LG Announces New Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Sound Bars

The SL9 sound bar incorporates a gyroscope which configures sound when wall mounted                  LG

The SL9 sound bar incorporates a gyroscope which configures sound when wall mounted LG

Working closely with Meridian, LG set out to improve sound quality across its product portfolio, extending Meridian's exclusive technology to three soundbar models (models SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG) this year. It's also got its Upmix technology, which improves vocal and instrumental clarity without generating distortion.

Apart from smart functionality and a sleek, modern design Meridian has been able to develop new strong, multi-dimensional sound technology using new artificial intelligence capabilities.

And LG is getting ready to release three new smart speakers into the world after their big debut at CES 2019 next month.

Another key feature included is Google Assistant, which is pretty much the same as when the firm announced its ThinQ brand a year ago (interestingly, there's no mention of the ThinQ brand in the press release).

"With these two acclaimed technologies, users can enjoy breathtakingly realistic surround sound that seems to come from multiple directions and depths", LG said. While the soundbars can essentially act as more powerful Google Home units and be used as one's smart home hub, the immediate benefit of having a voice assistant integrated into such a piece of hardware is convenience.

At only 57mm deep, the LG SL9 can also be installed flush to the wall for a clean, streamlined appearance that saves space and makes a sophisticated statement. To bolster the already solid output and detailed soundscape of LG's latest sound bars, users can add the Wireless Rear Speaker Kit to achieve a more cinema-like experience. Two of the units, models SL9YG and SL10YG, have been announced as winners of CES Innovation Awards in the Best of Innovation category.

Ahead of the event, in fact, LG teased today some details related to the new 2019 soundbars it will be unveiling - sleek new devices that the company says will, among other things, support Dolby Atmos as well as Google Assistant.

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