LG Announces Its First Curved Sound Bar

The LG LAS855M or H8 Curved Sound Bar
The LG LAS855M or H8 Curved Sound Bar. Image Provided by LG Electcronics

The LAS855M (U.S. Model Number) or HS8 (Global Model Number) features a very stylish design that has the same curvature as their curved screen OLED TVs, such as their top performing EG9600

Detailed specifications are forthcoming, but here is what we know so far.

HDMI-video pass-through is included. No specifics on signal compatibility have been provided, but if LG's other HDMI-equipped sound bar systems are any indication - HDMI features such as 3D, 1080p, and 4K pass-through should be included, as well as Audio Return Channel.

4.1 channel audio processing is provided, which includes support by a separate external wireless subwoofer. LG states the power output capability of the entire system as 360 watts - but a measurement reference has not been provided.

In addition to enhancing sound for the TV viewing experience, the LAS855M/HS8 also incorporates several innovative features:

- i-Sound automatic sound equalization and sound level output for different types of content (music, movies, etc...).

- Switchable between Home Cinema Mode (which allows the addition of external wireless music flow speakers to the sound bar system setup for a multi-speaker home theater listening experience - just like a home-theater-in-a-box setup) and Multi-room Mode (which allows the user to use the soundbar, but also send music to other music flow speakers around the house). More on the Music Flow Home Cinema and Multi-room Mode features.

- Auto Music Play: Using Wifi, Auto Music Player can transfer music automatically to the Sound Bar from a compatible mobile device.

- Google Cast: Provides east access to internet radio and internet streaming content including Google Play™ Music, Pandora, Songza, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.

- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

- HomeChat™ - Allows you to communicate, by text messaging, with your Sound Bar via your Smartphone.

- Smartphone App Controller for iOS and Android with Smart UX (Universal Search, Music Curation).

NOTE: The LAS855M/HS8 sound bar is 47.2 inches from end-to-end and can be either shelf or wall mounted. It is designed to physically match the degree of curvature on LG curved TVs. The degree of curvature on current Samsung curved TVs are different, so it would not be a good physical match.

LG Also Continues On The Straight Sound Bar Path

In addition to the LAS855M/H8 Curved Soundbar, LG has also announced a new crop of forthcoming traditional sound bar systems (include a soundbar and wireless subwoofer) that were available as of August 2015:

LAS751M: $499 - Official Product Page

LAS851M: $599 - Official Product Page

LAS950M: $999 - Official Product Page

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