LG - 4.1-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer and Chromecast Built-In - Black
- Model: SJ8
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- LG - 4.1-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer and Chromecast Built-In - Black
- LG 4.1-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer and Chromecast Built-In
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Supports 192kHz/24 bit PCM audio file formats for clear, detailed sound.
4K video pass-through with HDCP2.2 support.
Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.
For deep, powerful bass.
Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.
Stream tunes wirelessly to the sound bar from popular apps like Pandora and Google Play Music. Chromecast works seamlessly with a smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop or Chromebook.
Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).
Converts lower-resolution audio to a high-resolution 24-bit format for a more premium listening experience.
Automatically detects what is playing and then enhance the clarity and impact of the audio.
Coordinates beautifully with a wide range of TVs while complementing the most refined living room décor.
Includes 1 HDMI and 1 optical digital audio.
Includes 1 HDMI.
Enables simple operation from a distance.
Including WAV, WMA, AAC, AIFF, MP3, FLAC, LPCM and more, so you can enjoy your favorite media.
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Top of Class Surround Sound with Looks That KillAugust 9, 2017
Last week I set up our LG 65" 65J8500 LED TV with built-in Harmon Kardon sound. While the internal speaker system is the best I have ever heard built-in a TV, I wanted more punch & bass for action movies & concerts. I selected the LG SJ8 Soundbar because it is so low profile, it literally fits under the TV, on top of the silver LG TV feet & looks as though it is part of the TV. See photos showing the Soundbar sitting below the LG TV. LIKES: 1- Ultra low profile design fits below a LG 65" or similar TV, providing an integrated look 2- Digital display on the front makes set-up, input changes & sound adjustments a breeze 3- Surround Sound options are extremely effective. The surround sound effect available for 2-channel programming is top of the class! I was completely stunned when I selected surround sound on this Soundbar & chose Cable News, expecting standard 2-channel playback. LG has designed phase conversion to spread the soundstage, yet maintain pristine quality & crystal clear vocals. I turned around to see where the sound originated tonight - and it all originated from this Soundbar! 4- Rounded, high gloss black edges with a curved grill on the subwoofer convert a normally boring rectangular box to an attractive essential ingredient. 5- The striking Soundbar front grill sets it apart from mundane speakers & makes it clear this is a premium quality speaker system. 6- Flexible connectivity: optical in / HDMI In / HDMI Out / ARC. Music Flow (Free LG App) enables streaming from your desktop or laptop (works great sourcing music from iTunes). Bluetooth enables streaming from your tablet or phone. 7- Right angle, low profile power plugs for both the subwoofer & the Soundbar disappear on the electrical outlet. 8- Auto On feature make using any TV as a driver effortless. The Soundbar automatically energizes with signal from any brand TV. 9- Widely adjustable sound: bass / treble / sub woofer all independently adjustable. The sound quality is very accurate. 10- Beautiful shape - all edges curved on the Soundbar. DISLIKES: 1- I would prefer stronger bass at lower frequencies from the subwoofer. Unfortunately that would require a physically larger subwoofer enclosure, possibly more power to drive it & would likely double the cost of this Soundbar. CONCLUSION: The LG SJ8 is a premium quality Soundbar with a striking design that compliments the attractive LG TV's. It will work with all makes & model TV's that have either HDMI or optical out. It measures 48" wide, so it looks great with a 55", a 65" or a 77" diagonal TV. The surround sound is amazing & even has a built-in display to show sound options! If you want a "wall shaking" bass-heavy Soundbar, look elsewhere. The bass output of the SJ8 is head and shoulders above the speakers built in any TV, and offers balanced frequencies across the sound spectrum - but do not expect your walls to shake. I am proud to own one that is paired to my LG 65J8500 65" LED TV & highly recommend it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Beautiful... Just Beautiful!August 10, 2017
