LG soundbar with a center-firing speaker will lead the CES audio series

LG has given us a glimpse of the audio products it will be showcasing at next year’s CES, most notably the crown jewel of the lineup: a premium soundbar, which the company claims has “the world’s first center speaker.” The LG S95QR soundbar has an output of 810W and 9.1.5 channels of surround sound. That is five up-firing channels, three of which are on the soundbar itself and two in the separate rear speakers.

The company says the up-firing channels offer realistic sounds, made even more immersive by the center up-firing speaker that allows for clearer dialogue. LG’s premium soundbar supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X codec and IMAX Enhanced titles for three-dimensional audio. The wireless rear speakers it comes with also have six channels instead of four like previous models, with their four front/side drivers and two up-firing speakers.

In addition, the model has a more sensitive receiver that allows a greater distance between the soundbar and the associated rear speakers and subwoofer. It is designed with a more stable wireless connection to also eliminate drops and delays in the audio output. In the announcement, LG presents the model as an option for gamers, due to its variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low-latency mode (ALLM) features that can adjust the output and keep it in sync with game consoles and PCs.

The S95QR soundbar uses LG’s AI Room Calibration, the company’s automatic sound tuning technology, to analyze the room to adjust the output. It also works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and other AI assistants for voice control. Aside from its audio lineup, LG will showcase a number of lifestyle TV models at CES. One is a design-focused 65-inch OLED Evo TV with a motorized cover, while the other is a smaller, battery-powered TV on wheels.

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