LG has announced four new soundbars, three of which offer support for AirPlay 2. The wide speakers for under a television (of course) fit best with TVs of the same brand in terms of design. New this year are the soundbars that allow you to enjoy the AI Sound Pro function of the LG TV.
The sound from the TV is then played through the soundbar with the TV Sound Mode Share, providing the audio processing of AI Sound Pro on the new soundbars. The soundbars now offer the same sound modes as the TVs from the 2021 line-up, so you can quickly switch between the soundbar and the TV with the TV remote control.
Smart functions for LG soundbars
The 2021 line-up can be used with multiple voice assistants from a smart speaker, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. And with support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, you can stream, control and share your favorite music and other content right from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Android.
Many of the new models feature Meridian Audio tuning and Meridian technology, but there is now also a new feature: Meridian Horizon technology. It upgrades two-channel stereo content to multi-channel audio to “provide a truly immersive listening experience” regardless of the position or location of the soundbars.
Dolby Atmos and Vision
All 2021 LG soundbars support Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. In addition, there is Dolby Vision compatibility via 4K pass-through, so that you can also connect your Apple TV media player, for example.
A number of new models are also Hi-Res Audio certified, for lossless playback at 24bit / 96kHz, with the nuance of the original studio recording. The new line has HDMI eARC support for higher bitrate, high-resolution content and Dolby Atmos audio over a single cable. You can also easily play content via USB and Bluetooth.
AI Room Calibration should provide optimal sound in any environment, using spatial awareness technology. This measures the dimensions of a room, then adjusts the soundbar’s audio settings to the specific characteristics of the room. The AI Sound Pro uses adaptive sound control to automatically adjust the frequency response and sound field expansion depending on the type of content you are watching.
The new LG Soundbar models, SP11RA, SP9YA, SP8YA and SP7Y will be introduced in the Benelux from this month. The SP11RA, SP9YA and SP8YA support multiple voice assistants. SP11RA, SP9YA, SP8YA and SP7Y have Meridian Horizon on board. The SP7Y is the only one without AirPlay 2 support.