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LG launches 2020 soundbars with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X

12 May 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

LG has launched its 2020 soundbar line-up, spearheaded by the new flagship SN11RG. Five of the new soundbars have support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

LG 2020 soundbar line-up

The new line-up is spearheaded by the 7.1.4-channel SN11RG, which includes up-firing units and rear speakers for a more immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound experience. This is a change from 2019 and 2018 where LG's top soundbar came without discreet rear speakers. In the past, LG has offered a 'rear speaker kit' and this kit will continue to be available for the other soundbars.

LG SN11RG

Five of the new soundbars advertise some form of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support but with today's technology you still need lots of speakers for the best possible effect. - "Five new premium models (SN11RG, SN10YG, SN9YG, SN8YG & SN7Y) combine Meridian sound technology, Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and HiRes Audio (up to 24bit, 192KHz) for highly-realistic audio performance making any content-viewing or listening experience far more immersive. These sound bars all incorporate up-firing speakers to deliver a 360-degree sound experience. The flagship SN11RG even includes separate rear surround speakers with up-firing drivers to further enhance the experience," said LG. LG's SN8YG, SN9YG, SN10YG and SN11RG also feature HDMI eARC (enhanced ARC) allowing you to transmit lossless audio such as Dolby TrueHD from a TV's HDMI eARC port to the soundbar. LG 2019 and 2020 TVs support eARC and the company has promised to fix the issue with Atmos via MAT 2.0 (PCM with metadata) through a future firmware update.

LG SN11RG Atmos soundbar

The company added that "AI Room Calibration uses spatial awareness technology to measure your room's unique acoustic characteristics". Also read: Full list: 4K HDR & Dolby Atmos movies on iTunes Dolby Atmos soundbars are gaining in popularity and many TV makers, including LG, Samsung and Sony, have in recent years launched compatible soundbars. Content is also becoming more readily available. Besides HD and UHD Blu-ray discs, streaming services such as Apple TV (iTunes) and Netflix offer Atmos content. Most of LG's 2020 soundbars are available now from retailers such as amazon.com.

LG 2020 soundbars - pricing & availability

SN11RG 770 W, 7.1.4 ch. High Res Audio Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Surround Speakers $1,699 Available May SN10YG 570W, 5.1.2 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar with Meridian, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant $1,299 Available May SN9YG 520W, 5.1.2 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Google Assistant $999 Available May SN8YG 440W, 3.1.2 ch. Sound Bar with Meridian, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Google Assistant $799 Available May SN7Y 380W, 3.1.2 ch. Sound Bar with Meridian, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Hi-Res Audio $499 Available June SN6Y 429W, 3.1ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X $399 Available Now SN5Y 400W, 2.1 ch. Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X $279 Available Now SPK8-S 2 ch. Rear Speaker Kit $179 Available Now
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