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Amazing sound, Easy Setup, and Affordable
on June 23, 2014
When you have neighbors on the other side of your walls, it's frustrating to have a full out home theater setup and not be able to use it to its thundering potential. We moved into a town home that did not allow for such a setting, space requirements and sound level restrictions forced me to store the megatheater sound system. It was becoming difficult to enjoy watching TV/Playing a console game with the built-in TV sound, and enough was enough. I researched various sound bars, even ordered a few brands but ended up returning them. I wanted multiple inputs, but I didn't require RCA hookup, and wanted to avoid Coax if I could. HDMI was an option and BT was at the top of the wishlist. I had Sony in the mix, but the price wasn't right. Every time I came back to search and compare, I ended up on this bad boy. With limited reviews, and a few complaints regarding it's short comings, I have to say I must be dang lucky or it was user error on behalf of the other buyers. Let's begin:
Super simple and straightforward. Out of the box it worked, but the sub-woofer did not pair instantly. A quick glance at the instruction manual told me to hold down the two buttons (I forget which) on the remote to initiate the pairing request, then to push the connect button on the back of the sub. Viola, it paired and has worked flawlessly since, it is even across the room off to the side (15 ft from bar). Be aware that the manual refers to the LED as being yellow, I am not color blind but I swear mine is green. This confused me in the beginning. Also, I have not attempted to control the volume through, say, my Dish remote. I have no qualms with using multiple remotes, but I am certain you could do that if you wanted.
I have attached a photo to show this in action, it was slick as snot, using the template provided I was able to mark the perfect location and screw it in. Uh Oh! No screws included! Seriously?! Whatever, a quick jog to the house of screws, and $1.67 later, we were golden. I did not use the recommended drywall anchors as indicated in the manual, I opted for E-Z Anchor Twist-N-Lock. Came with 6 anchors and screws and holds up to 50 lbs. Figured that was more than enough, and it is performing perfectly.
I have tested sound input with Optical, Auxiliary, and BT. I have all my HDMI connections directly connected to my TV, then an optical out to the sound bar. My TV is a Sharp (2010 Model) and the sound bar turns on and off automatically in sync with the TV. Some reviewers have experienced issue with this, it works as designed for me. BT works great, however, when testing it with an iPhone 5, the BT signal was choppy at times. It appeared to be related to how the phone was held, and at first I pinned it on the sound bar as poor quality. When connecting it to my Nokia 1520, HTC One, or Kindle Fire HDX, I did not experience any choppiness with the BT audio. Seems the iPhone is either faulty or didn't like the signal the LG was using. Either way, the BT works for 75% of my devices. One confirmation, as some others have pointed out, bass is REALLY strong on BT compared to optical. I need to adjust my settings before I crank up the music. Ultimately, what you are looking for is something that fills the room, has bright crisp audio for dialogue, and banging bass for the explosions. This has exceeded my expectations. But overall, I have to mention the awesome built in 3D Sound setting. Frustrated that I could not use my full 7.1 setup, I expected a full loss of immersing sound. Not so, this setting has utterly shocked me at how well it works. It is now the default setting when watching movies or playing games, and I am still in shock at how it deceives mine ears to believe that sound is coming from behind me. Well done LG!
I love this sound bar, my neighbors probably not so much. They have no idea what it COULD have been, if only I had the space...
Any way, I recommend this sound bar to anyone who cannot do the full out getup but doesn't want to settle for built-in audio. 100 X's better than any TV I have ever heard.