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This review is from: LG LHB336 1100W 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System with Smart TV (2011 Model) (Electronics)With the exception of scary generics that I don't know well, you're choices in the current blu-ray home theater in a box (HTIB) space is restricted to Sony, LG, Philips, and Samsung. I did see some reviews of Onkyo, but those are significantly pricier for the same features. I basically evaluated these players based on features for the $$$ and selected LG. I also found that all the new models are 3-D players, but very reasonably priced. I cannot comment on the 3-D display quality, as my LG LCD TV does not have this feature.
Good labeled speaker wire with no proprietary speaker connections (I'm looking at you Sony), so you can extend the wires easy for a bigger room. No HDMI or ethernet cable. This unit does not include wi-fi. No wireless rear speakers either.
Cheap ipod dock, but I'm sure it's sufficient. I haven't used it yet oddly, even though I have my iPhone on hand for music all the time. But I primarily use MOG and Pandora, both apps included on this web-connected system. (MOG for a fee, Pandora if you can put up with their constantly-increasing ads). I think the days of taking time to select and pay to "own" individual tracks are numbered, I LOVE the TV showing the music app while the tunes blast over the speakers.
Remote is decently laid out, but the tactile sense kind of stinks. Not a big deal to me, you just have to press the buttons a little harder than what should be necessary. I've got the remote app on my iPhone, but c'mon LG developers, give that app some KEYBOARD functionality.
Note: The LG "Remote" iphone app has 2 store choices. I'm speaking of the one labeled for 2011 devices. I'd like to know if the older app has text entry. Why is this important? Imagine how much text entry is needed to navigate Netflix, youtube, pandora, etc. The less-than-perfect remote combined with letter by letter selection gets old REAL fast. PLEASE LG APP DEVELOPERS, HEAR OUR CALL! We're looking at 3-5 seconds between character entry!
Nothing flashy here. The speakers have no protective cover but look sharp and modern in flat black. All 4 surround speakers are identical. The subwoofer looks nice with the same shiny finish as the surrounds. The center speaker for vocals is also attractive. The head-unit is quite wide, and the display is nothing special. Kind of like looking at a high-school scoreboard. White LED display on black.
What can I say, I've got surround sound for a VERY reasonable price. I'm happy with the quality compared to my TV speakers ;) I'm no audiophile, but I do love music and concerts. This sound quality meets my needs. It will boom if you like some bass to dance to.
Note: The next model up (LG LHB536 1100W 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System with Smart TV Integrated Wi-Fi) I THOUGHT only included integrated wi-fi connectivity, but look closer at the pics and you'll notice this unit adds tweeters as well. I can't comment on the difference in sound quality, but something to consider.
Network connectivity and apps:
System hooked right up to the web. Hard-wired to a wireless router on a Comcast cable subscription in Denver metro area. Props to LG engineers here, I was on the web instantly! I work as a computer engineer, so I do appreciate the ease of use and instant gratification out-of-the-box.
1. Created my LG account and then accessed "Premium" apps
2. Netflix - Works great. My PS3 was consistently dropping Netflix about every 20 minutes, requiring a button press to restart play. Now I know it wasn't my ISP, b/c those days are over. The PS3 interface for netflix was a little more visually appealing and easy to use. However, Netflix is constantly testing new interfaces for different device types, so this could change next week.
3. Pandora - Well, just logged into this for the first time to give my fellow shoppers a break-down :) Beautiful interface, lots of functionality (bookmarks, ratings, station creation). This is a winner. My track-forward remote button even shoots to the next Pandora song. Nicely integrated.
4. MOG - I'm just happy to SEE this app from the little music start-up that could. Feature set is limited, very limited. But searching for nearly ANY artist/track/album and playing it immediately is SWEET! (Subscription service, but consider the amount of time needed to download tracks to devices and the cost to pay by track). I hope the guys at MOG will bring playlist look-up and creation to this app though. Basically all you have here is search and the ability to browse editor's picks, top picks, and new releases. Note: There is no searching of others' playlist's either (in my opinion the killer app of the MOG model). But alas, these functions already exist for the iPhone and Android MOG apps, so it's just a matter of time until this hits a developer's queue (PLEASE MOG?!?)
Overall, I like the system a lot so far. I'm only 2 days in, so hopefully no glitches to come. If you buy one of these, join up with the AVS forum site. Lot's of good details there on this product family.
Happy with the seller, very happy with Amazon's early delivery.
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2011 12:26:44 PM PDT
Gaurav Kumar says:
Hey, can you tell me whether this product comes with a HDMI cable or do I have to buy one? If I have to buy one, do you know how many do I need? Thanks so much.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2011 11:51:36 AM PDT
My box did not include a HDMI cable. I use one from my cable box to HDMI in on the LG unit.
I use a second HDMI cable to connect the LG unit to the TV display.
Posted on Aug 7, 2011 2:12:49 PM PDT
Christopher G. Nergard says:
This this unit come with built in wifi or do you need to purchase a separate device. From the specs it seems like it comes built in but some reviews I have read say that its not included. Since your a computer engineer you seem like the most reliable source.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2011 5:45:19 PM PDT
Julia Torres says:
can you tell me if this has an AUX plug on it for mp3 players?
Posted on Aug 31, 2011 8:54:42 PM PDT
Taylor J. Ridley says:
Is the bottom of the speakers (the stand) removable and are the speakers wall mountable?
Anyone know how much the wireless adapter is since it doesn't come included??
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2011 10:04:41 AM PDT
2 screws in the middle of the speaker base, so probably removable. yes, there are screw holes for wall mounts. The speakers would look pretty odd wall-mounted without the base off, so I assume that's the purpose of the screws.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2011 10:07:38 AM PDT
sorry for late reply, no wi-fi included, that's the next model up.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2011 10:10:34 AM PDT
It only has optical audio input and RCA stereo input jacks. You could attach any mp3 player with a headphone to RCA (male) adapter.
Posted on Sep 5, 2011 9:24:37 PM PDT
When connecting to a Samsung HDTV, does the LG surround sound unit receive it's audio signal through the HDMI Input port, or through the Optical Audio Input port? Thanks.
Posted on Dec 6, 2011 9:13:48 AM PST
S. Larkin says:
Do you have your PS3 hooked into the unit as well? If so, how? I've got a 60" LG PV450 with 3 HDMI inputs, which are used for cable, PS3 and Xbox 360. Would I be able to hook all of these to this unit, or will i have to choose just one?