Although LG has held its Innofest roadshow for the last seven years, last week was the first time the South Korean electronics and home appliances powerhouse held it in Australia.
At the event, LG explained that it "showed off its vision of the smart home of the future. LG demonstrated its latest and upcoming suite of AI-enabled appliances that are compatible with global platforms such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which VIP guests were able to experience for themselves in a natural home environment, dubbed LG Home".
We also got to see the newest 4K TV models, as well as LG's 8K TV, and a range of affordable new Sound Bars, too.
LG notes its ThinQ, SIGNATURE and Home Entertainment range "are at the core of the exciting new connected LG Home concept", where its "appliances connect with mobile apps and the cloud to facilitate a more personalised user experience – one that constantly evolves through data analysis and interconnectivity to better meet the user’s needs".
LG took over an entire mansion in Neutral Bay, impressively overlooking Sydney Harbour, where LG showcased "usage demonstrations conducted throughout LG Home, including the kitchen, living room, laundry, bedroom and bathroom", where visitors could "see the company’s products in situ and experience what a future smart home could be".
Angus Jones, the general manager of Marketing at LG Australia, who is also the host of the video primarily showcasing LG's 2019 range of TVs and Sound Bars below, said: "LG Home is a welcome opportunity to see how our products connect in an Australian home environment and effortlessly fit around our daily routines to make life better".
Here's the video of LG launching its new 2019 TVs and Sound Bars, as filmed live, followed by info from LG's media releases on the TVs and Sound Bars with prices, specs and release dates:
Also - please note that the demonstration of the TV with Amazon Alexa built-in was using beta, pre-release software connecting to a server in South Korea, and as such wasn't working quickly or properly, and that naturally, the TVs to be sold in-store with this feature will naturally come with fully working Amazon Alexa capabilities.
So, here's what LG has to say about its new range of TVs, including its OLED and LEC/LVD 8K TVs – info on its new 2019 Sound Bars is below.
LG says its 2019 television range boasts "intelligent upgrades, larger screen sizes and easier access to content consumers know and love", including its "much-anticipated LG 88-inch 8K Z9 OLED TV, which will deliver an in-home viewing experience like no other".
Starting with the new LG 88-inch 8K Z9 OLED TV model, we're told this is "powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor" and "combines 8K 6 step up-scaling and noise reduction to create a hyper realistic, sharp, vivid and detailed picture in 4K".
In addition, we're told that "the Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor powers the company’s 2019 75-inch 8K LED/LCD TV", and that "furthermore, HDMI 2.1 allows delivery of smoother and clearer motion through high frame rate (HFR)".
Want to buy this new 8K model? It will land at Australian retailers "in the second half of 2019".
So, what about LG's LG AI ThinQ 2019 OLED TVs?
Here we're told that LG will deliver three new LG AI ThinQ OLED TV models to the range, available in sizes from 55 to 77-inches.
LG says "the line-up comes in varying form factors including Picture-on-Wall W9 Wallpaper TV (model 77/65W9), Picture-on-Glass E9 OLED TV (model 65/55E9) and Cinema Screen C9 OLED TV (model 77/65/55C9) with the added benefit of ultra-thin bezels to enhance the overall look".
The aforementioned GM of Marketing at LG Australia said: “We’re continuing to push boundaries with our roster of home entertainment products in 2019 by introducing bigger, better and smarter TVs than our previous range.
"More and more Australians are falling in love with LG OLED TVs — their perfect blacks and stunning visual experience — and this year with the added AI benefits embedded in these models viewers will truly get the best visual experience that LG has to offer.
“We wowed visitors at CES this year with the LG SIGNATURE OLED R and its impressive rollable design. It’s an incredible product that truly redefines the TV viewing experience and further demonstrates our engineering capabilities at LG.”
“While the LG OLED R TV will be available outside Australia soon, we are still assessing interest from Australian retailers,” he added. “In the meantime, we are excited to bring Australian consumers the new range of OLED TVs in a variety of sizes and price points, matched with a game-changer Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor.”
LG reminds us again about its "most advanced processor to date, the Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor", which offers "enhanced picture and sound experience.
"Developed with Artificial Intelligence, LG’s deep learning technology optimises the viewing experience based on both the source content and the context in which it is being viewed. The processor will identify the quality of the source material and produce the best possible audio-visual experience such as, clearer speech for the ultimate upgrade in home entertainment."
Furthermore, we're reminded that "LG continues to bring the best of what Hollywood technology offers in to the home, integrating 4K Cinema HDR with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, giving viewers an incredibly immersive home entertainment experience."
So, what about the LG SUPER UHD range?
