LG Introduce SL8YG, SL9YG and SL10YG Soundbars at CES

Sounds like a plan.

by AVForums Jan 3, 2019 at 11:40 AM

  • Ahead of CES 2019, LG has announced their latest, high-end soundbar lineup, the SL8YG, SL9YG and SL10YG.

    These new soundbar additions deliver superior sound quality, smart functionality and a sleek, modern design and are the result of a close collaboration with Meridian Audio – pioneers of High-Resolution Audio. Delivering strong, multi-dimensional sound that fills every corner of the room and equipped with the convenience of AI, LG’s 2019 lineup creates a truly immersive user experience. The premium SL9 rose above the competition in its category to take home the coveted 'Best of Innovation' title in the CES 2019 Innovation Awards.

    Working closely with Meridian, LG continues to improve sound quality across its product portfolio, and has now extended its evolving technology to these latest soundbar models. Drawing on 25 years of experience as the Master of Digital Signal Processing, Meridian creates a true cinematic experience, delivering powerful surround sound like no other with its Image Elevation technology, designed to lift the soundstage in a more lifelike way to boost listener’s sense of immersion. Additionally, Meridian Upmix technology increases sound immersion by improving the sound field while upgrading the clarity of vocals and lead instruments and is able to up-mix two-channel audio to multiple, distinct channels without generating any distortion.

    Kim Dae-chul, head of LG Home Entertainment Company’s audio and video business states, “LG’s 2019 sound bars deliver amazing performance tuned in close partnership with Meridian Audio with the convenience of smart AI connectivity.”

    All three soundbars support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. With these two acclaimed technologies, users can enjoy breathtakingly realistic surround sound that seems to come from multiple directions and depths. To bolster the already solid output and detailed soundscape, users can add the SPK8 Wireless Rear Speaker Kit.

    The 2019 LG sound bars have a sleek, understated design that perfectly matches the chic style of LG’s exceptional OLED TVs, creating a seamless aesthetic when placed beneath one of the company’s next-generation TVs. At only 57mm (2.25 in) 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. An integrated gyroscope sensor gauges the position of the product (fixed to a wall or on a flat surface), adjusting sound directionality to guarantee the optimal listening experience

    In addition to superior sound, clarity and richness, LG’s new lineup of sound bars offer the convenience of AI smart connectivity and voice recognition with the built-in Google Assistant. Users can control their LG sound bar and get information with a simple command such as, “Hey Google, increase the volume,” or, “Hey Google, what artist is playing?” Compatibility with Google Assistant-enabled smart products make it possible to control connected devices throughout the home via voice command. Simply say, “Hey Google, ask LG to turn on the air purifier,” to the soundbar to make adjustments without leaving the couch.

    LG seems to be packing in a fair array of features and technology into their newest sound bars but the key elements will always be sound quality and support for the latest audio technologies and it seems these are very definitely present and correct. It remains to be seen if extras such as voice assistance will provide the extra incentive buyers are looking for, though it seems that vocal control of products is here to stay, regardless.

    Price and availability TBA.

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