LG’s Google Assistant Sound Bars Are Not Cheap: Here’s Availability & Pricing
LG has a number of soundbars that are due to hit the market over the coming weeks, with the first actually becoming available from this week.
Some of the more premium sound bar solutions from the company come equipped with Google Assistant built-in, meaning buyers will be able to take advantage of all the benefits associated with Google’s assistant solution without having to invest in any additional hardware.
This not only includes the option to control various aspects of the sound bars — such as the volume — but also the ability to control other compatible devices that are connected to the same network. Basically, these are soundbars equipped with a Google Home unit.
During this year’s CES event, LG showcased its new soundbar lineup for 2019 with much of the focus on the new SL8YG, SL9YG and SL10YG models – the ones that come loaded with the built-in Google Assistant.
Today, LG confirmed that both the SL8YG and the SL10YG will be available starting on April 14.
Generally speaking, the two premium-positioned smart sound bars are more alike than different with the difference mainly coming down to the number of channels. For example, the SL8YG is a 3.1.2 channel system, while the SL10YG is a 5.1.2 channel system.
This difference also affects the price with the SL8YG proving to be the most affordable hitting store shelves priced at $799. The SL10YG on the hand, is the most expensive option of the three as it will arrive with a $1,299 price tag attached.
This will then be followed on May 27 by the arrival of the SL9YG model. Like, the other two, the SL9YG boasts many of the same features although it is a 4.1.2 channel system.
The SL9YG (depicted in the image above) also comes with a slightly different design as it can be used in stand mode or mounted to the wall instead, and can automatically adapt the sound output based on its orientation. In other words, once it senses how it is positioned the sound bar will switch between the up or down-firing speakers.
In terms of the price, the SL9YG will be the ‘middle’ option, costing $999 at launch.
Besides the included Google Assistant, all three sound bars are High Res audio products which come with a sound tuned by Meridian Technology. This is in addition to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support for a more immersive and multi-directional listening experience.
For those looking for something a little more affordable, the company is also planning to launch the SL5Y, SL6Y and SL7Y sound bars as well over the next few weeks. In contrast, these soundbars do not come with any of the heightened features or support but do feature DTS Virtual:X.
The most affordable option is the SL5Y, a 2.1 channel system priced at $279.
Then there’s the SL7Y which is the most expensive of the cheaper models thanks to its $499 price tag, although this is a 3.1 channel system.
Both the SL5Y and SL7Y are due to arrive to market on April 14.
The last of the three friendlier-priced sound bars is the SL6Y. Once again, this is a 3.1 system although it is priced lower than the SL7Y, coming in at $399.
The SL6Y also happens to be the first to arrive to market with LG stating it will become available nationwide via LG-authorized dealers starting this week.
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