What just happened? LG has a reputation for producing cutting edge products, although its defunct telephony division shows that it doesn’t always do things right. The company’s UltraGear monitors are particularly well received by gamers and critics alike, and now its first gaming-focused battery-powered portable speaker is available in the US: the LG UltraGear GP9.
Looking like a small RGB-filled soundbar with a design that will likely be described as controversial, LG is marketing the GP9 as the perfect accessory for one of its UltraGear gaming monitors. It features the company’s proprietary 3D Gaming Sound technology that incorporates a specially designed HRTF (head-related transfer function) algorithm to tailor game audio based on genre.
“Not only does it allow users to download professionally tuned EQ settings via a companion app, the GP9 also allows users to share custom sound settings for specific games with other gamers,” LG writes.
In addition to the three EQ modes, there are two genre enhancement modes that cover first-person shooter games, allowing users to hear the quietest footsteps, and an RTS mode with true spatial sound for those who like it. real-time strategy titles and races. Games.
Internally there are two 2 inch woofers, two 20mm tweeters and a passive radiator for a combined total power of 20 W. The exterior, meanwhile, has all the physical controls, including that big dial and RGB lighting capable of displaying 16.8 million different colors. It also comes with a 2,600mAh battery which LG says will last 6 hours.
The GP9 is not just a loudspeaker. Its “voice chat” feature allows users to chat with others without the need for a headset or separate microphones. The built-in mics have an echo cancellation algorithm that can identify a voice over noises and background sounds. If you want to plug in headphones, there is a 3.5mm audio jack and support for DTS Headphone: X with virtual 7.1 surround sound effects and a first party quad Hi-Fi DAC.
The GP9 can be connected using an optical or USB-C cable, or linked wirelessly via Bluetooth, with support for SBC and AAC audio codecs.
The big caveat for many will be the price. The LG UltraGear GP9 retails for $ 499.99, more than the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD 27 “, our pick for the best 1440p consumer gaming monitor. It’s currently out of stock at LG and Amazon.
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