Audio and video makers are constantly trying to wow consumers. Levitating speakers are the latest effort by manufacturers to corral the attention of a finicky public. It may seem gimmicky, but there’s a growing list of speakers on the market that boast this science fiction ability. Now it looks like mainstream manufacturers are also jumping on board. LG’s upcoming PJ9 portable Bluetooth speaker is designed to gently levitate off your table. Given LG’s pedigree, the PJ9 will hopefully combine good sound quality with this superfluous feature.


“Our latest addition to our growing lineup of premium wireless audio devices is not only eye-catching but also communicates the message that LG is serious about bringing something different to the table. We are absolutely dedicated to exploring new concepts and to pioneering innovative designs for its advanced audio products for consumers around the world, and the PJ9 is the latest example of this commitment,” said Brian Kwon, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company.


The 360 degree floating speaker houses dual passive radiators which are responsible for producing high frequency and mid-range sounds. The speaker is also pretty durable since it has an IPX7  rating which means it should be able to withstand a drop on the floor or a quick dunk in water.


The speaker hovers above what LG calls the levitation station. This base contains electromagnetics that keep the speaker aloft. Besides boosting the speaker in the air, the station also has one more crucial feature. Low frequencies are handled by a subwoofer that’s hidden inside the levitation station. Given the size of the diminutive PJ9 speaker, the sub should give the system extra oomph.


According to LG, the speaker is expected to have a battery life of about 10 hours. You don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on the speaker when the juice runs out. When its power runs dry, the speaker will automatically lower into the levitation station.


The PJ9’s price and launch date have not been revealed. However, LG is planning on having the Bluetooth speaker at their CES booth this year where we hope to learn more.

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