Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar
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- 2.1 system, Bluetooth, USB
- 1 year warranty
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The bar can be set to come on automatically as soon as you turn on the Sky or PS3.
The sound adjustment is a bit limited but plenty of choice and base variation for music and films. The volume does not go up to defening level but my sons music (dance and hiphop) made the room vibrate with full base and volume but lyrics were very clear.(He was impressed!!)
I did not purchase this from Amazon as I found it on a deal elsewhere. One word of warning I specifically asked if any optical leads were supplied and was told none came with the system so bought 2. When I opened the box one WAS included.
In my living room which is odd shaped and cannot accomodate 5.1 surround speakers this is perfect, giving a nice full sound.
I didn't particularly decide to go with LG, to match the TV, and did research various other makes, Sony, Sharp, Yamaha etc. I settled on this model, as it gets universally good reviews, and is pretty good value.
When it arrived I was surprised at the size of the bar itself, even having previously measured it up. It seems slightly wider than the 42" TV, and is pretty much in your face, as it is not possible, due to the TV stand, to move it directly under the TV itself. The sub-woofer was also bigger than expected, a monster of a box, but, being wireless, positioning is flexible. To be honest, I don't know quite why it is as big as it is, considering I've had subwoofers before.
Certainly, the combination of the bar and the subwoofer are hardly invisible, so, if you thought you were onto a stealth solution, you will be somewhat disappointed.
Currently, I have only used the soundbar for TV and Sky input, so I can't pass judgement on the USB connectivity.
The soundbar is very easy to setup. In fact there is no setup, other than plugging in the optical cable between the soundbar and the TV, and plugging in the mains sockets for both the soundbar and the subwoofer. Obviously, it makes sense to mute the sound from the TV.
I found the quality of the sound an amazing upgrade from the tinny bass-limited sound of the TV built-in speakers. There is, of course, volume, but there is also bass and depth. Watching one of the Transformers movies was quite an experience, as, finally, sound becomes part of the entertainment.
In terms of adjustments, sounds-wise, there's not a great deal, so it won't appeal to the fiddlers. There are various modes, such as Night, Loudness, Clearvoice, Natural and a Dolby inspired one(?). However, most of the time, ours is kept on the simulated 3D mode, which, obviously, is a poor substitute for genuine surround sound, but provides a certain depth and width to the sound. The only mode we've tried apart from 3D, is Clearvoice, which, as you might surmise, brings out vocals. Why might you use this mode? Well, my wife sometimes complains she can't hear the dialogue in a program, when the rest of the soundstage overwhelms the spoken word. In these instances, the Clearvoice mode really does make a difference.
Aside from these modes, you can boost or reduce the subwoofer level, although we keep ours neither boosted or reduced (ie 0 on a range of -3 to +3). There is also a sync adjustment to adjust any inbalance between picture and sound. We haven't had to make use of this, and, for what it's worth, our TV already possesses similar adjustment features.
There are settings for auto switch off, and we haven't had any problems with this. Nor have we had problems with low volume causing communication breaks between the soundbar and it's subwoofer. This is a complaint I have read of other soundbar combinations.
Does it go loud? Well, yes, it does an admirable job in our 26ft lounge. The treble and midrange are well defined, and not swamped by the bass, and, in 3D mode, there is a certain depth of soundstage, so it's a success in that respect.
The bass is a different matter. Yes, there is bass, and it can shake the floor. As someone who takes music seriously, and has expensive bi-amped/bi-wired speakers etc, I can certainly say that the subwoofer doesn't have the authority that it's size might suggest. I haven't looked at the specifications for the bottom end of the frequency range, but I suspect it doesn't go that low. What this means is that, when the on-screen action is providing a variety of different low-frequency sounds, the sub-woofer tends to smear them all into a single drone, as it can't get down low enough. Personally, I don't mind this much, as, for action movies etc, the bass is more atmospheric than informative, so nothing really gets lost, and the 'shock and awe' factor is still present.
Oh, and I forgot; The naked driver units on the soundbar look quite cute. I guess not all people will like that. Another 'cosmetic' point is that the central display on the soundbar cannot be switched off, only dimmed. That's fine, but, unfortunately, the setting doesn't persist, so you are going to have to dim it again the next time you use the soundbar. A dumb oversight, seeing as the other settings are retained in memory.
The bottom line is that I am very pleased with this product, and, factoring in the low price, it's a definite winner. If I wanted ultimate sound, I would have to totally reorganise the lounge, and my wife would kill me. So, instead, I will make do with this LG soundbar, and am happy to do so.
Curry's had it on offer at £180 at the time we were also buying an LG 42LM760T TV (January 2013). Staff told us we needed to buy an optical cable for £10 but that's not true as one is included. At least I can connect my XBox directly to the sound bar (which has 2 optical inputs) with this cable.
Set up is really easy, just plug in the power and optical audio cable and your off. The separate sub woofer speaker just needs to be plugged into power and after a few seconds it links wirelessly via bluetooth to the sound bar. The sub woofer is essential really, regular TV viewing is "OK" without it but you need it for music and feature films.
We noticed that synchronisation of sound with the TV speakers was a bit out, perhaps by 0.25 of a second. Fortunately there is an option to adjust the timing offset with these speakers, but as our TV speakers are so bad and cause vibration with modest volume levels we've disabled the TV speakers in the TV settings anyway. According the the user guide this sound synchronisation adjustment can be used if the sound appears out of sync with the picture. This did not seem to be the case for us. I'll say at this point that we are very happy with the LG 42LM760T TV as we didn't expect acceptable sound from the 10w built in speakers. Up to 300w is available from this sound bar system and half volume is about as far as we need to go for the loudest of music playing.
The sound quality and depth is truly spectacular unless your expectations are set at a level that only a high end £1000's hi-fi system will satisfy. Playing music and reading a book is suddenly as rewarding as watching a good film.
At first my wife complained about the lack of graphic equalizer but once you've experimented a bit with the different sound settings you learn which setting works best for what your listening too. Voices and string instruments (guitar, violin) seem to sound best with "CLRVOICE", rock music works bet on "BASS" or "BYPASS" and TV watching "NATURAL". The 3D sound mode is probably best kept for watching films. I experimented with it while watching "winterwatch" on BBC TV which has a mix of indoor and outdoor scenes. During the Outdoor scenes the 3D effect was very atmospheric, but when the scene changes indoors the system almost seems to turn off the 3D effect in a rather abrupt fashion.
"NATURAL" is probably the best all round mode and "NIGHT" mode is useful when you don't want to wake people sleeping in the house as it dulls sound frequencies that will travel through walls.
I think true "audiophile" enthusiasts are likely to want more sound adjustment options than this, but I expect such people are likely to have one of those £1000's hi-fi systems in addition to this for their TV.
With classic music and acoustic guitar you can really pick out the fine detail in the playing. Put on some rock in "BASS" mode, crank up the volume and you can shake the windows and walls throughout the house.
You need to be mindful of your neighbours!
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