LG BB5530A Sound Bar
Sound of Tomorrow
Sound bars. No matter what your view on them, one would admit that even the most elite audiophile has given these single entity bars consideration. It's not just because some of them actually sound great (really, they do), but it's also due to the fact that they're compact and don't take up as much space as the traditional sound system. That being said, LG has kindly provided us and the world its top-of-theline BB5530A 4.1-channel Smart 3D Blu-ray Sound Bar.
As much as we would like to tell how this sound bar looks and feels aesthetically, the problem is simply as we mentioned above: it's extremely minimalistic, both in design and function. On the front, the speaker grilles, along with a small LED screen in the middle, which is indicative of the mode that you have set the sound bar to.
At the back, the story's the same. Aside from the power cable, only the I/Os ports for a physical connection to LG's TVs (don't worry, these sound bars still work fine with other brands) exist. Additionally, there's a sub-woofer that is connected to the sound bar, but not through the traditional standards of a wire.
That brings us to the magic of the BB5530A Sound Bar. Like all other sound bars in its range, the BB5530A can stand alone as a wirelessly connected sound system by itself. There is a catch to this wireless connectivity. In order to utilize this wireless convenience, the TV itself has to be an LG TV released within this year. But like we said, the sound system will still function with other TV brands, but simply through the use of the HDMI ports on the sound bar.
So, we've talked entirely about the BB5530A's aesthetics and functionality. But, as always, the million dollar question is: what's the sound quality like? Let us begin with the sound bar's pitches. On high pitches, the BB5530A sounds exceptionally exquisite. We played songs that were heavy in string instruments, high crashing cymbals and loud hand-made noises. We played classical pieces, ranging from Luigi Boccherini and Vivaldi, and the sound bar handled it all very well.
In the region of medium pitches, we played another myriad of songs; heavy rock, pop song and jazz from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and John Mayer, which allowed us to discern how well the BB5530A handled acoustics and vocals. Needless to say, all the songs sounded spot on and we detected no form of breaking, as voices like Joni Mitchell's hit her high pitch. On the average scale, songs by John Mayer sound perfect and crisp and even better, you can hear each chord and note he strikes on his guitar.
For the low pitch test, we went with something bass-heavy. With jazz numbers from the Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts and composer Austin Wintory, the sub-woofer of the BB5530A showed no signs of distortion at any given time.
Considering the asking price for this sound bar and the sound quality that it delivers, it would not be wrong of us to tell you that this piece of modern Hi-Fi is definitely worth getting.
This soundbar is UHD-ready.