LG Teases 2023 AV Home Entertainment Product Lineup With New Soundbar Pair
As a teaser for its upcoming 2023 CES product showcase, LG Electronics pre-announced two LG Soundbars designed to optimally integrate with forthcoming 2023 LG TV models.
The company said its new SC9 and SE6 Soundbar models were designed to “deliver outstanding consumer value with powerful, nuanced audio, a range of practical, convenient features and stylish designs.”
LG’s new soundbars will offer seamless integration with the company’s TVs, LG said, delivering “more authentic sound that makes home entertainment even more immersive.”
“When paired, an LG Soundbar and LG TV present innovative, new features such as WOW Orchestra, which utilizes every one of the two products’ audio channels to create an expanded soundstage with improved height, depth and power,” the company said.
The 2023 LG soundbars and TVs also offer more synergy in producing multi-surround sound, supporting “Dolby Atmos and IMAX enhanced quality powered by DTS:X,” the company said.
The experience is controlled using an “intuitive interface to the Home Dashboard on an LG TV, enabling users to easily manage their soundbar’s settings and share sound modes with the TV,” the announcement said.
A new WOWCAST feature in 2023 soundbar models enable wirelessly connecting the soundbar with an LG TV for “cable-free” setup convenience and a tidier look without any sacrifice to audio quality, LG said.
In addition to an expanded feature set and greater ease-of-use, the new soundbars boast a sophisticated design that complements the minimalist look of LG’s latest TVs, and fits in flawlessly with a wide variety of décors. A new bracket3 enables users to place their LG Soundbar directly below LG TVs, creating a visually harmonious and premium style. The bracket, which attaches to the rear of a compatible LG TV, can be used to wall-mount or stand-mount the new soundbars at a height or location that ensures the best sound experience for users. The convenient bracket helps to keep the viewing environment free from cable clutter and saves users the hassle of having to drill holes in the wall.
LG said the 2023 soundbars deliver “accurate sound reproduction and enhanced clarity for a more complete home cinema experience with LG’s Triple Sound Technology, which includes the world’s first Triple Up-Firing Speaker.”
This year, Triple Level Spatial Sound Technology uses channel analysis performed by an HRTF-based 3D engine to add a virtual mid-layer. This is said to produce lifelike sound with a sense of space for a more immersive audio environment.
The 2023 models feature a Triple Sound Optimizer to intelligently boost the new soundbars’ performance – and enjoy upgraded sound via the Smart Up-mixer that converts two-channel audio into multi-channel surround.
LG’s enhanced AI Room Calibration system analyzes the accoustic characteristics of the room and applies information to the soundbars’ settings for greater precision reproducing low-frequency tones.
The system also subdivides the front channel frequencies to help improve overall balance, the clarity of vocal performances, movie dialog and the accuracy of the sound image, LG said.
Also added is a new AI Sound Pro feature to enhanced the sound quality of any type of content, from movies to sports, games or music. AI Sound Pro analyzes the audio signal and automatically applies the most appropriate settings, the company said.
The new LG soundbars will also be compatible with a wide range of services, devices and connectivity features. This supports lossless audio playback with high audio quality when listening from music streaming services including Tidal Connect with high-fidelity sound.
For console gaming, the new soundbars support variable refresh rate (VRR) to reduce screen tearing, and auto low latency mode (ALLM) that improves lag time and permits 4K/120Hz pass-through, LG said.
The LG SE6 soundbar has a compact form factor that is ideal for smaller spaces, and a sleek, modern design. Although the smallest of LG’s soundbars, the new model includes four passive radiators and delivers powerful bass, the company said. The SE6 also supports Dolby Atmos for cinematic audio that brings content to life.
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By Greg Tarr
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