LG Shows Off New Soundbars With Dolby Atmos And Google Assistant


With the year coming to a close, it's clear there's no other company as pumped for next year's CES as LG.

Earlier this month, the company added two new laptops to its LG Gram line, then showed off an OLED TV that rolls out like a poster. These are likely just a few from a bunch of new gear that LG will unveil this coming January during the much anticipated CES.

New LG Soundbars

However, LG is jumping the gun yet again by announcing another product ahead of the electronics show. They're called the SL10YG, SL9YG, and SL8YG, three new soundbars made in collaboration with Meridian Audio that feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support plus built-in Google Assistant functionality.

"LG's 2019 soundbars deliver amazing performance tuned in close partnership with Meridian Audio with the convenience of smart AI connectivity," said Kim Dae-chul, head of LG Home Entertainment Company's audio and video business. "The high-quality sound and versatility of our newest lineup takes home entertainment to a whole new level and satisfies a growing demand for premium soundbar solutions that provide impressive listening experiences, greater convenience and stylish, modern aesthetics."

Google Assistant

With Google's smart digital assistant built-in to LG's new soundbars, users will be able to control them using voice commands. For example, they can ask Assistant to increase the volume, identify a song that's currently playing, or load up a playlist. More importantly, having Assistant built-in also means the soundbars can essentially be used as smart home hubs, controlling connected devices such as lights or doors just by barking orders.

LG's new soundbar lineup all look to be a minimalist, which means they should blend pretty well with most living room setups. They also look sleek and luxurious, not to mention unobtrusive. LG has designed them to look stellar but in a way that doesn't go overboard so as to distract from the overall look of the room.

Interestingly enough, the SL9YG features a built-in gyroscope. According to LG, it gauges the position of the soundbar and makes adjustments to sound accordingly. Because they all feature DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, expect nothing less when it comes to sound quality.

"With these two acclaimed technologies, users can enjoy breathtakingly realistic surround sound that seems to come from multiple directions and depths," LG said. "With some of LG's premium soundbars supporting high-resolution audio via an advanced processing algorithm that can upscale conventional file formats, the output comes even closer to studio quality."

LG has failed to share details such as pricing and release date, but there will likely be more information once CES rolls around.

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