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Official LG SJ9 Thread

I've searched these audio forums and haven't found an official thread on this piece of equipment.

Official Site: http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio/lg-S...less-sound-bar

Currently for pre-order on Frys and B&H-Photo-Video-Audio as of several days ago.

I've pre-ordered mine through Fry's and it's expected to be delivered next week. I plan on pairing this soundbar with my 65" LG B6. Will post opinions on it when it's set up next week.

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Kind of a letdown to see that this soundbar is only 5.1.2 and 500 watts...

When the new Sony one is 7.1.2 and 800 watts.
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Does this support DTS-MA and will it support DTS:X?
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I too have a 65" B6. I'm really looking forward to your thoughts on this soundbar. I was going back and forth between the SJ, the Sony HT-ST9, and the Sony HT-ST5000. The SJ9 makes the most sense for me.

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I've searched these audio forums and haven't found an official thread on this piece of equipment.

Official Site: http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio/lg-S...less-sound-bar

Currently for pre-order on Frys and B&H-Photo-Video-Audio as of several days ago.

I've pre-ordered mine through Fry's and it's expected to be delivered next week. I plan on pairing this soundbar with my 65" LG B6. Will post opinions on it when it's set up next week.

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I too have a 65" B6. I'm really looking forward to your thoughts on this soundbar. I was going back and forth between the SJ, the Sony HT-ST9, and the Sony HT-ST5000. The SJ9 makes the most sense for me.
Hey there, just wondering why the SJ9 makes the most sense for you - because it is an LG and matches your TV?

I am in somewhat the same boat - trying to decide between the LG SJ9 and the Sony HT-ST5000.

In addition to trying to decide between the LG E7 and Sony A1E.
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Hey there, just wondering why the SJ9 makes the most sense for you - because it is an LG and matches your TV?

I am in somewhat the same boat - trying to decide between the LG SJ9 and the Sony HT-ST5000.

In addition to trying to decide between the LG E7 and Sony A1E.
Well from what I've read on CNet, etc, is that the SJ9 can pass 4k/HDR. That's the most important bit because I want to connect my Philips BDP7501 -> SJ9 -> 65B6. This way, I can pass atmos/truehd directly to the soundbar when playing 4K blurays while regular TV/PS4 will just output via ARC. I'm fine with this use case.

I'm a little hesitant still because LG's SJ9 page still says the HDMI input/output are 2.0 only and you need 2.0a to pass HDR. At least the HT-ST5000 product page specifically states that it can pass an HDR signal. Only time will tell whether or not the SJ9 can pass 4K/HDR. Really hope OP gets his soon! Just did a quick search and looks like BuyDig is selling these already! If the SJ9 can't pass HDR then, I'll back to the HT-ST9 and have all output via ARC. Not ideal, but not awful either.

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But you cannot output Atmos through ARC with your TV and the SJ9 doesn't support DTS HD Master. I think the Onky LS7200 is the best bet.
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But you cannot output Atmos through ARC with your TV and the SJ9 doesn't support DTS HD Master. I think the Onky LS7200 is the best bet.
I'm aware of the limitation. Looks like more online stores are carrying it. Can't bite the bullet without reviews though!

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Meh I bit the bullet. I confirmed with BuyDig that it was in fact in stock and ready to shop and not just a pre-order listing. Should have it soon! I'll report back with my impressions.

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Meh I bit the bullet. I confirmed with BuyDig that it was in fact in stock and ready to shop and not just a pre-order listing. Should have it soon! I'll report back with my impressions.
Pics, pics, pics when you get it!
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Pics, pics, pics when you get it!
Of course!

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Well that was fast! Looks like it's waiting for me at home already. Helps that BuyDig is in NJ and I'm in NYC. What's especially nice is that I opted for the free shipping option. :-) I'll post pics tonight. Really excited!

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Well that was fast! Looks like it's waiting for me at home already. Helps that BuyDig is in NJ and I'm in NYC. What's especially nice is that I opted for the free shipping option. :-) I'll post pics tonight. Really excited!
Nice!

