Originally Posted by sergysn
I have a question for owners, how it's sounds in general without atmos content, did anybody had a chance to compare it to other soundbars. I am looking for good soundbar and trying to decide between lg sj9, bose ST300, and definitive technology studio. Went through 4 sony htnt5, i think they need to recall it, all stopped working in couple of months. Really interested in this soundbar, probably not going to use atmos but looking for good sound.
I say it sounds fantastic on non-Atmos content. It's not that all encompassing bubble that Atmos gives you, but it definitely draws you in and has a wide and detailed soundstage. Watching reruns of Star Trek Voyager on BBC America and it's amazing how much ambient warp engine hum I was missing. There's a clarity that wasn't there before.
Weeks before I got the SJ9, I did have a chance to demo the Bose Sound Touch 300 for a good 2 hours. It was in a Best Buy, but early in the morning so it was fairly quiet. It did sound great, but you really needed the accompanying soundbar to really make it come alive. This basically meant you had to buy the sound bar in two parts ST300 for $800 then another $700 for the sub. That was strike 1 and strike 2. Not having Atmos support was strike 3.
About 1 week before the SJ9, I was given an older ca. 2014 Samsung sound bar. It was under powered, but at least gave me a baseline of what TV audio could sound like.
My original top choice was the Sony HT-ST9 even though it lacked Atmos support, but after reading about connectivity issues, I looked into the Sony HT-ST5000, but it was quite pricey and won't be released for a few months. The SJ9 was the best fit for me with the least amount of drawbacks. I actually think it's appropriately priced.