LG HT953TV Home Cinema System - LG HT953TV

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
LG HT953TV Home Cinema System


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Turning to the system’s convenience features, meanwhile, it’s good – if not surprising these days – to find that the HT953TV is compatible with HDMI’s CEC communications system, ensuring that you can control it using the TV’s remote.

Even more nifty is the system’s USB Direct Recording feature. This allows you to dump in MP3 form any CDs you’re playing in the system’s disc tray direct to a connected, compatible MP3 player or USB memory stick. The USB port that makes this function possible can also be used to play MP3, WMA, JPEG and DivX files through the system.

If you’re one of the legions of iPod users, don’t worry; you haven’t been forgotten. For the HT953TV supports iPod docking, complete with iPod control via the system’s remote control.

There’s more feature friendliness, too, in the shape of 1080p upscaling from the system’s DVD deck; an HD AV Sync feature to help you avoid the lip-synch problems sometimes associated with HD TVs and broadcasts; touch-sensitive controls on the main control unit; and a colossal (and quite probably very optimistic) claimed total power output of 1,000W.

Before immersing ourselves in the HT953TV’s hopefully groundbreaking surround sound performance, it’s worth dwelling for a moment on other aspects of the system’s connectivity beyond the USB and iPod ports we’ve already covered. For these include an optical audio input so that external devices like a PS3 or Sky HD box can make use of the system’s audio talents, and the HDMI output necessary to ship the deck’s 1080p images to a suitably talented TV.

And so to the moment of truth: does the HT953TV sound as good as it looks? And does its much-vaunted 10.1 system actually deliver the goods?

Starting out in straight 5.1 mode, it’s quickly apparent that the HT953TV uses its unusually large size to deliver one of the most potent and dynamic soundstages we’ve heard from an all-in-one system. Those floorstanding speakers really do manage to produce veritable walls of immersive sound in front of and behind you, yet they do so without compromising the geographical accuracy of spot effects that’s so important in creating a convincing film or game soundtrack.

In other words, if a Splicer in Xbox 360 smash Bioshock (which I’ve strangely found myself playing again lately) is sneaking up from somewhere over your right shoulder, that’s exactly where you’ll hear them coming from – against a wider spread of rear-channel audio ambience that really locates you in the game’s terrifying world with remarkable conviction.

It’s worth stating, too, that despite the truly impressive power of the HT953TV’s floorstanding speakers, they’re carefully calibrated so that they never overwhelm the dialogue emerging – with clarity and richness – from the system’s centre speaker.

The size and power of the four main speakers also helps the HT953TV circumvent another common all-in-one system failing: detached bass. The likeably low but well-controlled rumblings of the subwoofer blend nearly seamlessly with the bottom end of the main speakers’ range, leaving no obvious bass ‘gap’.

The Mighty Ben

October 8, 2008, 6:33 am

Wow that's really nice, can see how you'd want to pair it with the scarlet TV. They don't miss a trick do they? I love the DVD player on a stand; own up, did you pretend to enter teleport coordinates into it? If it's just cluttering up your office now how about you send it to me - I've got space for it in my living room! ... worth a try :)


October 8, 2008, 3:51 pm

Sounds like a good system, couple of things though. How is it in 2.1 for listening to music, the smaller systems were never that great at it so with these big floorstanders can I get rid of the seperate HiFi as well? What INPUTS does the system have and how many? Could i use it route a lot my stuff through or are we talking one optical one HDMI and thats it?


October 8, 2008, 6:32 pm

Yep, I'd like to know about the inputs too. A pic of the back would be helpful.


October 8, 2008, 10:04 pm

does it do the HD sound formats? would it be good as an amplifier for a bluray player?

kz 007

October 13, 2008, 7:08 am

It's difficult to find any real details from the LG website, it's not even in the North America website. Had to go to the U.K. version. When will this system be available in North America, I could not find it for sale anywhere. But it sure looks great.