And I hope it sounds as "excellent" as one reviewer stated it did at CES.

My only concern is that it is only 500 watts.... and a 5.1.2 - when the new Sony is 800 watts and 7.1.2.
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Nice!

And I hope it sounds as "excellent" as one reviewer stated it did at CES.

My only concern is that it is only 500 watts.... and a 5.1.2 - when the new Sony is 800 watts and 7.1.2.
I live an an apartment with thin walls. There's no way I could even crank the SJ9 high enough to feel that 500 watts without my neighbors complaining. That Sony HT-ST5000 does look great though, but that price tag put it just out of reach for me.

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First Impressions

It came in a huge box that was mostly empty space. The sound bar was packed at the very top of the box with the subwoofer underneath. The subwoofer was flanked by two large pieces of styrofoam just for structural integrity.

The sound bar is deceptively heavy and does require two hands to handle. The grill on the sound bar is quite fine, but trying to shine a light through it barely revealed what the drivers looked like. The upward firing drivers were much easier to see. I have a feeling these will be hard to keep dust free.

As you'll see in photos, there's a remote, optical cable and cable ties. There are holes in the back of the sound bar for the cable ties/cable organization. The subwoofer is covered by cloth on all sides with the bass port in the back. The subwoofer cone is forward firing and is covered by a honey comb grill. I find this a nice touch since that'll keep my toddler's small fingers from reaching the comb.

The display on the soundbar is directly to the right of the center speaker. It's not apparent in the photo, but the display brightens when changing volume or changing settings, but dims after a bit.

I connected it as follows BDP7501 -> SJ9 -> 65B6P (to HDMI2 port, the ARC port). I can now definitively say that the sound bar can pass a 4K HDR signal! I'll test with a Dolby Atmos disc tomorrow.

I've watched a few movies and some TV along with listened to some hi-res music and this soundbar does a very good job. I've heard things that didn't hear with the internal TV speakers. The hi-res music I played sounded very good. I don't have a comparable set of speakers to compare it to, but I do listen to hi-res audio on my computer with a pair of Audeze LCD-XCs driven by an Apogee Groove. The detail from the soundbar was respectable!

Overall I'm really happy with this!
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So it's not blowing your socks off or a lot better than you expected?

Your initial review seems to be somewhat tempered...

Especially your statement that the detail is "respectable".

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So it's not blowing your socks off or a lot better than you expected?

Your initial review seems to be somewhat tempered...

Especially your statement that the detail is "respectable".

Oh you misunderstand and apologies if I wasn't clear. This blew my socks off. The problem is this is my first sound bar and my only frame of reference are the built-in TV speakers, so I don't want to sound overly enthusiastic about this new thing that's obviously better than what I was used to. "Respectable" was only in reference to detail retrieval compared to the LCD-XCs.
On my TiVo Premier XL4, I changed audio output from PCM to Dolby Digital -- that made a huge difference. Fuller-bodied and more detailed sound! Hate to sound cliche, but a veil was lifted!
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Thanks for your info. your take on the Atmos implementation would be great. Other soundbars like the Samsung use the bouncing against the ceiling - I gather the LG does not go this route.

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Thanks for your info. your take on the Atmos implementation would be great. Other soundbars like the Samsung use the bouncing against the ceiling - I gather the LG does not go this route.
The SJ9 does the same thing. The two upward firing speakers seem to be angled at 45 degrees. Unlike some other Atmos sound bars I looked at, there doesn't seem to be a facility for calibrating those speakers to the height of your ceiling. Not sure how useful that is anyway.

Also, I tried using LG SoundSync via Bluetooth to connect the soundbar to my 65B6. It works fairly well and sounded fairly good. Changing the volume showed the regular B6 volume bar (with a Bluetooth icon next to it) rather than the "+" and "-" icons when controlling the volume via HDMI-CEC/SIMPLINK. The issue I found is that it wouldn't automatically reconnect via Bluetooth after turning on the TV and required manually reconnecting.

