KEF HTF7003 vs LG SL5Y review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
LG SL5Y

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - KEF HTF7003 vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HTF7003 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 4.5 for SL5Y.

Audio features

The KEF HTF7003 has the passive amplification type, the LG SL5Y - active. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the KEF HTF7003 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HTF7003 versus 90 W for the SL5Y. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The KEF HTF7003 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the LG SL5Y 8 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Only the SL5Y has Bluetooth support. Only the SL5Y supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the HTF7003 received a rating of 4/10 versus 6/10, respectively.

Features

Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X.

Advantages LG SL5Y over KEF HTF7003

  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
KEF HTF7003
5
4.5
inapplicable
0
inapplicable
4
inapplicable
4
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Common

Product

KEF HTF7003
LG SL5Y

Model

HTF7003
SL5Y

Brand

KEF
LG

Reviews

15
192

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, volume down, volume up, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100
90

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
2.3/5.2
KEF HTF7003
LG SL5Y
KEF HTF7003
LG SL5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 4.5LG SL5Y

The KEF HTF7003 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check KEF HTF7003 price