These Minimalist Soundbars Come With Google Assistant Baked In

Crank up sleek new home theater speakers from LG and Meridian Audio.

LG Soundbar Promo

LG’s soundbars are getting smarter. The electronics giant announced the new SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG models to be featured at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show

All three support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround-sound platforms and can augmented with LG’s wireless rear speaker kit. Those who enjoy conversing with AI can also command the built-in Google Assistant to control any Wi-Fi enabled smart devices. 


Meridian Audio engineers collaborated with LG to incorporate something called “Upmix” technology that makes two-channel audio sound like multi-channel audio without generating excess white noise or distortion. 

This purportedly upgrades “the clarity and vocals of lead instruments,” meaning the speakers should be equally suited to playing music and  soundtracks from movies and TV.

Plus, their thin profile, brushed metal finish and lack of unsightly buttons help the soundbars blend in perfectly to living spaces decorated in a minimalist style.

We’ll find out more after they debut at CES 2019.