Here we're told that "the 2019 LG AI ThinQ SUPER UHD TV range", which is the company’s "premium LED/LCD TV line-up, boasts larger screen sizes and continues to gather groups around the screen to catch the big game – no matter the code!
"Available in sizes from 49 to 86-inches and coming in a sleek form factor with ultra-thin bezels, the three models in the 2019 range include the SM94 (86/75/65); SM86 (75/65/55) and SM81(65/55/49) and are all equipped with Nano Cell technology.
"With the 2019 LG SUPER UHD range, viewers will experience stunning colour and smooth fast-moving images at wide viewing angles."
Other features include:
- Full Array Dimming and Full Array Dimming Pro to produce deeper blacks;
- Dolby Vision and Atmos integration for a more realistic and immersive audio-visual experience and the Alpha 7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor, which super-charges the overall experience to offer viewers a great seat in house when watching the big game.
What about the new selection of voice assistant integration across the 4K LG OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD Range, which already includes Google Assistant and will now include Amazon Alexa?
Here LG states it "has yet again improved its AI ThinQ ecosystem within its 2019 TV range, offering consumers the ability to access the power of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (when available) via the LG Magic Remote or compatible smart device.
"LG AI ThinQ provides users with conversational voice recognition that understands context and an easy-to-navigate Home Dashboard to view other smart home devices on the TV".
And what about LG support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit?
LG states that "coming later this year, 2019 LG TVs will also receive a software upgrade to support Apple AirPlay 2 for easy streaming of video and audio content and Apple Home Kit for connectivity to Apple’s smart home products.
"2019 LG TV owners can also expect to receive a firmware update that will add Amazon Alexa support to complement Google Assistant. This integration makes LG the only TV brand to talk directly to both leading AI platforms without the need for additional hardware."
There's also the news that "select 2019 AI ThinQ OLED and SUPER UHD models will support HDMI 2.1 for viewing 4K content at a high frame rate of 120 frames per second. As well as, (4K HFR), Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)."
2019 LG webOS 4.5 and Magic Remote provide users with even simpler access to content
"The 2019 webOS ribbon of applications on LG models is even easier to use. Users can simply hover the LG Magic Remote cursor over an application and thumbnails from when the application was last used will appear, which makes it easier for consumers to pick up on where they left off. For example, with one click of a button the TV user will be able start up their Netflix content again from where they last watched.
"In addition, only in Australia, LG has worked with a metadata service to provide LG webOS users with extra detail and the latest information on the content they are viewing.
"The suite of LG AI ThinQ OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs will begin rolling out to retailers across Australia starting from April 2019."
More details on the 2019 range of TV products can be found at LG here.
Pricing on TVs and Sound Bars is listed at the end of this article after the info on the new 2019 Sound Bars.
Here's the info on LG's new 2019 Sound Bars:
LG has announced its 2019 Sound Bar line-up will be available locally from April, combining of "seven sleek models-from the SL4Y entry level to the premium SL10YG - designed to enrich and enhance the home viewing experience when paired with a 2019 LG UHD, SUPER UHD or OLED TV".
Extending its partnership with High-Resolution Audio pioneers, Meridian, LG tells us its "new LG Sound Bar range delivers striking sound quality, Google Assistant compatibility and a discreetly sleek designæ.
Introducing three premium Sound Bar models in the 2019 range: SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG
"Two of the Sound Bars in the line-up (SL9YG and SL10YG) received Innovation Awards at CES 2019 with the premium SL9YG taking out the ‘Best in Innovation’ prize. Offering between 440W and 570W of total sound power and between 3.1.2 to 5.1.2 channels.
"Overall, the top three models, SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG, provide the ultimate LG entertainment experience upgrade - whether watching a movie, a sporting match or gaming."
The LG and Meridian Partnership Continues
We're told that "combined efforts from Meridian and LG continue to deliver strong, multi-dimensional sound capabilities. In 2019 the LG SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG Sound Bars all include Meridian Audio integration for the first time - meaning there are now three LG Sound Bars in the line-up with Meridian".
Angus Jones, the GM of Marketing at LG Australia said: "Our partnership with Meridian means we can deliver amazing audio performance to Australian households – and really provide Aussies with a fully packaged premium viewing experience. The 2019 line-up of LG Sound Bars has an additional benefit with the convenience of Google Assistant integration as well.
“It’s incredible how just from just one simple wireless Sound Bar – that anyone can set up – an incredible virtual surround sound experience is achieved.
“The breadth of the new range meets a growing demand for high-end Sound Bar products that provide high-fidelity sound, a premium aesthetic and cutting-edge connectivity. To sum up, 2019 LG Sound Bars are versatile, stylish and aspirational – and will upgrade the home cinema experience to a new level.”
