LG intros new S95QR flagship Dolby Atmos DTS:X soundbar

posted on Monday, 20th December 2021 by Steve May

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LG has unveiled a new flagship Dolby Atmos soundbar, the S95QR. The new model offers a 9.1.5 channel configuration and has a claimed total power output of 810W.

The new model adopts a somewhat different speaker arrangement than seen previously, with dedicated upfiring channels on both the main bar and wireless rears, plus an upfiring centre speaker. The approach literally elevates the Dolby Atmos sound presentation, and is said to improve dialogue clarity.

LG’s collaboration with Meridian Audio continues, as evidenced by the inclusion of Meridian’s Horizon technology in Music Mode. The soundbar applies proprietary up-mixing of two channel audio to 7.1-channels for ‘more realistic acoustic surround sound’.

The S95QR introduces several additional enhancements, including all-new speaker drivers, tweaked speaker chambers and larger 8-inch subwoofer driver. It’s also compatible with DTS:X content, and claims IMAX Enhanced audio compatibility.

The soundbar comes with bundled wireless rear speakers, which this year deliver six channels of sound (up from four last season): four front and side drivers are accompanied by two up-firing drivers. The approach is said to deliver a more even sound spread across a wide 135-degree space. This brings a little more latitude to installation when it comes to speaker placement and angling, which should improve performance in smaller rooms.

LG says it has improved the wireless receiver in the subwoofer, upwards of 30m apparently, which greatly increases placement options away from the main bar.

Connectivity is forward facing, with variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM) as standard, but there’s no 4k 120fps support, so gamers looking for that output will need to connect their next-gen consoles to the display, and route audio to the soundbar using eARC.

The S95QR also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. LG is also introducing a WOWCAST Wi-Fi audio dongle system that supports wireless muti-channel audio from TV to soundbar, no connecting wires required.

When connected to a compatible LG TV, the soundbar is compatible with LG’s AI Sound Pro feature, while AI Room Calibration, allows the model to tailor its sound to any given space.

2022 availability and price are to be announced.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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