Scott 1

January 7, 2009, 10:24 am

It's now Jan 2009 and I can't find any information about this unit other than this review and 1 other. No one has it in stock, and no one appears to have ever had it in stock, there are no pictures, there're no posts from anyone that has ever bought this unit, no indication that it's ever going to be available, what's going on? Press releases showed up in May, Amazon has it as first being listed in June and yet It's almost like this thing never existed.

TR, I'd love to know how you got this unit and whether the complete lack of information is because it's slow to get to market or if LG is just letting it die a slow and ignominious death. Thanks.

And yeah, any way to get a picture of the back? There really is NO info about this on the net.

Geoff Richards

January 7, 2009, 12:01 pm

Scott - are you in the UK or US? I found the product page quite easily:


and there's a link on the right where you can download a PDF of the manual (which should detail the rear connectors).

I can't comment on stock availability, other than to note that Amazon UK offers it for sale with delivery "2 to 4 weeks", which I'll confess is a little fishy.

Hope that helps


January 16, 2009, 8:17 pm

It does exist in the UK - I've got one installed at home right now (arrived just before Christmas - fantastic!). It took a lot of searching to find somewhere that sells them. A couple of Websites that claimed to stock them could not deliver even after 3 weeks - a real let down. I then found www.webelectricals.co.uk who said that they had just sold the last of the previous Batch but the next Batch was due in the following Wednesday. Apparently LG can't make enough of them to fill the demand. I placed my order and guess what, it arrived on that Thursday as promised.

Here is the link http://www.webelectricals.c...

Richersounds also sells them for 𧺫.00 but they never appear to have any in Stock.

The size of the system is a bit of a shock at first, but sounds fantastic. Remember to turn the sound down before you play the THX sound card at the start of a movie (shook the whole house!). I now have both my Blu-Ray & XBOX 360 linked to a 4-to-1 HDMI Switchbox which is connected to the LG HT953TV (HDMI In) and another HDMI cable running from HT953TV (HDMI Out) to the Plasma TV - all (except the XBOX) controlled by a Universal Remote Control.

Christine Docherty

February 2, 2009, 12:08 am

TheGrif or anyone else who owns this systm, how does the Idock work ? Is it an actual Dock that comes with the system or do you have to buy a lead to connect your Ipod??


April 23, 2009, 2:26 am

I recently bought this system. I'm quite happy with it, there's one big negative issue though, the HDMI IN only supports 2.1 channel audio and not 5.1, this was confirmed by LG. I have hooked up the PS3 with an optical audio cable to the HT953TV and the sound is absolutely brilliant. But I had hoped I could have hooked my laptop or cable-box to the HDMI IN to get 5.1 channel audio :(

Now my question is to TheGrif, if you are using HDMI IN, the system emulates 2.1 channel to 5.1? hence not giving a pure 5.1 channel audio.


July 1, 2009, 4:17 pm

Cronus71: I have Dolby Digital 5.1 surround when playing a 5.1 movie on my laptop with HDMI IN to my LG HT953TV. It's not virtual cause it says it "BYPASS" and not "VIRTUAL". I also have a cable-box and when the channel is broadcasting with 5.1 I have sound on all 5.1.

Are you sure you have a HT953TV? HT953TV supports HDMI 1.3 which allows 5.1 over HDMI. It works great for my. I don't have a playstation 3 but I am sure you should get 5.1 over PS3.


July 25, 2009, 1:34 am

i have this system and a samsung le37r8 lcd tv could you please help me with the leads required (i have HDMI but do i need an optical lead as well ) and /or what connections go where sorry but i'm abit of a novice many thanks

Renato Dias

March 25, 2010, 9:57 pm

Dear Community: I have recently purchased a HT953TV and am very happy so far with the system performance (sound & image). My system only allows me to play European-Zone/ All-Zone DVDs. I am interested in upscaling the system into playing multi-region DVDs. I am interested to know if any of you did it already and how. Note: I was thinking in buying a multi-region DVD player, and then connect it to the HT953TV(HDMI In) via 4-to-1 HDMI Switchbox. But not sure at all if it will work properly. Any shared experiences in this area would be very well appreciated. Many Thanks. Renato (Portugal).


October 12, 2014, 10:22 am

only 2 of my speakers work and im quite angry!

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