Pros + Great sound quality
+ Plenty of volume for larger rooms
+ Wireless sub
+ Multiple audio adjustments
+ Small, yet basic "universal" remote
+ Bluetooth Audio
+ Auto On/Off
+ Dolby Digital & DTS 2.0 Support
+ Unobtrusive LCD screen
Cons - Exposed speakers on Sound Bar
Out of the box you've got all of basics. Including the sound bar itself, wireless sub, mounting bracket, remote (with batteries), optical cable, wall mounting guide, and some helpful documentation. Setup was pretty straight forward with my 2 year old, but "Smart," 47" LG TV. Simply provide power for both the sound bar and sub, then connect the optical cable from the TV, directly to the sound bar.
That's it for wires and basic setup! The sub is already paired with the sound bar via Bluetooth and ready to go. I would suggest going into your TV's menu, look under Audio, and turn off the built-in speakers. Otherwise you'll likely end up with an echo due to multiple audio sources.
If you have multiple sources, the Sound Bar does provide 2 optical inputs, 1 1/8" headphone jack, and a USB port. Although I suspect for most folks, they'll just run everything through the TV since this doesn't have an audio or video output.
The Sound Bar is meant to be easily mounted under your flat panel, it's also mounted on a wall. The included bracket and mounting guide should make that painless to setup. There are even tie-downs to help keep the wires out of the way.
Although in my case, I've simply got it sitting on the dresser that the TV is on. Since this is in our master bed room, this is really the best place for it as it's at the perfect height. The speaker will pushed slightly forward of the TV due to the base, but that's not a problem. The speaker does tilt upwards slightly, which had no effect on sound quality.
There are touch sensitive controls on the Sound Bar itself as well as a standard white colored LCD to see what's going on. It's not too bright and haven't had an issues with it being a distraction while watching TV. Although I couldn't help but notice the speakers themselves are completely exposed. That's just asking to get touched or poked in a way that could damage them.
I first started with some OTA (Over-the-Air) content to test out the quality and was immediately surprised at how good it sounded right out of the box. The Sound Bar verified that it was in fact receiving Dolby Digital 3/2 sound. The audio has very good mid, highs, and even low frequencies. It easily filled 13x12' bedroom that we have the TV in.
There are several "Sounds effects" or surround modes that can be selected, although I found their effect was on the minimal side of things. This include Natural, Bass Game, Night, 3D Sound, to name a few. It's noticeable, of course, but not as drastic as some dedicated receivers. With that said, I haven't found a need to leave the default "Natural" setting.
There is a Sub woofer volume adjustment, which is definitively noticeable if you push it high enough. Leaving it at '1' sounds perfect with my setup.
It's important to understand how this works in day-to-day use when you are turning things on/off, changing inputs, and so on. I'm pleased to report that it actually works very well. The Sound Bar has an "auto-on/off" function that works great. As soon as the TV starts playing audio, it turns on. And after it detects no sound for a minute, it turns on. Pretty basic and that should work with most TV's.
Unfortunately my LG TV is just a bit too old for the "Sound Sync" feature, which would allow you to control certain functions of the Sound Bar via the TV's remote. You're TV should have this "Sound Sync" logo if it supports that. Otherwise you do have to use the Sound Bar's remote if you want to adjust volume.
However, in my case, since they are both LG, the included remote controls my TV out of the box. So I'm really not even using the TV's much larger remote. The Sound Bar remote can turn on/off the TV, change inputs, and channels. Then to adjust the volume, I'm already on the same remote. If you don't have an LG TV, the remote is somewhat universal in that you can program it for some other models.
Just keep in mind this is still a basic remote, so it won't be able to control everything, such as the "Smart" features of your TV or going into Setup menu's. But for just basic TV/Sound Bar control, it gets the job done.
The Sound Bar has a few other features which you may or may not even have a use for. For example, there is an AV sync function, should you find the image isn't quite in sync with the audio. In my case, it was perfect out of the box. You can plug in a USB device and play music through the sound bar.
One bonus feature you might actually use is Bluetooth audio streaming. Since it already uses Bluetooth for the wireless sub, LG also allow you to pair with your phone or MP3 player. Both the pairing and functionality of this are rather basic and straight forward if you want to use it. Similar to how it would work headphones or in your car (if it has BT).
Will this completely replace a full 5.1 sound system? Of course not. My 7.1 Onkyo surround system in the living room is in another league. It sounds better, cost much more, and took a lot more effort to install. But if you're looking for a simple way to significantly improve the sound quality of the built-in speakers on your TV, this is what you need. It's easy to setup, sounds great, and considering what you get... it's reasonably priced. I consider this highly recommended. Lastly, I suggest to check for it's best price at: tvspeakerdeals.blogspot.com/p/lg-nb3530a.html
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Updated on Dec 26, 2013
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