LG will introduce a new lineup of soundbars at CES 2020 which will feature “premium quality audio”, as a result of a now long-standing partnership with Meridian Audio. The company also says that the new range allows for easy connectivity and smart functionality, as well as sporting sleek designs.

Meridian Audio technology features include Bass and Space, which will boost low-frequency reproduction and widen a soundstage, while Image Elevation promises to ensure a more lifelike listening experience by elevating the perceived height of lead instruments and vocals. The majority of the 2020 lineup also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio formats.

Other new features onboard include AI Room Calibration for more optimized sound by tailoring output to the specific characteristics of a room. The models are capable of self-calibrating and can analyze tones to assess the dimensions of a space and adjust accordingly. LG says this feature is particularly useful when engaging Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and optimizing the system for audio arriving from “multiple directions”. The company also claims that a new processing algorithm can upscale conventional file formats to “near-studio” quality.

The new sound bars offer 4K Pass-Through, an optional SPK8 wireless speaker kit (compatible with most of the new sound bars), and enhanced audio return channel (eARC). Google Assistant is available in more models this year for voice control functionality. The SN9YG and SN11RG are CES Innovation Award winners, while the flagship model SN11RG is a 7.1.4-channel system with two wireless rear speakers for forward- and up-firing sound. The new models are designed to complement the look of LG’s 55- and 65-inch TVs.

LG will be at the LV Convention Center (Central Hall #11100) at CES in January and you can learn more of the company’s specific show news here.

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Never thought I would see the words "Meridian Audio" and "soundbar" in the same sentence. Kinda like "McIntosh" and "karaoke machine", another unlikely duo... :P
 
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