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LG Announces Sonos-Like Hi-Fi Speakers Called Music Flow

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Last night, LG entered the Hi-Fi home audio market by introducing a new brand of audio products, called Music Flow. Music Flow, as a brand, is made up of a set of home audio speakers along with a companion app that allows you to easily listen to your entire collection of digital music both outside and inside the home. 

On one side of the Music Flow equation, you have a set of Hi-Fi speakers (plus a bridge) that are setup within your house. The speakers range in power from 70W to 40W to sound bars. With the tap of your device, thanks to NFC, you can play music through a speaker with ease (a “first” in home Hi-Fi systems). If the speakers are bridged throughout your house, you could carry on your music experience in each room, a lot like how Sonos works.

On the other side of Music Flow, you have a companion app called Music Flow Player. This app is the hub and controller for your speaker system. According to LG’s announcement, the app also lets you listen to your music collection outside of your home even if the music is stored on a variety of devices. The app lets you listen to internet radio stations (Spotify, Deezer, Napster, and TuneIn) and provides recommendations for playlists as well.

If you needed an actual reason to buy these, the system may have one special feature. Should you be out and about, jamming away to your music collection via phone, but then return home, you can continue listening without interruption on your Music Flow system at home. That’s kind of cool, right?

The collection of Music Flow products will be on display at IFA during the first week of September. Availability will start in the UK this month before spreading to other European markets next month. A global rollout should happen some time after that. No pricing was announced.

Via:  LG
  • David Carnevale

    Are any of you actual SONOS users? I am. It is NOT really intended for audiophile use since it can only handle up to 44.1 kHz sampling (Redbook CD and iTunes quality). This is more than adequate for most listeners whether they are seriously listening or casually playing as background music.

    A SONOS network is very flexible … Play the same music on all speakers; take two speakers and make them a stereo pair; play different music on each individual speaker. If you are streaming music, tapping the pause button on a speaker stops play, the next day or week, tapping the same button starts the same stream (no app is needed to do this). I have a pair of Play:1s. Their build quality is very high and the bass is amazing for such small speakers.

    If you want to go all audiophile, the price point is soo far beneath you that you will ignore SONOS. You want 24-bit 192 kHz music and probably prefer $1,000 “cans” or speakers that cost that much each.

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  • jimt

    Wouldn’t you keep the flow better with a good pair of noise cancelling headphones for a lot less dollars or just keep the headphones on that he had outside?

  • TC Infantino

    I like this. If they can provide the same functionality as the Sonos speakers, but better priced, then I am all for it. Competition is a good thing, it helps drive down prices and consumers are the winners. I would love to have the Sonos system, but I would not pay what they are asking.

  • moew

    I hope these are shielded to the max, that would be awesome as I’m pumping out 1500 watts on HF frequencies, or even 5 watts on VHF. Hams know this stuff.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Went with the Bose version of these. App is getting a lot of attention that it needed. Love it.

    • JRomeo

      Sonos compatibility was baked into Google Play Music app, I’m curious why you would chose Bose when neither Bose nor LG HiFi is built-into the standard stock android play music app?

      • Mark Mann

        i’m curious as to why you’re so adamant about sonos, if any of the other speakers gain app-ability before or shortly after release does it really matter if sonos has it baked in upon release?

      • Gbyers

        I’m curious to know why you think everybody uses play music.

        • OreoMan

          I’m curious why everyone is so curious.

        • JRomeo

          because any music purchased from the play store, syncs to your play music app. and any mp3s you upload to your google music account, gets synced to the play music app… google lets you scan-match 200,000 mp3s, which you can access through your play music app….. and continuously, free mp3 storage for anything else you buy.

  • jamdev12

    A question for those in the know. Are these wireless speakers? It sounds like they are, but it isn’t explicitly stated in the article.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yes. If it isn’t isn’t wireless it’s probably not getting released these days.

  • She_Beast

    I think that Sonos is a decent product. A bit overpriced, and the Android app could use some polishing, but overall a nice system. I appreciate that streaming is done on the stereo-side, to limit battery drain on my phone (as opposed to BT streaming).

    The only thing it’s really missing is Google Play Music streaming support. Unfortunately, that’s a deal-breaker for me.

    • larkster

      Sonos has updated their app and improved the UX significantly. Also, it got Google Music support awhile ago…

      http://www.sonos.com/googleplaymusic

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yes like that one guy said. There’s even nativeGoogle Music support for Sonos. Don’t even need the Sonos app.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Another late to the game, not needed product that will just get lost in the shuffle.

  • joeschmoe

    Sonos sounds like crap IMO… we need some higher end speakers… B&O has some sick wireless joints, but it’s almost $10K for a system

  • Suicide_Note

    That just seems like a really, really cheesy Korean commercial.

    Oh, wait…

    • The Narrator

      Ok Brian Mills. Yes, you know who you are.

      • Suicide_Note

        Yes, I know who I am, which means I know I’m not Bryan Mills, but thank you for playing.

  • T_Dizzle

    Why would an audiophile buy these when companies like Definitive Technology have blue tooth speakers for $200? Just a thought.

    • Suicide_Note

      These are likely aimed at the mainstream user who cares more about simplicity and ease of use, rather than sound quality.

      • T_Dizzle

        I forget that we live in a world of lemmings :-)

  • JSo

    Yeah, I’m sure everyone dances around like that when they walk into their house. lol

  • OhYeah!

    I think sonos is in serious trouble if they don’t start dropping their prices. With LG and Samsung bringing out equivalent products the market is going to get tight.

  • Carlos Lopez

    I wonder how they would compare to sonos

    • JRomeo

      sonos compatibility is baked into the standard google play music app. and LG Music Flow is not… so it lost already straight out of the gate.

      • Pakmann2k

        What a ridiculous statement. LG Music Flow was just announced “last night.” Google’s music app will add functionality for this before it even hits the shelf. Sonos didn’t launch with functionality either, it was added in an update. Just like this will.