LG launched the 2022 soundbar in January. The company made this 9.1.5-channel S95QR as a flagship soundbar cost $1,799, but now it is on sale for $1,499 at Amazon and LG. This soundbar has an up-firing center channel as well as similarly vertical wireless rear speakers and a subwoofer. This model offers a combination between Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for clearer audio quality. There’s an HDMI 2.1 that will support users with a variable refresh rate and auto low-latency mode for gamers. The larger woofers and greater distances between speakers than previous models.
If you want to spend more cash, you can choose the .1.3-channel S80QY ($899), and 5.1.3-channel S90QY ($1,199) also pack the upward-firing center speaker, and you can tack on a $200 SPQ8 kit if you want rear speakers. The 3.1.2-channel S75Q costs $599 is available when you’re fine with a more conventional up-firing speaker layout, and you can pay a relatively modest $399 for the S65Q ($250 at Amazon and LG) if you’re willing to skip vertical audio entirely.
Those models have a Meridian Audio tuning, and most are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. For the S80QY series and up, you can have a Wowcast audio dongle that provides wireless uncompressed 7.1.4-channel sound.
The S95QR is an affordable audio device when you try to compare it with other est soundbars in their respective categories. Samsung also offers HW-Q950A packs an 11.1.4-channel set up at a similar price.