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Hey gang,

I recieved and set up mine this morning (UK).
I've connected it to my LG 65OLED B6 via Optical and it's replacing a Logitec Z906 5.1 system.
I'm still playing around with it but here are a few first impressions:

Really nice design of both the Soundbar and Subwoofer.
Initial connection to the TV was via Bluetooth but that was a dissapointingly incosistent connection. It would drop out for a split second every now and then. I'm currently using an optical cable.
Sub connected perfectly first time to the bar.
First play of a song from Spotify was underwhelming but then I tweaked the EQ. Sub, Treble, Bass were set to 0 and it for sure needs them tweaked. It sounds quite thin with them at 0. I do like a warm sound though.
Once tweaked the sound is incredible. Very clear with strong bass and a lot of detail.
I needed to do an update to the soundbar to enable the soundbar to be useable with Google Home.
'Casting' to the bar is good but when you stop casting you need to manually change the input back to 'Optical' via the remote. Not happy about that.
There is no way I can see to double check that the signal the soundbar is recieving is 5.1 or not. The surround effect in movies is unimpressive to be honest. My TV is outputting Dolby Digital but that is all I can tell. Any help with this one is appreciated.

If you guys have any questions I'm happy to answer if I can.
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You sure you have it set up correctly?

Because the reviewer from Digital Trends said it sounded "excellent"


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You sure you have it set up correctly?

Because the reviewer from Digital Trends said it sounded "excellent"
That reviewer is talking about the Atmos effect from above. I haven't been able to test that yet. I'm only talking about the 5.1 surround effect. The rear effect isn't what I'd hoped. Unless I'm not feeding it the right signals? I'm sending it the same material that worked well on my previous 5.1 setup though.
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Thanks for your info. your take on the Atmos implementation would be great. Other soundbars like the Samsung use the bouncing against the ceiling - I gather the LG does not go this route.
Okay, I put on Star Trek (2009) and here are my impressions:
  • Hitting the info button on the SJ9 remote does confirm Dolby Atmos track is playing
  • Clarity! There are things I've heard before. Even at low volumes there are ambient sounds in some scenes that I definitely did not hear before. The soundstage is nice and wide with great channel separation.
  • I'm aware that the sound emanates from the bar, but it really does make a bubble of sound that envelopes you. The ambient sound effects really envelope you. The upward firing speakers add a bit of nuance, though I can't quite tell what I'm supposed to be listening for. I somewhat perceive something flying overhead but it's not as pronounced as I had expected. Not a deal breaker though. I'll see if I can find some Atmos demos that really show off what it can do.
  • I used to have a proper 5.1 system a long time ago. The SJ9 definitely can't fool me into thinking that a sound is coming behind me, but some sounds do feel like they emanate from a different place in the room. An eerie feeling sometimes!
  • I've seen videos that illustrate Atmos as creating a bubble of sound around you. I thought it was marketing, but I now believe that that is quite an accurate description!

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Hey gang,

I recieved and set up mine this morning (UK).
I've connected it to my LG 65OLED B6 via Optical and it's replacing a Logitec Z906 5.1 system.
I'm still playing around with it but here are a few first impressions:

Really nice design of both the Soundbar and Subwoofer.
Initial connection to the TV was via Bluetooth but that was a dissapointingly incosistent connection. It would drop out for a split second every now and then. I'm currently using an optical cable.
Sub connected perfectly first time to the bar.
First play of a song from Spotify was underwhelming but then I tweaked the EQ. Sub, Treble, Bass were set to 0 and it for sure needs them tweaked. It sounds quite thin with them at 0. I do like a warm sound though.
Once tweaked the sound is incredible. Very clear with strong bass and a lot of detail.
I needed to do an update to the soundbar to enable the soundbar to be useable with Google Home.
'Casting' to the bar is good but when you stop casting you need to manually change the input back to 'Optical' via the remote. Not happy about that.
There is no way I can see to double check that the signal the soundbar is recieving is 5.1 or not. The surround effect in movies is unimpressive to be honest. My TV is outputting Dolby Digital but that is all I can tell. Any help with this one is appreciated.

