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LG Announces Pricing, Availability of 2021 Soundbars

Several models feature Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Meridian Technology.

LG Electronics USA announced the rollout of the 2021 LG soundbar lineup. New LG soundbar models launching in the U.S. include SP9YA, SP8YA, SP7Y, SPD7Y, and SP2, and will begin rolling out this month, with additional models coming later this year.

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New for 2021, LG soundbars allow users to take advantage of the AI Sound Pro feature on LG TVs. Audio from the TV is played through the soundbar via TV Sound Mode Share, delivering the audio processing power of AI Sound Pro on the more capable soundbar speakers. LG’s new 2021 soundbars now offer all of the same sound modes as the latest LG TVs, allowing users to switch between the soundbar and the TV using the TV’s remote.

The LG SP9YA and SP8YA are compatible with multiple voice assistants, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. And with support for Apple AirPlay 2 , customers can stream, control, and share their favorite music and other content directly from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

When it comes to performance, LG’s 2021 soundbars inherit all the strengths of their predecessors with many of the new models featuring Meridian Audio tuning and Meridian technology. A new feature found on the SP9YA and SP8YA, Meridian Horizon technology, is another result of LG’s long-term partnership with Meridian Audio. When the soundbar is in Music Mode, this innovation upmixes 2-channel stereo content into immersive, multichannel audio.

Select 2021 LG soundbars support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (SP9YA, SP8YA, SPD7Y) with up-firing speakers for a dynamic three dimensional audio experience. Upgraded user convenience and easy connectivity with HDMI eARC supports higher bitrate high resolution content and uncompressed Dolby Atmos audio with just one cable, while USB playback and Bluetooth streaming are additional convenient ways for users to enjoy their favorite audio content.

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The SP9YA, SP8YA, and SPD7Y also feature 4K pass-through with Dolby Vision support, maintaining the level of picture and sound quality from connected sources needed for genuinely cinematic home viewing.

All 2021 LG soundbars (except SP2) also support Hi-Res Audio content, providing lossless playback at 24-bit/192 kHz (SP9YA) or 24-bit/96 kHz (SP8YA, SP7Y, SPD7Y).

LG’s AI features further elevate the user experience. AI Room Calibration (SP9YA and SP8YA) uses spatial awareness technology to measure a room’s unique characteristics and then customize the soundbar’s audio settings in accordance with the specific characteristics of the space. AI Sound Pro uses deep learning algorithms to automatically adjust sound levels, depending on which genre of content the user is watching.

In its effort toward a sustainable future, LG is taking a more eco-minded approach to product development, packaging and shipping of its 2021 sound bars, designing the first audio products that received Eco Product Certification from Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), a respected provider of testing, inspection, and certification services based in Geneva, Switzerland. On two models, LG has replaced materials used in previous models with recycled materials, featuring jersey fabric made of recycled PET bottles. To reduce waste even further, LG adopted friendlier packaging for its entire soundbar lineup by using mainly recycled molded pulp and far less EPS foam and plastic. Additionally, the packaging is designed in an “L” shape so more units can fit in fewer trucks, lowering CO2 emissions.

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LG’s SN11RG, SN10Y and GX soundbars will also be sold throughout 2021.

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