We already have details on LG’s new OLED TVs for 2023, and new soundbars are now on the way.
They’re designed to work seamlessly with LG’s new TVs, and when combined deliver exclusive features like Wow Orchestra – this uses all of the TV’s and soundbar’s audio channels together to create a larger soundstage with more height, depth and power.
They also include Dolby Atmos and IMAX Enhanced powered by DTS:X.
Pair your LG soundbar with your compatible LG TV and you can access the on-screen settings menu using the TV’s Home Dashboard. This allows you to manage the soundbar’s settings and share sound modes with the TV, all without opening a separate menu. You don’t even need to connect them to the TV, thanks to the Wowcast feature that enables wireless connectivity. LG claims this won’t detract from sound quality, but we’ll have to test them ourselves to verify that.
They also share the design language of LG’s new TVs, with a new bracket that allows you to mount the soundbar on a wall or stand at any height without having to drill holes in the wall.
LG’s Triple Sound technology has audio duties, with what LG claims is the world’s first Triple Up-Firing speaker – this was also seen on last year’s models. But new for this year is Triple Level Spatial Sound Technology. This “uses channel analysis performed by an HRTF-based 3D engine to add a virtual mid-layer,” resulting in a more lifelike sound with a more convincing sense of space, according to LG.
Two-channel audio can be upmixed to multi-channel surround sound, while LG’s enhanced AI Room Calibration feature reads the room’s layout and optimizes the sound accordingly. AI Sound Pro analyzes what kind of content you watch (sports, movies, etc.) and applies the most appropriate settings to give you the best performance.
All common streaming services are supported, as well as lossless playback using compatible services such as Tidal Connect. Like LG’s TVs, they’re also equipped with all the bells and whistles for gaming, with VRR, ALLM and 4K 120Hz all as standard.
So what models are in the new range? The SC9 is pictured above, while the SE6 is a more compact model made for smaller spaces. The range will be on display at CES this week, so we’ll find out more shortly. Stay tuned!
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