LG SJ8 Quick Features on the Product High Resolution Audio (Digital music has gone audiophile, with higher sampling rates and bit depth which can contribute to a more accurate, more enjoyable listening experience. This CTA-certified sound bar can play back lossless stereo audio at up to 24-bit/192kHz quality.) Chromecast Built-in (Stream tunes wirelessly to the sound bar from popular apps like Pandora and Google Play Music. Chromecast works seamlessly with a smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows laptop or Chromebook.) 4K Pass-Through (HDCP 2.2) (4K resolution is the new video quality standard for streaming, disc and beyond. This sound bar supports HDCP 2.2 so it can deliver the full home cinema experience with no loss of 4k image quality.) 1.5” Ultra-Slim Design (This 1.5 inch, ultra-thin LG sound bar coordinates beautifully with a wide range of premium TVs while complementing the most refined living room decor.) Perfect Fit with LG TVs 24-bit Upsampling (24-bit sound contains more data than lower-quality audio, and is the standard for high-resolution music. This feature converts lower-resolution audio to a high-resolution 24-bit format for a more premium listening experience.) Adaptive Sound Control (For maximum enjoyment of various types of programming *movies, sports, games, etc.*, LG-exclusive Adaptive Sound Control can automatically detect what’s playing and then enhance the clarity and impact of the audio.) Wireless Connectivity (Wirelessly stream music directly from your Smartphone or other compatible device for a seamless listening experience.) LG Sound Sync (Enhance the home cinema experience without the clutter of unnecessary cables. LG Sound Sync technology links compatible LG televisions to the sound bar wirelessly, using Bluetooth.) Connectivity Options Ethernet HDMI Out HDMI Input Optical Input USB (Service Only) What's in the box? Bar Speaker Subwoofer Remote Control with x2 AAA Batteries Optical Digital Cable AC Adapter AC Power Cord x2 Simple Manual LGE open Source Software Notice Safety Information Wall Mounting Guide Warranty Card Wall Mounting Bracket Setup/Testing/Conclusion The packaging is all black and has some nice work put on the outside to attract consumers with its sleek look. LG has done a fantastic job with making sure everything is well packaged within to ensure no shipping/transit damage. Setup of the LG SJ8 was extremely simple. I literally plugged in the power for the bar, utilized the optical digital cable and plugged in the power cord for the sub. After setting everything up, it was all ready to go (plug & play). I own a Samsung 55” TV and it even automatically synced up to it so that when I powered on the TV the sound bar powered on as well. I tested by turning off the TV only and the sound bar would automatically power off soon after as well. I owned an LG sound bar previously and it did the same thing which is awesome. I only state this because prior to the LG SJ8, I owned a Sony sound bar and it definitely did not sync… What this means is I have to make sure I separately turn on the sound bar after powering on my TV which can be a little tedious sometimes. I must say, the power and clarity that the SJ8 sound bar pushes out is wonderful. Tired of not being able to hear what is going on when people are talking? Well, the SJ8 takes care of that problem. The sub packs a nice oomph when action sequences are happening. Even if you’re not watching movies, the sound bar and sub provide a very pleasant music listening experience as well. I really enjoy that LG put a digital screen in front of the sound bar. I’ve seen some people post that they’re not too happy about it but I thoroughly enjoy it. As I mentioned above, I had a Sony sound bar prior to the LG SJ8. With the Sony, I couldn’t/didn’t know what I was changing. Because there was no digital display on the Sony, I couldn’t really tell how loud my sound was, how loud my bass was or even what setting I “set” my sound to. With the LG SJ8, you know exactly what you’re changing thanks to the digital display on the sound bar. With the remote control, it is very easy to use and straightforward. You can tune the sound effect between cinema, ASC, BASS Blast and standard. I typically like the cinema option out of the other ones. With the remote control, you can also turn on/off the “night” feature, change input source, toggle sleep, auto volume, auto power, etc. This is where I write the only one CON I found. Because I have to write this con and the significance it is for me; I have to take off a star. With my previous sound bar setups, I always liked putting the sub on the other side of the room away from TV and right next to the couch instead. This way, my guest and I can thoroughly enjoy the oomph from the sub. The problem I had is that when the sub was across the room (when I say across I literally mean less than 10 feet); the sub ended up having distorted sound. When I say distorted, I mean it was literally crackling. I tested it with music on YouTube and movies and experienced the same problem. It didn’t happen throughout the whole movie or song, but it definitely came up enough to notice. As soon as I moved the sub back to my sound bar location which is right next to the TV, that problem went away. I did some research and it seems like interference with a router or microwave or something can cause this issue. The weird thing is my previous setup of sound bars never had this problem. Because of this “limitation” I ran across, I took off 1 star. I just feel like for the MSRP you would pay for the LG SJ8, you should be able to not have a problem putting the sub less than 10 feet away from the sound bar. This was the only problem I had. Besides that, LG has done a wonderful job with the build quality, sound quality and look with the SJ8. I would not hesitate to recommend the LG SJ8 to a friend or co-worker.
