LG joins the curved sound bar party
Remember last year when Samsung outed its curved sound bar to go along with its curved TVs? Well LG is finally in on the act, announcing the Music Flow HS8 Wireless Curved Sound Bar. It'll be on show in Berlin next month, at IFA 2015.
LG claims that the design of the new 360 W, 4.1 channel system is for more than just looks, but actually helps improve the listening experience. It's all to do with the positioning of the tweeters, with that curve reportedly allowing for an expanded audio sweet spot.
The HS8 includes what LG calls i-Sound Mode – a feature that's designed to identify what sort of content is being watched, then tweaking the output to match. There's built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and Google Cast support is included, which should make it easy to use the system with streaming apps like Google Play Music and Pandora.
The sound bar can also be linked with LG Music Flow speakers to create multi-room audio, with the users controlling the separate speakers via a single mobile device. You can play the same song across the whole setup, or choose different tracks for individual rooms, which would be great for parties.
There's no word yet on how much the HS8 will cost, or just when it'll become available. Gizmag heard murmurs from LG at IFA 2014 that a curved sound bar was in the works, and we'll be on the ground at this year's show, where the HS8 will make its debut.