The decor-friendly, ultra-compact Eclair soundbar from LG delivers Dolby Atmos for $ 599

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LG has finally announced pricing, availability and features for its smallest soundbar to date: the QP5, known as the “Eclair” for its donut-like shape, is available for pre-order today at LG.com and other retailers for $ 599. The tiny, cloth-wrapped speaker is available in two color options, has its own wireless subwoofer and can reproduce the immersive sound formats 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.

The Eclair joins the rest of the LG 2021 range of soundbars – and you can find the details for each model below.

The new soundbars are great in sound, with support for high-resolution audio and immersive formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, but also relatively affordable, with prices starting at $ 180.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on LG’s 2021 TV range. These TVs are the perfect companion for LG soundbars thanks to the new TV Sound Mode Share function, which combines the TV’s built-in speakers with the audio capabilities of LG’s soundbars.

LG QP5 “Eclair”: US $ 599, can be pre-ordered now

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The smallest 3.1.2 soundbar from LG has similar functions as the SP8YA (below), but thanks to its smooth curves and fabric-covered housing it offers it in a lifestyle and decor-friendly design. Unlike some small footprint soundbars that deliver Dolby Atmos through virtualization techniques, the Eclair has dedicated left, right, middle and height drivers in the soundbar (20 watts each), while the included 220 watt vibration-dampening wireless subwoofer for the low frequency bass.

According to LG, the Eclair’s Soundfield Enhancer technology ensures that the soundbar does not sound like a small soundbar despite its small housing.

You’ll find a 4K / Dolby Vision capable HDMI 2.1 input and an HDMI ARC / eARC capable output, and the soundbar offers an admirable number of supported digital streaming formats such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master -Audio and DTS: X. But when it comes to playing music, your options are limited to Bluetooth, the built-in optical port, or playback from a USB storage device.

Unlike the SP9YA and 8YA, there is no support for AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, which means you cannot control the Eclair with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa devices.

LG SP9YA: $ 1,000 Now available

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The $ 1,000 SP9YA is the flagship of LG’s 2021 models, but it’s not meant to be the company’s top-of-the-line soundbar. That title still belongs to the $ 1,700 2020 SN11RG that continues to sell this year.

The SP9YA uses a single 48-inch wide soundbar with a wireless subwoofer in a 5.1.2 configuration with 520 watts of total power. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, 24-bit / 96kHz Hi-Res audio playback and benefits from LG’s partnership with Meridian Audio for voting.

It has a single HDMI 2.1 input that can pass Dolby Vision with 4K resolution and an HDMI ARC / eARC output. There is also an optical input and a USB port that can be used for music playback.

Speaking of music: The SP9 supports a variety of audio formats: LPCM, Dolby Atmos, Dolby True, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS: X, FLAC (up to 192 kHz), OGG (up to 48 kHz), WAV, MP3, AAC and AAC +.

With Meridian Horizon technology, the SP9YA can upconvert two-channel stereo into an immersive multi-channel mix for a true surround experience regardless of the source.

Additional features include:

  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Chromecast integrated
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Works with the Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa supports
  • AI room calibration
  • Share TV sound mode

LG SP8YA: $ 800 Now available

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The LG SP8YA is a 3.1.2 system that, thanks to its upward radiating height drivers, also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, but lacks the surround drivers of the Step-Up SP9YA. Otherwise, many features are identical: a wireless subwoofer, hi-res audio playback and tuning by Meridian Audio.

With a total output of 440 watts, the SP8YA has an HDMI 2.1 input with 4K / Dolby Vision passthrough, an HDMI ARC / eARC output, an optical input and a USB port.

Additional functions:

  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Chromecast integrated
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Works with the Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa support
  • AI room calibration
  • Share TV sound mode
  • Meridian Horizon upconversion

LG SP7Y: $ 450 Now available

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LG’s SP7Y is a 5.1 soundbar system tuned by Meridian Audio with a fabric-covered 48-inch soundbar and a wireless subwoofer. It does not support Dolby Atmos, but offers DTS Virtual: X for a virtualized 3D sound experience.

It’s compatible with Hi-Res audio, but doesn’t support quite as many formats as the SP8YA or 9YA. For example, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD are missing from the list, as are DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS: X.

Nevertheless, there is a lot of power with 440 watts. You get an HDMI 1.4 input and an HDMI 1.4 output, as well as an optical input and a USB port for music playback. Bluetooth 4.0 is also built in for streaming music from your phone or tablet.

LG SPD7Y: $ 400, available mid-June

With the SPD7Y, LG brings us back to 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos sound, but in a slightly less powerful package than the SP8YA. We don’t have the full specs for this model yet, but we know that like the SP8YA and 9YA, it has DTS: X, 4K passthrough with Dolby Vision support, HDMI eARC for Dolby Atmos lossless audio, USB playback and Bluetooth Streaming.

It lacks LG’s AI room calibration feature, but it has Meridian audio tuning and support for high resolution audio playback.

LG SP2: $ 205 Now available

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LG’s new entry-level soundbar, the SP2, is a 2.1-channel system in a single speaker thanks to the integrated subwoofer.

And while it’s the cheapest model, it’s not light in terms of features. The fabric-wrapped 30-inch soundbar has HDMI 1.4 ports (one for input, one for HDMI ARC output), Bluetooth 4.0 streaming, an optical input, a USB port for audio playback and a total output of 100 watts .

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