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LG HB965TZ review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £552
inc VAT

Great features and even better sound quality, but we could do without the eerie whistling noises

We’re used to forgettable product names, but it’s worth paying attention to this one’s letter B to avoid confusion with the HT965TZ, which costs around £250 less but only plays DVDs and not Blu-rays.

The HB965TZ is expensive, even for a Blu-ray home cinema system, but there are a few reasons to justify it. With two HDMI and two optical S/PDIF inputs, it’s fully equipped to act as the hub for a big home entertainment system. WiFi (802.11n) is built in and an iPod dock is hidden behind a door on the front panel. The dock drops down and forwards so it’s still possible to stack other equipment on top of the player.

The iPod’s controls remain active, which we prefer to browsing on the TV screen. The volume knob on the front panel is much easier to use than up and down buttons, and there’s a full set of transport controls there too. This player doesn’t support Blu-ray 3D, though – something that may prove frustrating if you find yourself in possession of a 3D TV in a few years’ time. There’s no internal storage for BD-Live, so you’ll need to leave a flash drive in the USB socket to access online content for Blu-ray discs.

Online services are provided by LG Netcast. Selecting Netcast from its Home menu page reveals a virtual high street populated by links to YouTube, Picasa and weather forecasts.

We were able to log into our YouTube account but this only let us view and not edit our Favourites, and didn’t give access to Subscriptions, Playlists or our own videos. That meant the text search facility was the only way to locate our own videos – thankfully, entering text using the remote was relatively quick. Aspect ratios were handled correctly and the transport controls allowed fast forwarding and rewinding in 30-second jumps. HD versions of YouTube videos were unavailable, but that’s true of all the blu-ray players we’ve tested to date.

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Price £552
Rating ***


HDMI inputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
Component inputs 0
Component outputs 1
Output resolutions PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 0
SCART socket type N/A
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 1
Stereo phono inputs 1
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF inputs 2
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Multi-channel input no
Speaker configuration 5.1
Main unit end speaker connection type spring terminals
Speaker end speaker connection type spring terminals
Other connections USB, iPod dock
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n


Surround sound formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical drive yes
Supported playback disc formats Blu-ray, DVD, CD
Audio format support MP3, AAC, WAV
Video playback formats DivX, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
Image viewing formats JPEG
Radio FM


Speaker configuration 5.1
RMS power output 1100W
RMS power centre 180W
RMS power front 360W
RMS power surround 360W
RMS power subwoofer 200W
Wall mountable no
Centre speaker cable length 3.0m
Front speaker cable length 3.0m
Surround speaker cable length 12.0m


Extras remote control
Size 439x284x67mm
Subwoofer dimensions 236x391x435mm
Centre speaker dimensions 400x83x118mm
Front speaker dimensions 280x195x1212mm
Surround speaker dimensions 280x195x1212mm
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 34W

Buying Information

Price £552
Warranty one-year RTB