LG S80QR review (2023) a decent stereo soundstage

The sound is powerful and detailed, so dialogue is clear and epic moments bring the house down.

In 2022, the LG S80QR came out. It’s a mid-range product from LG that can be bought on its own as the LG S80QY or with the LG SPQ8-S satellites for better surround sound. Like the LG S90QY and the LG S95QR, it has a unique design with an up-firing center channel on top of the bar to make dialogue sound better. You also get access to a lot of LG’s high-end features, such as the AI Room Calibration tool and TVs Sound Mode Share, which improves the sound on LG smart TVs that are compatible.

LG S80QR: Description

The S80QR costs $1,049.99/£1,099.99 and comes with a sound bar with up-firing speakers, a subwoofer, and a wireless speaker kit to make the sound experience more complete. There is a cheaper S80QY for $899.99/£999.99 that doesn’t have the rear speaker set, but as you’ll see, you definitely want those.

After a month with the S80QR, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best soundbars for gaming, one of the best gaming speaker systems, and why you’d want it as part of your living room setup, but I’m still not sure you should pay full price.

They’re all good at making a wide and tall soundstage, but Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are all about making a hemisphere of sound that flows from the front to the back and back to the front. This is hard to do without speakers behind the listener to fill in what’s behind them. LG’s best soundbar is the S95QR. The S80QR is a step-down soundbar system that includes rear speakers to solve this problem.

LG S80QR: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to move and not too heavy
  • Includes a number of useful extras
  • It can be used on hard floors, carpet, and power carpet nozzles.

Cons

  • The size of a dustbin isn’t very big.
  • This cordless vacuum takes longer to charge than some others.
  • Might not be good for cleaning jobs that need a lot of work

LG S80QR: Specification Table

SpecificationDetails
TypeCordless stick vacuum cleaner
Power200 watts
Battery LifeUp to 1 hour (with dual battery)
Charging Time3.5 hours (with dual battery)
Dustbin Capacity0.44 liters
Filtration System5-step HEPA filtration system
Noise Level83 dB
Weight2.8 kg
AccessoriesCrevice tool, combination tool, power carpet nozzle
Warranty1-year limited warranty
Official linkVisit Website

Design and Features

LG S80QR review

The LG S80QR is a bar with a brushed grey metal finish that looks simple but classy. It is a meter wide and fits easily on the cabinets of most gaming TVs. It fits well under most LG TV stands, and you can also mount it on the wall. On the front, a cloth covers the speaker, and in the middle, an LED display shows information about the connections, sound mode, and volume. The top has three speakers that face up, and the middle one has touch controls.

On the back, there are two HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB port, and an optical port. The S80QR works with HDMI eARC, so people with TVs like the LG QNED99 that are compatible will be able to enjoy the benefits. The S80QR also works with ALLM and VRR, so you can connect your console to it and play games in 4K at 120Hz.

The subwoofer with 220W is huge, about the size of a mini-PC case. It connects automatically to the sound bar and is wireless, so you can put it almost anywhere. The wireless receiver and two 70W speakers in the rear kit add to the sound. The receiver needs to be near a power outlet, which can affect where you put it, but the speaker wires are very long.

In addition to the touch controls on the bar itself, you also get a mini Magic Remote. However, if you want full control, you’ll need to use the LG Soundbar App for iOS and Android. You have a lot of say over how the sounds are set. The S80QR can play all of the most popular formats, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital Surround, and more.

And if you have the right source, it can also output High Res 96kHz/24-bit and even upscale your regular audio. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, Apple Airplay, and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri all make it easy to connect wirelessly.

LG S80QR: Sound Quality

It takes about ten minutes to put everything in place, connect it, and make sure it all works. Once everything is set up, my first thought is that the LG SQ80R’s big soundstage easily fills the space behind me. If you want to know if the S80QR feels like an Atmos surround sound system, I would say no.

With Atmos and DTS:X tracks, this 5.1.3 system with 620W of power doesn’t give a great sense of height. The rainy soundscape of Blade Runner doesn’t lift off in an immersive way because it rarely sounds like it’s coming from above or being spread out around the listening space. Instead, the S80QR sounds like a standard 5.1 system.

LG calls it a “world first” for a soundbar, and movies like Tenet and Dune, which use sound in a very specific way, have good dialogue. In the Tenet catamaran scene, Kat’s speech is clearer and the rest of the sound design doesn’t get in the way as much. Another example is when Lady Jessica reads the Litany against Fear in Dune.

This is a very intense and loud scene, but the LG picks out most of the dialogue from the noise. I could only understand one sentence, and I thought the default setting for the center channel was too conservative. When you move it to “+6,” the dialogue gets clearer and sits better on the screen, but the soundbar doesn’t send the dialogue to the listening spot.

LG S80QR: Performance

LG S80QR review

LG’s step-down soundbar does surprisingly well, given that the main soundbar and rears are smaller and the rears look more like a generic optional extra pack than something designed and tuned specifically for the S80QR system. The first thing that really stood out to me was how good the small speakers in the back are, especially after running the Auto Calibration system.

They are really able to make their presence known, adding a much better mix of specific “it’s behind you!” effects and general “space” effects than I would have thought possible based on how they look. Even the backsides aren’t shy. This means that they don’t only work when a song gets really loud. They also work during quieter, more subtle parts, so the surround effect they help create feels like it’s always there and not just sometimes.

This kind of consistency is important for any sound system that wants to make a good immersive sound stage. Even though the rears are quite powerful, detailed, and willing to get involved, their dynamic range is limited by their size. They don’t reach as comfortably into the lower midrange as the main soundbar does. But I found that I could lessen the effect of this limitation by making sure the subwoofer was slightly behind where I was sitting.

Final Words

The LG S80QR is a great sound bar that really improves the way you play games and watch movies. The sound is loud and clear, making it easy to understand what is being said, and epic moments shake the house. It works great and is easy to set up and use. The S80QR is too expensive for most people and won’t please audiophiles.

It costs as much as a QNED 4K TV. And while you can get the cheaper S80QY, I wouldn’t because of how important the rear speakers are to the whole experience. The S80QR is great, but I don’t know who it would be best for.

FAQs

Do LG make good speakers?

LG is known for making a wide range of TVs, but over the past few years, they have also made a lot of different soundbars. They are usually very well made and have many wired and wireless playback options.

Why does my LG sound bar go in and out?

It could be because of Bluetooth interference or because the sound bar is working without a rear satellite kit while the signal source is set up to deliver true surround sound. When there are a lot of Bluetooth devices around, the only way to fix the first problem is to hardwire it.

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The LG S80QR is a high-end soundbar package developed in collaboration with high-end audio brand Meridian that includes a main soundbar, a subwoofer, and a pair of rear speakers. These components deliver a total power of 620W, which is reproduced through 5.1.3 channels.LG S80QR review (2023) a decent stereo soundstage