LG plans to blast wearable speakers into CES 2017

Alex Kidman 28 December 2016

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Ever fancied wearing a boombox around your neck?

CES is a little over a week away, and we’re primed for all the new technology innovations set to be announced at the world’s biggest consumer electronics show. It seems as though nobody’s told LG to hold anything back for the big show, however, as it has been very busy pre-announcing seemingly everything that it will announce at CES 2017.

First it was a range of 5 mid-range phones. Then an odd weather-resistant floating speaker design. Now LG has also also announced that CES 2017 will be where it shows off a range of new wearable devices under the TONE branding. As the name suggests, these will be audio-centric wearables, headlined by the LG Tone Studio.

Most audio-based wearables tend to be headphones, but the LG Tone Studio, or the HBS-W120 if you like codenames, will instead be a personally-worn four speaker array.

Worn neckband-style, the idea behind the LG Tone Studio is that you’ll drop them on when you want personal surround sound from whatever you’re watching. We’ll be keen to give them a try when we’re at CES 2017, if only to see how far their effective speaker range actually goes. After all, while it might be nice to be enveloped in the surround sounds of the latest Game Of Thrones episode, not everyone on the bus might appreciate it the same way.

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LG will also debut the LG TONE Free, a wireless earbuds product that would directly rival Apple’s AirPods, amongst others. The TONE Free’s point of difference would be that they too feature a neckband, and this acts as a recharging point for the individual buds. No word as yet as to what kind of battery life they have, or indeed any kind of indicative pricing. We’ll find out very shortly when we report live from the show floor of CES 2017.

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