LG has expanded its audio lineup at CES 2017 with the launch of three new sound bars, as well as a range of all-in-one audio systems that is capable of going very loud. Meant to be used with LG’s range of TVs, the new products are currently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps stops working on these phones from today: Check if your phone is in the list
Of the new launches, worth noting are the LG SJ9 and SJ8 sound bars. A key feature touted with these two products is 4K sound, which is an entirely made up thing since 4K is a term that refers to screen resolutions on TVs and other display-based devices. What LG means by ‘4K’ sound is that when you listen to two channels of 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio, you have data flowing at over 4,000Kbps. It’s important to note that a lot of products that are high-resolution audio compatible can stream data at this same rate, so for LG to claim that this is a fancy feature worth boasting about is misleading to say the least. Also Read - LG TV 2021 lineup launched in India: Check details here
The only thing that the LG SJ9 and SJ8 actually have to do with the actual 4K term is that they support 4K pass-through, which means that you can send a 4K image signal through the sound bar on its way to the TV. The advantage that this offers is that you can do some sensible wiring and only have to run a single HDMI cable from the source device (for example, a UHD Blu Ray Player) to the sound bar, and another from the sound bar to the TV. This has nothing to do with the actual sound, which is ordinary and like many other speakers on the market. The sound bar also uses Dolby Atmos tuning, which makes it one of the most fluffed-up audio products I’ve ever heard of. Also Read - LG Gram 2021 series with 11th-gen Intel Core CPUs launched in India: Price, specifications
LG has also launched the SJ7 sound bar, which can be split and placed vertically if you choose, and the LOUDR speaker series. The DJ-oriented CJ98 all-in-one audio system that is capable of generating a somewhat mental 3500W of sound, while the OJ98 and FJ7 are smaller and meant for home use.