I was replacing an all-in-one DVD system and thought that this was the time to start building a component system.
Upon further review, it made more sense and cents to fork over an additional $80 and get this all in one. For $379 (Best Buy price-matched the Sears online price) you get a TON of features.
I think the pros and cons of an all-in-one system versus a component system are pretty well known and the debate is simply a matter of your budget versus your expectations. Once you calibrate those factors, it should be a clear cut decision on what is best for you.
So, at this point, let's just say that you've decided on an all-in-one.
I was really excited about the streaming Netflix option and this was the primary reason for choosing the LG system. Samsung has their own version of the all-in-one with Netflix but it was priced a bit higher at the time and I thought this LG one just looked cooler.
I know you can stream Netflix from XBOX 360 and soon the PS3 will be able to do this but I figure, if you don't have a PS3 or XBOX 360 by now, are you really a gamer and do you really need a gaming system when all you want to do is stream movies?
Now, back to the LG. It was very easy to set up, no curve balls to deal with.
Once I got the system up it was really simple to get the Netflix running. Once you plug in an ethernet cable into your router and into the LG system, that's basically it. The system recognizes the rest and all you have to do is log in with your Netflix info and your "Instant Queue" is loaded into your LG system.
Occasionally the videos will pause if a faster internet connection is detected. Once the better speed is there, the image quality will improve. This may happen once or twice during a movie. If you have a great internet connection you may rarely see this pause message. Regardless, it is definitely a non-issue compared to how nice it is to have so many free movies at your fingertips. When it's running at top internet connection, the HD quality movies are great.
It has a handy internet update feature which allowed me to get the latest firmware for the system. This latest edition adds streaming YouTube and CinemaNow. (In case there are future services or partnerships to LG, the internet update feature will hopefully save the day.) Streaming YouTube is pretty neat. I can imagine it might be cool if you have guests over and you wanted to share the latest videos of your little kids.
The remote control is very user friendly. There is a nice "home" button at the top that takes you to the main menu of the LG system. That main menu is as simple as it gets with big icons to choose between your Movies, Netflix, YouTube, Photos and more.
The sound quality is excellent. I'm not an audio-phile and I imagine that component systems would blow this out of the water. But, if you really want the ridiculous sound quality that you can get with a component system, stop wasting your time reading this review because it's not intended for your consumption. These speakers kick ass and the only time I can really enjoy the system is when my toddler is sleeping in the other room. So no, I haven't cranked it up yet but I can tell that it is restaurant quality equipment.
It also has a nice iPod/iPhone dock in the front of the unit where you can stream videos, charge your unit and listen to music through your iPod/iPhone. You can even select tracks through the on screen menu of the LG system. Pretty slick.
I have yet to test out any Blu ray DVDs yet. I can't imagine there is much to review on that front. If there is, I will update this review. It also has a handy USB reader that I haven't used yet.
Bottom line: for $379 you get a lot out of this system. Let's say that $150 goes to just the Blu-ray player. The remaining $229 will bring you great (free) streaming video, an iPod/iPhone dock and a powerful sound system. Good enough for me.
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Mar 5, 2009
Oct 29, 2009 07:51 PM UTC