LG Electronics LG SJ5 Soundbar – : Improves sound quality, but no discernible difference in functions.

Improves sound quality, but no discernible difference in functions. . I have been sceptical about the need, and efficacy, of soundbars, especially since trying one some months ago which didn’t live up to its promise and was returned for refund. This one by lg, however, does make a difference to the quality of the sound. Whether it’s the addition of the sub-woofer – which the other one didn’t have – i don’t know. Connecting to the television – mine is, coincidentally, an lg model – is easy, once you have acquired the necessary digital optical cable because, surprisingly and annoyingly, lg do not supply one. For a device which retails at £199, the lack of this cable, which costs as little as £3. 00 is just mean and illogical. However, it is simply a matter of connecting the cable to the tv and the soundbar and plugging it in. Plug the sub-woofer in to the mains and pair it to the soundbar. Hey presto – or so we thought.

The first sound bar i have purchased, sounds really good, especially for my mother who is hard of hearing and she couldn’t believe it when she could actually hear the tv and music again. To connect i used a hdmi cable from my samsung tv. Took minimal effort to set up, about 10 mins to set up overall, the bass speaker connected automatically to the main sound bar much to my delight, i actually wasn’t convinced it had done it so i spent unnecessary time checking the instructions just in case. The reason i have not rated it 5 stars is because the bluetooth connectivity isn’t the best, i connected my phone to play music via bluetooth, but every 10 seconds or so it cuts out the music for a split second, or even longer which is a bit irritating.

LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

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  • 2.1 Ch 300 W sound bar – bring the cinema sound home; two speaker drives are innovate placed within the bar to deliver a high quality sound output; enjoy a rich and immersive audio experience which brings to life all of your favourite entertainment
  • High resolution audio – a standard of sound quality; with enhanced Audio Processing technology delivering sound of 24 bit/192 kHz quality you have some of the components available for Hi-Res audio; now you can listen to studio standards of sound with lossless playback, experiencing a high level of audio that is true to the original
  • Adaptive sound control – intelligently adaptive audio; LG’s distinctive audio Enhancing technology analyses frequency levels as you listen to provide an optimum sound mix based on what you are watching; this enhanced process ensures your audio instantly adapts to provide crystal clear dialogue or punchy powerful action whatever you choose to watch
  • 43 TV matching – picture perfect audio partner; matching 43 inch LG TVs this soundbar mirrors the size and design of your television for the optimum audio visual partnership; bring symphony to your home entertainment experience with an integrated solution
  • Premium metallic design – artfully crafted construction; a lightweight contemporary metal stylish houses has this super soundbar; a sleek addition to any room in the home

Quality is fantastic but colour looks dark grey and not as silver as in the picture. Thr soundbar is not exactly what it looks like in the picture and is more of a dark metal grey colour rather than silver.

Amazing piece of technology that i never knew i needed, superb engineering as with all of lg products, for me they are now far above their rivals in both engineering excellence and cost, unbeatable value. Be warned though, this item is much larger than we anticipated, best suited to the truly big tvs like over 45′ and with sufficient room space for the width of the bar. Lesson: always read the specification and measure your space.

Very good product, a real pleasure to listen to the tv.

LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver : Very good product, a real pleasure to listen to the tv.

Absolutely spot on – best buy for a long time, would have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone thinking about it. We mainly sought greater volume for when watching box sets & films – this product delivers that and more, haven’t managed to stay in same room to test how high the volume goes.

My main complain: lack of feedback on soundbar and subwoofer volume level, there’s a ‘led will blink slowly/stays on for 2 seconds when min/max volume has been reached’ which is ridiculous, there’s enough space to have placed a simple led display. I have an lg tv so i’m using soundsync to control the volume level using my tv remote, but without that it’d be just a guessing game. Also, ridiculously short power cable for the soundbar. In general i’m satisfied with the quality of the product, except for those two things and. It was so easy to include an optical cable for the price we’re paying for this lg, come on.

Excellent quality for an entry level soundbar. This soundbar has a good sized set of drivers, but the design is neutral and discreet, so should sit well alongside any tv or monitor. The inclusion of an active subwoofer is a welcome touch for a system at this price point, and delivers very reasonable bass. The quality of the sound is generally pretty good. At first i found the midrange a little hollow but quickly adjusted. The soundbar has three main presets, but there isn’t much to discern them. The asc mode is meant adapt to the sound as it plays, and it is possible to notice the bass adjusting briefly when the audio starts. In theory this should make dialogue sound clearer, but in practice i still find myself manually turning down the subwoofer for speech-heavy content, skype calls etc. As an entry-level system, the soundbar doesn’t have a particularly sophisticated display on the front, so if you regularly switch between functions this could potentially be a source of confusion, and not having a visual indication of the volume is not ideal. Ultimately though, this isn’t an unforgivable sacrifice for a cheaper system such as this.

Excellent quality for an entry level soundbar. This soundbar has a good sized set of drivers, but the design is neutral and discreet, so should sit well alongside any tv or monitor. The inclusion of an active subwoofer is a welcome touch for a system at this price point, and delivers very reasonable bass. The quality of the sound is generally pretty good. At first i found the midrange a little hollow but quickly adjusted. The soundbar has three main presets, but there isn’t much to discern them. The asc mode is meant adapt to the sound as it plays, and it is possible to notice the bass adjusting briefly when the audio starts. In theory this should make dialogue sound clearer, but in practice i still find myself manually turning down the subwoofer for speech-heavy content, skype calls etc. As an entry-level system, the soundbar doesn’t have a particularly sophisticated display on the front, so if you regularly switch between functions this could potentially be a source of confusion, and not having a visual indication of the volume is not ideal. Ultimately though, this isn’t an unforgivable sacrifice for a cheaper system such as this.

