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CES 2018 News: LG announces first audio products in collaboration with Meridian

SK10Y Dolby Atmos soundbar and ThinQ smart speaker are star attractions

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 3, 2018 at 5:49 PM


  • LG will be showcasing a ‘superior, clearer and smarter’ line-up of premium audio products at CES 2018 featuring Meridian Audio’s audio technology to deliver more natural and warm sound.
    LG’s new SK10Y soundbar delivers a 550W output and supports 5.1.2 channels for Dolby Atmos compatibility. The SK10Y is equipped with multiple speakers – including a pair of upward-firing speakers – to envelop the listener from every angle. Users can adjust the volume of the upfiring speakers to optimize the sound with the height of the ceiling in the room.

    As a pioneer of high-performance, high-fidelity audio and an authority on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and the field of psychoacoustics, Meridian equipped the SK10Y with a high level of performance including its Bass and Space technology. Meridian’s Height Elevation technology raises sound above the sound bar to the level of the screen, bringing extra clarity to speech and music. What’s more, the LG SK10Y is compatible with high-quality lossless audio files; in addition to playback of up to 40kHz, the speaker also offers a sound upconverting feature that boosts the quality of standard audio files to 24bit/192kHz.

    From a design perspective, the SK10Y is said to be a head turner with its harmonious, modern-looking edges and a slim profile that fits underneath many of LG 2018 OLED or SUPER UHD TV models. The device is also extremely accessible, with full connectivity to hubs, speakers and other smart devices supporting Chromecast. Simply say “OK Google” and request to begin playing your favourite song, podcast or audio clip from your favourite online streaming service.

    LG’s portable PK series speaker deliver sound and mood lighting features in a package that can be taken anywhere. With Meridian Audio’s technologies, the PK speakers are claimed to be capable of delivering powerful and undistorted bass as well as optimising speech and vocals. These speakers are compatible with the Apt-X HD Bluetooth standard for streaming 24-bit music over a wireless connection. For an added visual flair, Dynamic Party Lighting flashes to the beat and all three PK models feature rugged designs and convenient grips for easy handling.

    LG will be using the stage at CES 2018 to announce its first premium smart AI audio product, the LG ThinQ Speaker, which not only produces high-quality sound but comes with Google Assistant built in. LG teamed up with Google to ensure that the LG ThinQ Speaker delivers all the conveniences which comes with having a digital assistant at your side. And LG ThinQ Speaker isn’t only a smart companion, it is also a personalized voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. For example, the LG ThinQ Speaker can be set to turn on an LG appliance with the simple spoken command, “OK Google, talk to LG, turn on the air purifier.” The speaker is aldo compatible with high quality lossless filesand features Meridian processing.

    For all party lovers, LG has several speakers that combine powerful audio capabilities. These all-in-one party machines offer a variety of features designed to get everyone on the dance floor moving, such as 1,800W output, DJ capabilities, karaoke modes and lights. LG’s newest party speakers feature durable form factors, easy-to-use interfaces and many connectivity options to download or stream an unlimited number of dance tracks.

    Sound technology has come a long way since LG introduced the first radio to Korean consumers almost 60 years ago,” said Seo Young-jae, head of the convergence audio and video business division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “At this year’s CES, I’m confident audiences will be impressed with the amount of technology we’ve introduced into our audio products without compromising on sound quality.”

    LG’s 2018 soundbar, portable speakers, party speakers, as well as the cutting-edge LG ThinQ Speaker will all be demonstrated at CES 2018.

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