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LG sends voices to you from above with its new soundbar

LG has announced a new 9.1.5-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar that includes a novel upward firing middle speaker that bounces dialogue off the celling and to your ears so you can hear clearly. While up-firing drivers are a giant a part of how soundbars produce encompass sound usually — it’s considered one of 5 right here — LG claims the up-firing middle is a world-first. The soundbar additionally features a pair of wi-fi rear audio system that may now moreover ship audio to the facet partitions of the room, which may additionally enhance the audio immersion.

It’s essential to notice that the new up-firing middle speaker continues to be the identical channel because the common middle, however provides to the readability of dialogue. Same goes for the 2 additional side-firing drivers of the rear speaker pair; it’s the identical channel because the facet audio system of the soundbar. LG claims its AI Room Calibration can auto configure the timings of every speaker and sync up all the pieces.

This new LG soundbar (mannequin S95QR), its rear audio system, and the included wi-fi subwoofer collectively have an influence output of 810W. With each Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the LG S95QR is positioned as a premium soundbar and a successor to the 7.1.4-channel LG SP11RA soundbar.

Unfortunately, the new soundbar — like its predecessor — nonetheless doesn’t help passthrough for 4K 120Hz with HDR. If you have a more recent 4K HDR TV and a Series X or PS5, you won’t need to plug your sport console straight into the bar. You ought to nonetheless get the advantage of Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) help, although.

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A visible illustration of LG’s 7.1.4-channel soundbar configuration. To get to 9.1.5, think about a 3rd wave firing up from the soundbar (middle) and two waves taking pictures from the rear audio system to the left/proper partitions.

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The soundbar additionally helps Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) and may be managed utilizing sensible gadgets with Google Assistant, Alexa, and “other AI assistants”. The older LG SP11RA soundbar had AirPlay 2 help and may very well be managed utilizing Siri, nevertheless it’s not clear from LG’s press launch if the new soundbar additionally options it (however we’re hopeful).

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LG additionally says there’s help for its Wowcast Wi-Fi audio dongle, which was initially launched this previous fall, and is out there on LG’s UK web page. The Wowcast is a tool that makes the soundbar wi-fi, for conditions the place working a cable between the TV and the soundbar could be troublesome. It mounts behind your TV and might stream an HDMI eARC connection between it and the soundbar. LG says the Wowcast might be bought individually, so we anticipate a US launch alongside the new soundbar.

LG didn’t share a value or launch date for the new LG S95QR, although. The soundbar might be among the many first of the corporate’s merchandise being introduced and displayed in its digital CES 2022 sales space.

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