LG made a splash at CES earlier this year with a pair of soundbars that can sync to the speakers on an LG TV, and the manufacturer just announced pricing and shipping dates for the new soundbars.
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As LG explained back in January during CES, the LG SC9 is a 3.1.3 channel soundbar with a wireless subwoofer and an “exclusive” mounting bracket. for use with LG C2 and C3 OLED TVs. The SC9 also boasts LG’s triple up-firing drivers (including a central up-firing driver) for height signals, as well as support for IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
Meanwhile, the SE6 is a revamped version of LG’s tiny Eclair soundbar from 2022. While the SE6 has a similar compact, rounded design to the Eclair, it ditches the older soundbar’s subwoofer in favor of an all-in-one setup. 3.0 channel, complete with four passive radiators.
Both soundbars will support a key new feature that LG scrapped at CES: WOW Orchestra, which will allow the speakers to sync their audio to drivers on supported LG TVs.
If LG’s WOW Orchestra feature sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking about it Q-Symphony feature from Samsung, which does essentially the same thing; specifically, it allows Samsung soundbars to beef up their audio by syncing with the speakers on select Samsung TVs. Samsung debuted its Q-Symphony feature at CES 2020.
In addition to arriving on the LG SC9 and SE6, LG’s WOW Orchestra feature is coming to most of the manufacturer’s 2022 soundbars via a firmware update.
Other new features coming to LG’s latest soundbars include WOW Interface, a Roku TV Ready-style feature that allows LG TV owners to set up and configure their soundbars using an on-screen interface.
Then there’s Tri-Level Spatial Sound, a feature that uses the front-firing and up-firing drivers on LG soundbars to add a “virtual average” audio level that creates a “sound dome” around listeners. It should be interesting to hear.
Finally, a “Smart Up-mixer” will upmix 2.0 channel stereo audio to 9.1.2 channel audio.
Back to the LG SC9, the included bracket was designed to fit the LG C2 and C3 TVs “snugly” and can be used in either a wall-mounted or stand configuration, according to LG.