We got some of the first details on the LG 2021 soundbar lineup last month, but now we have all the details, including the exact pricing and release dates.
While most moviegoers will covet the new 9-channel LG SP5.1.2YA that offers 520W of power and Dolby Atmos / DTS: X support, it is actually one of the more affordable models that has caught our eye today.
Take a look at the 7-channel LG SPD3.1.2Y (pictured above) that supports Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio (24-bit / 96kHz) and is priced very affordably at € 399 (€ 399, about AU € 500). It comes with a wireless subwoofer and uses LG's AI Sound Pro for better voice scaling that the company uses in its OLED TVs.
The trap? The SPD7Y doesn't have the AI Room Calibration feature you'll find on the more expensive SP9YA and SP8YA models, and you won't be able to purchase it until mid-June, while the other bars are available now.
Who Said Atmos Has To Be Expensive?
Dolby Atmos, in case you haven't heard of it, is a form of spatial audio - an audio format that takes everything you love about 5.1 surround sound and adds an extra layer of height to make the experience more enjoyable. .
Now Dolby Atmos is one of the most popular spatial audio formats right now, but there is also DTS: X, Sony 360 Reality Audio, and Apple's proprietary version that is available on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
Traditionally, finding a soundbar setup with spatial audio support has been quite expensive with a few exceptions (although the 9 Sony Z2019F soundbar stands out), but it is slowly revolving around LG's new line of bars, Samsung and Sony.
This is really very good news, that you are considering buying the LG SPD7Y: it means that the next time you buy a soundbar, it will most likely be Atmos compatible and will not cost much more expensive than a 5.1 or even a Soundbar. 2,1 '.
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