. If you are looking for a good soundbar to match the brilliant pictures from your new TV, LG has some great options to suit every budget. LG has the best soundbars for your TV in Nigeria from the LG SP9A with support for Dolby Atmos to the budget LG SK1 that comes in a compact design.
What is a Soundbar?
A Soundbar is an integrated speaker system that sits below your TV to deliver immersive audio output. Unlike traditional Home theater systems that come with multiple independent speakers connected with cables, soundbars do away with the clutter with multiple speakers and amplifier housed in an elegant shell sitting below your TV looking clean and saving a lot of space.
The best soundbars for your TV will also offer additional speakers (subwoofer) that you place at the back or by the side of your favorite watching position for a truly immersive audio experience that gives the impression that you are in the middle of the action.
Most LG Soundbars in Nigeria and Africa come with this extra speaker which enriches the bass output and working together with the main soundbar delivers an impressive audio experience.
Why you need a Soundbar?
You have bought a brand new 4K TV with bright and captivating images, but is the sound matching the picture quality? The truth is that no matter how premium your TV is, the built-in speaker will always have limitations due to design constraints.
As TVs get thinner and more stylish, the space for the built-in speakers is getting smaller limiting the size and capability of the speakers that the engineers can incorporate in the device.
This means that an external speaker system might be necessary if you want a truly immersive sound.
Of course, you can go for a traditional home theater system, but the number of speakers (up to 5 to 10 speakers) can be a challenge if you don’t have the space. In addition, multiple speakers scattered around the viewing area with their connecting wires can create a lot of clutter.
This is where a soundbar comes in. A soundbar system will offer you home theater experience without the clutter and is the best choice (if not the only choice) when space economy is a priority.
Models like the LG SP9A and the LG SPD7Y supporting Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and HDMI eARC will deliver impeccable sound without the clutter.
The best soundbars for your TV will support Dolby Atmos which is a premium immersive audio technology. These models will give the best experience when watching movies and gaming.
What you need to know before Buying a Soundbar?
For the best result, you need to buy a soundbar that is a good match for your TV. For example, there is no need buying a soundbar with Dolby Atmos capability if your TV does not support it. Soundbars with Dolby Atmos are more expensive so it will be a waste spending extra for a technology that you cannot use, except you want to future-proof the soundbar in case you buy a Dolby Atmos capable TV in future.
The best soundbars for your TV will come with an extra subwoofer as this will offer deep bass to your setup for a more detailed sound output.
Perhaps, the most important feature to lookout for when buying a soundbar is the number of output channels (i.e. the number of speakers) and their placement. You will usually see numbers like 2.1, 3.1, 7.1, or 5.1.2 channels being used to describe a soundbar. What do these mean?
For example, the LG SN5 is a 2.1 channel soundbar. The first number (i.e. 2), tells you the number of main speakers in the soundbar while, the second number (i.e. 1) tells you the number of subwoofers. Most soundbars will provide one subwoofer.
This means that the LG SNH5, which is described as a 4.1 channel soundbar will offer four main speakers and one subwoofer.
Some soundbars will add a third number that tells you the number of upward firing speakers provided. The upward firing speakers fires sounds to the ceiling where they bounce back to where you are providing full 3D sound coverage for a truly immersive audio experience.
So, the LG SP9A which is a 5.1.2 channel soundbar has eight speaker in total: five main speakers, two upward firing speakers, and one subwoofer, while the LG SPD7Y and LG SP8A, which are both 3.1.2 soundbars offer six speakers: three main speakers, two upward firing speakers, and a subwoofer.
As a rule, the more channels provided by a soundbar the better the quality. The best soundbars for your TV especially if you want premium spatial sound output from Dolby Atmos are the three numbered models. However, always make sure that you confirm that Dolby Atmos is supported on both your TV and soundbar.
Connecting ports are also important, at the very least, the soundbar should support an HDMI port. If your TV supports HDMI 2.1, matching it with a soundbar that also supports HDMI 2.1 will be a bonus as this will ensure it supports HDMI eARC which means it is capable of handling a wider audio range considerably improving the quality of the audio output.
The best soundbars for your TV will also have wireless wireless subwoofers. This ensures you can connect them without giving you the freedom to place it at the perfect place without worrying about how to run wires to them.
If you are looking for a soundbar to buy, LG models are great options to consider. LG has the best soundbars for your TV irrespective of your budget. We look at some of them below.
Best LG Soundbars
1. LG SP9A
The LG SP9A is a 5.1.2 channel soundbar. It comes with a 220W wireless subwoofer that is easy to setup and deliver great sound quality. It supports all the latest HDMI technology like HDMI eARC, which means it is equipped to handle high resolution audio. Expect very detailed audio output with up to 24 bits/192Hz high definition audio support.
