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Neat New LG Soundbars To Be Launched Next Week

LG Electronics is days away from announcing their 2022 line-up for the Australian market, among the new LG entertainment products will be a new range of soundbars.

LG’s new soundbar line-up for 2022 is spearheaded by the 9.1.5 channel S95QR with five up-firing speakers, the big question is whether mass retailers will range all of the new soundbars or as is happening with brands such as Samsung the soundbars will be available from the Companies web site and possibly Amazon similar to what LG is doing in the USA.

In the USA LG has also unveiled five soundbars that include the S65Q, S75Q, S80QY, and S90QY.

All of LG’s 2022 soundbars will be hi-res audio-certified, offering lossless playback at 24bit/96kHz, and feature HDMI eARC connections as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility.

These soundbars also feature LG’s AI Room Calibration, which uses ‘spatial awareness technology’ to measure a room’s dimensions and match the soundbar’s audio settings to the characteristics of the space.

The new LG S95QR is 9.1.5-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar features upward firing centre speakers that bounces dialogue off the celling so you can hear clearly.

LG claims the up-firing centre speaker is a world-first.

The soundbar also includes a pair of wireless rear speakers that can now additionally send audio to the side walls of the room, which could also increase the audio immersion.

LG claims its AI Room Calibration can auto configure the timings of each speaker and sync up everything.

This new LG soundbar delivers 810W of power output.

With both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the LG S95QR is positioned as a premium soundbar and a successor to the 7.1.4-channel LG SP11RA soundbar.

Missing is passthrough support for 4K 120Hz with HDR.

The Verge said that if you have a newer 4K HDR TV and a Series X or PS5, you might not want to plug your game console directly into the bar.

You should still get the benefit of Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support, though.

The soundbar also supports Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) and can be controlled using smart devices with Google Assistant, Alexa, and “other AI assistants”.

The older LG SP11RA soundbar had AirPlay 2 support and could be controlled using Siri.

The S65Q is LG’s entry-level soundbar for 2022 it’s total Power Output is 420 Watts which is pretty respectable for an entry level soundbar.

It also comes with Sound Mode Share which is a feature that allows users to pair the LG S65Q soundbar with select 2021 and 2022 LG TVs to tap into the power of the TV’s audio processor to automatically optimize sound quality in the bar.

Also built in is LG’s Sound Sync which is a feature that locks in lip sync between what you see on the screen and what you hear from the soundbar.

It works with either a digital optical or Bluetooth connection between select LG TVs and LG soundbars.

Other features include:

Channel Configuration: 3.1 (3 Front Channels plus 1 external wireless subwoofer)

Audio Format Support: PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, AAC/ACC+, WAV via USB, MP3 via USB, FLAC via USB), OGG via USB, WMA via USB.

Surround Sound Processing: DTS Virtual:X

Sound/EQ Modes: Standard, Music, Bass Blast, Bass Blast+, Cinema, Clear Voice, Sports, Game, and AI Sound Pro. AI Sound Pro adjusts frequency range and sound field extension based on the content such as movies, news, and music.

Music: For added music playback support, the S65Q incorporates Meridian Audio Horizon Technology which can up-mix two-channel audio to 3.1-channels or more (depending on the number of speakers available in the sound bar). This creates a more immersive music listening experience. The S65Q also supports Hi-Res Audio (up to 24bit/96Khz).

Connectivity: 2 HDMI connections (1 ARC, 1 Pass-Through for additional source), Digital Optical, USB, Bluetooth.

Control: Wireless remote control, Smartphone remote app (iOS, Android)

Pricing for the Australian models and final line-up have not been announced yet.

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