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New LG Music Flow Wi-Fi speakers to compete with Sonos
LG Electronics has announced three new compact speakers which make up its new Music Flow Wi-Fi Series. LG’s Music Flow line-up will be going head-to-head with Sonos’ renowned range of home audio products.
LG’s new audio range begins with the 20-watt NP8350 (above) and ramps up to a 70-watt NP8740 (below). The former can be powered from batteries, unlike Sonos’ speakers, making it a rather good portable solution. The company has also announced three new Wi-Fi soundbars to round off its range, which offers up some interesting competition to the Sonos Playbar.
Built-in WiFi integration allows users to stream their audio over their home network, rather than Bluetooth, which prevents calls from interrupting your listening and allows users to stream music from a variety of online music providers.
LG’s WiFi range can also connect up to one another to create a makeshift surround sound environment. LG’s new Wi-Fi soundbars can also be hooked up with other speakers to act as the left or right channels.
Your home audio setup can then be controlled through the use of LG’s multi-room audio app, which comes with some interesting features, such as automatically playing on a Music Flow Wi-Fi speaker when a phone comes within one foot. LG HomeChat messaging allows users to send commands to the audio system, such as “play songs for party” or “turn off music after one hour.” Whether or not this is more practical than Sonos’ software remains to be seen. The video below gives us a closer look at LG’s plans.
LG hasn’t revealed any pricing information yet. The company will be showing off its latest speaker range at CES from January 6 – 9.