If you want to bring the cinema experience home then you don't just need a big screen TV or projector, you also need a proper surround sound system to deliver cinema-sized sonic thrills. The LG BH7420P is a home theatre kit that's designed specifically to work well in larger rooms. Despite this, it's still very affordable, available online for around £380. That compares well against the likes of Samsung's HT-E6500W, which weights in at around £600, or Panasonic SC-BTT590, which is priced at about £500.
The LG BH7420P is a 5.1 channel system with a built-in 3D Blu-ray player and an amp that's claimed to pump out 1100 watts of power. It also includes Smart TV features, such as Support for BBC iPlayer, as well as digital media playback via USB or across a network from DLNA servers.
The 5.1 set-up includes two floor standing towers for the front speakers. Each of these has twin main drivers and a single tweeter. The horizontal centre speaker also has the same speaker driver set-up, while the two square, bookshelf speakers used for the rear channels make do with a single driver and no tweeter. For low frequencies effects LG has included a 200 watt subwoofer, which is passive (non-powered), rather than active (powered), but that's not unusual on these types of systems.
The speaker towers are made from plastic, but the glossy coating on the front and the exposed driver design makes them reasonably attractive to look at. The small size of the rear speakers will also be a boon for many as it makes them relatively easy to position on smaller bookshelves or occasional tables if the other half won't let you mount them on the walls.
The BH7420P 's main unit is also pretty stylish thanks to its two tone colour scheme with glossy black used on the top part of the unit that houses the display and a brushed aluminium finish used on the lower half where the touch buttons are mounted. Its build quality is good too, and it feels very solid when picked up.
Around the back you'll find three HMDI ports. One is used for feeding video from the unit to your TV while the two others let you run your other HD gear through the system. There's also a composite video output as well as both analogue stereo audio inputs and an optical digital audio input. Naturally, LG has added an Ethernet port for the Smart TV features, but as Wi-Fi is built-in most people are likely to use that instead. On the front you'll find a mini-jack audio input as well as a USB port. Both of these are hidden behind a pull down flap just under the Blu-ray slot loading mechanism.
Setting up the LG BH7420P is pretty straightforward and LG has colour coded the speaker cables and speaker connections on the rear of the player to make it as easy as possible. However, it hasn’t colour coded the connection on the actual speakers, so there's still some room for error. Also, unlike the Sony BDV-E880, it doesn't have an auto calibration mode, but you can adjust the distances and levels yourself from within the speaker setup menu.