LG BB5530A

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LG’s sound bar of­fer­ing is called the BB5530A. While the name might not be very mem­o­rable, the aes­thet­ics of prod­uct are quite fetch­ing. The hor­i­zon­tal speaker com­po­nent has a sharp rec­tan­gu­lar front face which looks al­most twodi­men­sional. How­ever the side pro­file of the de­vice is quite chunky and in our opin­ion the unit seems to be bet­ter de­signed for be­ing wall-mounted.

LG has also in­cor­po­rated a Blu-ray player into the BB5530A, with a top-load­ing slot found smack in the center of the hor­i­zon­tal speaker, com­plete with con­trols. In ad­di­tion, there’s also LG’s smart fea­ture suite with a se­lec­tion of apps, 2D-to-3D con­ver­sion, and web brows­ing.

Like the HT-CT260, the BB5530A also fea­tures a wire­less sub-woofer. Un­like Sony, the BB5530A’s sub-woofer does not re­quire the in­ser­tion of a wire­less mod­ule and is much sim­pler to set up. The sub­woofer’s body is pri­mar­ily char­coal with a slate-like tex­ture. One of the pan­els how­ever is a grey wire mesh as LG has gone with a side fir­ing ori­en­ta­tion for their sub-woofer.

Con­nec­tiv­ity-wise, the BB5530A is equipped with a range of ports that can eas­ily make it the cen­tral hub of your home the­ater setup. HDMI ports are pro­vided for you to con­nect the sound bar to the TV as well as two ex­ter­nal de­vices. You can also hook up the prod­uct via an op­ti­cal port. Both wire­less and wired ac­cess to the in­ter­net, with the help of an Eth­er­net port, is pos­si­ble.

The Wi-Fi ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the sound bar also re­sult in the Pri­vate Mode fea­ture where the sound bar trans­mits au­dio to your smart­phone’s speaker when both are con­nected to the same wire­less net­work. DLNA and Mira­cast are also avail­able, the lat­ter help­ing seam­less screen mir­ror­ing from smart­phones on to the TV.

The BB5530A, like most mod­ern au­dio prod­ucts to­day, em­pha­sizes bass fre­quen­cies a fair amount. While the skew may not im­press au­dio­philes and purists, an au­dio equal­izer is pro­vided which can help bring the over­all mix closer to a more nat­u­ral tone. The strong low fre­quen­cies in con­junc­tion with solid mids, which were am­ply ev­i­dent on Adele’s Melt My Heart To Stone, make the BB5530A sound full and rich. Tinny highs how­ever mean that the sound bar is not suited for all forms of mu­sic.

While the LG sound bar’s bass is good in terms of the show­cas­ing de­tails found in the low fre­quen­cies, it lacks the raw im­pact we ex­pe­ri­enced when lis­ten­ing to the HT-CT260. This leads to a mixed lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when view­ing movies. The spe­cial ef­fects for ac­tion movies feel slightly flat but au­dio ef­fects for build-up se­quences in thrillers are con­veyed with full emo­tion.

“SPE­CIAL EF­FECTS FOR AC­TION MOVIES FEEL SLIGHTLY FLAT BUT AU­DIO EF­FECTS FOR BUILD-UP SE­QUENCES IN THRILLERS ARE CONVEYEDWITH FULL EMO­TION.”

The LG BB5530A has an ex­tremely wide va­ri­ety of ports that can al­low it to be the hub of your home the­ater sys­tem. A built-in Blu-ray player comes in handy.

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