I would recommend this to a friend
ExperienceJuly 21, 2017
I typically like having all the same brand items . I have a 55 LG 4K tv and was originally going to get the sonos which ive I had my eye for couple years but when I saw this sound bar and it was on sale I decided to give it a shot . The setup is really easy . I like the overall design and how it lights up letting you know what Input is currently selected . Sound quality is simply okay ... clarity seemed to be hit or miss depending on what I watched . The subwoofer was powerful. Only issue I had was keeping it connected to my tv seemed It get stuck on what Input or something. Overall I'd rate it 7 . If your looking for a decently priced sub & soundbar . I ended up returning it and purchasing the Boss SoundTouch 300... which exceeded all expectations.. definitely worth the money .
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Sound Bar noneAugust 14, 2017
The LG - 4.1-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier is a very well-crafted soundbar system that has a very low profile and nice visual style (and amazingly) without sacrificing audio quality. The quality of construction is very good and substantial. This bar was extremely easy to set-up and install. At about an inch and a half in height and several inches in depth it adds to the audio environment without cluttering the visual environment. The controls allow good well-tailored access to audio quality settings through the LG app. The included sub-woofer drives clean crisp bass. The audio volume is able to blast the aural spectrum from clean highs to strong bass, enough to be able to cover a large room. The installation was simple and fast. With enough modes to aid in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wired connections it is well suited to a myriad of spaces. This 4K high resolution audio ultra-slim soundbar lets you hear the action in every scene from subtle to ear shattering. It is easily accommodated by not only LG TVs but has multiple types of mounting hardware included for other installations. It has Chromecast and more built-In. Although small I would like to be able to disappear or at least dim the status indicator. Easy install and setup plus good style and sound make it a solid buy.
I would recommend this to a friend
Perfect substitute for full home theaterAugust 10, 2017
Wow! Great soundbar, with flexible connectivity. Nice slim design, can mesh into any setup without looking like an eyesore. Packed with features. Set up is a breeze. Clear, crisp sound with balanced bass. Pros: Clear, high quality Surround sound quality is noticeable Slim, sleek design Multiple mounting/placement options Universal compatibility Many connection options Many functional options Smart programming Cons: Very cheap optical cable Requires app to set up WiFi Bass not consistent Bright display Right out the box, it is easy to tell this speaker came packed with options. You can choose to attach to an LG TV, wall mount, put in on a shelf/stand. And includes feet if you need to raise it a little higher off the resting surface. LG paid attention to detail in many ways. They include a template for wall mounting! Very helpful for quick and easy mounting. Setup is a breeze and I had everything setup (no mounting) and running in 10 minutes. Should be no problem for most buyers. I did not choose to wall mount since my TV is not mounted. They include wire ties to help you organize the cables, nice touch. They only include an optical cable made from the thinnest gauge wire ever created. It does not cost much to provide a quality cable, not very impressed here. There was also no HDMI cable included. You can only set up using HDMI if your TV has ARC support. If not, you must use the optical cable. Subwoofer is wireless and has good range (at least 15ft). I was able to test it quickly on an older LG tv, but its going to be used with my Samsung regularly. I was very impressed at the universal compatibility. I plugged the optical cable into the Samsung and the LG soundbar, and was able to use my Samsung remote to control volume! It even powers on and off with the TV. I literally did zero remote setup. Very nice to see. I was able to connect Bluetooth devices quickly. I also enjoyed that it disconnects from the device when not in Bluetooth mode. It reconnects quickly when switched back. It was good to see flexible LAN and WiFi connectivity. I was disappointed to see that I had to download the app in order to set up the WiFi. I don’t need to have dozens of useless apps on my phone. In addition, this may limit use for some users. Built in chrome-cast support is a nice feature. As far as I could tell, this feature only works when the app is in use, or something weird like that. I could not get it to work easily. Hopefully a future update with make this more intuitive. I am very impressed with the sound quality. I am an avid home theater buff and have installed and designed many set ups. I never expected to see this level of quality from a sound bar. It will never fully be the same as a true surround setup, but this is a great option if you cannot have a real home theater sound set up. You can really pick out the detail of sounds and sound effects. It really does a good job giving you some sense of true surround sound. Much better than many other soundbars I’ve listened. The bass can get loud and is generally balanced. However, it is not as crisp and consistent as it should be. This was easily discernable at times. I’ve used it for TV, movies, and gaming. I did feel solid immersion experience. More than I could get with a cheap soundbar and definitely more than my regular TV speakers. Overall, I highly recommend this to someone who does not have the ability to install a surround sound system. This is a good substitute and will save you a lot of money in the short run. Very good soundbar.
