LG SP8YA vs SP9YA Soundbar Detailed Comparison: review, sound quality, pros and cons

LG SP8YA vs SP9YA: In this post, we are going to review and compare the most selling LG Soundbars LG SP9YA vs SP8YA to find out which one is really the best LG soundbar with subwoofer for you to buy, in terms of sound quality, specs & features, design, and connectivity.

So let the comparison begin!

What’s the difference


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Design & Size

LG SP9YA has a more rounded shape than SP8YA, but both bars are made of plastic. Their front corners are covered by metal grilles. Both speakers have metal grilles on top of them.

The SP8YA has an elbow-shaped corner, and the SP9YA has a curved corner.

The SP9YA is larger than the SP8YA, but the dimensions are pretty much similar.

Audio/Sound Quality

Both of the LG SP9YA and SP8YA have great stereo frequency response, covering up to 19.9 kHz. Their sound covers up to 30 Hz, and almost all frequencies that are humanly audible can be produced by them. So they are great. Thanks to their AI room calibration, they both have neutral sound profiles, and they can produce clean dialogue as well as add extra thump and power to the audio produced.

If we talk about sound quality then both soundbars have almost the same features. with 2 big differences,

The most noticeable difference between both LG soundbars is their speaker’s power output, LG sp9ya has 520watts speakers audio output whereas LG sp8ya has 440watts speakers output.

That makes Lg sp9ya more louder.

Except that, LG sp9ya comes with a.1.2 (5 prime speakers, 1 inbuilt subwoofer, 2 up/side-firing speakers) built-in channel system.

LG sp8ya with 3.1.2 (3 prime speakers, 1 inbuilt subwoofer, 2 up/side-firing speakers) built-in channel system that can be extended to 5.1 channels with extra LG speakers. But you need to purchase them separately.

And all other sound features are the same even though both have big size LG wireless subwoofers to provide deep and powerful bass.

Both have similar audio technologies- Dolby Atmos, and DTS Virtual:X to give a surround and 3D sound experience.

Surround Sound Performance

The LG SP9YA comes with 5.1.2 configuration while the SP8YA does not.

As a result, the SP9YA produces better surround sound than the SP8YA. However, even though the SP9YA has a dedicated surround channel, it does not have a discrete surround speaker. Instead, it uses side-firing speakers to produce surround sound.

Therefore, the sound produced by the SP9YA tends to be heard coming from in front of you.

Winner: Lg SP9YA soundbar


Both soundbars come with their separate wireless Lg subwoofers which are stylish in looking and easily connect automatically because they are not bounded with wire so you can easily set them up anywhere you want.

These subwoofers can easily connect via Bluetooth and give powerful bass, so that you can feel the subtle rumble of distant thunder and earth-shattering sounds as they pound the air around you.

Believe me, these speakers + subwoofer combo fill the room with an amazing sound performance.

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Their subwoofers are very quite similar. They are made of good plastic and have dimensions of around 22cmx39cmx31cm. It has a port at the back where there is an input power cord. The air holes are at the centre bottom of their backs.


Both of the LG SP9Ya and SP8ya are equipped with 1 HDMI out, 1 HDMI in, and 1 HDMI arc.

But for this case, their HDMI Arc port is shared with HDMI Out, and their HDMI In supports most of the audio formats including high-quality audio formats such as Dolby Atmo, DTS HD-MX, Dolby True HD etc.

Meanwhile, their HMDI ARC also can pass most high-quality audio formats, including those that can be passed by eARC like Dts:x, Dolby true HD, DTS: HDMI, and 5.1 PCM. That is not only that, but their HDMI Out also pass some video signals like [email protected], [email protected]@10bit, [email protected]@60hz, and [email protected]

Both speakers support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. They allow users to stream music wirelessly. They’re also equipped with a Chromecast and an Apple Airplay.

Side by Side Features Comparison

LG SP8YA vs SP9YA Soundbar Detailed Comparison

  • Overview
  • Description
  • Brand/Store
  • Availability
  • User Rating
  • Review
  • General
  • Connectivity Source
  • Placement type
  • Soundbar Buttons
  • Audio Features
  • Amplification type
  • Built-in channels
  • Output power, W
  • Separate speaker (in package)
  • Speaker connectivity
  • Side/Up Firing Speakers
  • Subwoofer
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Separate Subwoofer connectivity
  • Separate Subwoofer included
  • Streaming Services
  • Amazon Music
  • Apple Music (AirPlay)
  • Spotify
  • Other streaming services
  • Connectivity
  • AUX/3.5mm Jack
  • Bluetooth
  • Coaxial input/output
  • Ethernet (RJ45)
  • HDMI input/output
  • Optical digital input/output
  • Analog (RCA) input/output
  • USB
  • WI-FI
  • Controls
  • App control
  • Remote control
  • Voice control
  • Supports
  • Mic
  • Multi-room support
  • Multichannel Audio Formats
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Dolby (other)
  • DTS:X
  • DTS (other)
  • User Manual
  • Manual
  • Dimensions
  • Item Weight
  • Power Supply
  • Power consumption
  • Specification
  • Part Number
  • Model
  • Warranty
  • Color
  • Release Date

Final Conclusion -Winner

The SP9YA is a great option if you want a high quality system with built-in speakers.

LG SP9YA 5.1.2 520W Soundbar

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  • 520 watts speakers, Best for bigger size rooms
  • High definition sound & Powerful bass
  • Sound setting with Easy control
  • Wireless Lg Subwoofer
  • Simple setup – plug, play & enjoy
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS Virtual:X
  • Remote, App and Voice Control

However, if you want more affordable speakers, then go with the lower model (SP8YA). Both models include Dolby Atmos & DTS:X.

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