ZVOX SB380 vs LG SL5Y review

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Rating 5 5
ZVOX SB380
vs
LG SL5Y

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - ZVOX SB380 vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, SB380 has a total rating of 4 out of 10 versus 4.5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, function, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the ZVOX SB380 has 3.1 versus 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. The output power is different and equal to 45 W for the SB380 versus 90 W for the SL5Y. Only the ZVOX SB380 has a built-in subwoofer. The ZVOX SB380 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 SB380 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. For multichannel surround ZVOX SB380 got a rating of 2, and LG SL5Y 4 out of 10.

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over LG SL5Y

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages LG SL5Y over ZVOX SB380

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

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Common

Product

ZVOX SB380
LG SL5Y

Model

SB380
SL5Y

Brand

ZVOX
LG

Reviews

431
192

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
power, volume down, volume up, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45
90

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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

2/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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

88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3
89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

4/9.8
2.3/5.2
ZVOX SB380
LG SL5Y
ZVOX SB380
LG SL5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 4
  • 4.5
  • 4ZVOX SB380
  • 4.5LG SL5Y

The LG SL5Y is better soundbar in this comparison. Check LG SL5Y price