We're told that "Meridian calls upon a quarter century of Digital Signal Processing mastery for its Bass & Space technology, which creates a soundscape to immerse the listener in rich, distortion free tones and powerful bass. This is aided by its Image Elevation technology, which virtually raises the presence of the soundstage to deliver a more life-like cinematic experience.
"Further elevating the premium listener experience in the LG Sound Bar line-up is Meridian’s Upmix technologies, which takes two-channel audio and virtual upgrades to create a multi-channel experience. The resulting balanced tones and distortion-free delivery can enhance vocals and lead instruments in the audio mix."
Dolby Atmos continues to deliver atmospheric and multi-directional sound for an incredibly immersive experience
LG explains that its "LG SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG models also support Dolby Atmos, which creates a multi-directional, incredibly true to life and immersive sound experience.
"An advanced sound processing algorithm allows these premium Sound Bars to enhance conventional audio to a three dimensional experience. Additionally, the Sound Bars can be augmented with the SPK8-S Rear Speaker Kit for an extra 140W and 2 rear channels."
LG Sound Bars are smarter with the Google Assistant integration
"The three Sound Bars also come with the convenience of AI capabilities and conversational voice recognition thanks to the built-in Google Assistant.
"This allows users to control the Sound Bar itself and other compatible smart home devices using natural voice commands, whilst utilising the product to perform Google searches from the comfort of the couch."
Award-winning form factors
"Designed to partner with the latest LG TVs, the styling of the top-end LG Sound Bars is an exercise in premium and restrained minimalism. The SL9YG Sound Bar is just 57mm deep allowing it to be mounted to the wall for a streamlined solution.
"An internal gyroscope informs the Sound Bar of its positioning, so it can adjust its output accordingly for optimal sound quality. It was this fusion of form and function which led the ground-breaking SL9YG to win the ‘Best of Innovation award’ at CES 2019.
"Furthermore, the SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG come with the upward firing speakers for above and around-sound creating a heightened three-dimensional soundstage."
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Connectivity & Google Assistant Compatible – share your favourite playlists out loud
"The SL8YG, SL9YG and SL10YG Sound Bar models have Google Assistant built in with the SL7Y Sound Bar compatible with the Google Assistant. These models come packed with Wi-Fi connectivity.
"Users can cast their favourite playlists, from the streaming service of their choice, to the Sound Bar through the Google Assistant or a compatible Google Assistant device.
"The SL4Y and SL5Y Sound Bars have Bluetooth connectivity allowing music to be streamed through the Sound Bar via a compatible device".
More details on the 2019 range of LG Audio products can be found here.
Sound Bar Pricing & Availability:
- SL10YG Sound Bar, $1699.00, April
- SL9YG Sound Bar, $1499.00, June
- SL8YG Sound Bar, $1099.00, April
- SL7Y Sound Bar, $799.00, April
- SL5Y Sound Bar, $549.00, March
- SL4Y Sound Bar, $399.00, March
- SPK8-S Rear Speaker Kit, $199.00, March
TV Pricing & Availability:
- 77-inch: OLED77W9PTA.AAU, $19,999, April
- 65-inch: OLED65W9PTA.AAU, $9999, May
- 65-inch; OLED65E9PTA.AAU, $7099, April
- 55-inch: OLED55E9PTA.AAU, $4299, April
- 77-inch OLED77C9PTA.AAU, $15,999, April
- 65-inch OLED65C9PTA.AAU, $6399, March
- 55-inch OLED55C9PTA.AAU, $3899, March
SUPER UHD Models:
Super UHD high-end:
- 86-inch 86SM9400PTA.AAU, $10,999, July
- 75-inch 75SM9400PTA.AAU, $7899, May
- 65-inch 65SM9450PTA.AAU, $5399, April
Super UHD mid-range:
- 75-inch 75SM8600PTA.AAU, $5299, April
- 65-inch 65SM8600PTA.AAU, $3599, April
- 55-inch 55SM8600PTA.AAU, $2499, April
Super UHD entry-level:
- 65-inch 65SM8100PTA.AAU, $2999, April
- 55-inch 55SM8100PTA.AAU, $2199, April
- 49-inch 49SM8100PTA.AAU, $1999, April
UHD model mid-range:
- 86-inch 86UM7600PTA.AAU, $7999, May
- 82-inch 82UM7600PTA.AAU, $5499, July
- 75-inch 75UM7600PTA.AAU, $3699, July
- 65-inch 65UM7600PTA.AAU, $2399, April
- 55-inch 55UM7600PTA.AAU, $1799, April
- 50-inch 50UM7600PTA.AAU, $1599, April
- 43-inch 43UM7600PTA.AAU, $1299, April
UHD model entry-level:
- 70-inch 70UM7300PTA.AAU, $3099, April