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LG’s new OLED panel vibrates to produce immersive sound

LG boldly claims that their technology embeds a "5.1 channel sound system" into the enormous display

A man and woman standing in front of a 97" LG OLED display
Image: LG Display

LG has announced their whopping 97” OLED EX panel, which they are touting as the largest OLED TV panel ever made. This particular model is considered an “OLED EX” panel due to it featuring LG’s “EX Technology,” which, along with utilizing deuterium, helps enhance brightness of the display up to 30% compared to standard OLED panels.

Most interesting, though, is the panel’s “Film CSO (Cinematic Sound OLED) technology, which allows the unit to vibrate to disperse sound directly from the display. While other displays (most notably the Sony A9G) utilize similar technology (Sony’s Acoustic Surface, in the case of the A9G) to enhance sound dispersion, LG is the first company to make the bold claim that the audio of their vibrating OLED panel is comparable to 5.1 surround sound.

“The newly-unveiled 97-inch OLED.EX display boasts the company’s special ‘Film CSO (Cinematic Sound OLED)’ technology, which allows the display to vibrate and generate the sound directly from the display without separate speakers. A 5.1 channel sound system is embedded into the widescreen, creating a performance that offers a cinematic level of immersion.” – LG

“Cinematic levels of immersion” without any additional speakers other than the vibrating sound of an OLED panel seems quite far-fetched, but the industry is intrigued to see if LG’s claims hold any water. If true, the new technology could transform the way audio is approached in some AV installations.


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