LG LSB316 280W Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Bluetooth (2011 Model)
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- Discover less distortion, clearer sound and a better sound experience with LG's silk dome speaker technology
- 280 watts total system power
- Bluetooth connectivity to stream music from your smart phone
- 280W of 2.1 virtual surround sound with a wireless subwoofer for easy setup
- Two optical inputs allowing for plenty of digital audio connections
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LG Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
This powerful sound bar & wireless subwoofer are designed for optimal use with your flat-panel TV and have flexible placement options on either a wall or a tabletop.
280W 2.1 Ch Virtual Surround Sound.
This 280W 2.1 Channel Virtual Surround is a sound experience that will completely envelop you and bring your video content to life.
Stream music from your smartphone.
Installation is simple and speaker wire management is reduced with the Wireless Subwoofer System.
SILK DOME SPEAKER TECHNOLOGY.
Discover less distortion, clearer sound and a better sound experience with LG's silk dome speaker technology.
Supplied wall bracket gives you the option of mounting the sound bar on your wall.
2 OPTICAL INPUTS.
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If your TV does not have an optical output - this is not for you (optical cable included)
If you live for deep, rich base - this is not for you.
If you would like the convenience of streaming your music from your computer, iPod or iPhone through bluetooth - this is for you since few sound bars currently have this feature/benefit.
This sound bar replaced my old stereo system as my 30 years old speakers finally went - rubber deteriorated. I didn't want to spend a fortune on new speaker and love simplicity so I researched sound bars. I only wanted better, okay, much better, sound than my 37" Panasonic TV has and I got it. Setup was quick and easy - two optical input jacks and one 1/8" audio cable jack plus USB and bluetooth streaming.
Sound quality ranges from very good to so-so. You need to pick the best preset for what you are listening to. My hearing is not that great and I often have trouble hearing words clearly so the "Clearvoice" preset works best for me 90% of the time. `Natural' is also nice and `Bass' helps a little with the some music and but not so great for clear dialog. There is also a `Bypass' preset that ignores the equalizer presets and which can be useful at times. `Virtual' adds a bit of dimension to the sound and can be good for action movies and `Upscaler' is designed for compressed music. I have played with all presets in the past two months of ownership but I keep coming back to Clearvoice as my preset of choice for TV (as opposed to just listening to music) - we all have our preferences so decide for yourself. Newer shows like Breaking Bad sound great - rich and deep, and leave me wanting nothing but I also love old movies on TCM and many old movies from the 30's just do not have a wide range of sound so some presets will amplify the noise - just switch settings or use `bypass' to get around the hiss of crackle for those golden oldies if needed
-The current setting is displayed as a LED in the center of the bar. If it is too bright when the lights are low and becomes a distraction simply hit the Sleep button once and it will dim. (Yes, there is a sleep mode)
-Bluetooth streaming from your phone/iPod can drain your battery so if you want to listen for a long while then just use a audio input cable - hopefully future models with have a iPhone dock. Note: Range for Bluetooth connection is very good for my iPhone 3GS (20+ feet) but poor for my MacBook Pro (about 10 feet)
-Set the Subwoofer to +6, the highest setting and leave it there. Rich Bass is not what this thing does best but this will help get the most out of it.
-Turn down your TV speakers - the sound has been in sync with my TV perfectly but if off by a fraction of a second things would get muffled and poor TV speakers are the reason you reading this.
-Cannot use my Comcast Universal Remote with this so I need to use two remotes. For those with LG TV's you can get away with one remote.
-Pairing for Bluetooth is easy but if you switch your iPhone to its speaker, or switch sound to the TV and back then you need to re-pair. It only takes a few seconds but it is a bit annoying.
Bottom line you get very good sound, significantly better than your TV speakers and ability to stream music wirelessly - this feature alone was the tie breaker for selecting my sound bar in this price range - no regrets!!! It is a great value just do not compare to a high end surround sound system because that is not what it is.
Note:All below comparision is at low volume.At high volume (Cant be used except testing)all below perform well.
*Selling feature is added Bluetooth support.I can use this for transferring sound from computer to sound bar.
*Nice bass better then Samsung.
*Sound is good but not enough surround.
I played Samsung and LG side by side for a week.Changing in between the two while playing movie.I wanted to keep Samsung,but because of Bluetooth,kept LG.
Cons:Sound is very thin.Thin in sense,it produces only voice in low volume.
*Almost equal to LG,but little better in dialogs.Bass is not adequate.
*Sleek and stylish.
Cons:No Bluetooth.But if not bothered by Bluetooth,then one can buy with no hesitation.
Samsung TV Remote doesn't work.So need extra remote all time.
*I couldn't find any thing except powerful sub woofer.
* Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature.
*Sound is really thin.Plain dialogs.No ups and downs with background music.Not at all surround.Not better then my Samsung PN51D490 TV Speakers.
*Great Surround sound.When i played first time,i felt the sound like a movie theater sound.But i was testing with VSB200.It was lacking good bass.But for most people,it may not be a deal as the bass produced should be ok.
*But VSB210WS with added sub woofer is great.The sub woofer shaked my windows and floor.One must listen Vizio VSB210 before other brands.
*the power cord.Worst of all.Its bulky ugly laptop style power.You cant mount the sound bar on wall if you dont have enough room for power cord.
* The speakers are not slim,so is the sound bar.
* The sound bar doesnt look kool as sleek samsung ,panasonic and LG.
Note: i will be using above review on all 4 items mentioned above as that is my opinion.So don't waste time in commenting same review on all 4.The review is mainly to help people understand the difference as not every one own all 4.
Overall I am very happy with the LSB316. Obviously the sound is better than what I was getting from the built-in LG TV speakers. I watched the "Avatar" Blu-Ray using the Virtual Surround setting and it was pretty incredible.
I am still trying to figure out which sound effect setting I like the most. Virtual Surround is good for movies. I haven't found my favorite yet for music or regular TV. The bass isn't especially deep, even with the bass setting cranked all the way to maximum. That doesn't make much of a difference to me.
My only complaints are that the Bluetooth is a pain to set up. I got it working but it's not very intuitive. I also wish the sound bar had a third optical port. Most folks probably have three devices: cable/satellite box, DVD/Blu-ray and then something like a Roku or Xbox. Right now I am just running a single optical from my TV to the sound bar and that works fine (all devices connected to TV via HDMI). I might suggest you pick up Amazon's optical audio cable rather than use the one that comes with the sound bar. I swear I saw some lip sync issues with the LG cable that when away when I used the Amazon cable. But I could also be delusional.
I'm really happy with the LSB316. I'm sure there are better sound bars out there if you want to pay more. This is a pretty good option if you are a budget A/V guy like myself.