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LG SP11RA: Premium soundbar with Upward-facing speakers both in front and back!

LG today unveiled its 2021 soundbar lineup, led by the flagship SP11RA. This 7.1.4 configuration model received upward-facing speakers not only in the main unit, but also in the supplied rear speakers, which is the first time in the history of this Korean manufacturer. Thus, last year’s flagship SN11RG, which had the same number of channels, receives a worthy replacement with a deeper immersive effect.

The LG SP11RA soundbar supports Dolby Atmos, DTS: X surround formats, 4K HDMI capability, 24-bit / 96kHz High-Resolution Audio, eARC, AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri. Also for the first time, LG is introducing AI Sound Pro technology to sync with LG’s 2021 TVs.

“The new AI Sound Pro feature is designed to integrate closely with LG TVs. Thanks to it, the sound is processed using powerful artificial intelligence algorithms to achieve high-quality output. In addition, the new soundbars have the same built-in audio modes as the latest LG TVs, making it easy to switch between these devices using the TV remote, ”the company said.

Other models of the new range

In addition to the SP11RA, the company introduced 4 more soundbars:

– SP9YA with 5.1.2 configuration;
– SP8YA with configuration 3.1.2;
– SP7Y with 5.1 configuration;
– SPD7Y with configuration 3.1.2.

They are not initially supplied with rear speakers, which can be purchased separately as an option (SPK8). More details on the characteristics of the soundbars can be found in the table below.

Specifications SP11RA SP9YA SP8YA SP7Y SPD7Y
Total power, W 770 520 440 440 380
Channel configuration 7.1.4 5.1.2 3.1.2 5.1 3.1.2
Rear speakers Yes For a fee (SPK8) For a fee (SPK8) For a fee (SPK8) For a fee (SPK8)
Dolby Atmos / DTS: X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meridian technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Resolution Audio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic calibrating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AI Sound Pro technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The ability to carry a 4K Dolby Vision signal Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2 features Yes Yes Yes
Unified audio modes with LG TVs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SGS Environmental Certificate Yes Yes Yes Yes

As before, the specialists of the well-known company Meridian took part in the development of this year’s soundbars. Sales of new products will begin in April in the US and Europe. Prices have not yet been announced, but they are unlikely to be much different from the starting levels of last year’s models.

The soundbars announced today are in the premium category. Later in the year, the company will introduce models of the mid-range and budget segment.

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