LG has unveiled the launch of a brand newly-released 9.1.5-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar that features a new forward firing central speaker which bounces the sound off the walls and onto your ears to hear clearly. Up-firing speakers are an integral element of how soundbars create surround sound generally and is one of the five in this set — LG states that its up-firing center is a first in the world. The soundbar comes with two wireless rear speakers that are able to also transmit audio to the wall to the side of the room. This can increase quality of the sound.
It’s important to remember that the center speaker remains identical to the standard center but it enhances the clarity of conversations. Similar to the two drivers that are side-firing of the rear speaker pair. it’s the same channel that is used by those on the side in the soundbar. LG says that it’s AI Room Calibration can auto set the timings for each speaker, and then sync all of the speakers.
The brand model is the latest LG soundbar (model S95QR) and its rear speakers and the wireless subwoofer that comes with it are rated at 810W. It comes with two channels of Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X as well, this LG S95QR is designed to be an ultra-premium soundbar as well as an upgrade of LG’s 7.1.4-channel LG SP11RA soundbar.
Unfortunately, the latest soundbar, like its predecessor does not support passthrough support for 4K 120Hz HDR. If you have a brand newer 4K HDR TV and Series X or PS5, it’s not a good idea to plug in your game console into the soundbar. It is still possible to get the benefit of VariableRefresh Rate (VRR) support, however.
The soundbar is also compatible with the Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) and can be controlled by smart devices that support Google Assistant, Alexa, and “other AI assistants”. The earlier LG SP11RA soundbar came with AirPlay 2 support and could be controlled with Siri however it’s unclear from LG’s press release whether the new model also supports it (but we’re hoping).
LG has also announced an option to connect the Wowcast Wi-Fi audio dongle that was first released in the fall of this year, and is available through LG’s UK page. The Wowcast is an device that can make the soundbar wireless, in scenarios where running a cable between your TV and the soundbar is not feasible. It is mounted behind the TV and is able to stream the HDMI eARC connection to the soundbar. LG states that its Wowcast will be sold as a separate item which means we can expect to see a US launch alongside the brand new soundbar.
LG did not announce pricing or a release date for the brand new LG S95QR, however. The soundbar will be one of the first LG products to be announced and showcased at the online CES 2022 exhibit.