LG sells a lot of TVs, so if you’re not into a full, eight-speaker home theater system, it wants to sell you a sound bar to go along with it. The problem is, sound bars are kind of boring, so with CES 2019, LG is trying to sex them up. For its three latest sound bars, it has integrated Google Assistant for voice control, offered Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, teamed up with Meridian Audio for simulated multi-speaker sound and unveiled an all-new, more modern design.
All three models, the SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG (which are presumably just different sizes) were developed by LG in conjunction with Meridian, known for its digital signal processing. The idea, said LG, is to “lift the soundstage” (an imaginary 3D space that emits the sound) and “envelop listeners in rich, uncompromising sound and strong bass.” In other words, the speakers use fancy processing to make two-channel audio sound like multi-channel audio without generating any noise or distortion.