LG Electronics USA has released U.S. pricing and availability on its 2022 sound bar lineup, highlighted by the flagship S95QR Dolby Atmos model.

This year’s line includes: the S95QR ($1,496.99, S90QY ($896.99), S80QR ($796.99), S80QY ($576.99), S75Q ($496.99) and S65Q ($246.99). All are now available via to order now on LG.com or through select authorized LG dealers around the country. Check links for latest available promotional prices.

The company said each model was designed to deliver a “premium audio experience, with accurate, immersive sound for home cinema, music and gaming.”

Other common attributes include: high-quality audio sound, easy connectivity, smart functionality and modern styling aesthetics that complement LG’s room-décor-friendly TVs.

The aforementioned flagship S95QR is a 9.1.5-channel model features five up- firing drivers including what the company said is “the world’s” first center up-firing speaker (three on the sound bar and two in the separate rear speakers). This is intended to provide improved height perspective and dialog clarity.

The S95QR also includes rear up-firing speakers while the S90QY and S80QY support the optional SPQ8 (2-channel) rear speaker kit (sold separately). For 2022, LG upgraded the wireless rear speakers of its premium sound bar setup from four channels to six, with four front/side drivers accompanying the two up-firing drivers. The rear speakers of the LG S95QR are designed to distribute sound evenly across a wide 135-degree space, affording more speaker placement and angle options, which is especially helpful in smaller rooms.

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The LG S95QR also offers a boost in performance from the new speaker drivers, speaker chambers and subwoofer. LG said the larger woofers deliver deeper, resonant bass for a cinema-like experience that can be clearly heard and felt.

The sound bar features an improved transmitter and receiver that allows for increased distance between the sound bar, accompanying subwoofer, and rear speakers without sacrificing sound quality. With a more stable wireless connection, the LG S95QR eliminates drops or lags in audio output for distraction-free viewing and listening.

The LG S90QY, S80QY and S80QR models also include the new up-firing center channel speakers this year. Select 2022 LG Sound bars support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (S95QR, S90QY, S80QY, S80QR, S75Q) with up-firing speakers for dynamic three-dimensional audio.

They also support pass-through of Dolby Vision as well as HDMI 2.1 inputs featuring Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) gaming features for use with supporting TVs.

Additional features included in many of the models include improved room calibration, compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, HDMI eARC, and TV Sound Mode Share with compatible LG TVs.

Models S95QR, S90QY, S80QY, S80QR, S75Q, and S65Q all feature Meridian Audio tuning and Meridian technology, for highly authentic sounding music and theatrical effects.

In Music Mode, Meridian Horizon technology up- mixes two channel stereo content into immersive, multichannel audio to provide audiences with a truly immersive listening experience regardless of their location in the room.

For gamers, the S95QR, S90QY, S80QY, S80QR models support VRR and ALLM.

Also new for 2022 is the LG Wowcast (wideband audio on wireless) lossless multi-channel audio dongle (sold separately), which allows a wireless connection from any TV with an HDMI ARC/eARC port to an LG Wi-Fi enabled sound bar (S95QR, S90QY,S80QY, S80QR) for lossless and uncompressed sound support up to 7.1.4 channels.

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By Greg Tarr

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