LG BH7420P review
With its set of compact front satellites and two free-standing rear speakers, LG’s BH7420P can provide the best of both worlds. It’s a 5.1 all-in-one system that pumps out 1,000W of power and provides Smart TV access and integrated Wi-Fi.
A slot-loading disc tray and gorgeous brushed metal effect satellite speakers really make the BH7420P stand out from other all-in-one systems. Each satellite uses standard speaker wire to connect to the main unit, so you can easily swap out the bundled cables for longer lengths if you need them. Wall mounting provides plenty of flexibility if you prefer not to use the floor stands, and the front-firing subwoofer is small enough to fit behind a sofa.
Thankfully, the beautiful design isn’t trying to disguise poor sound quality. We were immediately impressed with how well the BH7420P filled our test chamber when set to just over half its maximum volume, which left plenty of overhead for larger rooms. Bass was truly powerful during the busier action sequences of our test discs, creating rumble that we could feel through our seats. That’s an incredibly impressive feat for an all-in-one. There were no gaps during surround sound playback, and the centre speaker sounded clear regardless of the action on screen.
Great audio isn’t the BH7420P’s only strength. The main unit is well equipped for multiple set-top boxes or games consoles thanks to the two HDMI inputs. Conveniently, its single HDMI output supports Audio Return Channel. One composite video output, one stereo RCA phono input, one optical digital audio input and an FM antenna complete the selection, along with a 3.5mm auxiliary input and a single USB port at the front of the unit.
As we’ve come to expect from LG, file format support was excellent, both over a local network and from a USB flash drive. Only MOV files refused to work, but we could still play MKV, DivX HD and Xvid files in Full HD.
For the money, this package really does cover all bases. OK, so you don't get some of the bells and whistles that you might find on seperates but they really have managed to pack in a lot of functionality into a very reasonably priced system.
The Blu Ray picture is really good, the player is pretty basic though so depending on what features you get from your current or previous player it's worth acknowledging this.
The SMART element of the box is pretty good, needs a few more apps like most of these types of service. The only ones I think are really useful are Netflix and LoveFilm (which require subscription).
As I don't have a PS3 to connect to these services it's a nice touch to just stream movies directly for the internet. Make sure you're Broadband speed is up to this, I'd recommend 10mb+. You can also hook up your iPod/iPhone which is really useful. I like to play internet radio stations through Shoutcast and the Radio app, and you can simply plug your phone into the unit and it'll charge it at the same time.
It doesn't have a 'dock' but actually that's a good thing with the iPhone 5 coming out on 21/09 and having a different dock (9pin instead of 30pin). The USB on the unit is on the front behind a flap on the left, and if I'm being picky it might have been cosmetically better to position this on the rear.
It's got wireless connectivity so you can stream pictures and other files from wireless devices onto your TV which may come in useful, I found pictures took a long time to transmit but still a handy feature especially when cameras get wifi built in.
So all this information and I'm not even onto the speakers yet.... the sound quality is very good and the volume range is more than acceptable unless you're after something loud. The sub, although passive it's more than capable of generating a good amount of bass to bring a film or song to life.
Overall this package is excellent value, yes, the menu/unit could be more responsive to instruction via the remote, yes the player could have a few features built in, but you wouldn't be getting all this for under £300 if that was the case. If that's your budget, I think you'll be very happy with this purchase.
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Hope this review is helpful, good luck!
By Anthony_Bryan on 6 Nov 2012
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