The support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X among others ensures a truly immersive audio experience. It offers two HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 4K content, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 pass through. This pass through features enables you connect another device to your TV via the soundbar without losing the quality of the video.
Although it comes with its own remote control, you can use your TV remote to control the device. This makes it convenient to use, especially with LG TVs.
Google Assistant and Alexa are also supported, enabling you to use voice control. Chromecast is built-in for streaming. This is no doubt one of the best soundbars you can buy right now.
2. LG SC9S
The SC9S is one of the best soundbars, especially if a premium TV like LG’s C Series OLED TVs or the LG QNED TVs. That said it will work perfectly with any TV that matches its standards.
It is a 3.1.3 channel soundbar and supports all the bells and whistles including HDMI eARC, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X to deliver a 3D cinematic experience. The soundbar offers pass through for 4K 120Hz, Dolby Vision, and HDR10.
Support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and auto low-latency mode (ALLM) makes this a good choice for gamers. Your Sony PlayStation 5, XBox Series X, XBox Series S, and even your PC gaming machine will be at home with this device.
You can control the soundbar with your TV remote, but LG added a dedicated remote control in the box just in case. A remote App for controlling the soundbar via your android phone or iPhone is available at the PlayStore and App Store respectively.
Compared to the LG SP9A, the LG SC9S falls short of the 24 bits/192Hz audio resolution, but the supported 24 bits/96Hz is still high resolution audio and is good.
3. LG SPD7Y
The LG SPD7Y is of the best soundbars for your TV if you are in the market for a more affordable option that will offer immersive sound in Nigeria. This 3.1.2 channel soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for a great cinematic audio experience.
Need to connect another device to your TV via this soundbar? No worries, because the SPD7Y comes with HDMI 2.1 and supports pass through for HDR10 and Dolby Vision ensuring the TV receives signals of same quality as the input to the soundbar. It supports High Resolution Audio at 24 bits/96Hz.
You can control the device with your TV remote, the included remote, or download the remote app for your phone on the Play Store or App Store.
4. LG Eclair QP5
This is one sweet looking soundbar, but don’t write it off just yet because of its beautiful looks and compact design, it does pack some punch. The LG Eclair QP5 despite the compact design is a 3.1.2 channel soundbar with a wireless bi-directional subwoofer and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to deliver true 3D cinematic experience.
It comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports: one input and one output with support for HDMI eARC and pass through for 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. This is one of the best compact soundbars that you can buy right now. It is a good option is you have limited space and space economy is a priority.
5. LG SP8A
The LG SP8A is one of the best soundbar for your TV. The 3.1.2 channel soundbar supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos for an good quality 3D cinematic experience. It works well for gamers and supports voice control via Google Assistant and Alexa. Apple AirPlay 2 support means you can enjoy music in your iPhone and iPad on this device.
You can seamlessly connect another media source (like a 4K Blu-ray player) to your TV via this device without losing much quality, thanks to support for 4K and HDR10 pass through. Like all the other soundbars featured in this roundup so far, the LG SP8A comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports (one for input the other for output).
It comes with a 220 wireless subwoofer with the entire setup delivering 440W of audio output.
6. LG SNH5
This 4.1 channel soundbar may not feature all the bells and whistle we have seen in the earlier models featured in this lineup. However, its more affordable price makes up for the tradeoff.
You will not enjoy Dolby Atmos and DTS:X on this device, instead, it comes with DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital surround sound and some level of immersive experience. This soundbar can connect to your TV via HDMI, Bluetooth and Optical.
It has an input and output HDMI, but both ports support HDMI 1.4, which means that if you want to use the device to connect ultra high definition content like Dolby Vision from a media source like a 4K Blu-ray to your TV, some of the details will be lost.
The LG SNH5 soundbar comes with a 200W subwoofer, but it not wireless and will need a wired connection, which can come with limitation for placement.
7. LG SN5
This is another affordable option that will enable you enjoy immersive 3D high resolution sound. The LG SN5 2.1 channel soundbar supports DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Digital and can connect to your TV via HDMI, Optical, or Bluetooth. Like the LG SNH5, this soundbar offers two HDMI 1.4 port (one input, one output) with similar limitation.
This is one of the best soundbars for your TV if you are on a budget. The 220W wireless subwoofer is convenient, giving you the freedom to place it where you will get the best output.
LG has a soundbar for every budget that is why we include this 2.0 channel all-in-one soundbar which sells for less than 50,000 Naira in Nigeria. It does not come with any of the bells and whistles, but if your TV sound is very poor, the LG SK1 can be a decent improvement with its dual speaker and Dolby Digital support.
You can connect the TV to your soundbar via Bluetooth and Optical connector. This is one of the best soundbars if you are looking a cheap soundbar to makeup for the poor audio from your TV.
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