According to a study, 15 percent of the audio equipment being bought in Australia is made for multi-room audio. It’s then no surprise that we’re seeing LG join the fray, bringing years of research and not just doing it because everyone else is.
LG’s recent launch of its Ultra HD OLED TVs was only part of the package, because you can’t have video without audio, and LG wants people to know it’s big in that category as well.
Currently, the biggest area for audio is that of wireless multi-streaming audio, or to put it another way, music in all parts of your home.
Start in the living room and play a tune, and as you walk throughout your home, the track will follow you, playing in the dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom, and even following you up the stairs to your bedroom, playing in every connected speaker of your home.
That’s the dream of a multi-room streaming system, and it’s a place LG wants to be, with the company this week launching Music Flow, its answer for this concept.
“At LG we are not only about improving lives, we are also about making life more enjoyable,” said Lambro Skropidis, General Manager of Marketing at LG Electronics in Australia.
“We believe that with LG’s new Music Flow system, we have taken wireless multi-room connection to the next level and that this is going to excite those who love their music and are looking for mastery over the soundscape of their home.”
The system looks to be similar to existing options from other manufacturers out in the market, with four specific speaker systems and a bridge. The products can lean heavily on a mesh network, handled by the LG R1 Bridge, with the sound delivered by either a small bookshelf speaker (H3), mid-sized option (H5), a larger option (H7), and a soundbar and subwoofer combo made both for the TV and the multi-room setup depending on what you want to play at the time.
Audio support will exist for music files on phones and computers, and we can only imagine NAS drives will be included here too, though there will also be support for streaming services as well. Right now, that includes Spotify and TuneIn, though LG did tell GadgetGuy that it is currently working with Pandora and Google to get these services working with LG’s new speakers.
Bass and treble will also be able to be modified with a customisable equaliser, a setting we have confirmed is built into the app, while Near-Field Communication can be found on the speakers, making it a simple “bump and connect” style of operation, like the NFC-equipped headphones out there.
Build quality looks to be good, with a metal look in what we can only assume is a plastic body, though they look reasonably solid. And there’s even a dose of humidity resistance in the design of the speakers, with LG telling GadgetGuy that the speakers “are designed to withstand high-humidity up to 80%, but the product is not waterproof nor water resistant.”
That’s similar to what Sonos made work with its Play:1, though LG does emphasise that “proper ventilation systems” like an open window should be used if the speaker is used in a place where the humidity reaches higher than 80%, such as use in a bathroom when someone is having a shower.