Pro:- easy setup- very good sound (we haven’t gone above mid volume yet – we live in a flat and we like the neighbours)con:- bluetooth pairing does not need a security code, this means anybody can connect to it. If you leave in house of flats, i suggest to turn it off for the night as you don’t want to wake up when the kid next door is playing with it.

Quality is fantastic but colour looks dark grey and not as silver as in the picture. Thr soundbar is not exactly what it looks like in the picture and is more of a dark metal grey colour rather than silver.

This sound bar was purchased for the soul reason to pair wirelessly with my lg 4k tv which it does. The sound is fantastic it’s like being at the pictures with all that bass booming out. The one fault that this product has is that it has a lip sync issue when watching anything other than the built in tv tuner i. Amazon, netflix, youtube or even my lg bluray player have an issue with the lip sync of about +/- 300 ms which is very annoying. I can get around some of the problem by playing through vlc player app and tuning lip sync manually but it’s annoying that a supposedly compatible item would have such a problem. But after all that i still decided to keep it because. . Well when i get it set up manually it’s really great.

A well priced quality sound bar. Sub woofer gives great bass and is so neat being wireless to the sound bar. Only 3 cables needed, 2 of which are the power and the third the optical to the tv, surprisingly not supplied but you can buy them cheaply. Would definitely recommend, as good as other top branded makes. Looks great with my matching lg tv.

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  1. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    Lg do it again ( well for me anyway) this compliments my new 43″ ultra hd lg smart tv. I bought this because as smart as my new tv is, the sound was muffled, levels varied immensely. The dynamic audio software in the sj5 does a great job of matching and balancing the audio to the video content. The added bonus of wireless subwoofer, gives one the opportunity to place it somewhere other than smack bang in front of the tv.
  2. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    Lg do it again ( well for me anyway) this compliments my new 43″ ultra hd lg smart tv. I bought this because as smart as my new tv is, the sound was muffled, levels varied immensely. The dynamic audio software in the sj5 does a great job of matching and balancing the audio to the video content. The added bonus of wireless subwoofer, gives one the opportunity to place it somewhere other than smack bang in front of the tv.
    1. Good but crackless a bit even at low volume. Don’t know whether this is a fault ?.
      1. Good but crackless a bit even at low volume. Don’t know whether this is a fault ?.
      1. I have a 4k philips tv and the sound is awful. Brought this and it’s a massive difference. Wireless subwoofer is really handy also. After reading the reviews i was sceptical as to whether i could mount this. Rest assured there are 2 brackets in the box. Screws are in with the instruction manual. The brackets attach underneath the soundbar. Tv also controls the sound of you run it through hdmi arc.
  3. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    I have a 4k philips tv and the sound is awful. Brought this and it’s a massive difference. Wireless subwoofer is really handy also. After reading the reviews i was sceptical as to whether i could mount this. Rest assured there are 2 brackets in the box. Screws are in with the instruction manual. The brackets attach underneath the soundbar. Tv also controls the sound of you run it through hdmi arc.
  4. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    This is fantastic better than i expected really impressed.
  5. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    Not especially clear as i’d hoped but a perfectly good soundbar. Dialogue not especially clear as i’d hoped but a perfectly good soundbar nonetheless.
  6. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    Not especially clear as i’d hoped but a perfectly good soundbar. Dialogue not especially clear as i’d hoped but a perfectly good soundbar nonetheless.
    1. My main complain: lack of feedback on soundbar and subwoofer volume level, there’s a “led will blink slowly/stays on for 2 seconds when min/max volume has been reached” which is ridiculous, there’s enough space to have placed a simple led display. I have an lg tv so i’m using soundsync to control the volume level using my tv remote, but without that it’d be just a guessing game. Also, ridiculously short power cable for the soundbar. In general i’m satisfied with the quality of the product, except for those two things and. It was so easy to include an optical cable for the price we’re paying for this lg, come on.
  7. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    My main complain: lack of feedback on soundbar and subwoofer volume level, there’s a “led will blink slowly/stays on for 2 seconds when min/max volume has been reached” which is ridiculous, there’s enough space to have placed a simple led display. I have an lg tv so i’m using soundsync to control the volume level using my tv remote, but without that it’d be just a guessing game. Also, ridiculously short power cable for the soundbar. In general i’m satisfied with the quality of the product, except for those two things and. It was so easy to include an optical cable for the price we’re paying for this lg, come on.
    1. I never realised how tinny and rubbish the sound from my sammy tv was until i hooked up this bit of kit. All i can say is ‘wow’, it’s just like being at the cinema at mid volume levels and beyond this the mortar in the walls starts crumbling and the neighbours commence lawsuits. Set up is pretty straightforward tbh and well within the remit of your averge teenager ;o) aesthetically the design is pleasing to the eye and did i mention the sound?.
  8. This review is from : LG SJ5 Soundbar – Silver

    I never realised how tinny and rubbish the sound from my sammy tv was until i hooked up this bit of kit. All i can say is ‘wow’, it’s just like being at the cinema at mid volume levels and beyond this the mortar in the walls starts crumbling and the neighbours commence lawsuits. Set up is pretty straightforward tbh and well within the remit of your averge teenager ;o) aesthetically the design is pleasing to the eye and did i mention the sound?.