LG has announced the rollout of its latest sound bar lineup for 2021 which promises “eco-conscious designs” and “high-quality audio” from partner Meridian Audio. The SP9YA (5.1.2-channel, $999), SP8YA (3.1.2-channel, $799), SP7Y (5.1-channel, $499), SPD7Y (3.1.2-channel, $399) and SP2 (2.1-channel, $179) will begin shipping this month, with further models due later in the year.

The higher-end LG SP9YA and SP8YA are compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Siri and Apple AirPlay 2. Included on these two models is a new ‘Meridian Horizon’ technology which enables up-mixing of two stereo sources into multi-channel and immersive soundscapes. Along with the SPDY, the SP9YA and SP8YA support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with onboard up-firing speakers, as well as HDMI eARC, USB playback and Bluetooth streaming. All three models feature 4K pass-through with Dolby Vision support.

LG SPD7Y Sound Bar

There is support for Hi-Res content with lossless playback at 24bit/192kHz (SP9YA) or 24bit/96kHz (SP8YA, SP7Y, SPD7Y). AI Room Calibration on the SP9YA and SP8YA will optimize sound with spatial awareness technology to measure a room’s characteristics and then customize settings for the individual space, while also adjusting sound levels based on genre of content.

LG is stressing its eco-minded approach to product development, packaging and shipping of the 2021 sound bars. On two models, LG is using recycled materials featuring jersey fabric made of PET bottles. The Korean company is also adopting “friendlier” packaging for its entire sound bar lineup by using mainly recycled molded pulp and less EPS foam and plastic.

SN11RG, SN10Y and GX bars will continue to be sold throughout 2021. For more information on the full 2021 lineup available now, go to LG.

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