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LG HLX55W Blu-ray Sound Bar review

LG HLX55W Blu-ray Sound Bar - Like an Incomplete Choir

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
8.5
Performance:
7.5
Features:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Integrated 3D Blu-ray player
Fairly wide, spacious soundstage
Good looks
THE BAD
Lack of input ports
Thick profile
Thin bass


Test Setup

Test Setup

Readers familiar with how we test our speakers will know we usually test them over four categories - CD, MP3, Movies and Games. But since the LG HLX55W sound bar isn’t a pair of computer speakers, we are tweaking our testing material slightly to focus on CD and MP3 material testing, while adding on Blu-ray testing using the opening 30 minutes of the movie Vantage Point as our reference.

As usual, we’d like to point out that different people have different musical tastes, so your preferences with speakers may vary. The best way to find out if a pair of speakers is right for you, as it has always been, is to audition them yourselves.

The complete list of testing materials used is as follows:

CD Testing:

  • Pod Race Scene from The Phantom Menance
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Sound Effects from Jurassic Park
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • Apollo 13 Lift-off Sound Effects
  • Theme from Cutthroat Island
  • Fanfare for Louis, performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony

MP3 Testing:

  • Hotel California - Eagles
  • Sail on Soothsayer - Buckethead
  • Melt My Heart to Stone - Adele
  • Elements of Life - Tiesto

Blu-ray Testing

  • Vantage Point