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LG releases its latest soundbars to the US market

LG releases its 2021 soundbars. (Source: LG US)
LG releases its 2021 soundbars. (Source: LG US)
LG's new line of soundbars for 2021 includes units that support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as the latest developments resulting from the OEM's partnership with Meridian Audio. They start at US$179, although the most expensive goes for $1,000. Most are available from now, although one 3.1.2-channel unit is not available until June 2021.

LG has announced that its latest soundbars have begun to become available to buy in the US. This 2021 series consists of the SP9YA, SP8YA, SP7Y, SPD7Y, SP2, the first 2 higher-end SKUs of which have Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri. They have also been equipped with Meridian Horizon technology, an automatic up-mixing of 2-channel stereo content when the bars' Music Mode is enabled.

The SP9YA, SP8YA and SPD7Y also feature up-firing speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as 4K pass-through with Dolby Vision. Then again, the entire range supports AI Sound Pro, which sends audio from LG-brand screens using TV Sound Mode Share.

The 2021 LG SP soundbars are also compatible with all the same sound modes as the latest TVs from their brand, which means switching between 2 of these devices using the same remote might be easier. Nearly all of the bars support Hi-Res Audio for "lossless" playback at 24bit/192kHz (in the SP9YA) or 24bit/96kHz (SP8YA, SP7Y and SPD7Y).

All of these new audio TV companions except for the 380W SPD7Y are available from now, and can be purchased through the partners outlined on LG's website.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-14 (Update: 2021-05-14)