The LG HB905PA is not really the most cutting edge Blu-ray based home cinema system we’ve looked at recently, but it is one of the best all rounders.
A look at the system and specification confirms this – you get some access to online content if you can plug in a network cable, as well as the now obligatory iPod dock, but importantly the system offers a good power output of 1100W which is even more than the 1000W of the Samsung HT-C5500 and Panasonic SC-BT230. However sheer power output is no good if the speakers are too small to direct the power in the right direction and the tall speakers of the LG HB905PA solve that problem nicely. At just over a metre tall the speaker drivers are at the right height so that the important treble sounds will be making a direct bee line for your ears and the sound stage will appear clearer and more open as a result, than speakers positioned at a lower height. For such large speakers, they are also well designed with a quality, and expensive look, and importantly a solid looking base so they stay that way!
The rear and centre speakers are much smaller boxes, and like the main player unit, have a pleasant angled edge to them giving a softer look than the distinctly angled Sony BDV-E370, and the subwoofer of the LG HB905PA completes the whole look nicely.
The online capabilities of the LG HB905PA are a little limited but still most welcome – Google Picasa from LG Netcast service is a useful way to share and view photos, and YouTube, also through the LG Netcast service, will provide hours of entertainment. But it is the DNLA capabilities that provide most flexibility with the system enabling you to view photos and listen to music from a compatible PC, laptop or mobile phone. Connect your iPod or iPhone and the LG HB905PA will not only play the music, and improve the quality of sound with the LG Sound Gallery, but you can also control the device with the systems remote control.
The LG HB905PA completes the whole set up with a very welcome two HDMI inputs meaning that system gains some extra flexibility as a result.
What to consider before you buy the LG HB905PA Blu-ray Home Cinema System
The only major feature that may put off some is the lack of any wireless capabilities..
Why you should buy the LG HB905PA Blu-ray Home Cinema System
There is nothing really wrong with the LG – it may not have the ultimate cool looks of some systems, or the feaure set of others, but it does have those tall speakers and good all round capabilities that make it a very tempting option. Rating: /5
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