LG SL5Y vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

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LG SL5Y vs Yamaha SR-B20A comparison chart

LG SL5Y vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

LG SL5Y
vs
Yamaha SR-B20A

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the LG SL5Y vs Yamaha SR-B20A comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The LG SL5Y was rated 5, while the Yamaha SR-B20A has a rating 5.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, function for the SL5Y and volume down, volume up, power, source for the SR-B20A.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 120 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-B20A. An external subwoofer connects to the SL5Y via wireless, but SR-B20A has wired connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the LG SL5Y for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha SR-B20A received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the LG SL5Y versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha SR-B20A. As in the SL5Y, so in the SR-B20A there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the SR-B20A provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the SL5Y or SR-B20A. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 6/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages LG SL5Y over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over LG SL5Y

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • App control
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Common

Product

LG SL5Y
Yamaha SR-B20A

Model

SL5Y
SR-B20A

Brand

LG
Yamaha

Reviews

379
34

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, function
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
120 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4
94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.3/5.2
3.1/7.1

Other

Release year

2019
2020
LG SL5Y
Yamaha SR-B20A
LG SL5Y
Yamaha SR-B20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5.4
  • 5LG SL5Y
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A

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Yamaha SR-B20A competitors