LG Electronics (LG), is unveiling a number of new wireless, wearable audio products at CES 2017. The LG TONE Free (model HBS-F110) is LG’s first wireless stereo product to come with wireless earbuds that charge whenever they are stored inside the neckband, making them easy to charge and carry. The LG TONE Studio (model HBS-W120) personal wearable speaker features an improved high-quality DAC and four speakers - two full range on the top and two vibrating on the bottom - providing a personal surround sound experience when watching a movie, playing a video game or simply streaming music. With Dual Play, users can also connect two LG TONE Studio wearable speakers and share the same sound source, while watching a movie or listening to music.
The neckband of the new LG TONE Free wireless earbuds provides extra battery power and vibration alerts for incoming calls and text messages, and also provides a secure place to store the earbuds when not in the user’s ears, making them less likely to be lost. An optional charging cradle provides more power for those times when the neckband might not be convenient. And for even more freedom, LG TONE Free allows users to go completely hands free and answer or ignore a call with voice commands for a real wireless stereo experience with no cords, no tangles, and no hassles.
“LG has a rich legacy of innovating in the wearable audio market, and our products have become the standard by which all other earphones are judged,” says Michael Park, vice president of Innovative Personal Devices Business Division at LG Electronics. “We are committed to leading the way in this fast moving market by developing exciting new products which appeal to every music-loving and convenience-seeking individual.”
The LG TONE Studio and LG TONE Free are just two of the marquee products in LG’s new Bluetooth headset lineup for CES 2017. Other models to be unveiled include the newly designed TONE INFINIM (model HBS-920) featuring LG’s Metal Layer Speaker Technology, and the TONE ULTRA (model HBS-820), developed in collaboration with JBL, featuring dual MEMS microphones for improved call clarity. The LG TONE Active+ – CES 2017 Innovation Award winner in the wireless headphone category – will also be on display along with LG’s entire lineup of wearable audio products including the TONE Platinum, TONE Pro and LG Force.
DTS Partners With LG Electronics
DTS Inc., now a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Holding Corporation, confirmed its collaboration with LG on its new wearable personal speaker, the LG TONE Studio (model HBS-W120). The LG TONE Studio is a neckband-type wearable personal speaker supporting Bluetooth connectivity to TVs and mobile devices. With DTS audio consultation and support, the LG TONE Studio delivers optimal sound balance and details. It creates a personal surround sound experience with four external speakers based on DTS Sound tuning technology. It also features hidden earbuds to provide consumers with an option for a more personal listening experience. The product is scheduled for launch in North America and Korea in the first quarter of 2017.
"This partnership is to be a very exciting and significant collaboration that consumer will experience audio and video content to the next level," says Michael Park, vice president, IPD BD, LG Electronics. "We're excited to be expanding our collaboration with LG on a broader range of products," said Jea Yoo, president, DTS Korea. "Our goal is to allow more consumers to experience DTS premium sound in various platforms through partnership with CE manufacturers."
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