Surround Sound Speaker Systems
- Written by Stephen Hornbrook
- Published on 22 July 2010
To see how the LHB535 performs, I tested it out with a reference disc, The Dark Knight on blu-ray. It should not come as a surprise that these small speakers and subwoofer don't quite recreate that theater impact at home. What the do accomplish is a better sense of atmosphere through the front and surrounds, and clean dialog via the center channel. The problem with many of today's flatscreen LCD and plasma TV's is that the slim cabinet means there isn't much room left for speakers. The result is a flat and empty sound from your TV. The LHB535 replaces those inferior built in speakers with something a lot more enjoyable. The subwoofer rounds the sound off a bit and offers some oomph to explosions and other bass heavy effects. Overall, I felt the sound was more than adequate given the price of this system. Picture quality was excellent and exactly what you would expect from a blu-ray player.
Blu-ray players have gotten a bad rap for exceedingly slow load times. Good news with the LG system is I felt the load times were quite reasonable and not at all distracting.
Where the LHB535 really shines is in its feature set. With both wired and wireless ethernet connections on the unit, this baby was built to be connected. Pull up the menu and head to NetCast™ Entertainment Access to access the system's built-in content services. If you have a Netflix account, then the 535 becomes your streaming device. I have had several friends ask me, "I have netflix, how do I access the streaming content on my TV?" Well the answer is to get a device like this LG. Once you enter in your login information you can browse the selection of available TV shows and movies. Also available are content services for Vudu, Best Buy's Cinema Now, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, and AccuWeather.
The YouTube channel was easy to use and although some content was far from HD quality, it was nice to have access to the millions of random videos. It's a simple interface, but it works.
Pandora is another app that I welcome on any device. It works just like the website.
However, if you would rather listen to your own collection of music, that can also be done through Home Link. I run Asset uPnP server on my main desktop computer and this instantly popped up on the Home Link page. From there i have access to all of my music.