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March 2, 2010

LG HB354BS 2.1ch Blu-ray Home Cinema System

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by Franz Bicar

LG-HB354BSThe LG HB354BS has it all. An iPod dock, an MP3 player, a Blu-ray player, and a media streamer all in one neat package. The 2.1-channel surround sound speaker system is a great equipment for those who are just starting to create their very own cinema/theater setup.

Of course, today, you can’t have a theater system without a Blu-ray player, the HB354BS comes in with a Blu-ray player. A glossy black rectangular box with a large volume control on the far right. It’s larger than most modern players, but, considering it has much more built in, it’s really of no consequence. Also on the front, you’ll find touch controls for navigating around your Blu-ray movies, and there’s a USB socket for accessing MP3s, photos and certain types of video.

The speakers are small but packs awesome power. As they said, good things come in small packages. The subwoofer is fairly large, but it’s designed to be tucked out of sight somewhere. It all comes together well, making for a stylish and likeable package.

As for connectivity, there are many inputs and outputs located at the back. It has a pair of HDMI inputs for passing HD audio to the HB354BS. There’s also a pair of digital audio inputs (one optical and one coaxial) and regular analogue stereo RCA jacks. An Ethernet socket is also provided to handle all the Blu-ray interactivity that BD-Live offers.

As for its performance, the LG HB354BS is pretty amazing too. For its speakers, music and sound was crisp and clear. For the video audio, its overall sound is pleasing. Picture quality is also great. The only negative thing about the HB354BS is the lack of extra speaker outputs for upgrading to 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround sound later.

A package reasonably priced like the LG HB354BS is definitely a must-have for those starting out to build their very own cinema/theater system. The sound quality from the system is good and video quality is even better. It is also a great fit for those with limited space, and well worth consideration.

Key Features:

Room Size: Small
Speaker position: Front and Rear
LG SimpLink: Yes
HDMI 1080p Upscaling: Yes
Front speaker sound output: (Initial Max Power)75WX2
Subwoofer sound output: (Initial Max Power)150W(3?)
DVD: Yes
Blu-ray: Yes


Sources:
http://www.amazon.co.uk
http://www.testfreaks.co.uk
http://www.techradar.com

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