Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

LG's new soundbars offer Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Google Assistant integration

LG's new soundbars offer Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Google Assistant integration

The flagship 2019 lineup includes the SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG. LGs premium SL9 rose above the competition in its category to take home the coveted Best of Innovation title.

All three soundbars were developed in conjunction with Meridian Sound, an English manufacturer known for its high-fidelity audio and video components.

The collaboration between the two companies goes beyond basic fine-tuning or the adoption of feature-sets, according to LG. All three models use the Meridian Bass & Space technology to improve the soundstage and envelop listeners in high-quality sound and bass.

There's also "Image Elevation" which is created to lift the soundstage and enhance the listener's feeling of immersion.

Meridian's Upmix technology can up-mix two-channel audio to multiple channels without distortion, increasing sound immersion and upgrading audio clarity. With these exclusive and cutting-edge enhancements, the premium user experience is elevated by LGs 2019 lineup. Both technologies improve the richness of the sound and provide a more complete surround sound experience. There's also the smart connectivity and voice recognition that comes thanks to the fact that Google Assistant support is built into the devices. 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. Simply say, "Hey Google, ask LG to turn on the air purifier", to the soundbar to make adjustments without leaving the couch.

The soundbars promise to integrate smart functionality, sleek and modern designs, and multi-dimensional sound to fill every corner of the room; the sound bars are also equipped with AI.

At only 57mm deep, LG is quick to point out the SL9YG can sit horizontally or fit flush to a wall.

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