LG NB4530A 2.1 Bluetooth Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Excellent enhancement to my tv sound
The quality of output from this product significantly exceeded my expectations. Delighted with my choice after considerable amount of research.
29 January 2014
I read some of the reviews on here regarding sound bars and came to John Lewis with an open mind. I asked to speak to someone in the store who could help me out on sound bars and was unbeknown to me given a representative of a sound bar company and unsurprisingly I walked out with their product. I was a little concerned after I purchased it when I found out after asking whether it had a HDMI cable, so at home I left the sound bar still boxed and then went on to the Trusted Reviews website and found the NB4530a sound bar out stripped the box I had bought in both sound, connections, display, remote and price. I recommend people look at the Trusted Reviews site that explains it all in great detail with both experts and users verdicts. This box performs for sound over 9/10.
I took my other box (performed 7/20 for sound) back to John Lewis with no problem and purchased the NB4530a, I was a little concerned about the review from the chap below as I have the equivalent 40in TV, UE40b8000 which is a Samsung 8000 series. I agree with the point he made, that the setting up instructions are not clear, describing how to pair up the subwoofer. I too struggled, after it said, ‘press down the stop button and mute on the remote simultaneously and use the pairing on the back of the woofer box’, mainly due to having two mute buttons on the remote and a hidden button inside a tiny hole in the back of the sub woofer lol. But having sorted that, it all worked fine, I played the 'Star Trek into the darkness' film and the quality of sound was superb. I did have an old surround sound system before with a massive box but this new system sounds really good without speakers and wires running under the carpet. The box is nice a low and sits under my TV and doesn’t interfere with the TV remote operations. I’m really pleased with this buy and glad I read the Trusted Reviews on it
28 January 2014
Waste of money
Just to warn other people who are dazzled by the performance reviews on this product. Unlike all the rest apparently mine didnt work straight out of the box and in fact has not worked full stop. I have a UE46F8000 with multiple connection options including optical, arc and 3 other regular HDMI sockets. The soundbar lights up but that is as far as it goes. If you still feel the need to spend your hard earned on this product, beware the "user manual" - you would be better served by a copy of the Beano.
23 January 2014
I have a panasonic 42 plasma and I figured I'd give the panasonic offering a go. After ordering a SC-HTB570EBS and setting it up it kind of worked but the weak bluetooth supported was the final reason I sent it back.
I then ordered the NB4520A and never was there a better reason not to allow brand loyalty mar your judgement. Its exceeded all my expectations. The only problem is that I think my neighbours will complain because of the noise this thing can pump out. I'm an LG sceptic sue to their TVs tending to upscale and frame insert to the point that the image not longer looks real, but this product has changed my perception of the brand entirely.
Some of the expert reviews didn't rate the surround option, I just watched the Dark Knight using this setting and it was like I were in a cinema. While I'm sure that a proper 5.1 setup would be better, the sound does seem to come from all around the room and not only the speaker locations. The only problem is that you get that immersed that you need to be careful not to annoy the neighbours.
A lot of the more expensive bars seem to shun hdmi, there is no good reason for this based in physics. This worked out well for be as I'm very happy with a bar that costs half the price of some its optical obsessed counterparts.
05 January 2014
One of our favourite TV series, Ripper Street, was almost impossible to hear the quiet, deep East End voices on our Panasonic 42" plasma. It was so bad, we gave up on it but fortunately recorded the whole series. Then along came the sound bar and fantastic, we could hear!
We thought long and hard, read all the reviews and considered the much more expensive Sonos and Yamaha options. This doesn't claim to bounce sound off walls and pretend to be a home cinema system. It is basic stereo with an added large but effective subwoofer. The bar sits nicely on a shelf under the TV with an almost exact match in width. The subwoofer sits in the corner behind the TV and we can't see it. You plug in the optical cable and away you go. The sound is clear and the added base effect is a revelation when compared with the original speakers.
I had read complaints in some reviews about the bright display light on the front panel of the bar. It is bright but you can switch it off or dim it via the remote. So no problem there then.
Another useful feature for us is the wide bar does not need to sit on an equally wide shelf. On our TV stand the shelf under the TV is only 40 cm wide, but the bar fits on it perfectly with the provided stand.
Overall, a very good value, competent sound bar.
02 January 2014
Great sound bar!
Ideal sound bar for our fairly small living room. Very easy to set up and connected to tv without any problems and also via bluetooth to ipod straight away. The wireless subwoofer connected automatically and sound quality is excellent. Overall very happy.
26 December 2013
LG NB4530A Soundbar
I've had this sound bar for a month now and I'm loving it. It, a satellite box, an XBMC on a Raspberry Pi, an Android phone and, of course my TV all combine to give me a great entertainment centre.
The satellite box (NOT Sky, for heaven's sake!!) uses the optical input. The Android plays all my Google Cloud stored music via Bluetooth most excellently for hours on end. The XBMC connects on the 3.5mm portable input - I could have settled on HDMI - can't remember why I didn't.
The sound output, to my 60`s damaged hearing, is good, and its true about feeling the bass notes. The woofer volume can be lowered but I found the factory setting about right. I'm no audiophile but I did listen to lots of soundbars in the sheds and shops, (playing Mark Knopfler or Bruce Springsteen via Bluetooth while looking to the World to be a decrepit Grandma astounded many sales assistants!), and LG came out the best. I discounted Yamaha, Bose and Sonos on pretentiousness, lack of connectivity and price. I really needed Bluetooth not sound-purity that my ears wouldn't register.
I have a 42" Sharp TV that's 5 years old and has a wide bezel. The sound bar matches the TV's width almost to the millimetre. The sound improvement to programmes is most noticeable at the bass end. I'd been missing so much before.
I used the John Lewes collect in store service. A late Friday afternoon order resulted in a Saturday midday pickup - brilliant!
It's a big box mind!
26 May 2013