The LG WK7 ThinQ speaker is a Google Assistant enabled Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with a pedigree. It is the first product co-developed by LG and Meridian Audio.
LG partnered with Meridian Audio to bring high-end audiophile expertise to many of its products. For 40 years Meridian has been at the leading edge of high-resolution audio, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and experts in the field of psychoacoustics.
If you drive a McLaren or Jaguar/Land Rover, the UK-based Meridian Audio will be a familiar name.
So, what does this mean to the LG WK7 ThinQ speaker (Australian website here)
GadgetGuy is yet to review this speaker. We heard it for a few minutes in the wide-open spaces of the MCA at its launch.
It was impressive with great bass/mids indicating at least a dual-driver speaker setup. We used a frequency response meter, and it had an excellent flat signal from around 50Hz to 18,000kHz. Volume was more than 80dB – high for a speaker.
It upscales typical 16-bit CD, Radio, MP3 formats to 24-bit/96kHz sound. The speaker supports Hi-Res lossless codecs like AIFF, WAV, OGG and FLAC.
It is a 30W mono speaker with Wi-Fi AC (dual band), Bluetooth, and Chromecast. The LG app controls Party Mode (2+, unsure of stereo pairing yet). It stands 21.1cm high and 13.5cm round weighing 1.9kg. Price is A$299.
Google Assistant has all the usual features. ThinQ gives access to the speaker’s inner workings including pre-sets for Clear Vocal, Enhanced Bass, Clear Voice/Enhanced Bass, and Standard. ThinQ will also control other LG ThinQ products.
“We are continuing to push boundaries, and this year, it’s through our new partnership with audio experts, Meridian,” said Angus Jones, LG Australia’s General Manager of Marketing. “The integration of Meridian Audio into the range creates incredibly impactful and realistic sound and gives new meaning to what’s possible when it comes to audio experiences in the home.”