An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so LG SL5Y vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SL5Y has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.4 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, function and microphone, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the LG SL5Y has 2.1 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The LG SL5Y got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Soundbar 500.
Only the Bose Soundbar 500 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The LG SL5Y has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Bose Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the SL5Y received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the Soundbar 500. A built-in microphone is present only on the Soundbar 500. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround LG SL5Y got a rating of 6, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.