LG S95QR wireless home theater + LG OLED65G2 4K TV review

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Mis à jour le 4 October 2022.

LG has announced that the LG OLED65G2 TV is 30% brighter than the previous generation for an improved display of HDR content and to offer a better viewing experience with movies, series and the latest video games. For this review, it is accompanied by the LG S95QR soundbar with its wireless surround speakers and subwoofer. This 9.1.5-channel and 810-watt wireless home theater system promises excellent immersion with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. 

Available for €2,690, can this LG OLED65G2 + S95QR TV and wireless home theater pack beat the Samsung QE65QN800B + Samsung HW-Q990B (€3,990) kit we tested in July?

LG S95QR wireless home theater + LG OLED65G2 4K TV review: presentation
The soundbar’s box sets the tone: Ultimate Cinematic Surround Sound, 810W, 9.1.5 channels… Are the LG OLED65G2 TV and the LG S95QR soundbar the ultimate home cinema pack?

Packaging & accessories

The LG OLED65G2 television is designed to be wall-mounted using the included bracket. For our review, LG lent us a specific table base: the LG SQ-G2ST65. This TV comes with the Magic Remote control.

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For this review, we mounted the LG OLED65G2’s screen on the dedicated LG SQ-G2ST65 base.

The LG S95QR soundbar comes with a subwoofer and two surround speakers. Wall brackets for the bar and speakers are also included. The manufacturer provides four power cables, an HDMI cable and a remote control. The remote control has the same form factor as the TV’s remote.

LG S95QR wireless home theater
The LG S95QR wireless home theater includes a soundbar, a wireless subwoofer and two wireless surround speakers.
LG S95QR wireless home theater: accessories
In addition to wall brackets for the soundbar and surround speakers, LG includes four power cables (1.5m), an HDMI cable (1.5m) and a remote control with batteries.
LG S95QR + TV 4K LG OLED65G2: remote controls
The remote controls of the TV (left) and soundbar (right) have the same aesthetics. The shape and materials used are similar and match perfectly. 

The packaging for the soundbar is made almost entirely of cardboard, with very little plastic. This isn’t the case for the television, which is still held in place using blocks of polystyrene.

Presentation

LG OLED65G2 4K TV

Ultra slim at less than 25mm thick, the LG OLED65G2 television is designed to be wall-mounted. The manufacturer includes a wall bracket as the TV doesn’t have a base.

The LG OLED65G2 features the latest 4K UHD OLED Evo panel. It measures 65” (164cm) across. The manufacturer has announced that it is 30% brighter than the previous generation. In practice, the contrast is higher and the highlights are more nuanced in HDR images. The LG α9 Gen5AI Processor 4K is responsible for image and sound processing. To do so, it uses the very effective Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro technology.

LG OLED65G2: bright and contrasted pictures
The new OLED Evo panel of the LG OLED65G2 is brighter for superior HDR display (picture: Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark calibration Blu-ray).

The LG OLED65G2 TV is designed for both movie lovers and gamers. For the former, it features several ideally calibrated image modes (Cinema, Filmmaker and Expert modes). It can also access the majority of streaming services so you can enjoy the latest movies and series. 

The latter can benefit from optimal gaming conditions thanks to the HDMI 2.1 ports. They are compatible with 4K display up to 120Hz, VRR (G-sync and Freesync) and ALLM. Moreover, this TV can directly access the GeForce Now and Stadia cloud gaming services. It is also compatible with 4K Dolby Vision Gaming at 120Hz.

LG OLED65G2: connectors
The LG OLED65G2’s HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K up to 120Hz for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC video games.

The LG OLED65G2’s HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K up to 120Hz for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC video games.

LG S95QR wireless home theater

The LG S95QR soundbar is supported by a wireless subwoofer and a pair of wireless surround speakers. Together, they ensure the reproduction of movie, series and video game soundtracks over 9.1.5 channels. The total output is 810 watts, with 220 watts reserved for the subwoofer.

LG S95QR: soundbar + surround speakers
LG advertises 590 watts of amplification power for the soundbar and wireless surround speakers. There are three front-firing Atmos drivers on top of the soundbar.
LG S95QR: subwoofer
The subwoofer that comes with the LG S95QR soundbar features an amplification of 220 watts.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible, the soundbar and surround speakers are equipped with vertical effect drivers. This LG wireless home theater aims to create an immersive sound bubble around the viewers.

