LG SERVES UP SIX SOUNDBARS FOR 2019
LG has announced that it’ll bring no fewer than six new soundbars to the Australian market this year.
Most promising are three high-end models: the 550W SL10YG ($1,699, available April), 500W SL9YG ($1,499, available June) and 360W SL8YG ($1,099, available April). Each of these comes with built-in Google Assistant allowing for voice control, not just for the soundbar but for connected smart home devices including televisions, lighting and heating. Thanks to the Wi-Fi on board, these bars can also stream audio from the likes of Spotify and Deezer.
The three premium models support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X directional audio, and have DSPs tweaked by engineers at legendary British hi-fi company Meridian Audio. Meridian’s Upmix technology, which aims to create an all-enveloping multi-channel sound stage from a two-channel source, is also on board.
Further down the range, you’ll find the 420W SL7Y ($799, available April), 400W SL5Y ($549, available March) and 300W SL4Y ($399, available March). The SL7Y has Wi-Fi and is Google Assistant-compatible (it just doesn’t have the tech built-in), while the SL5Y and SL4Y have Bluetooth for streaming purposes, and all three models have DTS Virtual:X tech.
Each of the soundbars comes with its own wireless subwoofer to provide low-end audio muscle. And, thanks to LG’s optional SPK8-S Rear Speaker Kit ($199, available March), it’s possible to add two dedicated wireless rear speakers with a total of 140W of power to any of the three premium Wi-Fi-equipped soundbars.
Angus Jones, General Manager of Marketing at LG Electronics Australia told StereoNET at the launch this week:
Our partnership with Meridian means we can deliver amazing audio performance to Australian households – and really provide Aussies with a fully packaged premium viewing experience. The 2019 line-up of LG Sound Bars has an additional benefit with the convenience of Google Assistant integration as well,
It’s incredible how just from just one simple wireless soundbar – that anyone can set up – an incredible virtual surround sound experience is achieved.
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Having been covering consumer tech since phones were dumb and TVs weren’t flat, few things in the gadget world still have the power to surprise Sam – which is why he loves writing about those few things that do. A Londoner transplanted to New York, and now returned to the English coast, he’s a photographer and loving what drones have brought to the hobby.