The Eclair is small. Small enough to be dwarfed by some bigger smart home speakers. Although it’s quite dense and heavy so you can’t toss this around for its size. There are a total of five drivers with the front having three drivers (left, centre and right) and the remaining two being top firing drivers to bounce off your ceiling. Through this Eclair can really pull its weight for creating a wider soundstage. It’s impressive, especially when you consider that the speaker barely takes up any space under your telly.
Although, it’s not nuanced as we’d like it to be. The sound, although impressive for the size, lacks clarity. The mids and highs are squished without enough separation between the frequencies. Throw in the bi-directional sub-woofer and action sequences do start to sound thrilling. The vibration dampening subwoofer is impressive. It’s powerful, tight and delivers a cinematic kick to all your action movies. It’s also boomy which may tend to drown out the Eclair’s sound at times. So it will feel a bit too bassy for most situations. The race scene from Ready Player One sounds powerful and meaty but in between the bass-heavy sequences and the mid and high favouring scenes, the Eclair tends to drown out the latter. We immediately rushed to the LG Sound Bar app and dialled the bass down by 1. Even then, it wasn’t enough to avoid listener fatigue.
No Time for Caution by Han Zimmer during the docking scene in Interstellar is not timed correctly and the Eclair can make a cacophony of Han’s orchestral masterpiece. Even in games like Gran Turismo 7 that have immaculate rumbling car exhaust tones and engine howls get lost on this soundbar.
The AI sound mode is half baked on the LG Eclair and it scrubs the Eclair’s strong points and makes it sound hollow. If you connect the Eclair to an LG telly using the TV Sound Mode Share, it will use the LG TV’s AI processing to put some brains into the AI sound mode. We don’t know how that will work out because we didn’t have an LG TV to test this with but we wouldn’t get our hopes too high. Dolby Atmos is also not the finest sounding on this as well. Truly no soundbar has come close to perfecting Dolby Atmos at this price point so we’ll let that one slide.