Dolby Atmos : le son home-cinéma en 3D
LG S95QR: two Atmos surround speakers
The surround speakers in the LG S95QR wireless home cinema system incorporate three drivers: one for lateral effects, one for rear effects and one for Atmos effects (on top).

The LG Soundbar app lets you perform an automatic calibration of the soundbar and subwoofer. It also allows you to precisely adjust the volume of each channel in the system. This means you can fine tune the sound, no matter the configuration of the room. Several audio presets also let you adjust the sound depending on the content you’re watching.

LG S95QR: automatic calibration via the app
The LG Soundbar app offers an automatic calibration function for the soundbar and subwoofer. Unfortunately, the surround speakers do not benefit from this calibration, which was a disappointment.

The connectors include two HDMI 2.1 inputs and one output (eARC, UHD 4K, HDR), as well as an optical digital audio input. The Bluetooth receiver and Chromecast, AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect features allow wireless music streaming. It is therefore possible to use this soundbar as a connected speaker with a smartphone, tablet or computer.

LG S95QR: HDMI 2.1 + USB
The LG S95QR soundbar is equipped with 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs and 1 output, the latter being ARC/eARC compatible.
LG S95QR: optical input
There is also an optical digital audio input on the LG S95QR soundbar.

Because it features Google Assistant, the LG S95QR cinema soundbar can be controlled vocally, as well as with the infrared remote control.

Key specifications

LG OLED65G2 TV

  • Screen size: 65”/164cm
  • Display technology: OLED EVO 4K UHD
  • Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  • Light control: auto-emissive pixels
  • HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ compatible
  • 4.2 channel audio system (60 watts)
  • Dolby Atmos compatible
  • 4 x HDMI 2.1 (4K 120Hz)

LG S95QR soundbar

  • 9.1.5 channel audio system
  • Wireless subwoofer and Atmos surround speakers
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible
  • TV Sound Sync
  • 4K HDMI 2.1 (ARC/eARC): 2 inputs/1 output
  • 1 optical input
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay 2, Chromecast

LG OLED65G2 + LG S95QR: configuration

Once the screen was unboxed, we placed it on a flat surface to mount the base. The LG OLED65G2 can then be installed on a TV cabinet. It is also possible to mount it on a wall with the wall bracket provided by LG. Note that once mounted on its dedicated stand, the LG OLED65G2 screen tilts backwards slightly.

We connected the TV to a wall antenna socket to receive TV channels. We then connected it to a Pioneer UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray player with an Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI cable to watch 4K Blu-rays. Finally, we connected it via a network cable to the Netgear Orbi RBK852 WiFi router for access to the local network and the internet. We then plugged the TV into one of the filtered sockets on the Taga Harmony PF-2000 power strip. Once the TV was switched on, the installation process only took a few minutes.

The LG S95QR wireless home theater system was incredibly easy to set up. We took the different elements out of the box and placed the soundbar in front of the TV. The subwoofer can be placed to the left or the right of the AV cabinet. It is recommended to place it in a corner if you want to optimize the reproduction of the lows.

LG S95QR: 220-watt subwoofer
To artificially enhance the bass, you can place the subwoofer in a corner of the room.

The two surround speakers then need to be placed on either side of the viewers. We managed to place them at the right height by installing them on two NorStone Stylum 2 speaker stands. It is important to note that each speaker is dedicated to a specific channel, indicated on the back panel.

LG S95QR: surround speakers rear view
Each surround speaker is programmed to play either left or right effects, as shown on the back.

Each element of the audio system is then connected to the mains with its own dedicated power cable in a specific order. First the subwoofer, then the surround speakers and finally the soundbar. The wireless connection between the various components is then established automatically. The LEDs on the back of the subwoofer and speakers will light up green to confirm this. 

Once the audio system is operational, the LG OLED65G2 and the LG S95QR soundbar can be paired. It is highly recommended to use the HDMI ARC/eARC connection. This is the only way to enjoy Dolby True HD/DTS:HDMA (ARC) as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (eARC). A connection with an optical cable is also possible. In this case, you are limited to 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS. 

