LG made a soundbar particularly for players with RGB, built-in mics, and a $500 price ticket

LG UltraGear GP9 Gaming Soundbar

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LG has formally stepped into the gaming audio market with its UltraGear Gaming Speaker (mannequin GP9), basically an RGB soundbar constructed particularly to pump out audio when taking part in video games. A cursory look of the specs and options reveals a promising product, however is it well worth the $500 MSRP?

Apologies for the tease, however that is a query I am unable to reply till if/once I get to spend some hands-on time with the speaker, or one lands at PC Gamer for a proper assessment. Within the meantime, I can provide up some ideas in regards to the soundbar’s design and claimed capabilities.

The soundbar sector is a brand new space of curiosity for me personally, having only recently retooled my house theater setup from prime to backside. That features the audio setup—I ditched my Denon encompass sound receiver and 5.1 speaker configuration for Samsung’s HW-Q950A, an 11.1.4-channel soundbar with Dolby Atmos. In a house theater configuration, there’s a sure attraction to the simplicity of a soundbar setup.

I am undecided that very same attraction interprets over to the PC, the place I think about most players both don a set of headphones or get their audio from a 2.0 or 2.1 speaker set. With no discrete encompass sound receiver, neither possibility is especially cumbersome.

Curiously, a part of LG’s pitch for its GP9 soundbar is that it’s a “very good sounding product that frees customers from headphones, a key part of the gaming expertise that players recognized as inconvenient and uncomfortable after marathon gaming periods.”

Devoted audio system (together with soundbars) and gaming headsets are two totally different classes in my thoughts, however to LG’s level, the GP9 boasts built-in microphones aided by what the corporate claims is a “distinctive echo-cancellation algorithm.” That is purported to suppress background and gaming noise, and spotlight the consumer’s voice.

The GP9 connects to PC and a few consoles by means of an included USB Sort-C cable. It additionally provides up an optical port, an auxiliary port, and a 3.5mm jack. So go forward and preserve these headphones, it’s your decision them for when the aggressive chatter veers off into crude territory. Bluetooth is supported, too.

The soundbar is pushed by a pair of 20mm tweeters and a few 2-inch woofers. It additionally sports activities a Hello-Fi Quad DAC (ES9038PRO), which is promising, and provides DTS Headphone:X assist and a few type of proprietary mojo based mostly on a specifically crafted HRTF (head-related switch operate) algorithm that is purported to create a 3D sound subject.

LG UltraGear GP9 Soundbar Buttons

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There are a number of buttons on prime of the soundbar, in addition to a quantity dial. Two of the buttons allow you to swap between FPS and RTS modes, every with customized sound profiles for his or her respective genres. There’s additionally an EQ button to tune the speaker for particular video games, and LG says you’ll be able to share EQ settings with different players by way of the companion app.

LG’s soundbar comes with an AC adapter, and whereas the corporate would not actually concentrate on this a lot, additionally it is a conveyable speaker. The specs sheet highlights a chargeable 2,600 mAh battery that is good for our as much as 5 hours of utilization. Or six hours, as LG’s primary product web page and spec checklist do not appear to agree on this metric. Both approach, it is a neat perk that provides the soundbar added utility.

I would counsel ready for opinions, however should you’re prepared to take a flyer, the GP9 is accessible now at B&H Picture. There are additionally listings on each Amazon and LG’s web site, presumably with inventory arriving quickly.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been taking part in PC video games and raking his knuckles on laptop {hardware} because the Commodore 64. He doesn’t have any tattoos, however thinks it will be cool to get one which reads LOAD”*”,8,1. In his off time, he rides bikes and wrestles alligators (solely a type of is true).