I would recommend this to a friend
Basic Sound and Annoying LED lightAugust 9, 2017
I wanted to like this sound bar, based on looks, the reviews it had, and of course the LG brand which is known for having good products. I would think with the 300 Watts capability it would be louder, but it isn't. You really have to mess with the bass (and the sub woofer bass) to get some decent bass for music and cinema. I have a Sony 4k 55' inch TV (2015 Model). I didn't use the HDMI option to connect, i used the optical cable. I later change the settings on my TV to "sound system" - My TV controller controls the volume on the sound bar, but it says on my tv, "volume is fixed" every time i increase volume, so if i go from 10 at volume to 30, the volume is fixed" sign will show up 20x. So i'll have to use the sound bar controller for volume now. This sound bar can be used for Bluetooth streaming as well. I sync up my cellphone (galaxy s7), it worked well for a couple of songs then it would kick me out. It would do this very often. I later downloaded the "music flow" app from LG (LG manual states it works well with app) thinking it would be the better option for streaming music from my phone to the sound bar and guess what? It did the same thing. Kicked me out after a couple of songs, it was really annoying. I couldn't listen to my playlist without reconnecting every 10 mins. After, it kicks me out it would go back to "optical" mode on the sound bar. Even after i turn off the sound bar, i would wake up to the "optical" mode still on. As others reviewers of this product, i would say that the LED light is really annoying. It's always on. I tried to remove it with the "music flow" app under settings but it didn't work. The sound bar itself is very light, doesn't weight much at all. The sub woofer itself its medium sized, like the size of a shoes box I didn't feel a lot of bass coming from the sub woofer. It's disappointing that this sound bar sounds so basic but looks very stylish and modern. I just can't get around the Bluetooth disconnecting and the basic sound. The nice thing is that it came with a sound bar wall mount (i bought one from amazon thinking i would need it). I wouldn't recommend.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great sound and sleek looksAugust 10, 2017
I love this! Coming from a sound as from another company that I really liked I happened to be a little skeptical on if this could be much better. Skepticism was wrong! The clarity on this is fantastic. My family watched the latest Game Of Thrones using this and it was so clear, punchy and booking when needed. The wireless sub while it's not going to shake your house down it does a great job of not drowning out voices and other noises while still rumbling through the floor. The sound from the bar itself is awesome! It's one of the first times I've been able to go through an action scene with lots of noise and not struggle to hear the voices when they speak. This sound bar is also very good looking with a very low profile of just under 2 inches and works fine with my Samsung TV, even with optical it still turns itself on with the TV. Overall I'm super impressed and we are currently considering getting a second one for the bedroom.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent Design with Decent SoundAugust 9, 2017
The LG SJ8 Hi Res Sound Bar was a breeze to setup. Simply plugged in the HDMI cable from the cable box to the sound bar, another HDMI from the sound bar to my Samsung TV. That was it. The TV immediately recognized it and I began to experience the nice sound from the SJ8. The sound has excellent clarity throughout a wide spectrum of sound. I would say it excels in highs and mid-range sounds and performs decent as far as bass goes. The separate active 6" subwoofer nicely compliments the soundbar, but I wish it had a little more power behind it. Still, it's plenty to fill a room and provide an immersive experience--just not one that will make you feel the bass or rattle the walls. Sometimes I like that, but the bass can also overwhelm some scenes. The LG SJ8 won't ever do that. I found it did a pretty good job of balancing when the bass needed to come out and when it was unnecessary. The design of the SJ8 is really fantastic. It is extraordinarily thin and even includes an 8 character LCD display so you always know what setting you are changing. All of the ports provide easy access for the cables so whether you are mounting it or letting it rest on a stand like me, it lies flat and looks nice. The subwoofer isn't very large (6.73" x 12.6" x 9.92") so it can be discreetly placed around your room. The sub design isn't an eye sore either so it's not something that'll stick out if you can't place it somewhere out of sight. In conclusion, I really enjoyed the LG SJ8 for its ease of setup, multi-function (HDMI, Optical, Wi-fi, and Bluetooth), and nice sound. I can tell you that I've tried 3 other soundbars all priced around $600 and only one that is a premium brand sold in the Best Buy Magnolia store performs better than this one. I deducted one star simply because I would've liked a little more bass from the sub, but like I said, it does a pretty decent job and I probably like more bass than most. Pros: -Ease of setup -Good sound range and clarity -Price -Design/Appearance Cons: -Slightly lacking in bass (if you like a ton of bass that can shake walls)
I would recommend this to a friend
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