LG Display will launch a thin, vibrating speaker for cars in the first half of 2023, the company announced today. Slim Actuator’s sound solution is the same size as a passport and rejects larger components than conventional car speakers.
LG Display is known for developing display panel technology and supplying various companies, including the consumer LG brand. Its new speakers use no cones, magnets, or voice coils, and don’t require a speaker cage. Instead, the speaker relies on what the company describes as “cinematic excitation technology,” which separates the display panel and various materials inside the car’s body from vibrations to create “3D” sound that LG Display says is as good as conventional technology. sees. manufactures car speakers.
LG has partnered with a “global audio company” to build the speaker, but LG Display didn’t name the partner, so it can’t say if it’s impressive.
Because the actuator is compact, the Slim Actuator sound solution provides versatility in placement and frees up more space inside the vehicle. For example, LG Display sees use in vehicle dashboards, headrests, headboards and columns. The speaker measures 5.9 × 3.5 × 0.1 inches (150 × 90 × 2.5 mm) and weighs 1.4 ounces (40 g). LG Display claims it’s 10 percent thicker and 30 percent heavier than typical car speakers.
LG Display says it will show off the speaker at CES in Las Vegas in January.
Speakers based on vibrating panels are far from commonplace, but we’ve seen them used before, especially in TVs. Sony debuted Acoustic Surface OLED TVs in 2017, and the company’s latest iterations, like the A9G, have received positive reviews, especially when it comes to dialogue. In August, LG Display showed off a 97-inch OLED EX TV panel and said it uses a vibrating screen panel to deliver 5.1-channel audio.
LG Display’s car speakers should offer car manufacturers more options when it comes to speaker placement, but sound quality is a big question for all potential partners and drivers.