The volume of each channel, as well as the tone, can be adjusted with the remote control. However, using the LG SoundBar app is much more convenient and allows you to access the automatic calibration. Curiously, the latter only concerns the soundbar and the subwoofer. It does not take into account the surround speakers. Moreover, the result did not seem very convincing. We didn’t notice any significant difference in the sound quality before and after the procedure.

LG S95QR: acoustic settings in the app
For optimal channel tuning of this LG wireless home theater system, we recommend using the settings menu in the app.

Consequently, it is easier to use the app’s settings menu to do the calibration manually. You can then precisely adjust the level of each channel (-6 dB/+6 dB) as well as the overall tone (lows/highs).

Our impressions

Design

The LG OLED65G2 is designed for seamless integration when it is wall-mounted. Its chassis is more uniform and thinner than the other LG OLED ranges (LG OLED A2, LG OLED B2 and LG OLED C2). This allows it to be easily mounted, limiting the amount of space between the television and the wall.

LG OLED65G2: side view
The very thin panel of the LG OLED65G2 (less than 2.5cm thick) allows it to be placed flush with the wall when using the included wall mount.

Seen from the front, the thin metal frame is very discreet, with the picture taking up almost the entire surface of the screen. Unfortunately, OLED panels still have problems with reflections, and this LG model is no exception.

LG OLED65G2: screen refelctions
Be careful of reflections during the day in bright rooms! The LG OLED65G2’s anti-reflection filter could be a lot better… Note that the base raises the TV enough so that it isn’t hidden by the soundbar.

The dedicated base looks like that of the LG OLED65C2 and raises the screen enough so that it isn’t hidden by the soundbar. 

The LG S95QR wireless home theater is visually discreet and benefits from an impeccable build quality. The design is harmonious if not original.

LG S95QR: details
The build quality of the LG S95QR soundbar is impeccable with a very appealing metallic finish, perfectly stretched acoustic fabric, and precise assembly.

The soundbar features a touch sensitive control interface on the top panel and a small screen on the front. So as not to be distracting, it is only activated when the remote control is being used and turns off after a few seconds.

LG S95QR: details
On the left, the LG S95QR soundbar’s control interface and on the right, its screen.

However, it is a shame that the top of the soundbar is so reflective. Once placed under the TV, bright images are reflected on it, which may bother those looking to eliminate any sources of light pollution.

LG S95QR: reflections
The LG OLED65G2’s image quality with 4K HDR content is spectacular. It’s a pity that the reflections on the top of the soundbar are distracting.

Due to their HDMI CEC compatibility, the TV and soundbar can both be controlled using either remote control once they are connected via HDMI.

Image quality

The LG OLED G2 range has already had many positive reviews and boasts several awards from the specialized press. 4K HDR pictures are superb, via both 4K Blu-rays and streaming. The increased brightness of the OLED Evo panel allows for better contrast. The quality of the HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping is undeniable. We were able to enjoy more nuance in the highlights while preserving excellent legibility in the dark areas of the image. 

LG OLED65G2: deep blacks, intense colors
Deep blacks, infinite contrast, vivid and perfectly saturated colors: the LG OLED65G2 offers superb image quality.

The upscaling of 1080p HD Blu-rays is still as efficient, with a result that is almost identical to a native 4K source and has no artifacts. HD TV programs also look very good on this television, which upscales images almost perfectly. Only old, low definition programs look grainy.

LG S95QR + LG OLED65G2: video game (4K 60Hz)
The Elden Ring video game (4K 60Hz, PS4) was smooth and very responsive. Despite the console’s definition, which is limited to HD, the picture was superb.

When used with a game console, the screen automatically switches to gaming mode, providing better responsiveness and smoothness. Pressing the settings button on the remote control immediately displays the video game settings interface at the bottom of the screen.

Audio section and soundbar

The LG OLED65G2 TV has a 4.2 channel audio section. Theoretically, it provides a virtual audio conversion over 7.1.2 channels. In practice, the sound produced by the television doesn’t fully immerse the viewers. That said, the front of the soundstage was broadened, notably when using the AI Sound Pro mode. This TV also has another advantage: it can be connected to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones simultaneously.

