Of all the soundbars in LG’s 2020 lineup, the SN7Y might just be the most intriguing. It’s a 3.1.2-channel soundbar system with support for a wide variety of audio formats – Dolby Atmos and DTS:X chief among them – that carries a far cheaper entry fee than the company’s flagship models.
Having reviewed LG’s top-of-the-line SN11RG well before receiving the SN7Y, the similarities between the two ends of the spectrum are hard to overlook. One is far bigger, of course; the SN11RG is 57 inches wide, compared to the 35-inch long SN7Y, which falls closely in line with competitors like the Sony HT-G700 (38.58 inches). Otherwise, the SN7Y is a miniature version of its more expensive relative design-wise, with a sleek finish that resembles a much more expensive product.
The bar itself contains drivers for the front left, center, and right channels, as well as a pair of up-firing speakers to provide the height channels of the 3.1.2 system. LG has once again been light on details about the actual drivers, other than the fact that they’re each being driven by 30 watts of power, with the heights getting 35 watts each. That doesn’t mean much, unfortunately.
The LG SN7Y has one HDMI HDCP 2.3 input, and a corresponding HDMI output capable of 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 pass-through. The number of inputs is limited but not unexpected; Sony’s HT-G700 has the same setup, though it does support eARC while the LG is limited to ARC. The SN7Y also has an optical audio input and a USB input to round out an essentially uneventful lineup of physical connections. That’s nothing I can knock LG for since plenty of competitors have similar connection options at this price point. I just wish we’d get more ways to connect for $500.
Like the SN11RG, LG did a remarkable job of setting up the SN7Y to handle most things audio. The bar supports 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution audio, as well as a laundry list of surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, DTS:X, Dolby Digital Plus, and more. The soundbar can also accept FLAC, WAV, and AAC formats, among, others via USB.
The LG SN7Y has a few faults that its competitors don’t but is still a very good-sounding soundbar that nails Dolby Atmos at the $500 price point. A balance between features and price is important, which is why I’m giving this bar a slightly better score than the $1,600 SN11RG. The latter is the better system, without question, thanks to its superior sound and features. But value matters, and I honestly believe the SN7Y provides better bang for the buck.