LG has finally released the 2022 soundbars it introduced in January, and it won’t surprise you to learn that you’ll be paying a premium price for the attention-grabbing flagship model. The 9.1.5-channel S95QR (pictured above) retails for $1,799 (already on sale for $1,499 at Amazon and LG) and features a gated center channel plus similar vertical wireless rear speakers . A subwoofer is also included. In theory, you’ll get better “outlook” with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio as well as clearer dialogue. You can also expect HDMI 2.1 passthrough (with variable refresh rate and automatic low latency mode for gamers), as well as larger woofers and longer speaker distances than the previous models.
You don’t need to spend that much to get some of the benefits. The 3.1.3-channel S80QY ($899) and 5.1.3-channel S90QY ($1,199) also pack the center up-firing speaker, and you can add a $200 SPQ8 kit if you want extras. rear speakers. The $599, 3.1.2-channel S75Q is available if you’re fine with a more conventional speaker layout, and you can pay a relatively modest $399 for the S65Q ($250 at Amazon and LG) if you’re ready to completely ignore vertical audio.
Every soundbar offers Meridian Audio tuning, and most are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. WiFi-connected models (starting with the S80QY) also support a Wowcast audio dongle that provides uncompressed wireless 7.1.4 channel sound.
These are not the most affordable options at their official prices. On sale, however, they should compete well with some of the best soundbars in their respective categories. Think carefully about the S95QR. While LG has a center vertical speaker in its favour, Samsung’s comparable HW-Q950A offers an 11.1.4-channel setup at a similar price point.
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