LG OLED65G2: double Bluetooth connection
Like all of LG’s 2021 and 2022 televisions, the LG OLED65G2 allows you to connect two pairs of Bluetooth headphones simultaneously and adjust their volume separately. However, it isn’t possible to deliver the sound from the TV and to Bluetooth headphones at the same time.

Once the LG S95QR wireless home theater pack was connected to the TV, the sound immediately changed. The soundbar delivered a soundstage that was extensive both horizontally and vertically, giving a new dimension to the soundtracks. In AI Sound mode, the system displayed remarkable spatialization qualities. The central Atmos channel was an excellent idea to enhance the fullness of vocals and frontal sound effects. The surround speakers effectively delivered rear and lateral surround sound effects that were perfectly integrated into the mix. The result was a wide, expressive and perfectly coherent sound field.

LG S95QR + LG OLED65G2: Saving Private Ryan
The soundtrack to the movie Saving Private Ryan is the perfect test for a home theater system. The LG S95QR offered realistically distributed horizontal sound effects and good vertical range on the front channels.

The landing scene in Saving Private Ryan was reproduced very realistically. Mortar fire and machine gun bursts shot across the room. The scene in which Tom Hanks confronts the unfolding horror of the situation, completely immersed in a kind of sonic haze, was very well rendered. With the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of the Skyfall HD Blu-ray, the AI Sound mode generated a full and immersive surround sound environment. The same goes for the Dolby Digital soundtrack of the Elden Ring video game.

The subwoofer was reactive and energetic whilst remaining nuanced. However, we recommend increasing the level by a few decibels in the app or using the remote control for greater realism and intensity.

Unfortunately, the rear Atmos effects were quite timid, even when we turned the volume of these channels up as high as it would go.

LG OLED65G2 + LG S95QR: compared to…

Samsung QE65QN800B + Samsung HW-Q990B (€3,990)

The LG and Samsung televisions both benefit from very efficient video processing boosted by artificial intelligence. They both offer excellent upscaling, color management and HDR display. The LG OLED65G2 stands out with its Dolby Vision compatibility. Its abyssal blacks also provide an unbeatable cinematographic picture in the dark. During the day, however, the higher brightness of the Samsung TV ensures a more legible image, even though progress has been made with the OLED Evo panel. Samsung’s anti-reflection filter remains a market reference. LG comes out on top concerning the picture.

Out of the two home theater packs, Samsung’s is the most effective. Nevertheless, the LG S95QR system provides a very coherent soundscape that is efficiently spatialized in width and depth. However, the immersion is more advanced with the Samsung system, which offers a real 360° sound bubble. The Q-Symphony technology, which synchronizes the sound of the TV with that of the soundbar, is clearly superior. The lateral and vertical effects spread out more widely, with better articulation. In addition, the Samsung subwoofer is more impactful and compelling. Overall, the Samsung system immerses the viewer more fully. Moreover, this Samsung kit provides a Dolby Atmos compatible WiFi connection between the TV and the soundbar! Samsung wins when it comes to audio.

LG OLED65G2 + LG S95QR: who are they for?

The LG OLED65G2 television will appeal to home theater enthusiasts looking for rich and contrasted images with movies, TV programs and video games. The Dolby Atmos/Vision compatibility, very effective upscaling and G-Sync/FreeSync 4K 120Hz features are ideal for both home theater and gaming.

The LG S95QR system is designed for users looking for a genuine wireless surround sound system. They’ll enjoy the impressive spatialization and extensive soundstage.

LG OLED65G2 + LG S95QR: conclusion

The LG OLED65G2 television and LG S95QR soundbar pack is a sound investment for anyone who wants a high-performance home theater system. The OLED Evo panel combined with LG’s excellent video processing offers a very impressive image quality. The LG S95QR soundbar manages to broaden and deepen the sound field with ease. There is even a nice sense of height on the front channels. 

The LG system doesn’t quite match the sound performance of the Samsung QE65QN800B + Samsung HW-Q990B pack, which is €1,300 more expensive. What we lose in sound spatialization, we gain in image quality thanks to the excellent OLED Evo panel.

We liked

  • The beautiful 4K Dolby Vision picture
  • The rich and natural colors
  • The effective upscaling
  • The consistency of the soundstage
  • The AI Sound Pro mode

We would have liked

  • A better anti-reflection filter on the TV
  • A more comprehensive and effective automatic calibration
  • More impact in the bass

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