In March, LG officially launched in Brazil the LG Ultragear GP9, a sound box aimed at the gamer audience with the promise of replacing headsets and giving more immersion to players.
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Finishing that matches any setup
Like other products in the gamer segment, the LG Ultragear GP9 It has a slightly futuristic design, but it’s not too exaggerated and goes well with almost any setup. Something different to be noted, is the brand logo stamped on the front, which was very beautiful, by the way.
The front of the box has an RGB lighting system, which can be controlled through a mobile app. In general, I really liked the lighting system, which can be used without disturbing even close to view, since its intensity can be adjusted.
At the top of the speaker are its main buttons, which also have a light illumination to indicate when they are activated or not. On the left, the power button, when it is red, indicates that the speaker is off. The “Source” button changes its color to show whether the LG Ultragear GP9 is playing sound via USB (white), Bluetooth (blue) or auxiliary (red) connection. The “headset” button is only lit when it is in use and, as its name implies, it must be used when a headset is connected to the speaker, which can act as an external sound card to make virtual surround sound with others. devices, something we’ll talk about later.
On the other side, on the right, are the buttons to make the sound equalization, they are these: FPS, RTS and EQ. The first two are intended for specific types of games, first-person shooter or real-time strategy. In turn, the EQ is intended for the common use of the LG Ultragear GP9, such as listening to music. In the central part, a small wheel controls the volume of the device and also serves to mute or unmute the microphone.
On the back of the LG UltraGear GP9 is the connections part, which are easily accessible. Anyone using the device through a Bluetooth connection can even leave these connections hidden.
As far as the finish is concerned, I must admit that the LG UltraGear GP9 surprised me in a positive way. In addition to being beautiful and combining well with setups, the speaker is also easily transported due to its light weight.
LG UltraGear GP9 has quality sound
In terms of sound, the LG UltraGear GP9 It has a power of 20W and 2 channels. Although this number does not surprise many people, make no mistake, this gaming sound box is much more powerful than it looks.
For starters, its volume ends up being quite high and the bass makes a strong presence without distorting or inhibiting other elements. In general, I consider the stronger bass here a positive point, since they are usually the most responsible for giving an impact to the sound effects heard in games.
In addition to the positive point mentioned above, the 3D sound is one of the most outstanding parts of the product. Without the use of headsets, LG’s 3D Gaming Sound technology manages to please well with its “Virtual Surround 7.1”, which really helps at game time, such as in Valorant to identify where the steps are coming from.
To make this part even better, the LG UltraGear GP9 even comes with two pre-set modes for gaming, which are: FPS and RTS. In practice, both modes make a difference and help to make the elements more “separate”, as you would expect from a headset with surround sound or similar technologies.
Being used as an audio output for calls, the LG UltraGear GP 9, thanks to its features, did not disappoint and I could always clearly hear the companions I was talking to. To be sure of the quality, I even tried using conventional speakers instead for the same task and, I admit, these were way below in terms of quality leaving that feeling of “I’m listening from afar”.
Outside the gaming world, to play music, the LG soundbar does well, and the bass ends up standing out slightly. It’s true that the highs and mids aren’t quite on point and that the product can lag behind more end-of-the-line speakers, but the sound is still of good quality and adjustments can be made via your software to improve the experience.
Another interesting point of the LG UltraGear GP9 is to use it as an “external sound card” to create virtual surround sound in conventional headsets. Here, a certain improvement in the sound of the headsets can even be seen, but this can vary greatly according to the models used by users.
Also, honestly, in my personal opinion, the soundbar sound is good enough precisely that headsets are not used. Anyway, it is still an extra resource that can help in some situations.
Microphone could be better
In the audio capture, the LG UltraGear GP9 It even does a competent job, but it could be better. For example, the captured audio has a good volume, however, it is necessary that the soundbar is very close to the speaker. In my voice calls during matches, it wasn’t just that teammates complained that what I was saying was being cut off or difficult to understand.
Although the quality may be considered acceptable, in other scenarios it is difficult to obtain a cleaner sound. The soundbar, it is true, even has a feature for efficient noise cancellation, but other ambient sounds can still get in the way of audio capture.
Software and autonomy
Like some other branded soundbars, the LG UltraGear GP9 Its functions are controlled through an application, which can be downloaded on both computers and cell phones.
The app, in general, goes straight to the point and offers good usability. For the aesthetic issue, it is through the application that it is possible to change the colors of the RGB lighting, something done in a few steps.
One of the most interesting parts is the function to optimize the sound being reproduced. Also through the app there is a function to update the soundbar firmware.
In terms of autonomy, the LG UltraGear GP9, in my tests, was able to stay away from the socket for a little over 4 hours, a number that I don’t consider high. However, I don’t think that’s the focus of this soundbar, which is more intended to be used in a video game or with the PC. The time for a full charge was approximately 3 hours.
price and availability
THE LG UltraGear GP9 was launched in March in Brazil and can be found onwith a suggested price of R$ 3,999.00.
LG UltraGear GP9 worth it?
It is true that the LG UltraGear GP9 it can be considered a little expensive for a soundbar, but its features really end up being different. While the device doesn’t offer as much power as possible, its sound is still above average quality.
The only issue that I would really like to be better in the product, besides autonomy, is its microphone. It is even capable of doing a good job, but sometimes it ends up being quite sensitive to ambient noise, even if its “gain” is adjusted.