If you guys have any questions I'm happy to answer if I can.
Thanks for sharing! One thing I noticed. Upon turning it on for the first time. Everything sounded a bit muddy...as if the low-end was a bit too emphasized. I checked the sound mode setting and Bass Boost was on by default. Did you notice the same thing? I set it to standard and I'm quite happy with it. Another thing I noticed: sound mode is disabled while a Dolby Atmos track is playing.

Out out curiosity, what did you set your Sub, Treble and Bass to?

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That reviewer is talking about the Atmos effect from above. I haven't been able to test that yet. I'm only talking about the 5.1 surround effect. The rear effect isn't what I'd hoped. Unless I'm not feeding it the right signals? I'm sending it the same material that worked well on my previous 5.1 setup though.
What was your previous 5.1 setup? As far as i know, any soundbar is not going to produce much of a "rear effect". Hopefully a good wide soundstage at best.

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Okay, I put on Star Trek (2009) and here are my impressions:
  • Hitting the info button on the SJ9 remote does confirm Dolby Atmos track is playing
  • Clarity! There are things I've heard before. Even at low volumes there are ambient sounds in some scenes that I definitely did not hear before. The soundstage is nice and wide with great channel separation.
  • I'm aware that the sound emanates from the bar, but it really does make a bubble of sound that envelopes you. The ambient sound effects really envelope you. The upward firing speakers add a bit of nuance, though I can't quite tell what I'm supposed to be listening for. I somewhat perceive something flying overhead but it's not as pronounced as I had expected. Not a deal breaker though. I'll see if I can find some Atmos demos that really show off what it can do.
  • I used to have a proper 5.1 system a long time ago. The SJ9 definitely can't fool me into thinking that a sound is coming behind me, but some sounds do feel like they emanate from a different place in the room. An eerie feeling sometimes!
  • I've seen videos that illustrate Atmos as creating a bubble of sound around you. I thought it was marketing, but I now believe that that is quite an accurate description!
Didn't you have to do some sort of set up or calibration in the beginning?
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What was your previous 5.1 setup? As far as i know, any soundbar is not going to produce much of a "rear effect". Hopefully a good wide soundstage at best.
It was a Logitec Z906. With the surrounds directly behind me so the read effect was very pronounced.
I guess I wasn't expecting a FULL surround effect. I'm considering adding two of LG's MusicFlow speakers as surrounds.
The soundfield out of this soundbar is incredible though. It's spooky how wide it can get. Happy with that side of it.

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Thanks for sharing! One thing I noticed. Upon turning it on for the first time. Everything sounded a bit muddy...as if the low-end was a bit too emphasized. I checked the sound mode setting and Bass Boost was on by default. Did you notice the same thing? I set it to standard and I'm quite happy with it. Another thing I noticed: sound mode is disabled while a Dolby Atmos track is playing.

Out out curiosity, what did you set your Sub, Treble and Bass to?
Mine was set to Standard and thats a bit too thin for me. I set me Sub to 3, Treble to 0 and Bass to 3. Do you think that is to muddy? What is yours set to?
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It was a Logitec Z906. With the surrounds directly behind me so the read effect was very pronounced.
I guess I wasn't expecting a FULL surround effect. I'm considering adding two of LG's MusicFlow speakers as surrounds.
The soundfield out of this soundbar is incredible though. It's spooky how wide it can get. Happy with that side of it.



Mine was set to Standard and thats a bit too thin for me. I set me Sub to 3, Treble to 0 and Bass to 3. Do you think that is to muddy? What is yours set to?

I'm still fiddling, but I still find Standard with Sub, Treble and Bass at 0 to be the best for my ears. I think I might set the sub to -1 or -3.

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