LG introduce new soundbars – one with Dolby Atmos support

Literally going up in the world of soundbars

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 4, 2017 at 3:19 PM

  • This week at CES 2017 LG is showcasing an expanded line-up of soundbar products designed for avid audiophiles and casual listeners alike.
    LG’s newest audio devices implement emerging technologies that maximize compatibility with LG’s premium TVs, offering an enhanced cinematic experience with surround sound capabilities and further expanding the ways consumers can enjoy music and movies.

    LG’s new audio products feature powerful capabilities, sophisticated designs, and a high level of sound fidelity and versatility for a diverse range of listeners,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “LG continues to push boundaries to offer sound systems that are perfect for any listening occasion, and the new 2017 lineup is the perfect demonstration of this.”

    The next-gen of TV Soundbars Leading the 2017 line-up is LG’s new SJ9 sound bar, which harnesses the power of Dolby Atmos technology to recreate the ultimate cinema audio experience, while its sleek design means it should fit in to any home. In order to create such immersive sound, the SJ9 is equipped with multiple speakers, including two powerful up-firing speakers. Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio that can be precisely placed anywhere in a three dimensional space, including overhead, to create realistic audio for a more immersive and emotive experience.

    Sounds are represented as independent objects by employing sophisticated metadata to describe their location and size in the 3-dimensional listening space and are then rendered in real-time so that each sound comes from its designated location, even directly overhead the listener.

    The LG SJ9’s ‘4K’ High Resolution Audio is compatible with high quality lossless audio files, allowing it to faithfully recreate sounds that were originally recorded in the studio. In addition, the SJ9’s 24-bit upsampling feature increases the quality of standard audio files to 24bit/192Hz. The SJ9 also supports 4K Pass-Through to deliver pristine audio without compromising image quality, ensuring a perfectly synchronized audio visual experience.

    At CES 2017, LG will also unveil the SJ8 sound bar, which delivers robust audio performance in a slim and efficient 1.5” profile. With the TV Perfect Fit Kit, owners can insert the sound bar directly into certain LG TV sets by replacing the original stand with the SJ8. The SJ8 is equipped with many of the same features as the SJ9, including 4K High Resolution Audio, 4K Pass-Through and the ability to stream content using Chromecast built-in.

    Also joining the lineup is the SJ7 Sound Bar Flex, a 320W sound bar that features two speakers that can be either set up as a traditional sound bar in the front of the room, or as a surround sound solution with one speaker positioned in the front, and the other in the rear providing the listener with front-and-back surround audio; the two halves of the SJ7 connect wirelessly to each other. Furthermore, one of the speakers has a built-in battery for increased versatility. By switching to the portable mode, you can enjoy it as a wireless Bluetooth speaker anytime, anywhere.

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